Secrets Between Friends

Secrets Between Friends

Fiona Palmer

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer

Reviewed by Helen

This is such a beautiful, moving, touching story about three friends who met at school and just bonded together forever Jess, Ricki and Abbie there is also Peter who started out as Jess’s best friend but became best friends to them all and then partner to Ricki. Jess is a single mum to Ollie and a teacher now living in the country, Ricki is a nurse and lives with Peter and Abbie is a career girl in real estate. They plan a reunion on a three day cruise to Albany Western Australia to party, reminisce and just have fun, Peter has plans as well and joins them for this journey, little do they all know that secrets will be uncovered and their lives will change forever.

Jess will go to any lengths to help her friends she loves them all but has kept a secret for some time now that will impact on them all, although the girls know that she has loved Peter forever he is as close to family as possible, they were neighbours growing up and with the home life Jess had Peter and his family were her life savers, but maybe now it is time to cut ties with Peter and stay in the country town she teaches with her gorgeous son Ollie.

Abbie has just had her life turned upside down by her partner and the job that she loves is not what it used to be and with so much going on this cruise is going to be a blast and when she gets back then it will be time to think about the future and she is determined to keep her secret and be strong as always.

Ricki has been happy with her life she loves Peter but her wish to travel and nurse in under privileged countries is getting stronger especially after having met a new nurse at work, is it time to make a change in her life?

The time for the trip arrives and with each one of them having things on their mind this trip turns into a roller-coaster of secrets that have been kept from each other which is so out of fashion for them as they are just so close but these secrets are doozies that will leave each of them shocked and hurt in some ways but as true friends they need to pull together and be there for each other.

I really loved this book the bond these friends share is just beautiful the love and the strength they show through the hurts will have you turning the pages but do make sure you have the tissues handy because there will be tears but smiles as well, thank you MS Palmer for a story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come and yay for cruising I have been on a few and the memories of being on the ship are good.


5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Hachette Australia




Nineteen Letters

Nineteen Letters

Jodi Perry


Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Reviewed by Helen

WOW this is an amazingly beautiful story there is so much emotion and beauty in this story I could hardly put it down I cried, I laughed and I smiled but above all I felt the emotions and love that is shown by Braxton Spencer to his wife Jemma after a tragic accident nearly takes her away, this is a must read story for anyone who loves a truly magical story.

Braxton met Jemma when he was seven and Jemma was six and her family moved in next door and this started a journey to an absolute true love, they became the best of friends they were always there for each other helped each other through some tough times and laughed through the good times. The number nineteen was very special to them both in so many ways nineteenth of January is the first time they meet and it pops up many times in their lives. Their friendship grew to love and a partnership that would bring such joy to them both.

Jemma had moved from the country and it was a day that would change her life forever it was the day she met her new neighbour Braxton and what a hero he turned out to be for her, she had never had a friend as good as Braxton they had such an easy going relationship even as they got older and fell in love it went from strength to strength although she is sure she had loved him on first sight all of those years ago.

This book has left me speechless it is so amazing I can’t begin to tell you what Braxton went through on the day that Jemma had her accident and both their lives were changed so much when she awakes from the coma she has no memory of their lives together or her life at all but Braxton never gives up and starts writing her letters about their lives together hoping these will help her to remember the love they had, without Jemma part of his soul is missing and Jemma loves these letters and the special gifts that come with them. Honestly keep the tissues at the ready you are going to need them but there are laughs along the way as well and such sighs and smiles. It is going to be very hard to pick up another book after this one I am not going to forget this one for a long time to come. Thank you MS Perry for a gorgeous story that is a keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published August 29th 2017 by Hachette

Secrets at Wongan Creek

Secrets at Wongan Creek

Wongan Creek #2

Juanita Kees

Secrets at Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees

Reviewed by Helen

MS Kees really knows how to pull a reader into a story with her words that bring to life characters who have been to hell and back and this one is emotional, moving and suspenseful one that should not be missed. I was looking forward to revisiting Wongan Creek and I am glad I went.

Tameka Chalmers has lived in the township off Wongan Creek all of her life on a farm with her mother and father but when her mother leaves after what is known as the big bang and is never heard from again Tameka is left to live with her drunken cruel father and she has not only lost her Mum but her best friend as well neighbour Harley Baker. So when a spray drift goes wrong on her farm and there is a fire at her home, this starts a chain of events that will change a lot of lives.

