Australian Author · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann. (2021).

Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Not much daylight left now... So begins the field diary of Alix, whose impulsive acceptance of an offer to spend Easter on a remote island has turned into a terrifying ordeal. Hiding in a tiny cave, she carefully rations her meagre supplies while… Continue reading Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann. (2021).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

Lana’s War by Anita Abriel. (2020).

Lana's War by Anita Abriel. (2020). **4 out of 5 stars** Paris, 1943: Lana is rushing to tell her husband she is pregnant when she witnesses his murder by a Gestapo officer for hiding a Jewish girl in a piano. Overcome with grief, Lana suffers a miscarriage. A few months later Lana is approached to… Continue reading Lana’s War by Anita Abriel. (2020).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Mystery · Psychological Thriller · Read-Reviewed-2021

Sargasso by Kathy George. (2021).

Sargasso by Kathy George. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 3 February 2021** As a child, Hannah lived at Sargasso, the isolated beachside home designed by her brilliant architect father. A lonely and introverted… Continue reading Sargasso by Kathy George. (2021).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland. (2020).

The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland. (2020). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Four women and their children are invited to the beautiful but remote Capertree Valley, west of the Blue Mountains. Once home to a thriving town, only an enigmatic Art Deco hotel remains - and an unsolved mystery. In 1948, Cara Black… Continue reading The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland. (2020).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield. (2020).

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** London, 1888. Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon she returns with her new husband. But then everything changes quickly. Thomas's behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent, he stays out all night and returns home… Continue reading People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield. (2020).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Romance

Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu. (2021).

Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu. (2021). **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 6 January 2021** After a troubled childhood and the loss of her beloved grandmother, Sapphie finally finds somewhere to call home - the close-knit rural community of… Continue reading Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu. (2021).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. (2020).

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** Motherless and curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. One day she sees a slip for the… Continue reading The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. (2020).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Historical Fiction

The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair. (2021).

The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 3 March 2021** 1943, Brisbane. The war continues to devastate and the battle for the Pacific threatens Australian shores. Ellie helps the war effort by utilising her… Continue reading The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

All We Dream by Pamela Cook. (2021).

All We Dream by Pamela Cook. (2021). (A revised and retitled edition of Essie's Way, published 2013). **4.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to the author for getting in contact and sending me a free copy of this novel, I am very appreciative** When successful Sydney lawyer Miranda searches for something old to go… Continue reading All We Dream by Pamela Cook. (2021).

Read-Reviewed-2021 · Thriller

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. (2020).

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are identical, but underneath there lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris is envious of open-hearted Summer's seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam. When they call Iris to… Continue reading The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. (2020).