REVIEW: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

In brief: Told across two time periods, this story of secrets, war and a mysterious blue dress explores the hidden parts of World War II. The good: Fantastic story with fascinating characters. The not-so-good: Liberty needed some sense shaken into her several times. Why I chose it: Natasha Lester's novels are wonderful to read anywhere,... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 16/3/20

Last week was one without precedence. But you came here because of books, and that's what I want to talk about. Here are the five books in the mail. Such beautiful colours! Budgerigar by Sarah Harris and Don Baker (available 31st March, RRP $29.99) was from Allen & Unwin and is of course, about budgies.... Continue Reading →

Top Reads for 2019

I simply cannot list my best reads for 2019 until the end of the year. What if I finish a really great book on December 29? (Plus, today is my birthday so I can do anything I want). Traditionally, I try to cull my list to ten but then I remembered that this is my... Continue Reading →

Memorable reads of 2018

I simply can't do a best of year list until I know that I'm not going to finish any more books. So even though it may be the start of 2019, here are the books that left a lasting impression on me. I started with 26 books (out of a possible 81) and painstakingly took... 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 →

My Memorable Books of 2016

2016 has been a memorable year for a number of reasons, some good and some not so good across the world. When it came to reflecting on my most memorable books of the year, my first draft came at 15 books out of a possible 72 (21%) that I've reviewed on the blog! I noticed... Continue Reading →

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