2017 Reviews · Britain · historical fiction · mystery · new release

Release Day Book Review: The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

Title: The Woman in the Wood Author:  Lesley Pearse Published: July 3rd 2017 Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Pages: 400 Genres:  Fiction, Historical, Mystery RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4 stars Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960. The twins are sent to their grandmother’s country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them… Continue reading Release Day Book Review: The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

2017 Reviews · Book club · Britain · chick lit · contemporary fiction · romance

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Title: My Not So Perfect Life Author:  Sophie Kinsella Published: January 30th 2017 Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Pages: 438 Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit RRP: $32.99 Rating: 3 stars Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no… Continue reading Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

2017 Reviews · blog tour · Britain · crime · historical fiction · mystery · war · World War II

Blog Tour: Winter Downs by Jan Edwards

Good Morning! It is my pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Winter Downs blog tour, which kicked off Friday June 2nd and followed an exciting launch party yesterday. A little more about the book… In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across… Continue reading Blog Tour: Winter Downs by Jan Edwards

Australian · Britain · war · World War I

A collection of Anzac Day recommended reads

To commemorate today’s Anzac day celebrations, thought I would share a handful of World War I, Gallipoli based stories that I have recently read. I have included a mixture of non fiction and fiction books, from both Australian and British authors. Each of these books moved me in their own right, some were inspired by… Continue reading A collection of Anzac Day recommended reads

2017 Reviews · Britain · historical fiction · war · World War II

Book Review: The Safest Place in London by Maggie Joel

Title: The Safest Place in London Author: Maggie Joel Published: September 1st 2016 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 352 Genres:  Fiction,  Historical, War RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4 stars On a frozen January evening in 1944, Nancy Levin, and her three-year-old daughter, Emily, flee their impoverished East London home as an air raid siren sounds. Not far away, 39- year-old Diana Meadows… Continue reading Book Review: The Safest Place in London by Maggie Joel

2017 Reviews · Bookstr · Britain · contemporary fiction

Book Review: Love, Lies and Linguine by Hilary Spiers

Title: Love, Lies and Linguine Author: Hilary Spiers Published: February 1st 2017 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 448 Genres: Fiction RRP: $29.99 Rating: 3 stars The delightfully irascible sisters are on the move . . . which just goes to show you’re never too old to start again. Having found, in Hester & Harriet, that sometimes opening your door to the unexpected… Continue reading Book Review: Love, Lies and Linguine by Hilary Spiers

Britain · historical fiction · romance

Book Review: The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh

Title: The Chocolate Tin Author: Fiona McIntosh Published: October 31st 2016 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 412 Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance RRP: $32.99 Rating: 5 stars The highly anticipated, sensuous new blockbuster by the beloved, bestselling author of The Perfumer’s Secret. Alexandra Frobisher is a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England’s famous chocolate-making town of York. She has received several… Continue reading Book Review: The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh