A Nightingale Christmas Wish by Donna Douglas

In brief: Fifth in the Nightingales series, the girls are facing danger in late 1938 as war looms. Helen moves to work in Casualty, and the reader learns more about Matron and Ward Sister Frannie Wallace. Lovable student nurse Effie makes a light-hearted return. The good: I adore reading about the nurses of the Nightingale... Continue Reading →

The River House by Janita Cunnington

In brief: The River House is where the Carlyle family take their holidays on a wild shore. But it's also where the undercurrents in the family come to the fore… The good: The writing is lyrical and evocative. The not-so-good: A little slow at times. Why I chose it: Thank you to Random House Australia... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday 2/11/15

Wow, November already! How did that happen? I didn't get out for my city book spree last weekend, but I'm planning a local spree before I hit some busy work periods. At least then I have an excuse to read and relax at night! The book gods were very generous to me last week and... Continue Reading →

The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth

In brief: Ava's world turns upside down on the Night of the Broken Glass. Life in Germany will never be the same as friends disappear and her father is arrested. To save him, she must marry a handsome German army officer and keep her resistance dealings a secret. The good: A great story that packs... Continue Reading →

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

In brief: Every day, Rachel's train slows down at a row of houses. Every day, she watches the occupants as they go about their daily life. She has made up histories for Jess and Jason, then Jess disappears and Rachel enters their real lives… The good: Never a dull moment. The not-so-good: I didn't like... Continue Reading →

Rose River by Margareta Osborn

In brief: When Jaime takes on a housesitting job in the high country of Victoria, she never imagined that a life in the country would prove to be more exciting than the city. Nor that she'd fall in love or have a number of humorous adventures… The good: It's funny, sexy and sweet in equal... Continue Reading →

Wanting Mr Wrong by Avril Tremayne

In brief: Evie feels like she's a dunce in a family of high achievers so her list of men worth dating definitely doesn't include actors. Not even if they're the megastar Jackson J Stevens. A The good: Funny and witty with rapid fire dialogue. The not-so-good: I found it a little difficult to like Evie... Continue Reading →

The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill

In brief: The Maxwell sisters, once so close, are now divided through distance and disagreements. Can Phoebe's wedding bring the sisters back together? (Read more here). The good: It's a warm and witty story – none of the Maxwell sisters are ever boring. The not-so-good: I really didn't know what to think of Spider (Phoebe's... Continue Reading →

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