REVIEW: The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

In brief: In the late 1970s, the Northern Territory is a rugged place, where the people are at the whim of the weather. Despite this, Sybil starts a book club to build friendships for her and her daughter-in-law. The good: The friendships between the women and the look at life not that long ago in... Continue Reading →

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Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth

In brief: The Pre-Raphaelites artists wanted to change the world with their ideas of beauty and love. Their real lives were not quite as beautiful. The good: Learned a lot of history and a good story. The not-so-good: Some pretty convoluted relationships here (thanks history). Why I chose it: Thank you to Penguin Australia for... Continue Reading →

Jarulan by the River by Lily Woodhouse

In brief: Matthew Fenchurch is distraught after his son's death. When his daughters arrive to visit the memorial, they set in place a change of events for Jarulan… The good: Beautiful writing and I wish I could see the house! The not-so-good: The ghost bits didn't work too well for me. Why I chose it:... Continue Reading →

Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin

In brief: May lives in a small Aussie country town, but wants more. Visiting her boyfriend in Melbourne opens her eyes to a new world, but things are about to get a lot more difficult… The good: Captures a time period in Australia that isn't talked about too much. The not-so-good: Couldn't stop reading! Why... Continue Reading →

The Duchess by Danielle Steel

In brief: Angelique knew that her brother wouldn't take care of her after her father's death, but she didn't expect to go from duke's daughter to servant. After an unfortunate event, Angelique finds business and life in Paris. But will she always be on the fringe? The good: It's got everything you want in a... Continue Reading →

Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

In brief: After Spanish influenza decimates Leonora's world, she decides to leave England behind for her dream of making cosmetics in New York. But not everyone shares Leo's opinion about the right to wear makeup, except Everett Forsyth…so why is he so opposed to his daughter appearing in a cosmetics advertising campaign? The good: Such... Continue Reading →

A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

In brief: Rebecca Quinn is determined to make a name for herself as a journalist while in Italy during World War I. When her husband leaves to follow a story, she teams up with Italian-American photographer Alessandro. Together, they deliver stories that are important and heart-wrenching. But what of their relationship? The good: The story... Continue Reading →

The Liberation by Kate Furnivall

In brief: Italy is in ruins after the end of World War II. But for Caterina and her family, much more is at stake. She becomes embroiled in a dangerous game to clear her father's name, but at what cost? The good: This is a fast paced, historical adventure. The not-so-good: The start is a... Continue Reading →

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