Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Read-Reviewed-2021

Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022).

Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022). **4 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 5 January 2022** Calida is having a very bad week. She's long past deadlines for her still-unwritten second novel, her husband has just left her, and her… Continue reading Burnt Out by Victoria Brookman. (2022).

Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021).

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** Thomas and Viv have a picture perfect family: affluent and attractive, two well-mannered thriving kids (Eli and Tarryn), a beautiful home and fulfilling jobs. Until one morning their house and car are pelted with eggs. At first they assume it's a prank, but… Continue reading The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. (2021).

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

The French Gift by Kirsty Manning. (2021).

The French Gift by Kirsty Manning. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** Fresnes Prison, 1940: Margot, a former maid from the Riveria is in prison with writer/French Resistance fighter Josephine. They are transferred to a work camp in Germany where the secrets they share will bind them forever. Present-day Paris: Evie lives above her botanical… Continue reading The French Gift by Kirsty Manning. (2021).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Romance

The Wattle Seed Inn by Léonie Kelsall. (2021).

The Wattle Seed Inn by Léonie Kelsall. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** PR executive Gabrielle knows she has an easy life, but after being told she lacks passion she takes ownership of a dilapidated pub in a tiny settlement to prove she can be a success without her privilege. 18 months ago Hayden had… Continue reading The Wattle Seed Inn by Léonie Kelsall. (2021).

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

The Women’s Circle by Karyn Sepulveda. (2021).

The Women's Circle by Karyn Sepulveda. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** Sydney, present day. Anna has just left prison after 6 years with her traumatic past a heavy burden. Feeling hopeless, isolated and lonely, she attends an alternative support group: The Women's Circle. But when she touches an ancient crystal, Anna connects to a… Continue reading The Women’s Circle by Karyn Sepulveda. (2021).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Romance

The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon. (2021).

The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Award-winning jam maker Angie is determined to take her cafe to new heights after the pain of unsuccessful IVF cycles and a broken relationship. For her mother Valeria's 70th birthday, she is going on a trip across Australia on the Ghan with disgruntled… Continue reading The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon. (2021).

Contemporary/Literary · Fantasy · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. (2020).

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. (2020). **4 out of 5 stars** Between life and death there is a library. When Nora finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Her life is full of misery and regret but the books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live… Continue reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. (2020).

Chick Lit · Contemporary/Literary · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Romance

The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas. (2020).

The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas. (2020). **4 out of 5 stars** Anna's world was shattered 3 years ago when her husband Spencer was killed in an accident. Everyone thinks it's time she moved on, but how? On New Year's Eve she calls Spencer's old phone just to hear his voicemail. But to her surprise,… Continue reading The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas. (2020).

Contemporary/Literary · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffé. (2021).

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffé. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** Derek's daughter Debbie is getting married but he's in Yarrandarrah Correctional Centre for embezzling, and thanks to his ex he hasn't spoken to Debbie in years. He wants to make a grand gesture but what? His weekly prison sewing circle soon… Continue reading The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffé. (2021).

Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2021

Home Stretch by Graham Norton. (2020).

Home Stretch by Graham Norton. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** 1987. A small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, drive to the beach. There is an accident; 3 survive, 3 die. The lives of the families are shattered… Continue reading Home Stretch by Graham Norton. (2020).