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

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan. (2020).

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan. (2020). **4.5 out of 5 stars** When Shirley signs her 83 year old husband Frank out of the nursing home, she has no intention of bringing him back. For 57 years the couple has shared love, happiness and heartbreak. Frank's dementia means he does not always know who Shirley… Continue reading The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan. (2020).

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

The Drop-Off by Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish. (2020).

The Drop-Off by Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish. (2020). **3.5 out of 5 stars** Everyone knows the school drop-off rules: 'kiss & go doesn't mean 'sit & scroll Insta'; activewear is allowed but pj pants are not; don't piss off the Alpha mum. Lizzie, Megan and Sam don't play by the rules. Lizzie is a… Continue reading The Drop-Off by Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish. (2020).

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).

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 · 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 · 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).

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

The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland. (2020).

The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland. (2020). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Phoebe's life has fallen apart and there's only one place left to go. Alone and adrift after a failed marriage proposal, she flees Sydney to her family's abandoned holiday cottage. On the slow-moving river Phoebe is confronted with the legacy of… Continue reading The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland. (2020).

Domestic Drama · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2020

The Gulf Between by Maxine Alterio. (2019).

The Gulf Between by Maxine Alterio. (2019). **2.5 out of 5 stars** A foreigner is seriously injured not far from Julia's safe New Zealand hideaway. Why does he have her name in his wallet? His unexpected arrival takes Julia back 45 years to London, where as an impulsive young woman she first met Benito Moretti… Continue reading The Gulf Between by Maxine Alterio. (2019).

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

The River Home by Hannah Richell. (2020).

The River Home by Hannah Richell. (2020). **5 out of 5 stars** Margot didn't want to go home. She had spent all her adult life trying not to look behind. But a text from her sister Lucy brought her back to Somerset. 'I need you.' As Margot, Lucy and their eldest sister, Eve, reunite in… Continue reading The River Home by Hannah Richell. (2020).