Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra. (2018).

The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra. (2018). **5 out of 5 stars** Paris, 1899. Emma has been estranged from her older sister for almost 20 years, ever since Caroline married a wealthy American and left France. So it is a shock when Caroline invites Emma to visit with the condition of tutoring her shy niece Isadora… Continue reading The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra. (2018).

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Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

Love And Other Battles by Tess Woods. (2019).

Love And Other Battles by Tess Woods. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** Three generations of women, three heartbreaking choices, one unforgettable story. 1969: Free spirit hippie Jess had no intention of falling for a soldier but sometimes we can't stop these things. 1989: Jess's daughter Jamie just wants a simple life with marriage, children… Continue reading Love And Other Battles by Tess Woods. (2019).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019 · Romance

In A Great Southern Land by Mary-Anne O’Connor. (2019).

In A Great Southern Land by Mary-Anne O'Connor. (2019). **3.5 out of 5 stars** 1851: after the death of her father, Eve is destitute. Unfortunate circumstances see her deported to the colony of NSW. But here fortune smiles on her in the shape of a respectable job offer. At the same time the fiery and… Continue reading In A Great Southern Land by Mary-Anne O’Connor. (2019).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson. (2019).

The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** A woman is found after being injured in London following an air raid. She has little memory other than that she has lost something previous. A little boy is in an orphanage, hoping his mother will return for him. Then he finds… Continue reading The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson. (2019).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. (2019).

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. (2019). **3.5 out of 5 stars** In the summer of 1940, 19 year old Vivian arrives in New York with her sewing machine and seamstress talents to stay at her Aunt Peg's revue theatre, the Lily Playhouse. The showgirls love her when they discover her sewing skills and take… Continue reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. (2019).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. (2019).

Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** It's 1965 and Alice is living in New York to chase her big city dreams. She dreams of being a photographer but lands a job as assistant to Helen, the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Editors and writers are resigning… Continue reading Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. (2019).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair. (2019).

The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** Queensland, 1994: Claire is a location manager working on a TV miniseries when she's captivated by Starlight Creek. She needs permission to film at an art deco cinema in Starlight Creek but there's trouble; the cinema's reclusive owner, Hattie, and Hattie's… Continue reading The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair. (2019).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn. (2019).

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** 1951: Esther, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. It is at first her prison but then becomes her refuge. 2018: Rachel, a free-spirited marine scientist, discovers a collection of hidden love letters and… Continue reading The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn. (2019).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019 · Romance

The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner. (2019).

The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** Valentina has escaped poverty by being a dancer in the Romanovs' Imperial Russian Ballet. She has clawed her way through the ranks with not just her talent, but her alliances with influential men that grant them her body but… Continue reading The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner. (2019).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019 · Science Fiction

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. (2018).

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. (2018). **4.5 out of 5 stars** It's 1970 and Caroline is pregnant with a baby girl who has a heart defect. Nobody can do anything about it. Except her brother-in-law, Hunter, says there might be something she can do... Hunter appeared in their lives only a few years ago… Continue reading The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. (2018).