Harley Baker and his family run the neighbouring farm to Tameka and along with Harley’s brother Ryan these three kids were inseparable till a tragedy takes Ryan away and then an act of love years later separates Tameka and Harley, but now with the loss of his crop and his dog Loki doing damage to Tameka’s crop they are bought back together. Harley is still just as much in love with her as he was when they were 19 but can he convince Tameka that they should be together?

This is a really good story so very well written the characters show their depth and the strength that people are capable of when tragedy happens and how love can help heal so many secrets revealed in this one. Oh there were tears and there was cheering when Tameka’s father got his just deserts, I highly recommend this book it is a fabulous story, oh and I want a Loki he is the best dog and Harley is a hero to die for along with his great parents and the community as a whole. Thank you MS Kees I loved it and I hope I have done it justice.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published August 12th 2017 by Escape Publishing

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

Sophie Green

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

Reviewed by Helen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish a beautifully written story about five woman who come together in the outback for a book club. Sybil Baxter is the matriarch of Fairvale Station she came here as a young bride many years ago and is very happy with her husband Joe they have two sons and a daughter in law of course life is never perfect but is what you make of it and Sybil worries about her young English daughter in law Kate and hence the book club is formed never thinking how much it would help all five of them.

Sybil invites her best friend Rita who is living in Alice Springs working with the flying Doctors then daughter in law Kate and also Della a young woman from Texas working on the neighbouring station Ghost River and Sallyanne a young mother from the town of Katherine to join her in being the first members of the book club, this starts strong friendships between all five and they discuss more than books over their three years, of course they cannot meet as often as they would like because of the weather there is no travelling in the wet season.

I loved getting to know these woman and the people that are in their lives the strength that they show through some very tough times the outback can be a hard place to live and these woman rock. There are men in their lives that work hard and show their love and there are some men that just don’t. I felt like I was there with these Ladies as they discussed the books their first book is one that I loved and read in one sitting, and had me smiling, but above all I loved how they helped each other through thick and thin.

This book is set between 1978 and 1981 I married in 1977 so there was a lot of familiar events and incidents that I knew about and MS Green made me feel close to the characters even though I have never visited the outback it is a place I would love to go to. The book club was a fabulous idea, I am sure that even though the stations have lots of workers the woman could often feel lonely.

I don’t want to give too much away just the this is a fabulous read with a cast of amazing characters that I highly recommend, it is moving and shows so much emotion there were tears and smiles there is joy and yes there is heartache but that is to be expected in life and MS Green has done it so well. There is an ending that will leave you smiling seeing characters get their HEA and leave you with hope for others. I loved this one thank you it is one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

5/5 stars for a great story


Published August 8th 2017 by Hachette Australia

The Country Wedding

The Country Wedding

Barbara Hannay

The Country Wedding by Barbara Hannay

Reviewed by Helen
MS Hannay has written another story that will engage the reader with characters who are so full of charm, these characters are so real and come to life on the pages they pull you into their lives whether it be in Shanghai around war time or a beautiful country town Burralea in the Tablelands of northern Queensland in 2015. This is our second visit to Burralea and we are back with the Drummond family this time we get to know Flora and we discover Joe and Hattie who are re-united after the discovery of bones on a property that is owned now by Flora’s brother Seth. I didn’t want to put this one down so make yourself comfortable and enjoy.

Flora is back home after leaving an abusive partner she is a gifted violinist and is practising for a new position she is staying in town and lying low so to speak but when she is asked to play in a quartet for a very good friend’s wedding she is happy to help but this wedding doesn’t go to plan and this is not the first time that this beautiful little church has seen a betrayal of love and Flora is feeling the grooms heartache you see she has had a crush on Mitch Cavello since she was a young girl and Mitch came to stay on the property she grew up on, so here starts a journey that brings a lot of drama into Flora’s life.

