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: The Right Time by Danielle Steel

In brief: Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood, but when she starts writing thrillers everyone is astounded at her talent. But the world doesn't know that Alexander Green is really Alexandra Winslow… The good: Danielle Steel's books are always an addictive read. The not-so-good: Poor Alex is really put through the mill! Why I chose... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

In brief: A debut collection of short stories about Australians from a number of different viewpoints and characters. The good: Celebrates the multicultural life in Australia. The not-so-good: Not all of Australia is as open as we would like to think it is. Why I chose it: Part of the shortlist for the Readings Prize... Continue Reading →

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