• Book review: One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino

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    One Summer in Venice isn’t my usual reading fare. I assumed it to be very Eat Pray Love-ish… and it is. A little. I’m sure the haters will view this quest for happiness as a selfish act, while others will understand the need (and envy the opportunity) to take time out and consider the life you’re living.

  • Book review: Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

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    Reporter-turned private detective, Tess Monaghan is back in Laura Lippman’s latest novel and the twelfth in the series, Hush Hush. I somehow missed number 11, but fortunately it doesn’t matter as any backstory is mostly irrelevant. Which is good news for newcomers or occasional readers.

    Tess is now mother to 3yr old Carla Scout and happy with partner Crow but her latest case—is challenging for a number of reasons.

  • Monday check-in

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    I’m now back home after four days with my niece in Brisbane. I had thought I’d get stacks of reading done but somehow managed to procrastinate superbly during the past week and did little. I did enjoy the time with my niece however… but more on that later.

  • Book review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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    Former police officer Clare Mackintosh’s first novel, I Let You Go came as a huge surprise. I had to put it down halfway through to cook dinner and complete other pesky chores, but as soon as they were done and dusted I picked up right where I left off… reading the book easily in a night.

    The novel kicks off with the event that changes many lives. A mother and son are walking home from school with few cares in the world. The son runs ahead crossing a street he crosses every day. But today it’s raining, and despite the squeal of brakes trying to grip the wet road, he’s struck by a car which then leaves the scene.

  • Book review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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    In my little mind Nicholas Sparks novels (and movies based on his novels) have a certain stigma attached to them.

    Because I am a woman of the world, however (well, in that I indulge in social media), I know many—mostly women—LOVE his books and movies. I also suspect there’s the occasional guy who doesn’t mind being dragged along to a Dear John / Safe Haven / Best of Me type flick. However, the problem with offering such popular schmaltz is that some people— like yours truly—shy away from his work because of the aforementioned stigma. (And anyone who knows my tastes knows I’m far from a literary snob!) 

  • Book review: Missing You by Kylie Kaden

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    I said last year that Kylie Kaden’s debut novel, Losing Kate,  wasn’t my usual reading fodder. I used to shy away from Aussie authors, reticent to read about happenings in my own backyard. However… over the past year I’ve read a STACK of Australian novels and my two faves from last year were both by Aussie writers. So it seems, I may have been a little hasty in my assertions about what does, and does not, capture my fancy.

    Kylie Kaden’s new novel, Missing You,  is again set in Brisbane. And I didn’t mind at all. (I’m sure she’s breathing a sigh of relief at that!) Rather than cringe at the mention of the University of Queensland Great Court and infamous O-week Toga Party, I found myself smiling knowingly. (I am surely evolving as a person! ;-) )