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Best books of 2019

It gets harder and harder to list my favourite books each year, and this year was particularly tough. I think it would be far easier to list the books I didn’t enjoy, although that list would be very small. So, here goes, my ten favourite books for 2019 are: (in alphabetical order not favourite order…

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My Best Books of 2018

. What a great reading year I’ve had. Although I didn’t quite reach my 30 book goal on my reading challenge on Goodreads, (the year’s not over yet!), I’ve read so many great books this year. So being that time of year – the end of, and Christmas – here’s my top ten of books…

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Published: 2017 Publisher: Harper Collins My Rating: 5 / 5   Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how…

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Book Review: The Rules of Backyard Croquet

The Rules of Backyard Croquet Author: Sunni Overend Published: February 2018 Publisher: Harper Collins My Rating: 4 / 5   All’s fair in love and couture Disgraced fashion prodigy Apple March has gone into hiding, concealing herself within the cashmere and silk folds of a formerly grand fashion boutique – the hanging of blouses and handling…

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Book Review: The Memories That Make Us

. The Memories That Make Us Author: Vanessa Carnevale Published: February 2018 Publisher: Harlequin My Rating: 5 / 5   After an accident leaves Gracie with severe amnesia, she’s forced to decide: live a life that is made up of other people’s memories of who she was, or start a new life on her own….

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Book Review: The Paris Seamstress

The Paris Seamstress Author: Natasha Lester Published: April 2018 Publisher: Hachette My Rating: 5* / 5*   1940: A young Parisian seamstress escapes to New York from the war with only a sewing machine and a dream. 2015: A young Australian woman is summoned to attend her dying grandmother’s pret-a-porter retrospective at the annual Met…

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Book Review: Redemption Point

Redemption Point Author: Candice Fox Published: February 2018 Publisher: Penguin Random House My Rating: 4.5 / 5   When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire’s devastated…

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Book Review: The Sisters’ Song

. The Sisters’ Song Author: Louise Allan Published: February 2018 Publisher: Allen & Unwin My Rating: 5 / 5   Set in rural Tasmania over a span of seventy years, the strengths and flaws of motherhood are revealed through the mercurial relationship of these two very different sisters. The Sisters’ Song speaks of dreams, children…

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Book Review: Slow

Slow: Live.Life.Simply Author: Brooke McAlary Published: 2017 Publisher: Allen & Unwin My Rating: 5/5   ‘Dear Mr & Mrs Jones, I am writing to inform you of my withdrawal from the race to keep up with you…’ Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow will inspire you to forget about the Joneses and create a life…

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Book Review: Secrets Between Friends

Secrets Between Friends Author: Fiona Palmer Published: 2017 Publisher: Hachette My Rating: 4.5/5 Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion. But long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of friends.  Secrets Between Friends is a poignant story of romance, family dynamics and friendship from beloved Australian Storyteller Fiona…