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 →

Secrets of the Springs by Kerry McGinnis

In brief: Orla returns home to Emu Springs somewhat reluctantly to settle the affairs of her uncle. She certainly didn't expect to be running the family station for tourists, nor finding out a long hidden secret… The good: Honest and enjoyable, Orla's an interesting character. The not-so-good: This was the first Kerry McGinnis book I've... Continue Reading →

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

In brief: Twins Maisy and Duncan are sent to live with their grandmother after their mother is taken into care. Everything goes well until Duncan goes missing… The good: Surprising and unputdownable in places. The not-so-good: Dialogue a bit stilted at times. Why I chose it: Have never read Lesley Pearse before, thanks to Penguin... Continue Reading →

Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

In brief: Willow (aka "Banjo") and Tom were inseparable growing up. But one move on one day separated them perhaps forever, until Willow's return to the family station Paterson Downs. Now Willow confronts the letters Tom wrote her all those years ago – can they move on or should they move back? The good: Absolutely... Continue Reading →

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