REVIEW: The Windy Season by Sam Carmody

In brief: When Paul's brother Elliot goes missing from the crayfishing town of Stark, he goes to Stark himself to try to find answers. The good: The setting is captured perfectly, as is Paul's coming of age. The not-so-good: I might be a bit scared next time I'm up that way… Why I chose it:... Continue Reading →

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REVIEW: The Baby Doctor by Fiona McArthur

In brief: Sienna Wilson doesn't want to leave her high flying obstetrics director position to investigate birth defects in remote Queensland, but needs must. Especially when they come with Sergeant McCabe to help out… The good: This book has everything you need and then some – drama, romance, friendship and happily ever after. The not-so-good:... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

In brief: Aviva was involved in a Clinton/Lewinsky affair (complete with blog entries) and disappeared. But when she runs for local mayor, secrets are revealed, affecting her daughter Ruby. The good: A unique way of telling a story from those who know Aviva/Jane. The not-so-good: Blitzed through this as it was so compelling! Why I... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: You Be Mother by Meg Mason

In brief: Abi doesn't really have a family. So when she finds out she's pregnant to an Aussie exchange student, she moves from England to Australia to start her own family. The good: The last quarter of the book is really powerful. The not-so-good: The start dragged a bit, as Abi is lonely in Sydney... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

In brief: George survives a shipwreck in 1859, but struggles with his life afterwards as an otherworldly creature becomes part of the family, whether he likes it or not. The good: The writing is beautiful, evocative and enigmatic. The not-so-good: The scientist in me tried too hard to figure out a plausible explanation for the... Continue Reading →

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