Isobel's Promise

Isobel's Promise

Maggie Christensen

Isobel's Promise by Maggie Christensen

Reviewed by Helen

This was such a great story, I have not read one of MS Christensen’s books before, so how lucky that I found a new author, the characters in this one are older and so very engaging and easy to love and to make friends with, loved the setting Scotland and Sydney Australia, and with a cast of characters that add so much to the story, this one is a real page turner, so clear the calendar for a day or two.

Bel Davison, has just returned back home to Sydney to sell up her house and business to move back to her birthplace of Scotland and move onto the future with Scotsman Matt Reid who she met and fell in love with on her trip to be with her dying aunt, at sixty five a divorced woman Bel had been leading a very single life and is really looking forward to the future, but of course life throws up obstacles and Bel has a lot of obstacles to leap and this makes her think that maybe a bright and loving future was not part of the bigger plan.

Matt Reid is widowed with two adult married children and three grandchildren a retired solicitor, when working for old Isobel he meets her niece Bel and they just gel so well, Matt now finds that he wants Bel in his future and at sixty seven he is thrilled, but Bel needs to go back to Australia and he needs to convince his daughter that Bel means a lot to him, but otherwise life is looking fabulous, but then things start to overturn in Australia and a trip is necessary, which then leads to a lot of turmoil and uncertainty for Matt and Bel.

Mid -life you would think should be smooth sailing, but for this couple who are so much in love, other matters got in the way and caused a lot of heartache and confusion and unrest, my heart was going out to Bel and Matt both of them are such caring people and deserved so much to be in love and have that happiness and in the end through some tears and smiles they got there so very beautifully, what a story, although I have finished this book Bel and Matt are still very much in my mind and heart. Thank you MS Christensen for a fabulous story, this is one that I highly recommend, and I am looking forward now to reading The Good Sister.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published August 2nd 2018 by Cala Publishing

HOT SEAL Target (HOT SEAL Team #6) by Lynn Raye Harris

Review by TashNz | 5 Stars
Hot Seal Target
by Lynn Raye Harris


Loved the latest installment because despite being one of many in a fab series of loved characters, it still felt fresh, exciting and adrenalin pumping as the first stories. In my opinion that's not easy to achieve. 

I love the humor used when the team are talking to each other, I love how they always welcome each as their own and i loved the build up of Blade and Quinn and her super bad husband and I thought the plot was exciting and fast moving. I loved the inclusion of Ian Black altho I thought his days were numbered when the house blew! 

I loved the way Quinn took care of the staff and I'm super intrigued about Dirtys story but most of all I loved the freakin cover!

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Starting Over

Starting Over

A Mindalby Outback Romance Series #2

Susanne Bellamy

Starting Over by Susanne Bellamy

Reviewed by Helen

I have travelled back to the country town of Mindalby and am finding out more about the people who are struggling with drought and a cotton mill closing down, these farmers are the backbone of our country and they are doing it tough and MS Bellamy has bought to life the characters in her story, I loved getting to know Paul Carey and Serena Quinlan as they journey a tough path to a beautiful HEA, make yourself comfortable you are in for a great read.

Serena is a fashion designer and has been asked to design some clothing for the Mindalby Cotton Festival and she needs to talk to local Paul Carey but rather than do everything online she decides to make the trip to Mindalby in person, you see she has another matter that she needs to sort out and that is to find her father, a daunting task but one she will not give up on. Her first meeting with Paul goes totally different to what she thought it would, there is a spark, a pull not good considering that she has recently broken up with her fiancé, and life throws some different balls at times and Serena shows the strength to catch those balls.

Paul is big on family and their family has been through a lot with the cotton farm and then the closure of the mill, his parents and brother are running the farm while he keeps up with his art as he is very gifted but he is struggling with the fact that he will not be getting paid for the beautiful leather panels that he has been contracted to do and then in walks the beautiful Serena and life as Paul knows it is going to change so many ups and downs but he cannot deny his feelings for Serena for too long.

