Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

Small Mercies by Richard Anderson. (2020).

Small Mercies by Richard Anderson. (2020). **3 out of 5 stars** After enduring months of drought on their modest farm, Dimple and Ruthie face uncertain times. Ruthie has received bad news about her health. When a wealthy landowner, Wally, makes comments on the radio that small farmers are doomed and they should leave the land… Continue reading Small Mercies by Richard Anderson. (2020).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2020 · Young Adult

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie. (2020).

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie. (2020). *Young Adult* **4.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Fremantle Press for providing a free advance readers copy of this novel; due to be published 1 September 2020** After the death of their parents, Jessie and her older sister Kay move to their grandmother's abandoned house.… Continue reading The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie. (2020).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2020 · Thriller

Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates. (2020).

Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates. (2020). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Juliet's elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl's missing signet ring. When her estranged sister Lily returns in fear for her life, Juliet suspects something sinister.… Continue reading Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates. (2020).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2020

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. (2020).

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. (2020). **4.5 out of 5 stars** 1959. Grace is a young mother with 4 children under 4. It's all she's ever wanted but Grace struggles with her dark thoughts after childbirth. She pours her fears into a notebook, hiding them from her husband Patrick. When Grace falls… Continue reading Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. (2020).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Read-Reviewed-2020

The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton. (2020).

The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton. (2020). **3 out of 5 stars** Miss Kaye works at The Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do. Susie was… Continue reading The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton. (2020).

Australian Author · Read-Reviewed-2020 · Science Fiction

Ghost Species by James Bradley. (2020).

Ghost Species by James Bradley. (2020). **3 out of 5 stars** Scientist Kate joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, including the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children is born, Kate is torn between science and wanting to protect little Eve. As Eve grows to adulthood she and… Continue reading Ghost Species by James Bradley. (2020).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker. (2020).

The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker. (2020). **5 out of 5 stars** When Laura discovers an old photo of her grandmother, Lillian, with an intriguing inscription on the back, she heads to the sleepy seaside town of Banksia Bay to learn the truth of Lillian’s past. But when she arrives, Laura finds a… Continue reading The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker. (2020).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard. (2020).

When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 18 May 2020** Financial analyst Grace describes her family as functionally dysfunctional. They live in the small farming community of Miners Ridge and all of… Continue reading When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard. (2020).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2020

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester. (2020).

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester. (2020). **5 out of 5 stars** England, 1939. Talented pilot Skye joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister Liberty, and childhood soulmate Nicholas who is now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux. Paris, 1947. Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary… Continue reading The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester. (2020).

Australian Author · Chick Lit · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2020

Just One Wish by Rachael Johns. (2019).

Just One Wish by Rachael Johns. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** It's the eve of Alice's 80th birthday and she wonders if she has sacrificed too much in her life as a scientist, activist and mother. Alice's daughter Sappho is the opposite of Alice, having married young and embraced life as a homemaker. But… Continue reading Just One Wish by Rachael Johns. (2019).