Category Archive: Book Reviews

I read therefore I review... or something like that.

Oct 08

Review: The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns

I read my first Rachael Johns’ novel about a year ago and I’ve read several since, enjoying the interesting characters, engaging dialogue and rural Australian setting. Rachael’s latest title, the newly released The Patterson Girls, is a slight change of pace from her previous ‘rural romance’ books like Outback Blaze. While many of the familiar …

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Apr 02

Review: Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein

Author Katrina Germein has captured all of the wonderful movement, energy and excitement of a storm in her latest picture book, Thunderstorm Dancing. Starting at the beach as dark clouds approach, a young girl and her family go from relaxed to bustling busyness as they move inside to escape the storm. Once inside, they dance …

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Mar 12

Review: The Wedding Wallah by Farahad Zama

I have been a fan of Farahad Zama’s books since reading The Marriage Bureau for Rich People several years ago. I love the combination of unfolding family drama, humour, interesting characters and cultural insights that his Marriage Bureau stories offer. Set in Vizag in India, The Wedding Wallah once again features Mr Ali and his …

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Feb 05

Review: Love in the Time of Contempt by Joanne Fedler

While our teenagers wear their ‘no-one gets me’ attitude like a badge, as parents we long for reassurance that we aren’t alone; that someone else understands the fears and frustrations as well as the pride and joy brought into our lives by our teenage children. Joanne Fedler’s book Love in the Time of Contempt: Consolations …

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Jan 29

Review: Spark by Rachael Craw

It has taken several months for Spark to appear at the top of my TBR pile, but once I started reading, I found it hard to put down. It took me about two days to read, thanks to numerous interruptions from kids at home on school holidays. In the end, I sat up until 2am to …

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Jan 22

Review: Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns

Outback Blaze is the second title by Rachael Johns set in the fictional West Australian rural town of Bunyip Bay. I read the first book, Outback Dreams, late last year and will be tracking down the third book, Outback Ghost, soon. While the setting is definitely rural and the central female character does have horses, …

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Jan 14

Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I’m not sure what I expected when I started reading The Husband’s Secrets, but it wasn’t this intricate network of personal stories, secrets, small moments and big heartaches. While I was intrigued by the story from the first pages, it did take me a few chapters to really engage with the characters. I wasn’t expecting …

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Jan 13

Review: Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer

There is so much to love about this fun YA fiction novel. For a start, there are lots of laugh out loud moments, largely courtesy of the rather klutzy, accident-prone Josie Browning, our not-sure-what-I-should-be-doing-but-it’s-probably-not-this heroine. There is also the appeal of getting to glimpse behind-the-scenes of a glossy magazine – the freebies, the competition between …

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Jan 07

Review: It Started with a Kiss by Lisa Heidke

Since the last time I read a Lisa Heidke novel, the very enjoyable Stella Makes Good (review here), I have had the opportunity to meet the lady herself during some author events in Newcastle early last year. Meeting Lisa was an absolute delight and left me even more eager to read the new novel that …

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May 16

Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale

It’s no secret that I’m a Jane Austen fan. I’m not over-the-top fanatical – I can’t quote sections of text and I haven’t even read Mansfield Park – but I do love Austen’s work. I love her characterisation and her wonderful use of language and I love the social commentary aspect of her novels. I’m …

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