• Book review: Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp

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    I don’t talk a lot (here) about my foray into fertility treatment, IVF and the like. I have close friends who have also gone through prolonged and rigorous procedures. Some with happy endings and some (like yours truly), not so happily-ever-after. I know therefore it is a subject fraught with emotion. Sanity is sometimes swept aside without us realising.

    It’s brave then, that former marketing professional Amanda Ortlepp delves into the tricky and fertile (sorry!!!) world of embryo adoption in her debut novel, Claiming Noah.

  • Monday check-in

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    You’ll be relieved I hear I’ve survived the reign of terror unleashed upon my neck of the woods last week to again participate in Sheila’s Monday check in.

    Ad yes I am being facetious, but as well as the earthquake (I wrote about in last week’s post), we were faced with a treacherous cyclone. Named after a Brady Buncher. But, first things first…. my reading check in.

  • Book review: Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler

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    Elizabeth Lhuede’s a writer, book blogger and big supporter of other authors and the book blogging community in Australia, so I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone to read her alter-ego’s first book — Snowy River Man.

    I think there’s a term for the genre – outback or rural romance, perhaps? Either way it’s quite a distance from my usual suspense / thriller / crime novels, but one I successfully and enjoyably traversed nonetheless.

  • Book review: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

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    Daniel hasn’t seen his parents since they retired from the UK to Sweden. An only child, Daniel’s childhood was a harmonious one with his supportive and hard-working parents, so — in the absence of any extended family — the three have remained close.

  • Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

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    Life’s short. We all know that. So… like many others roaming this planet I decided some time ago, if I wasn’t enjoying a book after I’d read about one-third, I’d put it aside. However… there are always exceptions to that adage-which-should-be-a-rule. Fortunately I’d glanced at some previous reviews of The Chimes  by Anna Smaill before opening the book as others commented on their initial struggle, but recommended readers persevere.

    So, my advice for anyone embarking on The Chimes…  Hang. In. There.

  • Monday check-in

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    It’s Monday so I’m again linking up with Sheila from Book Journey to share my weekly reading, however… I decided I’m broadening the usual post to include a bit of other stuff. I was going to start a Sunday wrap-up type post but realised the two would be similar. I figure those only interested in the book stuff can find that, and those more interested in the exciting happenings of my life, can jump to those sections. Voila! Two birds, one stone. Etcetera.

  • Book review: Second Life by SJ Watson

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    I (re) read SJ Watson’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep  last year. It was a re-release to coincide with the launch of the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, but I hadn’t realised it wasn’t a new book until I opened it on my iPad. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Again.

    Naturally I was eagerly awaiting Watson’s second novel, Second Life,  hoping the author didn’t fall into that ‘second book’ trap and offered something to match his debut work.