Tag Archive: fiction

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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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 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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May 17

Review: The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 by Anita Heiss

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect reading The Diary of Mary Talence. I knew that it raised the issue of Australia’s Stolen Generation and I wasn’t sure how this complex and emotive issue would translate into a fictional story for younger readers. I think Anita Heiss does a wonderful job of introducing the concept …

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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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