I’m sure I must have realised this was a young adult (YA) novel when I requested it, but it wasn’t until I opened Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard that I remembered.
There’s an event early in Rebound by Aga Lesiewicz that had me tut-tutting like an old nanna. In fact I did think I may not get through this book, but once I passed the first 60-70 pages, I fell into a rhythm, familiarised myself with the central character and enjoyed it more than I would have (initially) expected.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her mega millionaire hubby Roarke are back in the 42nd (yes, the 42nd!) novel in JD Robb’s In Death series. The fact Robb and our crime fighters are still going strong after 20 years is most certainly a testament to the consistency of Nora Roberts’ writing and her captivating (and slightly addictive) characters.
All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster is the fourth novel by English-born Aussie dwelling author. The former book editor now lives in West Australia and is currently studying dystopian fiction as part of her PhD at Curtin University.
Her latest novel features several themes but I’ve taken the opportunity to talk to her about what I see as the biggie…. motherhood.
I’ve struggled with the superlatives I need to describe this novel… one, I must confess, I went into without great enthusiasm. But almost immediately I was drawn into the eccentric world of reclusive author Mimi, her son Frank and their interloper, Alice.
As it happens, the promo material says it all: captivating, infectious and irresistible. So the only word I can think to add (and one which most certainly comes to mind when considering this novel) is ‘delightful’.
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf is an interesting read. It’s a psychological thriller that offers some interesting insights into the impact long-kept secrets have on our relationships and those we love. It also challenges readers to consider how well we think we know those around us.
I’m writing this a bit early and scheduling it in for Sunday as we’ve had some big storms in my part of the world. They’re calling them ‘super cells’ in the media, but I’m sure they’re nothing like the hurricanes / tornadoes (not to mention earthquakes etc) experienced in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, there have been some power outages and so I’m sticking by that old entertainment industry adage… the show must go on.