A Place with Heart

A Place with Heart

Rangelands Series #2

Jennie Jones

A Place with Heart by Jennie  Jones

Reviewed by Helen

This story is so good, there is a lot happening in this one it is sure to keep you turning the pages as it did me, it is book two in a series I have book one waiting for me and now very much need to read it although this one can be read as a standalone and I do highly recommend it. This is the story of three fabulous people Jaxine Brown café owner and lover of animals, and Detective Senior Sergeant Jack Maxwell want to be lover of Jax and Frances thirteen year old daughter of Jax who has just arrived in the small outback town of Mt Maria to start a new life with a lot of issues to sort out. Make yourself comfortable for this one I loved it.

Jaxine is doing well in MT Maria she loves her café and the animals that she cares for but life for Jax is about to change when the daughter that she had at seventeen and was coerced into giving up has now arrived to live with her, Frances has been through a lot in her short life and is not very trusting to begin with and then to have Jack Maxwell the one man that Jax thought something of a year ago has arrived in town as well to take over the being in charge of the police station, Jax is in for a journey and a half.

Jack has arrive doing undercover work chasing drug traffickers and he also wants to talk to Jax the woman that he has never forgotten and this time he is determined to explain what happened a year ago because he wants her so badly she is the place in his heart, but of course things never run smoothly where true love is concerned firstly her beautiful daughter Frances arrives and there is vandalism and animal stealing going on and danger is just around the corner.

This is a fast paced story that has everything that a romance reader would want in a story there is lots of action from criminals and the police and you are sure to be smiling with the Agatha Sisters and the help they offer the community but of course there is the romance and what a beautiful romance it is Jack is so very determined to win Jax and Frances over and to see them all so happy in the end is awesome. MS Jones has written a story that will stay with me for a while fabulous characters that add so much to the story not to mention the array of animals that you will also fall in love with. Thank you MS Jones for a fantastic story, it is moving, emotional and beautiful and one that should not be missed.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published April 1st 2018 by HarperCollinsPublishers AU

Ryders Ridge

Ryders Ridge

The Walker-Bell Stories #1

Charlotte Nash

Ryders Ridge by Charlotte Nash

Reviewed by Helen

his is a beautiful story with a fabulous setting a small country town in outback Queensland with a gorgeous hero Mark Walker who helps run the family cattle station and heroine Danielle Bell a doctor running from the city to try and overcome a tragic incident, can these two forge a future together or will they be pulled apart?

Danielle has moved to the small country town of Ryders Ridge, determined to get over her past and decide her future without the pressure from her surgeon father and everything else that goes with living in a big city, but when she meets Mark Walker sparks fly and Danielle reaches inside herself to look to the future. Danielle falls for Mark they hit it off so well and she has made friends but there is a couple of people and rumours that cause problems and could very well pull them undone.

Mark spots Danielle for the first time at the local pub and he is lost but it takes a bit before he can convince her to go out with him and with an old girlfriend of Mark’s causing problems and he is sure that Danielle is keeping things to herself their journey is a bit of a rocky one but Mark is determined to win her over.

It takes an accident for Danielle to see that she must open up about her past and then things start to run more smoothly for them, of course their future is going to be a little different from the normal but when two people love each other nothing is impossible. I really enjoyed this story I loved the characters in the small town and Danielle and Mark are perfect for each other, and I look forward to more stories in this series, thank you MS Nash for a fabulous story, a beautiful romance with ups and downs and a fabulous HEA, this is one that I do very much recommend.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published January 30th 2018 by Flying Nun Publications

Mothers' Day

Mothers' Day

Fiona McArthur


Mothers' Day by Fiona McArthur

Reviewed by Helen

MS McArthur you have done it again written such a gorgeous story, about three beautiful, wonderful woman and their lives as they grow and learn no matter their age and they nurture and gain strength and love together in the beautiful small country town of Burra in the Riverina of NSW and the local maternity hospital. Of course there is a beautiful romance as well, sit back and enjoy, this is a fabulous story.

Noni Frost is a single mum to young son Harley and midwife at the local Burra maternity hospital and she feels very strongly about her job and her family she lives with her free spirit aunt Winsome, who runs a guest house, but it looks like the local hospital might need to close if they cannot find a new obstetrician and soon. So when Iain McCloud and his pregnant daughter Jacinta arrive at the guest house sparks fly in many ways when Iain and Noni meet.

Jacinta is seventeen, pregnant and has been living on the streets since losing her mother a year before, suddenly rescued by the father she never knew her life is upended she finds it hard to trust Iain McCloud and then he takes her to the country of all places oh but this maybe a good thing when she meets midwife Noni and the awesome Win.

Win has led a life of happiness during her years a free spirit in the town of Burra she is popular with everyone and has her weekends to spend time with friends she has always been there for Noni and Harley and now she opens her home and heart to Jacinta and Iain, but it is also time for Win to find her love.

Iain never knew he had a daughter and there is a lot of guilt for him to come to terms with, he is a successful Doctor but when he arrives in Burra he keeps a lot to himself but he cannot deny the spark that connects him to the beautiful feisty Noni for very long.

