Tag Archive: contemporary fiction

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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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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Sep 21

Review: Bittersweet by Melanie La’Brooy

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Bittersweet. I was looking for something easy to read and at some time someone on Twitter had recommended Melanie’s books to me so I thought I would give it a try. Bittersweet was a wonderful combination of comedy of errors style humour with some family, relationship …

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Jun 16

Review: After the Fall by Kylie Ladd

I love a story with realistic characters with depth and complex personalities and I think that’s what appealed to me most with this novel. Each of the characters has flaws and strengths that are clearly shown as the story develops. I enjoyed that with the multi-perspective narration I was able to see into what each …

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Jun 08

Review: Roadside Sisters by Wendy Harmer

This is a fun, light-hearted, amusing novel. I did find that I could predict the outcome of the story from quite early on, but I found Harmer’s humour and entertaining descriptions of people and events more than offset any predictability. The mobile home plastered with a life-style Elvis Presley decal, the campground adventures and the …

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Sep 27

Review: Why She Loves Him by Wendy James

I found this amazing collection of short stories by Australian author Wendy James quite challenging. The characterisation and writing is very well crafted and I enjoyed the quality of the writing, but the 21 scenarios highlighting the many ways that individuals use and abuse the tender emotions of those around them left me feeling vaguely …

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May 04

Review: Hopetoun Wives by Fran Cusworth

Hopetoun Wives is set in the isolated nickel-mining town of Hopetoun in Western Australia. The three central characters, Miranda, Jasmine and Brigid are each looking for answers to personal dilemmas as they move to Hopetoun with their family. Expecting a reasonably standard women-finding-each-other-and-finding-themselves sort of scenario, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the three …

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Mar 19

Review: The Other Hand by Chris Cleave


I will admit to being annoyed by the ambiguous back cover blurb with this book (“We don’t want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it”). The inclusion of a letter from the senior editor extolling the virtues of the story while …

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