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).

Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense · Thriller

Black Widows by Cate Quinn. (2021).

Black Widows by Cate Quinn. (2021). **3.5 out of 5 stars** The only thing that these three women had in common was their husband. And now they're each accused of his murder. Blake lived with his three wives on a hidden stretch of land in Utah. Rachel is the first and chief wife, obedient and… Continue reading Black Widows by Cate Quinn. (2021).

Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Romance

Meet Me in Bendigo by Eva Scott. (2021).

Meet Me in Bendigo by Eva Scott. (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 28 July 2021** Annalisa is running her family's hardware shop in small-town Wongilly after experiencing tragedy. The store was hit by… Continue reading Meet Me in Bendigo by Eva Scott. (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).

Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn. (2021).

The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Burma, 1945. Bea, Plum, Bubbles, Joy and Lucy: in search of adventure, attached to the Fourteenth Army, fighting a forgotten war in the jungle. Assigned to run a mobile canteen, they become embroiled in life-threatening battles of their own. Oxford, 1976. A woman… Continue reading The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn. (2021).

Mystery · Psychological Thriller · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Suspense

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. (2021).

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** St Christopher's College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most. For Mariana, a group therapist struggling through grief, it's where she met her late husband. For her niece Zoe, it's where her best friend just got murdered. As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she… Continue reading The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. (2021).

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

The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird. (2021).

The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Welcome to the Emporium of Imagination, an unusual shop that travels the world offering vintage gifts to repair broken dreams and extraordinary phones to contact lost loved ones. But on arrival in the tiny town of Boonah, the store's custodian Earlatidge realises… Continue reading The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird. (2021).

Australian Author · Crime · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Thriller

Across The Water by Ingrid Alexandra. (2020).

Across The Water by Ingrid Alexandra. (2020). **2 out of 5 stars** In a remote Australian backwater, Liz's only lifeline to the real world is through her window where she is obsessively watching the three houses across the creek. It's the middle house that transfixes her: with beautiful Delilah and her angelic baby. When both… Continue reading Across The Water by Ingrid Alexandra. (2020).

Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

Half Life by Jillian Cantor. (2021).

Half Life by Jillian Cantor. (2021). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Poland, 1891. Marie Curie (then Marya Sklodowska) was engaged to a budding mathematician, Kazimierz Zorawski. But after his mother insisted Marya was not good enough, he broke off the engagement. A heartbroken Marya left Poland for Paris to study chemistry and physics at the… Continue reading Half Life by Jillian Cantor. (2021).

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

The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock. (2021).

The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock. (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 7 July 2021** Meet Mercy, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately this is made worse by the fact she… Continue reading The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock. (2021).