The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019). **3 out of 5 stars** Tikka was 11 years old in 1992 when the three Van Apfel sisters disappeared during the school's concert. Years later Tikka has returned home and is trying to make sense of the summer that shaped her and the three girls… Continue reading The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. (2019).
The Orchardist's Daughter by Karen Viggers. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** 16 year old Miki grew up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in Tasmania. After a tragedy, she and her brother Kurt are running a takeaway shop in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time on her… Continue reading The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers. (2019).
After The Party by Cassie Hamer. (2019). **4.5 stars** Lisa has a lovely life, a gorgeous husband and two beautiful girls (although she would like another child too...). Lisa invites 32 kindy kids for her daughter's birthday; it's compete chaos and at the end of the day there is one child left, Ellie. Ellie has… Continue reading After The Party by Cassie Hamer. (2019).
Second Sight by Aoife Clifford. (2018). **4.5 stars** Eliza returns home to her small country town. However the problem is she is defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by the town. On her first day back she witnesses an old friend commit an act of lethal violence. Then bones are uncovered on… Continue reading Second Sight by Aoife Clifford. (2018).
A Life Worth Living by Louise Guy. (2018). **4 out of 5 stars** Leah and Eve are identical twins with completely different lives and personalities. Leah is a caring, compassionate journalist who would do anything for those she loves including Eve's twin daughters. Eve is a real estate agent struggling with her family life which… Continue reading A Life Worth Living by Louise Guy. (2018).
The Botanist's Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018). **4.5 out of 5 stars** In Victorian England after her father's death, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth travels to Chile to find a rare and miraculous plant on his behalf. To do this she will face a sea voyage and unforeseen danger. In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal… Continue reading The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018).
The Shining Walls by Melissa Ferguson. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** The world is ruined. The wealthy elite hide behind walls while living longer thanks to technology. Security and labour is provided by cloned Neandertals. Women in the shanty towns and wastelands are exploited. Alida is orphaned and caring for her younger sister in… Continue reading The Shining Walls by Melissa Ferguson. (2019).
Home Fires by Fiona Lowe. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** After a lethal bushfire tore through the little town of Myrtle, Victoria, the town was destroyed. For three of the women, the fire fractured their lives as well as their relationships. 18 months later the town is being restored, but are the new buildings… Continue reading Home Fires by Fiona Lowe. (2019).
Lawson's Bend by Nicole Hurley-Moore. (2019). **4.5 out of 5 stars** In 2008, Henny lost her best friend on what should have been a celebration night and she still struggles with the grief despite never returning to her hometown. Stephen never left, he once had ambitions but after that tragic night stayed close to his… Continue reading Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley-Moore. (2019).
Star Crossed by Minnie Darke. (2019). **4.5 out of 5 stars** When Justine (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into old friend Nick (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer), it could be by chance or maybe it's written in the stars... Justine works at a magazine which includes a horoscope column that Nick uses to… Continue reading Star Crossed by Minnie Darke. (2019).