There is a lot going on in this story both Paul and Serena have been through a lot but now is the time for them, Paul has always put everyone in front of himself and Serena is just such a beautiful caring person they deserve to find happiness and love and they do in such a gorgeous way, loved this one and am loving this series, always great to make friends with the characters in a story thank you MS Bellamy, this is one that I do very much recommend.

4/5 stars for a great story


Published July 12th 2018 by Escape Publishing

The Botanist's Daughter

The Botanist's Daughter

Kayte Nunn

The Botanist's Daughter by Kayte Nunn

Reviewed by Helen

What a story this one is but I picked the worst time to start reading it I was so busy and didn’t get a lot of reading time in but when the book wasn’t in my hands my mind never stopped thinking about it and trying to rush back to it, fabulous story, beautifully written, I loved it, I wanted to get to then end but I didn’t want it to finish, this is one that I suggest do not miss reading.

This story spans from Victorian England Cornwall when a young woman named Elizabeth daughter of botanist John Trebithick takes up where her father sadly couldn’t finish and that is searching for a very rare and dangerous plant in Chile, unknown for woman in this era to do so but stubborn Elizabeth with her maid Daisy, set off on a dangerous journey that will bring many changes to this gifted painter’s life, with danger and other people after the plant there is danger lurking close by and a secret to uncover.

Years on 2017 and Anna Jenkins who is a horticulturist, (this love of plants she got from her grandmother) is now renovating her beloved late grandmother’s home in Sydney when she discovers a gorgeous tin which has treasures packed inside, and here starts another journey but this time to discover the true owners of the paintings and the truth about the seeds that have been found. Anna uncovers a lot on her journey to Cornwall England more family and the truth about the journey to Australia by a woman and a child back in 1888.

This is a story that pulled me in from page one, the characters come to life on the pages, I loved Anna and Elizabeth and getting to know them was wonderful, the settings so very beautiful and the story threaded through two time lines had me devouring the words, and the flowers that are described had me thinking about my Nana’s garden with some of them, this the first of MS Nunn’s books I have read but it won’t be the last, this one ticks all of the boxes for a book that is engrossing and so very enjoyable and one that I highly recommend, fabulous story, truly don’t miss this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published July 31st 2018 by Hachette Australia




Cotton Field Dreams

Cotton Field Dreams

A Mindalby Outback Romance Series #1

S E Gilchrist

Cotton Field Dreams by S.E. Gilchrist

Reviewed by Helen

This is the start of a new series, and I love books in a series and I also love a book set in the outback, and this was a great story which acknowledges the drought and what it does to the people working so hard to make a living, to make matters worse the local cotton mill closes down and this starts a trigger for greed, danger but also love and heeling, sit back and enjoy visiting Mindalby and getting to know the people that live there as I did.

Sasha has been through a tragedy and is recovering slowly and hopes that a short stint in the country will help her but there is another reason she takes a job at the local cotton mill to investigate and try to prove that her uncle is innocent of embezzlement, but when the cotton mill closes down and is put into liquidation all hell breaks loose with accusations and insinuations, but it also brings her in contact with local cotton farmer Cole, instant attraction has never happened to Sasha before but there are things that she must keep to herself as she gets closer to this fabulous family man will he and his family be what she needs to feel happy again?

Cole is a single Dad working the cotton farm with his grandfather, times are very hard with the drought and he does some odd work at the cotton mill and when he is shut out and does not look like he will be paid the worry begins. He like most of the town attend meetings and here he meets Sasha the accountant at the mill and a lot of blame is sent her way but Cole feels differently he feels a pull towards this beautiful strong woman, but he also knows she is keeping things from him.

This story takes in the plight of depression that is a real danger in the outback these days and MS Gilchrist has written it beautifully it is a moving story that will have you smiling. I loved Cole what a hero he is so caring and Sasha what she has been through and still going through with threats against her and danger getting closer she is still strong enough to help other people no matter what is thrown at her, and through danger and hurt love shines and this couple and the town will go forward. I highly recommend this one and I am looking forward to visiting Mindalby again soon.

