Birthright

Birthright

Fiona Lowe

Birthright by Fiona Lowe

Reviewed by Helen

Where do I start this book has left me speechless it is so good, from start to finish the characters come alive on the pages, the setting is fabulous and I got so invested in their lives that I was almost yelling at them as well as cheering some of them on, MS Lowe you rock with your fabulous words, I practically inhaled this story and my advice to other readers is clear your calendar for the day so as you can just read this one.

I don’t want to give too much away in this one, this is a story of a family, the Jamieson’s a privileged family in wealth and status but underneath there is a lot that is going on and has gone on in the past and now things are starting to come out, secrets are being uncovered and brother and sisters are disputing and arguing about the way things are being done and what should happen with the property and money.

Matriarch Margaret who has always held the power over her children Sarah, Cameron and Ellie is failing in health and this is starting to show in the family as it starts to break down not that they were always very close. Sarah is having marital problems has always been at her mother’s beck and call even though she has always known she is not the favourite, Cameron is married to Anita and is the favourite child and knows it and Elle the black sheep the one that was always in trouble, but can they work together or will break further apart with what is uncovered.

This is such a great story I finished it last night and I can’t stop going over what Sarah and Elle went through and Cameron’s behaviour throughout the story and the strength that Anita shows and Margaret what can I say other than I highly recommend that you pick this one up and fall into it like I did, thank you so much MS Lowe for a story that had me hooked from page one, awesome story. I have to say the epilogue is perfect I loves how everything turned out.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published February 19th 2018 by Harlequin


Differently Normal

Differently Normal

Tammy Robinson

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson

Reviewed by Helen

When I read the blurb of this book I thought it sounded quirky and good and I was right, although it is not the normal romances I read it is a beautiful love story that had me laughing out loud and yes shedding a lot of tears. This book tells the story of two nineteen year olds who have such totally different families, which when they meet lets them open up and see a different life as they fall in love.

Maddie lives with her mother and disabled sister there are no fathers in the picture but there is lots of love through the struggle that is keeping everything as normal as possible for Bee, Maddie’s sister who has autism among other problems. There is no time for a personal life for Maddie and her and her mother work different shifts so as Bee is always cared for, but then Maddie meets Albert at the riding school that she takes Bee to, her world opens up and is about to change in such a good way.

Albert is still living at home with his cruel father and loving mother, although not happy at home he is working and saving to get away on his own, he loves the beach and surfing and has plans for the future but at the moment he works at a horse stable where they give riding lessons to disabled kids and he loves it he has real knack with the horses and works hard, then comes the day that he meets Maddie and it is like a light bulb goes off for him he is drawn to her and fate will get them on their first date.

This is such a moving and emotional story with all of the right feels as Maddie and Albert get to know each other, they open up about things that they have never spoken of before, see what other families are like and have such a fun time falling in love, the beach is a big part in the story as is Bee, Maddie’s sister. Maddie is a beautiful caring and loving heroine always there for the people she loves and shows such strength and Albert wow what a guy he knows how to make a girl laugh and smile he is caring and loving as well. I did really love this one there really are so many emotions throughout, ups and downs along the way, I highly recommend this one it is going to stay with me for a long time, thank you MS Robinson for a fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published January 30th 2018 by Hachette New Zealand

The Red Dirt Road

The Red Dirt Road

Alissa Callen

The Red Dirt Road by Alissa Callen

Reviewed by Helen

MS Callen has taken us back to Woodlea for another story that flows with love and romance, it brings out the best in the characters that we know and the new ones meet. This one had me sighing, smiling and just feeling really good, as we see Dr Fliss Knight work through her problems to get her HEA with gorgeous rodeo pick-up rider Hewitt Sinclair who has a few demons off his own to overcome as well. Make yourself comfy for this one.

