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).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018).

The Botanist's Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018). **4.5 out of 5 stars** In Victorian England after her father's death, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth travels to Chile to find a rare and miraculous plant on his behalf. To do this she will face a sea voyage and unforeseen danger. In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal… Continue reading The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The French Photographer by Natasha Lester. (2019).

The French Photographer by Natasha Lester. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** Paris, 1942. Jess's modelling career ends abruptly and she manages to get assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist. The army men make her life as difficult as possible but three friendships keep Jess going: journalist Martha, paratrooper Dan and a… Continue reading The French Photographer by Natasha Lester. (2019).

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

Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander. (2019).

Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander. (2019). **4 out of 5 stars** In 1913 at Half Moon Lake, 4 year old Sonny Davenport goes missing. His wealthy and influential parents will do anything to get him back. Two years later a boy is found with a tramp and claimed by the Davenports. But is he… Continue reading Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander. (2019).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper. (2019).

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper. (2019). **3 out of 5 stars** 1853. Della has lost her parents, lives in Hawkesbury, NSW and has no intentions to return to Sydney. However Captain Stefan arrives on a quest to retrieve Australia's possibly first opal. This results in Della returning to Sydney and her… Continue reading The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper. (2019).

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

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. (2019).

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. (2019). **5 out of 5 stars** In 2019, Alice struggles with supporting all of her family while also caring for her son Eddie who has autism spectrum disorder. Her grandmother is dying and has asked Alice to go to Poland to discover what happened to those she… Continue reading The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. (2019).

Historical Fiction · Horror · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Corset by Laura Purcell. (2018).

The Corset by Laura Purcell. (2018). **4 out of 5 stars** Dorothea is a young, wealthy and beautiful woman who visits prisoners as charitable work. She also practises phrenology on them (the theory that a person's skull shape can indicate their character). Ruth is a teenage seamstress accused of murder and believes she has a… Continue reading The Corset by Laura Purcell. (2018).