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The Ghost Theatre by Mat Osman

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Mat Osman’s enthralling historical fantasy sweeps the reader into the London of 1601. Shay, a girl of 15, leaps across precarious rooftops in her role as a messenger… It is a unique way to communicate and this heralds the spirit of this novel. Shay lives with her failing father, a ferryman, in

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Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt by Lucinda Riley & Harry Whittaker

Reviewed by Ian Lipke The Seven Sister Series, initiated by Lucinda Riley many years ago, will mean a lot more to readers brought up on the books than to those like myself, a newcomer entering at Book 8. However, one can rest assured that there is much to read from the eighth and final volume.

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King of Pride by Ana Huang

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke On reading the title of this book, King of Pride, I did not know whether the story to come would be about humans or animals. However, the cover also tells me that this book is the second in a King of Sin series and when I began reading about a conversation

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Missing Pieces by Jennifer Mackenzie Dunbar

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Discovered in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in 1831 were the Lewis Chessmen which may constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess sets. When found, the hoard contained 93 artifacts: 78 chess pieces, 14 tablemen and one belt buckle. Altogether, the hoard held almost four full chess sets—only one

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I Fear My Pain Interests You by Stephanie LaCava

Reviewed by Clare Brook I Fear My Pain Interests You by Stephanie LaCava resonates like poetry, her writing is spare, economical and yet so meticulous in imageries of place and sentiment. LaCava describes psychological suffering and estrangement in her protagonist who cannot feel physical pain.  A real condition, apparently, known as congenital analgesia.  Given that

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Kookaburra Cottage by Maya Linnell

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Kookaburra Cottage is the fifth novel by Australian writer Maya Linnell, a former country journalist and radio host. Maya also blogs for Romance Writers Australia, loves baking up a storm, tending to her rambling garden and raising her three children. These aspects of her life are clearly reflected in her novels.

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Identity by Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Identity is by well-known American writer Nora Roberts. I have read many of her 225 romance novels, those set in a world of magic, as well as her ‘In Death Series’ written under the name J. D. Robb and enjoyed them.  She has also written under the pseudonyms Jill March and

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The Therapist by Hugh Mackay

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Hugh Mackay is an Australian psychologist, social researcher, and author of 21 books. He was a weekly newspaper columnist for 25 years and a regular commentator on radio and television. He has made a lifelong study of the attitudes and behaviour of Australians. The Therapist is the story of Martha Elliott,

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Faded Yellow by the Winter by Scott Pearce

Reviewed by Rod McLary Faded Yellow by the Winter is the first novel by Melbourne writer Scott Pearce.  It is the story of Vic Whelan a farmer living in Henrithvale in northern Victoria with his wife Jane and their two young children.  The family lives on the farm once owned by Vic’s father and before

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Time After Time by Karly Lane

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Time After Time is the twenty-first novel by Karly Lane to be published by Allen & Unwin. Her novels range from romantic suspense to family saga, and she is passionate about writing stories that embrace rural Australia and the vast communities within it. Most of her stories are a blending of

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The Summer Place by Janette Paul

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke This internationally published author, writing under the pen name Janette Paul, has once again provided an enjoyable read for those looking for contemporary women’s fiction and romantic comedy which she writes. She is a former news and sports journalist who also writes suspense novels under the name Jaye Ford. The story,

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The Albatross by Nina Wan

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The pandemic had varied and profound effects on the world, many were tragic. However, there are reasons to smooth the horrific memories that flooded our screens, daily. One is that creativity flourished as people were forced into long lockdowns. Nina Wan’s book, The Albatross, is a splendid example of this. Her

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The Stolen Hours by Karen Swan

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Karen Swan’s five part historical series, identified as the Wild Isle series, is based upon the dramatic evacuation of the Scottish island St Kilda in the summer of 1930. This may be the reason for the air of authenticity that accompanies the book. It is the summer of 1929 and Mhairi

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Dust Child by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Thousands of Australians visit Vietnam each year, and many do so repeatedly. They are charmed by the beauty of the people and the landscape. Many would recall the horror of the Vietnam war, perhaps were demonstrating in the 70s to end the senseless carnage. Few are aware of the enduring plight

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The Last Days of Joy by Anne Tiernan

Reviewed by Gail McDonald The Last Days of Joy is Anne Tiernan’s debut novel. Anne centred the book in Tauranga in New Zealand where she lives with her husband. Anne was born in Zambia and grew up in a small town near Dublin. She studied English Literature and Psychology at Trinity College. This was a

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