Fliss has moved back to the country to try and get her thoughts together and to see if she can find the love of medicine again, she has her run down farm Bundara and needs to be alone to get her life back on track, of course her sister Cressy and her fiancĂ© Denham are close and they have organized for one of Denham’s friends to come and stay for a while to help with the work load. Little does Fliss realize that this friend, a couple of dogs and some puppies as well as lots of rain are going to help her along, because when she meets Hewitt the peacefulness that she longs for changes. Then throw in a family secret that needs to be uncovered and life is moving.

Hewitt is injured physically and mentally when he arrives to help Fliss with the farm, he has lost his twin brother and feels responsible for his death so he needs to get back on track so as he can care for his widowed sister in law and his twin nephew and niece and get back to running the family farm, but when he first meets Fliss there is a spark that starts to unravel and feelings he needs to control but can he with Fliss being who she is.

This is an amazingly beautiful story it pulled me in with its fabulous setting, awesome characters and such a sensual, charming, beautiful journey for Hewitt and Fliss, both of them had anxieties to overcome and together they did it, I was cheering them on throughout the story with the ups and downs that were thrown their way, there are so many family members and friends as well as Molly, Max and the puppies that added so much to the story, it is one that is going to stay with me for a long time to come. I highly recommend this one MS Callen you rock what a beauty of a story this is one not to be missed, I want to move to Woodlea, I do hope that there will be more stories from Woodlea, Ella, Tanner and Taylor 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by MIRA

The Avoidable Orphan

The Avoidable Orphan

T.M. Clark


The Avoidable Orphan by T.M. Clark

Reviewed by Helen

This is a short story that I thoroughly enjoyed, who doesn’t love a baby elephant who needs saving and when children are involved in saving this baby your heart will swell with joy and happiness, set in Africa this is a story that shows how families stick together whether human or animal through thick and thin, I highly recommend that you get to know Ndhlovy, Joss, Courtney and Peta as well as their families.

Joss is a young boy who lives at a safari lodge with his parents he has found a baby elephant who needs saving, he and Bongani who helps at the lodge get her home and Leslie, his mother calls in their friend Roger to help with the elephant. Roger arrives with his two daughters Peta and Courtney who is Joss’s best friend and together they all work so hard to save Ndhlovy.

Roger has recently lost his wife Helene and his eldest daughter Peta is having a hard time coping she is studying to be a vet and is home for the Christmas break, Courtney is much younger but together they are a family. This trip to help with the elephant helps them to become even closer and talk about the loss of their mother and wife and open up about their feelings and their family so beautifully.

I loved this story it is beautiful, so well written and as I have read and loved MS Clark’s Child of Africa which is the follow on from this story years later, it was fabulous learning more about Ndhlovy and the families. MS Clark writes captivating, moving and gripping stories set in Africa with strong characters and the animals are such an important part of the stories, truly I cannot highly recommend her stories enough, Elephants are very special to me, thank you MS Clark for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published December 27th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services

His Outback Nanny

His Outback Nanny

Prickle Creek #3

Annie Seaton

His Outback Nanny by Annie Seaton

Reviewed by Helen

I am loving this series, stories of four cousins returning to the country town they grew up in. MS Seaton knows how to pull a reader in with her heart-warming trip to the outback this time it is Jemima’s turn to get her HEA and what a HEA it is, a gorgeous family in need of a Nanny and with Jemima in in the right spot at the right time and she has the biggest heart and caring nature.

Jemima is a top fashion model and she has done well but it has never been where her heart is, that has always been for caring and her love of teaching and nurturing children and now that she has come home to Spring Downs to help on her grandparents farm Prickle Creek, getting a job teaching at the local school is what she wants but when that falls through fate comes knocking when a little girl is asking for a new Mummy, and life as Jemmy knows it is about to change forever.

Ned McCormack is a single Dad to three children times have been tough, but he has moved back to where he grew up to try and make a new start for his family but running a farm and looking after three kids is not easy and when he runs into and old friend on the first day of school, things might just about to start looking up for him and the kids.