I loved this story from page one it is moving there is humour it ticks all of the boxes for a heart -warming romance that will keep you turning the pages I just about inhaled this one the strength that is shown by the woman in the story and then there is Iain wow a stubborn hero but one that is easy to fall for, seeing him when his daughter is having her baby was gorgeous and yes there were tears. Iain is there to save the day when there is a crisis and he left me sighing as did the characters in this emotional, moving, fabulous book, woohoo MS McArthur you rock I loved it and highly recommend this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: April 2nd 2018 by Penguin eBooks

Before I Let You Go

Before I Let You Go

Kelly Rimmer

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Reviewed by Helen

This is a moving, emotional, heart-wrenching story a story of two sisters and their lives together and apart, the link they share and love that they give each other even if there is pain and heartbreak along the way. When reading this one a box of tissues is going to be needed and I had to take some deep breathes to let a little frustration out here and there as well, oh but what a story one that I highly recommend.

Alexia and Annie are four years apart living happily with their parents, both are doing well at school until tragedy happens and they lose their Dad, their mother suffers severely with the loss and Lexie being the eldest becomes mother and big sister and keeps the family going, until their mother remarries and they end up in a religious sect here their lives take another different turn.

Lexie leaves as soon as she can and gets into university to become a Doctor, leaving Annie behind this changes her life and eventually she escapes to find Lexie, but Annie is a different person and the years apart have taken their toll on the girls and another separation begins. Annie spirals downwards with drug addiction and the writing that she loves so much gets left behind. Two years later Annie calls and she needs her sister badly she is pregnant an addict and both Annie and the baby are in danger, Lexie of course steps in to help but there is also her fiancé Sam to think of now too and soon the baby is born premature and suffering with NAS.

This story takes us into the world of a heroin addict and the people around them that get hurt as well, it discusses the issues and the law that can be unfair especially to pregnant woman who are suffering, it shows the horrors but it shows the strength and love that comes from family. Lexie and Annie along with Sam and beautiful baby Daisy have a lot to learn and go through, MS Rimmer has written a story that is a real page turner there is a lot of pain that these girls go through the baby included but there is so much love and in the end honesty that needs to come out. I did very much enjoy this story and the ending did leave me happy.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Graydon House

The Summer of New Beginnings

The Summer of New Beginnings

Magnolia Grove #1

Bette Lee Crosby


The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewed by Helen

This is a beautifully penned story, a story of loss, hope, the struggles of life and love, when George Briggs passes away suddenly he leaves behind his wife Lila and two daughters Tracy and Meghan. Tracy is working in a bank and Meghan is just about to go off to college to become a journalist but losing her father changes all of that she decides to stay home and run the business that her father started, this is a story that will have you turning the pages to join this family on their new path in life.

Meghan was always very close to her father, the sensible daughter and Tracy can be a bit of a wild child and losing their father affects them differently, Lila worries that things will be hard for them all. Tracy falls in love with Dominic and goes against her mother’s wishes and moves to another state Meghan supports Tracy saying that she must find her own way in life, this ends in the birth of a little boy and Tracy struggling.

Meghan continues to write in her journals and run the Snip and Save magazine and does well but she does struggle and when she rescues a dog from a swollen lake her life takes on a new meaning Sox as she calls him seems to be a gift, but from who? And this leads her to the new local Vet Tom and emotions and feeling blossom in such a gorgeous way.

This is another beautiful and compelling story from MS Crosby, she really knows how to pull at the readers heart strings, bring characters to life and making the reader feel a part of the story. This one is moving and emotional and ticks all of the boxes for a story that I would highly recommend and yay it is the first in a series so I look forward to more stories set in Magnolia Grove and keeping in touch with Meghan and Tom, Tracy Lucas and Gabriel, thank you MS Crosby for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published March 27th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Water Under the Bridge

Water Under the Bridge

Lily Malone

Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone

Reviewed by Helen

I don’t know how this happened but this is the first book I have read of Ms Malone’s but it won’t be the last, this one was such a great story I loved the setting what a town and the characters come to life on the pages, I felt very comfortable in Chalk Hill and look forward to more in this series.

Ella Davenport has decided that it is time for her she was so close to becoming an Olympian swimmer years before but gave all of that up for her son Sam, she stays away from the water altogether and now she has moved to the small town of Chalk Hill with a new career in real estate. She has secrets that she has kept for years and even her ex-husband doesn’t know the full truth, but with her first house to sell Ella meets gorgeous Jake Honeychurch and her emotions are running amuck.

Jake Honeychurch has two brothers and has grown up in this town he runs the family farm and hardware store and he is left in charge of selling his Nanna’s house, a house that means a lot to him and he is not overly keen on selling but he needs to put it on the market this brings him to Ella new to her job at the local real estate and Jake chooses her to sell the house maybe this was fate. Jake learns that Ella is one determined Lady and he is drawn to her and her son in a way he never thought to happen again.

This is a story that has a lot going on besides the glorious journey to a beautiful HEA there are secrets that need to be talked about from both Ella and Jake and I loved getting to know them they are such a fabulous couple, of course there are ups and downs along the way true love never runs smoothly and making up is such fun. This story is moving and emotional and a thoroughly good read I loved Jake what a hero and Ella so very vulnerable but also so strong thank you MS Malone I loved it and look forward to Abe’s story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Harlequin MIRA

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