4/5 stars for a great story


Published July 2nd 2018 by Escape Publishing

Return to Roseglen

Return to Roseglen

Helene Young

Return to Roseglen by Helene Young

Reviewed by Helen

Where do I start with this amazing story, its wow, it’s fabulous and one thing I can say is, it is a must read this truly is a book not to be missed, MS Young has dug deep into the emotions and secrets of an old family from outback Queensland one that is steeped in history through the years and now the time has come for Ivy the matriarch the oldest member left from the Dunmore’s to somehow make things right, so sit back, make sure you have a box of tissues and a drink and get lost in this poignant, heart-rending story.

Ivy Dunmore is ninety three years old and she wants God to take her back to her beloved husband Charlie, she has been running the cattle station Roseglen now for years living on her own, yes she has three children a son Ken and two daughters Georgina and Felicity, the drought has hit hard but with her neighbour and best friend Mitch Trethowan doing what he can to help Ivy is coping, she is getting pressured from her son Ken who owns the neighbouring station Arran Downs to do things that Ivy doesn’t want to do.

Felicity is just about to turn fifty and she is probably closest to her mother so when she is trying to cope with a crisis herself she goes home to help her mother, Georgina Ivy’s eldest daughter has never been close to her mother she is in her sixty’s now and a pilot she has travelled the world and has decided that it might be time to mend bridges with her mother, time for her to go home to Roseglen just when she is needed.

There is so much happening in this book, so many emotions people hurting each other jealousy, greed but there is strength and caring as well, there are secrets that really need to be out in the open after all of these years and there is love to be found, oh I cried am still teary, I don’t want to give too much away, only that this is such a well written story it takes into account the a problem that happens more than we would like to think. I loved the characters all except one and I could have thumped him these people came to life they became friends I felt their pain, their love and their hope for the future as surely Roseglen will prosper. MS Young this is a story that I am not going to forget (still teary) thank you, this is one that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published July 2nd 2018 by Penguin Random House Australia

The Summer of Secrets

The Summer of Secrets

Barbara Hannay

The Summer of Secrets by Barbara Hannay

Reviewed by Helen

Going back to Burralea was like going home on a visit with family and friends, and MS Hannay knows how to write a story rich in emotions, with characters that are strong and so very lovable, people who have normal problems, people who jump in and help and share their strength with each other and show love, this is another story that drew me in from page one and left me sighing with such happiness at the end.

Chloe Brown works for a woman’s magazine in Sydney, she has been living very happily with her partner for seven years, but knows that her biological clock is ticking away and Chloe desperately wants to be a mother, but in the blink of any eye that changes and Chloe moves on and away to far North Queensland, she takes a job in a small country newspaper with plans to do IVF and become a single mum, it doesn’t take long before Chloe has made lots of friends and feels so very at home in Burralea and feels a definite pull towards her boss Finn Latimer, things are going to change for Chloe.

Finn Latimer is a former foreign correspondent, but after a dreadful tragedy Finn has made a life for himself at the Burralea Bugle as editor, it is a quiet life just what he needs while still grieving, but when the paper’s owner hires a woman journalist from Sydney, Finn looks like he may start to live again.

This story takes in the lives of many of the town folk Emily the owner of the paper and her husband Alex are also going through tough times, then there is newcomer Jess and her daughter Willow and with Ben the fabulous baker of the town missing after a run and his girlfriend Tammy the hairdresser trying to cope and of course there is Izzy in the nursing home, and MS Hannay has bought all of these people together in an amazing story filled with heart-felt emotion, yes there were tears but there were lots of smiles and again tears of pure joy at the ending of this story, thank you MS Hannay for another awesome story, one that filled me with such pleasure. The people of Burralea have become family and such a beautiful dedication. This is a story that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Expected publication: July 30th 2018 by Penguin Books Australia