Advance Readers Copy · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

Sister Stardust by Jane Green. (2022).

Sister Stardust by Jane Green. (2022). **3.5 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 30 March 2022** From afar Talitha's life seemed perfect: a young, beautiful, famous model and actress, living in a palace in Marrakesh with… Continue reading Sister Stardust by Jane Green. (2022).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay by Julie Brooks. (2021).

The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay by Julie Brooks. (2021). **3.5 out of 5 stars** England, 1919. Rose and Ivy board a ship bound for Australia. One is traveling to marry a man she has never met. One is destined never to arrive. Australia, 2016. Amongst her late-grandmother's possessions, Molly uncovers a photo of two girls… Continue reading The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay by Julie Brooks. (2021).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Last of the Apple Blossom by Mary-Lou Stephens. (2021).

The Last of the Apple Blossom by Mary-Lou Stephens. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** 7 February, 1967. Walls of flame reduce much of Tasmania to ash. Young schoolteacher Catherine rushes to the Huon Valley to find her family's apple orchard destroyed, her childhood home in ruins and her brother dead. She wants to rebuild… Continue reading The Last of the Apple Blossom by Mary-Lou Stephens. (2021).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff. (2021).

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** 1942. Sadie is 18 and living with her parents amid the horrors of the Kraków Ghetto. Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the sewers under the city. One day she looks up through a grate… Continue reading The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff. (2021).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Beautiful Words by Vanessa McCausland. (2021).

The Beautiful Words by Vanessa McCausland. (2021). **4 out of stars** Sylvie is a lover of words and a collector of stories but she has no words for that night at the lighthouse. What happened to cleave her apart from her best friend Kase? Sylvie misses their connection so when Kase invites her to the… Continue reading The Beautiful Words by Vanessa McCausland. (2021).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2022 · Romance

The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello. (2020).

The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello. (2020). **5 out of 5 stars** 1929. On the night of her engagement to banker Floyd, Charlotte meets enigmatic Sydney Harbour Bridge engineer Alex. Their attraction instant, when they meet again they begin to play a game of daring clues and secret meeting places. But with… Continue reading The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello. (2020).

Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Wattle Island Book Club by Sandie Docker. (2021).

The Wattle Island Book Club by Sandie Docker. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** In 1950, teenager Anne flees Wattle Island for the big city, but it isn't ready. When a secret she's been keeping is discovered, she has no choice but to go home. But when tragedy strikes, establishing the Wattle Island Book Club… Continue reading The Wattle Island Book Club by Sandie Docker. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2022

The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable. (2021).

The Bookseller's Secret by Michelle Gable. (2021). **3 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 17 August 2021** 1942, London. Nancy Mitford has a lot of worries: air raids, German spies, a devastating loss, estranged from her… Continue reading The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

Daughter of the Hunter Valley by Paula J. Beavan. (2021).

Daughter of the Hunter Valley by Paula J. Beavan. (2021). **4 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 29 September 2021** 1831, New South Wales. Reeling from her mother's death, Maddy arrives in the newly colonised Hunter… Continue reading Daughter of the Hunter Valley by Paula J. Beavan. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021).

The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021). **3 out of 5 stars** **Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 29 September 2021** When Tartelin accepts a job with the reclusive Marianne, she finds herself on a wild island with… Continue reading The Women of Pearl Island by Polly Crosby. (2021).