Hattie Bellamy spent her younger years in Shanghai with her very English family exploring the markets and lots of other exciting things but with the war getting closer and fear takes over her widowed mother Rose brings Hattie to Australia to be safe and there she meets Joe Matthews they spend a lot of time growing up on Joe’s parents property Kooringal they fall in love and plan to marry but plans get turned around and Joe marries someone else in the little church in Burralea. Hattie loses her mother Rose and a secret is uncovered and moves to England and gets on with her life but many years later she moves to Brisbane and then the discovery of bones on Kooringal bring her back to Burralea and back to Joe.

There are four people who have a lot to go through to get to their HEA’s and their stories are so moving, emotional and just so captivating this was a book I was really looking forward to after reading The Grazier’s Wife and wow it really is a beauty of a story one that I can highly recommend, I don’t want to give too much away and I hope that I have done this one justice because it is another keeper, one not to be missed thank you MS Hannay you bought me to tears, you made me smile and it will be a while before I stop thinking about Flora, Mitch, Hattie and Joe and the cast of wonderful characters that made this story so very enjoyable. Don’t miss this one.


5/5 stars for such a fabulous story

Published July 31st 2017 by Penguin Books Australia




Leaving Ocean Road

Leaving Ocean Road

Esther Campion
Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion

Reviewed by Helen


Huge congratulations must go to MS Campion for a fabulous debut book it was amazing it pulled me in from page one and that was it I didn’t want to put it down, I got lost in this beautiful story of heartache, of life and of living again. Ellen Constantinopoulos is a strong Irish woman who has moved to Australia and loved and lived and lost and learnt to love again, sit back and enjoy.

I loved the strength that Ellen shows through this story the ups and downs that follow the loss of her beloved Greek husband Nick and how her and her daughter Louise cope in their own ways and the friends that help them. But it is not till Ellen’s first love Gerry Clancy arrives at The Block on Ocean Road that Ellen starts to come alive again 9 months after Nick’s death and there is a secret to reveal that will change lives and cause some big upheavals.

This story is a fabulous journey through some tough times for Ellen, Gerry and Louise this one takes us from beautiful Port Lincoln South Australia to Santorini Greece and Cork in Ireland where Ellen and Gerry hail from. Gerry is now divorced but when he first sets eyes on Ellen again after so many years it doesn’t take him long to realize that he has never stopped loving her and Ellen knows that she has never forgotten Gerry.

Make sure you have some tissues at the ready when you read this one I am still tearing up writing this review after finishing the book late last night, I cannot highly recommend this one enough it is fast paced there are so many fabulous characters that add so much to the story, but in the end love surely will prevail and Ellen and Gerry will realize that home is where their hearts are if they are together and I was defiantly left smiling. Thank you MS Campion for a beautiful story that will stay with me for a long time and is one for the keeper shelf and I look forward to more of your stories.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published July 25th 2017 by Hachette Australia

The Paris Wedding

The Paris Wedding

Charlotte Nash

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash

Reviewed by Helen

If you ever wanted a trip to Paris then this is the book to pick up, not only will have a fabulous holiday in Paris but you will meet country girl Rachael West who has lived her life on a farm in NSW Australia growing wheat she has been caring for her mother and running the farm for the last ten years and after her mother passes away Rachael’s life is about to change drastically. One big question does she still love her first love?

Rachel had chosen to stay in the small country town of Milton to care for her mother rather than moving to Sydney to study at university with the love of her life Matthew Grant who was going off to medical school they had big plans for their future but like some plans they change and people change and Matthew ends up breaking off their relationship and moves on in life leaving Rachael to carry on being the caring person she is.

So when the invitation to Matthew’s wedding arrives just after the death of her mother and it is an a trip to Paris for a week of events Rachael is torn between going or not, you see she still loves Matthew and this is going to be hard for her. With her best friend from school Sammy, she decides that going will get him out of her system once and for all but maybe not. Sammy goes with her on the trip that will uncover secrets pull friends apart and also make new friendships even if embarrassment makes the new friendships stutter a bit.

I really did love this story it is compelling reading once you pick it up you will not want to put it down it is beautifully written and yes there were tears, sadness and joy, MS Nash has captured the honesty and the strength that true friendship holds. The journey from country NSW Australia to Paris was amazing the descriptions made me feel like I was there and the clothes to be able to sew and design like that. This is a story that I highly recommend and will stay with me for a long time to come, oh to see Rachael realize what she needs to do with her life and Antonio is just what she will need  a fabulous read.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Hachette Australia