When Ned and Jemmy come to an arrangement that a marriage of convenience will suit them all everyone seem happy but keeping to the arrangement is harder that they thought and with the kids falling for Jemmy as well emotions are running high. This really is a beautiful story truly there were tears of joy there was laughter as Jemmy tries her hand at cooking (not one of her strongest points) but in every other way Jemmy is the best and Ned is such a gorgeous hero, and soon this family are all smiles, as I was. Thank you MS Seaton for another fabulous story, I can’t wait for Seb’s.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published January 15th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)

The Country Girl

The Country Girl

Cathryn Hein

The Country Girl by Cathryn Hein

Reviewed by Helen

This is a beautifully written story but you will need some tissues at the ready, I loved the setting a small country town where the neighbours are all good friends and there to support, and of course I loved that friends that had gone to school together re connect and journey to a HEA that has a few matters that take a bit to overcome that will end in lots of smiles.

Tash Ranger grew up in Emu Springs and had lots of friends but always felt the frumpy one and she loves cooking and food, Tash moved away started a blog and has had huge success she now has a cookbook deal and has moved back home to take her show back to the country, but one thing she is worried about is visiting her best friend Maddie this is heartbreaking for Tash as Maddie was badly injured when riding her horse and life will never been the same for her.

Patrick Lawson lives with heartbreak he is Maddie’s fiancĂ© and is true to his promise to love and care for her but Maddie lives with her parents Patrick is not coping well, when Tash moves back home and somehow she gives him the strength to make some decisions and move on start a new life and listen to his feelings for Tash.

Patrick and Tash have this pull between them both were so close to Maddie but now it is time for them, the journey isn’t easy but oh I do love Tash what a beautiful caring loving strong woman she is and Patrick so vulnerable but gorgeous and these two make the perfect couple. Of course Tash’s cooking is to die for as well I am sure I put on a couple of kilos just reading this book oh my goodness the fun and friendships along the journey are so beautiful woohoo MS Hein I loved Tash and Patrick’s story another one for the keeper shelf and one that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published December 18th 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd

Child of Africa

Child of Africa

T. M. Clark

Child Of Africa by T.M. Clark

Reviewed by Helen

This story has a WOW factor for me it is emotional, moving and gripping, from page one I fell totally into the story, the characters coming to life on the pages and speaking to me of the lives that they live the hardships that they go through the power struggles running a village can cause. The beautiful wild beasts of Africa that need to be cared for and the way that Joss, Peta and Bongani share their love and friendship with them and each other.

Joss Brennan has returned to his home at the safari lodge on Lake Kariba Zimbabwe from Afghanistan a changed man he is a double amputee and is not sure what he wants to do with his life, but that doesn’t take him long to learn when he is back with his old friend Bongani they shared a lot while Joss grew up and now Joss is back there is danger brewing from Bongani’s brother, but there is also joy in his home new friends and old and additions to the family and the return of the baby elephant Ndhlovy that Joss, Peta and Bongani saved when she was a calf.

Peta de Longe is now a veterinarian and lives close to Joss Peta and her sister Courtney were very close as children Courtney is now passed away and Peta cares for her father. A lot has happened in the years that Joss was away and there is always danger lurking in this area with poachers and wild animals. Peta and Joss’s reunion comes as a shock and then joy that brings them together in this harsh world where they have to fight corrupt and nasty businessman to save animals and humans alike.

I don’t want to give too much away but let me highly recommend this story MS Clark writes powerful stories set in a hard place but there is always hope and love running along with the danger and cruelty that happens in Africa, it opens your eyes to the struggle to save these awesome beasts. Getting to know the elephant Ndhlovy left me speechless she is such a beautiful animal who has been through so much and the joy when she is reunited with her old friends had me tearing up. Thank you MS Clark amazing story that I loved. 

5/5 stars fro a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 1st 2017 by MIRA