2017 Reviews · historical fiction · retelling · romance · war · World War II

Book Review: The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth

Title: The Beast’s Garden Author: Kate Forsyth Published: August 3rd 2015 Publisher: Vintage Australia Pages: 512 Genres:  Fiction,  Historical, War, Romance, Retelling RRP: $32.99 Rating: 5 stars A retelling of The Beauty and The Beast set in Nazi Germany The Grimm Brothers published a beautiful version of the Beauty & the Beast tale called ‘The Singing, Springing Lark’ in 1819. It combines… Continue reading Book Review: The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth

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

Book Review: The Toymaker by Liam Pieper

Title: The Toymaker Author: Liam Pieper Published: June 27th 2016 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 272 Genres: Fiction, War, Historical, Australian RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4 stars A person is defined by the secrets they keep . . . Adam Kulakov likes his life. He’s on the right side of middle age; the toy company he owns brightens the lives of children around… Continue reading Book Review: The Toymaker by Liam Pieper

2016 Reviews · Australian · historical fiction · saga · war

Book Review: The Turning Tide by C.M. Lance

Title: The Turning Tide Author: C.M. Lance Published: August 1st 2014 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 344 Genres: Fiction, War, Historical, Australian RRP: $29.99 Rating: 4.5 stars A novel of secrets, mateship and betrayal, set against a dramatic backdrop of wartime Australia – a sweeping saga that will be enjoyed by readers who crave action and adventure with a little bit… Continue reading Book Review: The Turning Tide by C.M. Lance

2016 Reviews · Australian · contemporary fiction · romance · rural ficition · small town · war

Book Review: The Family Secret by Fiona Palmer

Title: The Family Secret Author: Fiona Palmer Published: October 3rd 2016 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 384 Genres: Fiction, Romance, Australian RRP: $32.99 Rating: 4.5 stars Kim Richards is a creative woman of the land, a rural ambassador who is renowned for her contribution to her community. But deep down, she is lonely. She’s already watched the man she loves… Continue reading Book Review: The Family Secret by Fiona Palmer

2016 Reviews · historical fiction · war

Book Review: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss

Title: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms Author: Anita Heiss Published: August 1st 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Pages:  Genres: Fiction, Historical, Australian RRP: $32.99 Rating: 5 stars 5 August, 1944: Over 1000 Japanese soldiers attempt to break out of the No. 12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are… Continue reading Book Review: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss

2016 Reviews · historical fiction · war

Book Review: The War Bride by Pamela Hart

Book blurb: January, 1920. Young Englishwoman Margaret Dalton is full of excitement as she arrives in Sydney to begin a new life in the warm, golden land of Australia. She leaves behind the horrors of WWI and can’t wait to see her husband, Frank, after two years of separation. But when Margaret’s ship docks, Frank… Continue reading Book Review: The War Bride by Pamela Hart

2016 Reviews · Australian · non-fiction · war

Book Review: Our Vietnam Nurses by Annabelle Brayley

Book blurb: From the bestselling author of Bush Nurses and Nurses of the Outback comes this collection of compelling and moving stories of our heroic nurses in the Vietnam War Being a nurse always requires a cool head, a steady hand and an open heart. But if you’re working in a war zone, the challenges… Continue reading Book Review: Our Vietnam Nurses by Annabelle Brayley