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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

Howdy readers. I’m having a little break from the blog. There will be the occasional book review, but I may ease up on those as well.

If the idea of life without me feels overwhelming (which I can, of course understand) you can find me on various social media platforms…

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Until then… Mwah! xxx

 

Book review: A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay

Monday, March 27, 2017 Permalink

I suspect I requested this book because it’s set in Brisbane… my former hometown and a place I know pretty well. The story of an elderly woman leaving her home of 60 years and the family moving in after her departure is not my usual reading fare but I found it enchanting and surprisingly addictive. 

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four-half-stars

Book review: Duplicity by Jane Haseldine

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Permalink

Of course I hadn’t realised this was the second in a series when I requested it, but thankfully it didn’t really matter as author Jane Haseldine updates readers quickly on the backstory… though it probably means I don’t need to go back and read the first in the series (The Last Time She Saw Him) given I kinda know what happened. Or at least, what didn’t.

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Permalink

I met Australian author Lisa Ireland at the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention in late February. Lisa had seen my social media profile which very clearly blithers about my weight issues and knew I’d eventually succumbed to weightloss surgery. She suggested her book might resonate… given my history.

And, she was most certainly right as I spent most of her latest novel, The Shape of Us nodding knowingly, interspersed with the occasional “Yes, yes yes!” (In a non When Harry Met Sally kinda way!)

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four-half-stars

Book review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Monday, March 20, 2017 Permalink

I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. The description was a little vague and I’ve recently been ‘tricked’ into reading outside of my normal genre by books I’ve assumed to be crime fiction or thrillers… only to later discover ghosts or the supernatural. Which would be fine if I wanted to read about the supernatural. But that’s usually not the case when I settle down expecting to be entertained in a macabre-but-safe manner by psychopathic serial killers.

And while we’re making confessions, I need to add that my interest waned a little early on in this book. I’m usually okay with unlikeable characters but for some reason a couple of the leads in this novel put me off from the get-go. Fortunately however, I hung in there…

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three-half-stars

Book review: Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Friday, March 17, 2017 Permalink

It wasn’t until I was reading this book that it occurred to me I’ve not read many legal thrillers of late. It seems my days of Scott Turow, Steve Martini and John Grisham are (inadvertently) a thing of the past, though I still very much adore Alafair Burke and Lisa Scottoline. Nevertheless… it’s  been a while between courtroom scenes!

And I lapped up this standalone novel by Brad Parks, devouring it in one evening. 

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four-stars

Author visit with Jacqueline Harvey

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Permalink

The media release from Penguin Random House Australia describes former-teacher now full time author Jacqueline Harvey as a ‘superstar children’s author’. I don’t have kids and am obviously not in her target audience but my local bookshop owner and another bookseller on Facebook told me her books are hugely popular.

When I met the very affable author she was in the midst of a book tour along the coastal areas of southern Queensland, appearing at schools and in bookstores. She’d already had school visits in Maryborough and Hervey Bay by the time I lumbered into her appearance at Mary Ryan’s in Hervey Bay to promote the 15th book in her Alice-Miranda series.

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Book review: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Permalink

This book should have disappointed me. But it most certainly didn’t.

After I finished reading it I checked out some of the reviews on Goodreads, which is something I never do before I’ve written my own… lest I be swayed, second-guess myself or inadvertently let others’ words seep into my head.

And there were a few negative comments from those expecting a whodunnit of sorts. But… this isn’t one of those books. And I didn’t mind. 

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four-stars

Book review: A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell

Sunday, March 12, 2017 Permalink

This book opens with a series of blog posts by Stephanie, one of our leads. She’s one of those pesky ‘mommy’ bloggers we read about. (And yes, I’m being sarcastic!) Though she does have the annoying habit of using the word ‘mom’ more than any sane adult would, opening each blog post with ‘Hi moms!’ and addressing her readers as ‘moms’ rather than ‘you’ or anything else… just in case a non-mom was to read it.

That aside, her posts set the scene for what’s to come and Stephanie soon finds herself with less time to blog as her life becomes complicated following the disappearance of her best friend Emily.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Saturday, March 11, 2017 Permalink

I had a review copy of this book months before its release date and kept putting off reading it until closer to publication but finally succumbed after seeing a few reviews appearing around the place.

I really loved Chevy Stevens’ Still Missing which I read years ago, have read almost all of her books since and follow the author on social media. In a non-stalkerish way. #Obvs

Unfortunately I had no idea I was going to get so engrossed in this book which I read in one very long bath-sitting. I actually started it after finishing something else, thinking I’d just flick through the first few chapters….

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four-half-stars