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The North Wind

The North Wind

Dungirri  #3.5

Bronwyn Parry

The North Wind by Bronwyn Parry

Reviewed by Helen
MS Parry never fails to write a story that is fabulous in this Christmas novella we are back in the outback country town of Dungirri and the close knit people of the town are still getting over the problems they have had in the past but together these people stand and give what they can to help people always.

Dr Owen Caldwell is bringing his ninety year old grandfather Dr Bernard Chynoweth to a town neither have ever been to but Owen suspects that there is a definite mission on his grandfathers mind and it is going to take a bit to get it out of him. Bernard has a secret that must be told before the time comes for him to move on and that involves a long standing member of the Dungirri town.

Angie Butler is back home for Christmas staying with her Mum and happily hoping that her mother will finally sell the pub that has been in the family for many years but is now run by another local Gil. But when she meets a stranger in town who is very handsome the vibes and spark start Angie thinking and her world is about to change.

I loved being back in Dungirri back with "friends" and this time for Christmas although not an edge of your seat suspense this time there is a secret to uncover and emotions and feelings aplenty as we see a few changes and lots of smiles and tears as well. I read this one slowly so as I could savour every word so beautifully written it pulled me in from page one and had me smiling and sighing thank you MS Parry for another keeper and I do so hope there will be more stories from Dungirri. I highly recommend this one. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

  Published December 13th 2016 by Firetail Press      

Festive Deception

Festive Deception

Dark Mountain #2.5

D B Tait

Festive Deception by D.B. Tait

Reviewed by Helen

I am loving this series it is so well written and just pulls you in Julia has been through so much and this will be her first Christmas since getting out of jail (for something she didn't do) and she his very happy with her relationship with the local cop Dylan, they are now living together and Julia is doing well with her emotions and their lives are pretty much all smiles.

Julia is now doing a fair bit of interior design work and when she is commissioned to help with a beautiful house at Leura she is over the moon and Dylan is so happy for her but when she arrives and finds the owner dead another death well is she really the angel of death. Julia cannot help trying to find out what happened and makes friends with the elderly neighbours and discovers a lot of goings on which of course helps Dylan.

This is a quick fast paced read that had me engrossed from the start MS Tait has characters that just come to life on the pages and they are so easy to be friends with, you will be cheering them on and thinking all the time as to who the killer is it could be so many. I do highly recommend this story and this series and I am looking forward to a lot more to come. Julia and Dylan are fast becoming my favourite couple and of course the setting is beautiful. Thank you MS Tait for another fab story

5/5 stars for another fabulous story
Published October 25th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services

Desperate Deception

Desperate Deception

Dark Mountain #2

D.B. Tait

Desperate Deception by D.B. Tait

Reviewed by Helen
I have had this one sitting on the TBR pile for a while and I finally picked it up and just didn't want to put it down wow can MS Tait write a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat murder and mayhem happening in The beautiful Blue Mountains and it was fabulous catching up with all of the characters from the first book in this series.

Julia has now been out of jail for 6 months time that she should not of spent in there and her relationship with the local cop Dylan is moving along very nicely but Julia still has a lot to overcome and when her neighbours are found dead there is so much to work out and of course Julia is in the thick of things.

I love the emotions and feelings that are bought out in Julia and Dylan as there is one thing after another happening in the beautiful country town this is a fast paced story that really will keep you turning the pages I was up late last night finishing it and I can highly recommend this one MS Tait really has a way with words these characters are like friends and to see them open up and the joy through the drams is fabulous onto the next one now :)

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 8th 2015 by Momentum Books

Wayward Heart

Wayward Heart

Cathryn Hein

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Reviewed by Helen

I loved this one OMG another keeper and just saying love Granny B whom I met in Rocking Horse Hill, I love her character she brings so much to the story and this is one that you are not going to want to put down so make yourself comfortable when you start.

Jasmine Thomas has grown up in this area and has always felt safe and comfortable she has friends that she is very close to family a good job but she has had a bad relationship that did not sit well with some of the people around but has been kept quiet and now there has been some vandalism on her house in the beautiful town of Admella Beach and Jas is not going to go to the police she does not want this being gossip, but she is very surprised when her best friends brother Digby steps in to help and feelings that surprise both of them get stronger.

Digby Wallace-Jones has been to hell and back losing the love of his life in a tragedy he is withdrawn and quiet but when he sees that Jasmine is locking her gate he feels that something is wrong and that he needs to help and with this help for Jasmine it also helps Digby she brings him out. Who knew that a few episodes of Dr Who and the quiet peaceful evenings spent together would get them both to open up and become whole again.

This really is an amazing story about two tortured people who become even better friends with very sensual benefits and get them living again as they should, both feel that this probably should not be happening but you can't stop love and their journey is a beautiful one that had me in tears and cheering them on and smiling throughout. The setting is fabulous the characters that have become friends from other stories add so much to the story and again Granny B the best :) Thank you MS Hein for a story that will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 12th 2016 by Harlequin Mira

The Crossroads

The Crossroads

Pamela Cook

The Crossroads by Pamela  Cook

Reviewed by Helen

This is the first Pamela Cook story I have read and it won't be the last beautifully written with characters that are so engaging and alive this one had me riveted from the start till the end and had me feeling like friends with the people of Birralong.

This follows the lives of three woman linked but without knowing, when Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is riffling through her parents papers she comes across an envelope addressed to her and this envelope is going to change her life and open up a whole new family for her. When Faith starts on her journey to the small Queensland farming town of Birralong she has no idea what is going to happen or how she is going to cope.

Stephanie Bailey has lived in Birralong all of her life first growing up at the pub with her parents and now on the farm with her husband and son she loves her life but the drought is hard on them all and things are getting tough now, worries are causing rifts and with a new barmaid at the pub life is about to change again when secrets are revealed.

Rose Bailey who is Stephanie's mother and runs the heritage listed town pub The Crossroads has lived here all of her life as well married a visiting Irishman who loved the place and never left bought the pub settled down they had one child and Rose gave up her dreams of travel, but Rose is now widowed and has had a secret that has been kept for 31 years but all is about to uncovered what will it mean for these three woman and the town.

Truly this is a fabulous story that you will not want to put down once you start reading so many ups and downs emotions flying of the pages this is moving and so very beautiful I cried and smiled and cheered them all on so many stubborn characters who are lovable and just so nice. So fate has bought them all together and the love shines through. I highly recommend this one it will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: November 29th 2016 by Hachette Australia

The Three Miss Allens

The Three Miss Allens

Victoria Purman

The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman

Reviewed by Helen

What a fabulous story strong characters that leapt off the pages and became so real the setting is beautiful with such a great name Remarkable Bay and it was so remarkable to bring generations together without knowing they had all been there, there is a definite pull for this family to return.

Three Miss Allen sisters growing up in the 1930's and at Remarkable Bay for their summer holiday and it will be their last time together like this with Adeline about to get married Ruby contemplating marriage and young Clara hiding a devastating secret that will change all of their lives forever.

Then eighty odd years later Ruby's great granddaughter Roma buys the guest house that they had stayed in and Adeline's great granddaughter comes to stay as well and when a guest book is found and there is a mystery to try and uncover another Allen sister that no one had heard about, new people to meet who all have ties with Remarkable Bay and the Allen family and perhaps links with past generations makes this one a story that will keep you turning the pages.

This is a compelling story that covers some tough issues like domestic violence and secrets that have been kept by past and present generations hard decisions to be made on whether these secrets should be kept or told and of loves that are true or not. All in all this was a story that I savoured every word it is beautifully written and there were tears and joy with the past and present. I cannot highly recommend this one enough do yourself a favour and get compfy while you read this one because you are not going to want to put it down yes this one is going to stay with me for a while it already has me re thinking about it and the characters while doing tasks around the house fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 24th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA

From A Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Reviewed by Nas Dean

FROM A PARIS BALCONY by author Ella Carey is a Lake Union Publishing Ltd release for October 2016.

Sarah West finds about her ancestor Louisa’s death by accident from a letter from Marthe de Florian. And she is intrigued and wants to find out more. How did Louisa really die? Was it a suicide? She goes to Paris and moves in with artist Laurent Chartier. And starts seeing life in a new way.

Then we follow Louisa’s story and find out about her remarkable life and love as Sarah delves in her ancestor’s story. Now Sarah knows what path to follow for her own life.

FROM A PARIS BALCONY is an intriguing story following the lives of two remarkable ladies centuries apart. Both their stories are interesting and will take a reader on a journey of self-exploration. Author Ella Carey pens these spell-binding tales with her books that hooks readers and keeps them engrossed till the very last page. And still keep them in the story world long after they close the book.

Highly recommended for all readers. 


From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Reviewed by Helen

MS Carey has done it again taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times, times of courtesans wild living before wars came and changed the world where people had to be what was expected of them and there were the few that could let themselves be who they wanted to for a short time and struggling females could become famous.

Sarah West is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her parents and the breakdown of her marriage but a letter found among her father's possessions from the famous Parisian Courtesan Marthe de Florian dated 1895 is about to change her life send her to Paris to investigate a long lost relative Louisa West and actually stay in the Paris apartment that belonged to Marthe herself and to meet the artist Laurent Chartier and then delve back in time to the age of the Belle Epoque and the mystery surrounding her great great aunt how did she die?

This is a fabulously written story that delves back in time and brings Sarah's life full circle there is such a blossoming romance between Laurent and Sarah and the settings both in the 1890's and the present are amazing I honestly felt that MS Carey was transporting me to these places. So much history and romance the characters come to life and of course we got to meet up with Cat and Loic from The Paris Time Capsule and to see how woman struggled back then and the courage that Louisa West showed during her life. I hope I have done justice with this review truly I loved this one from page one and can't recommend it enough do yourself a favour and spend a few hours engrossed in this book. Thank you MS Carey for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing