Summer reading is the best isn’t it? Sitting in the warmth, a breeze upon your back with a good book – ah, that’s the life!
This Summer I’ve been lucky enough to read a few books including the two I’m about to review below, from two of my favourite Aussie women authors, so let’s get to it.
It Started With A Kiss by Lisa Heidke
Lisa Heidke is queen of the summer read with the likes of Claudia’s Big Break and Lucy Springer Gets Even under her belt. Her books are light, easy reads, but also wildly entertaining. It Started With A Kiss, is no exception.
The book surrounds Friday Jones, a mother of two teenage girls and a wife Liam who is a little lost. After her husband of twenty years decides their marriage is over, Friday is distraught and delves into some interesting behaviour to deal with her heartbreak. The story is one of love, loss, heartbreak, lust, sadness and happiness. And how life can lead you down the strangest paths.
I really enjoyed this book, and would possibly say it is my favourite of Lisa’s books so far. The thing about Lisa is she creates a world filled with real characters. Characters that you get to know and therefore want to invest in their story. It’s a tricky thing to do, but to her credit, Lisa makes it seem easy. To me the mark of a good book is when you are still thinking about the characters long after you finish reading. And even now, I still wonder what Friday would be up to and where the next turn of her path has taken her.
It Started With A Kiss is witty and filled with highs and lows that will keep you engaged the entire way through.
4 out of 5
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Liane was recently named at number 2 in Booktopia’s list of Australia’s Favourite Authors. And what a worthy runner-up she is! Liane is fast becoming my very favourite author. One in which I want to read her entire back catalogue and wait on the edge of my seat for her next book.
Liane writes books that you don’t want to put down. And even if you do, you just can’t.
Three Wishes was actually her first novel and published in 2003. It tells the story of the Kettle triplets, sisters Cat, Lyn and Gemma, during one of their most tumultuous and life changing years.
As with Lisa, Liane writes beautifully constructed, real characters. In reading Three Wishes, you feel as though the Kettle triplets live in your neighbourhood, you almost expect to bump into them at the shopping centre. I was touched by each of the characters and their unique personalities. You see how their lives were shaped and their futures uncertain, just as our own journey through life is.
Three Wishes is both funny and poignant, raw and entertaining and just a simply loveable book. I finished it in two days and was sad when it ended. I’d love to know where these Kettle triplets are today, twelve years down the track.
5 out of 5
What are book/s have you read this summer?