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2014 A Year in Review: Challenges + Highlights

This year has just flown by! It's been a super busy year both in my professional life and personal life. I've had a tree change, renovated a house and holidayed in Scotland. I submitted my romantic suspense novel Critical Response to a publisher (*fingers crossed*) and participated in NaNoWriMo working on a crime fiction novel… Continue reading 2014 A Year in Review: Challenges + Highlights

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Some light reading… Mother’s Grimm and Trauma

Well okay, not exactly light reading but I couldn't title the blog post heavy reads that make you think a lot, because it doesn't quite have the same appeal. This is another combination review post,  because I wanted to mention two recently read books that although I don't feel obliged to review (both borrowed from… Continue reading Some light reading… Mother’s Grimm and Trauma

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Aussie Book Review: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

  A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn Paperback TBR pile Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009  Synopsis- In the tiny South African town of Jacob's Rest, detective Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate the murder of an Afrikaner police officer, Captain Willem Pretorius. Cooper, an 'English' South African, is viewed with suspicion by both the… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

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Aussie Book Review: Gemma’s Bluff by Karly Lane

  Gemma's Bluff by Karly Lane Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Allen & Unwin, November 2014  Synopsis- Gemma's life has always been a foregone conclusion: school, uni, then into the family business. Her best friend, Jasmine, is a whole other story. She thrives on spontaneity, her room is always a mess and she rarely… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: Gemma’s Bluff by Karly Lane

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Spring Reading

I've procrastinated all review writing of late. Spring has been a very pleasant distraction, and while I've been reading plenty I haven't managed to formulate any review posts in the last couple of weeks. In the spirit of Spring cleaning (and procrastination), I've given my blog a little makeover! Instead of writing lengthy review posts… Continue reading Spring Reading

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Aussie Book Review: The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Penguin Australia, September 2014  Synopsis- Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart. Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

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Aussie Book Review: Deadly Obsession by Karen M. Davis

  Deadly Obsession by Karen M. Davis Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Simon & Schuster, August 2014  Synopsis- A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands –… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: Deadly Obsession by Karen M. Davis

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Aussie Book Review: The Lace Balcony by Johanna Nicholls

  The Lace Balcony by Johanna Nicholls Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Simon & Schuster, August, 2014  Synopsis- Vianna Francis, known in the colony as 'The Sydney Venus', is a notorious young mistress in keeping to a former gentleman convict, who uses her to entice wealthy men to his gaming tables. A woman of… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: The Lace Balcony by Johanna Nicholls

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Aussie Book Review: Lost and Found by Brooke Davis

Lost and Found by Brooke Davis Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Hachette, June 2014  Synopsis- Millie Bird (aka Captain Funeral), seven-years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her red, curly hair. Her struggling mother leaves Millie in a local department store and never returns. Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: Lost and Found by Brooke Davis

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Aussie Book Review: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth Paperback TBR pile Random House, 2012  Synopsis- An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale's first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force. Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV,… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth