Riverstone Ridge

Riverstone Ridge

Mandy Magro

Riverstone Ridge by Mandy Magro

Reviewed by Helen

This is a fabulous story it has everything that a romance reader looks for, a little suspense uncovering secrets that had been kept for many years and a gorgeous second chance romance that had me cheering Nina and Logan on, it is moving and emotional and the setting is wonderful, it was really hard to put this one down once I had started it.

Nina Jones grew up on Riverstone Ridge a farm just outside of the small north Queensland town of Huntingvale, she knew she was adopted and loved her Aunty Bea the woman that had bought her up, but at the age of seventeen her life changed and Nina ran to start a new life with secrets held tight, now twenty years later the passing of her beloved Bea has bought her home and Bea has left a weekly letter over four weeks to help her decide which direction her future should take, there is a lot to take in and there is also her neighbour Logan the other person who had her heart.

Logan Steele always had feelings for Nina but he went to university and Nina to Brisbane for twenty years, Logan became a police officer and moved back to Huntingvale married and managed to keep going through a tragedy, but when Nina returns to Riverstone Ridge his heart soars and finally he can look to the future that is if Nina can open up with what she has learnt about the past and open up her heart to love.

This is a fast paced story that is beautifully written, I loved Logan and Nina what these two had gone through must have hurt badly but the strength they show had me smiling, there were tears and smiles throughout this story, the emotions flowing from the pages as MS Magro bought the characters to life. This is one that I highly recommend, it will stay with me for a long time to come, thank you.

5 stars


Published October 21st 2019 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd

Beautiful, Fragile

Beautiful, Fragile

Michelle Montebello

Beautiful, Fragile by Michelle Montebello

Reviewed by Helen

This is such a beautiful, moving and emotional story I loved it from page one, I loved getting to know Faith and Will and loved sharing their journey, a journey that is about opening up and re-learning a lot for Faith after she is found on a beach in Spain injured and missing ten years of her life, don’t miss this one, truly it is a must read.

Faith wakes up on a lonely beach in Spain, injured and very confused when she gets to the hospital she thinks she is from Sydney and twenty five years old, and it is 2009, it comes as a complete shock to discover it is 2019, with a brain injury and not knowing what has happened to her or why she is in Spain it is really hard on her, when she is told that her husband will be coming from London to pick her up and she learns that she has three children, this begins a very emotional and poignant journey.

When Will is told that his wife has been in an accident in Spain and needs to go to her, he struggles with feelings about what he will find when he gets there, Faith is in a hospital bed she does not know him or remember that they have three children, will she remember why she took off from their home to go to Spain, there are so many questions, will she ever get her memory back, it takes him a bit to realize that the future is what counts and that she is the woman he loves.

Faith has a hard time coping when they get home Will is wary of answering too many of her questions, but one thing is sure that Faith wants her memory back but Will thinks that some things should remain in the past as they find the love that bought them together when they first met. This is such a beautifully written story, MS Montebello has bought Faith and Will and their beautiful family to life on these pages, their talks under the stars are just gorgeous and she had me guessing at what had happened to Faith, I felt their pain, their heartbreak and their joy, there were tears and smile. This is a story that I highly recommend a journey about families love and life, I loved it thank you MS Montebello.

5 stars


Expected publication: November 25th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services

House of Wishes

House of Wishes

Jenn J McLeod

House of Wishes by Jenn J. McLeod

Reviewed by Helen

This is one of those stories that will draw you in, it is compelling and moving with characters who are strong, caring and loving, set in two timelines 1974 and 2014, I savoured every word, it is a story of love, heart-break and secrets set around Dandelion House and it starts in 1974 with two young teenagers and a bond they formed, then we meet Beth who has a task that must be filled, this one is a must read.

In 2014 Beth has just lost her mother, they have been very close, but when her mother leaves instructions for her ashes to be scattered in the small town cemetery in Calingarry Crossing, confused by this request, Beth sets out to discover the reasoning behind the request, this opens a Pandora’s Box of secrets that pull at Beth’s emotions as she learns the truth and finds so many people who help her along the way.

Tom Dawson is a local who has a wealth of knowledge about the local area and people, when he steps in and helps Beth he also learns some things that he had not known but he also then needs to decide if he should tell her, while trying to keep his heart intact.

I loved this story from page one, it was so hard to put down, it is hard for me to describe how I felt reading this one, there are so many emotions, so many issues that have been treated with honesty and empathy, it shows the strength that woman have when the going gets tough but it shows the love that people have when needed. This is a book that I highly recommend and I am not sure if I have done it justice I didn’t want to give too much away, but I loved the characters, they are so real and I bow down to you MS McLeod this was fabulous and I thank you, this one is going to stay with me for a long time.

5 stars


Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Wild Myrtle Press

Cry of the Firebird

Cry of the Firebird

T.M. Clark

Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoy MS Clark’s stories and this one is a compelling page turner and fast paced, the setting is amazing and she holds no punches in what is going on in this story, with corrupt police and medications that are not what they should be. There is a lot happening in this book and I do highly recommend picking this one up and getting to know Dr. Lily Winters and her adoring husband musician, Quintin.

Lily is working with the World Health Organization and is asked to return to Africa and continue research into HIV epidemic in a town of people from the San tribes after the previous Doctor, Ian Hawthorne has been murdered, Lily and her husband Quintin have worked there before and Africa holds a lot of bad memories for them, but there is no stopping Lily and her quest to get to the bottom of why these people’s health is not improving.

Lily is in danger from the beginning she never gives up on working out what is going on and with the help of police detective Piet who is a member of the San tribe they are slowly unravelling what is going on, with danger around every corner everyone is kept on their toes, there are some fabulous characters in this story that make this story so good not to mention the evil ones that are in it as well.

This really is an action packed story, with so much going on I did not want to put this one down but wanted to get to the end I needed to get my questions answered and see some people get their just deserts and when I did put it down the wonderful characters stayed with me. There is also the story of Minke the flamingo that had me smiling, I loved learning about these majestic birds. This truly is a book that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a suspense story and the beautiful love that Lily and Quinin shared.

5 stars


Expected publication: November 18th 2019 by HarperCollins

Up On Horseshoe Hill

Up On Horseshoe Hill

Penelope Janu

Up on Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu

Reviewed by Helen

I am a big fan of Penelope Janu’s stories and this one had me flying through it, I loved Finn and Jet, these two were meant to become a couple even if they had a few issues and the odd dispute along the way before they found that beautiful HEA. I think you should clear your calendar when you pick this one up because you won’t want to put it down.

Jemima Kincaid is a farrier, she is a quiet woman who works hard, loves her job and is loved by all in the small town of Horseshoe Hill, she is such a strong and beautiful person but oh so vulnerable, life has been pretty tough on Jet as she is known to all of her friends but she moves forward and is very independent, so when the handsome Finn Blackwood shows up to ask questions about something from her past Jet is very wary, and it shows.

Finn Blackwood is a geneticist and vet who specializes in wild animals and is working at the Dubbo Plains Zoo, he travels a lot with his job, but has been asked to investigate the death of some race horses and this means getting to know Jemima, and getting close to her is not easy even though he is drawn to her, but getting behind the wall that she has built around herself and getting her to open is going to be difficult.

This story has a lot to recommend about it, beautifully written, with characters who feel like family and friends, the emotions that flow through the words will pull you in, the love that grows between Finn and Jet is a slow burn, I felt for Jet so much and she so deserved to find love and happiness and Finn showed her that opening up and leaning on someone else would be OK, and Finn man what a hero a little alpha here and there but with a beautiful heart. There was danger and a mystery to uncover, then you have the setting the animals at the zoo all bring this story together fabulously, it really is compelling and a must read, I loved this one thank you MS Janu for another keeper, Jet and Finn will stay with me for a long time to come. 

5 stars


Expected publication: November 18th 2019 by HarperCollins

Just One Wish

Just One Wish

Rachael Johns

Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Reviewed by Helen

Rachael Johns I am in awe of how you bring to life characters and take on issues and subjects that are all important and happening now and turn them into stories that pull me in, have me turning the pages and forgetting what else is going on in life and when I have to put the book down the characters are still running through my mind no matter what I am doing, you have done it magnificently, I loved Alice, Sappho, Ged and the characters in this story, thank you.

Alice Abbott is turning eighty, she has been a strong woman, a single mum, worked as a professor at a university, worked tirelessly for woman’s rights has had honours bestowed upon her, but she decides that it might be time to open up about a few things and spending time with her daughter Sappho and beloved granddaughter Ged on a cruise might be a start.

Sappho is now fifty five happily married, the mother of two children and a grandmother, Sappho or Marie as she is known to most people has discovered social media and is making a name for herself with her love of domesticity totally opposite to her mother’s career and who has not always been close to her mother for lots of reasons, but happily looks forward to the cruise she brings along her assistant to help with work on the cruise.

Geraldine or Ged as she is known to her family and friends is a journalist she is extremely close to her grandmother Alice or Gralice and she is known to her family, but Ged has just broken up with her boyfriend of one year and is feeling a little stressed but when Alice agrees to allow Ged to start writing the biography that she has always wanted to she is more than happy to go.

This is a compelling page turner, MS Johns had me guessing a lot about how things would work out for these three beautiful woman, and she did it wonderfully. This cruise together started the ball rolling on some secrets that had been kept for many years, the emotions flow between them with Ged keeping the peace at times, there were lots of revelations about each one of them, that had them all thinking about themselves and thinking to the future.

This story is about being yourself, doing what is right for you, the love and feelings that flowed were wonderful and I did shed tears, (I am still crying) but there are lots of happy smiles as well in this heart-warming must read story, a little bit of everything in this story and it is one that I highly recommend, thank you MS Johns I loved it.

5 stars

Expected publication: October 21st 2019 by HarperCollins

The Life She Deserves

The Life She Deserves

Maggie Christensen

The Life She Deserves by Maggie Christensen

Reviewed by Helen

I could barely put this book down Maggie Christensen really knows how to bring life to her characters, this is the first book in a new series and Maggie is a marvel at older heroes and heroines and I loved it, what can I say, I do highly recommend that you pick this one up and get to know Jo and Col and to feel a part of Granite Springs.

Jo has been divorced from her husband for five years and she has three adult children and four grandchildren and Jo is happy in the house called Yarran her home, she has recently lost her best friend Alice and although she has been friends with her husband Col she has become closer to him. Jo hadn’t thought that this could happen at her age and with pressure from her children for different reasons they keep their relationship to themselves till the time is right to open up.

Col and his wife Alice have been best friends with Jo and Gordon forever but now that Jo is divorced and Col is a widower, the time is right for them both to think about the future and to think about themselves there is a beautiful sensual pull between them as well as the true friendship and this is what they need. But finding love again doesn’t always run smoothly especially with an ex-husband and a couple of children interfering.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story I thought Col was a true gentleman caring and loving and Jo what a great woman a loving mother and friend she goes out of her way to think of others before herself and there were times I wanted to tell her to put herself first because Col was what she needed in her life, together they could find love and happiness. This is such a beautiful story filled with emotion, I did love seeing the beautiful Jo get the life she deserves this is one not to be missed and I am looking forward to Kay’s story.

5 stars


Expected publication: October 9th 2019 by Cala Publishing