Home Sweet Home

 Home Sweet Home

Mandy Magro



Reviewed by Helen


Another fabulous story from Mandy Magro, she really knows how to pull at her readers heartstrings with another emotion charged rural romance that had me turning the pages as we get to know Sienna and Morgan as they find their way to love and happiness in Far North Queensland.

Widowed Sienna Lewis and her nine year old daughter Zara struggle to make ends meet in a small apartment in Brisbane, but their dream has always been to get to the country to live their lives, she works hard cleaning at a hospital she meets cranky patient Max and there is a connection between them and it is not long before Max is smiling, sadly he is not long for this world and Sienna is very sad, she also makes a connection to Max’s friend Morgan he is one good looking cowboy.

Morgan King is Max’s neighbour and best friend Max is good at keeping people away all except Morgan and Morgan is working hard to produce happy cows just as Max did although this does not make Morgan’s father very happy, they do not have a good relationship and there are reasons for that. Morgan is stunned when Max makes friends with Sienna although he does understand why, she is caring and beautiful and they also get on very well.

Sadly Max passes away and Sienna and Morgan are very shocked to find that Max has left his property to both of them with some stipulations, he was a wise man Max he saw the spark between them. Now Sienna and Zara’s dreams may be coming true if she can trust Morgan and her heart, she is scared of being hurt again. Morgan too has been through a lot and he knows how he feels for Sienna and Zara but a secret could cause them a lot of grief.

Beautifully written with a fabulous setting Morgan and Sienna are so easy to love and I was cheering them on from the start, being neighbours brings them closer together but they need to learn to trust. I did love this one so much and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a rural romance that will leave you feeling very happy.

Thank You Harlequin AUS and Harper Collins Au for my copy to read.

4 stars

Published October 28th 2020 by Mira Books

The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

 The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

Joanna Nell



Reviewed by Helen


Where do I start, another amazing story from Joanna Nell it is filled with love, hope, fun, determination and the great knowledge and insight that comes from people who have made the great age of Ninety. I loved meeting Hattie, Walter, Sister Bronwyn, Queenie and the other fabulous characters in this story and I do hope that you pick this one up and enjoy it as much as I did.

Hattie Bloom is eighty nine years young and a retired nature author and much prefers the company of birds than people, she has been a loner for many years living in the house her father built watching the owls nesting in the beautiful Angophora tree in her yard and many other birds. When an accident with a ladder sees her in hospital and then sent to Woodlands Nursing home to recuperate, Hattie has no intention of staying, she is fiercely independent and is dreaming of escaping.

Walter Clements is ninety and thinks himself a comedian and is determined to go home from the nursing home as soon as he is given his motor scooter license and escape is always on his mind, but getting his license is harder than he thinks.

When Hattie and Walter meet he is trying hard to get to know her but she is not as welcoming as he would like and Hattie thinks that Walter is a loud and dangerous person, but the more time they spend together the more that Hattie realizes that she may actually enjoy talking to people.

Night times are hard for the older people to sleep and on their wanderings of a night Hattie and Walter meet night nurse Sister Bronwyn and her dog Queenie who runs The Night Owls a group that spend evenings together and have some fun with Sister Bronwyn who is a little unconventional in the way she treats patients but it must be kept secret the DON would not approve.

As their friendship grows Hattie and Walter plan an escape to help another “inmate” with heartwarming and moving conclusion. This story is beautifully written and with such awesome characters that became friends and I was cheering them on all the way, there were many laughs in this book especially when they take on some detective work, there were also tears of sadness and joy throughout the story. This is a poignant story that pulled at my heartstrings but also filled me with joy, I do highly recommend this story it is a must read.

Thank you Joanna Nell and Hachette Aus for my copy to read.

5 stars

Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Hachette Australia

Second Chance Lane

 Second Chance Lane


Brockenridge #2


Nicola Marsh



Reviewed by Helen


I have been looking forward to catching up with the fabulous characters I made friends with in The Long Way Home who live in Brockenridge, a small country town in Victoria and Nicola Marsh did not disappoint at all, I do love that in this series we get two romances at a time, this time we get to see Tash get a second chance at love and Jane reclaim her reputation and find love. I do hope that you come to Brockenridge and get to know these lovely characters.

Natasha Trigg grew up in Brockenridge with very hard parents, she left to go to university in Melbourne to study nursing, she meets musician Kody Lansdowne it was love at first sight for the shy country girl and Kody the confident musician. When the rock band that Kody leads is offered a touring contract in LA Tash finds herself pregnant, she dumps Kody although it broke her heart and moved back home and had to find her own way with a beautiful daughter Isla, she is working as a waitress in the Watering Hole Roadhouse and doing well.

Kody left Melbourne thirteen years ago when he was dumped by the love of his life Tash and the band made the top travelling the world for years hit after hit, but when there is a tragedy Kody needs some time out and the band returns to Melbourne and Kody takes off to the country to recuperate, but his life is going to be turned upside down when he finds that he is staying next door to Tash and the daughter Isla he never knew he had, needless to say he is not happy but is prepared to work with Tash but that means realizing that he had never stopped loving her.

This is a beautiful romance with heartfelt emotions that flow so beautifully Kody and Tash are really awesome people and deserve such happiness with their daughter but there are a few hoops to jump over first but when they do that, wow what a HEA,
Jane Jefferson has been having a tough time for many years, she has done some things that she is not proud of and a lot of the town does not think that highly of her, but can she have a second chance at making friends again and finding love and respect from Mason Woodley someone who she went to school with when he returns from Paris to help his mum and open up a patisserie?

This is a story that I highly recommend, so well written with wonderful characters that are easy to make friends with I do love a small town romance, secrets are hard to cover and keep and memories last a long time. Three of Brockenridge’s well- loved residents find love and happiness and that everyone deserves a second chance even if there is a bumpy road to get to their beautiful HEA’s. I loved this story, thank you Nicola Marsh for another keeper.

My thanks to Harlequin AUS and Harper Collins AU for my copy to read.


5 stars


Expected publication: October 7th 2020 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd

Lonely in Longreach

 Lonely in Longreach


Eva Scott



Reviewed by Helen


This is such a great story, it is fun and witty as two fifteen year old teenagers Levi and Maddie decide that it would be a good idea to play matchmaker to find love for Levi’s father Sam Costello, you will need to read this one and see how everything turns out, you are sure to be left smiling.

Maddie and Levi live on neighbouring farms and go to school together they are best friends, Maddie has plans for the future that must include Levi, but Levi is reluctant to leave his widowed father alone on the farm, Maddie comes up with this brilliant plan that she picked up watching the movie Sleepless in Seattle and decides that online dating is the way to go, surely they will find someone who is perfect for MR C and he will have fallen in love so he won’t be to angry but Levi worries all the same.

Sarah Lewis is a journalist for Sydney magazine Seriously Sydney, and is starting to feel that her nice boyfriend and she are not suited to each other, although she has always lived in Cities she has a yearning to be a country girl. She is doing a piece for the magazine about finding love in the outback and starts looking at online dating sites, she comes across the most gorgeous guy who is known by Lonely in Longreach and feels so drawn to him that she answers and they have a great connection with their emails and Sarah has decided that she needs to get out to Longreach and get her story done and meet Sam.

Sam has been widowed for eight years now and has been happy working on his farm and looking after Levi, although not looking for love it might be time he gets back out in the world, and when he meets Sarah the journalist who has been invited to talk at the school he is hit with a feeling he has never had before, like an instant joining. Levi is acting strangely these days and he puts it down to his first love interest maybe, never realizing what is happening.

This is my first Eva Scott story and wow it is a beauty, I loved it from start to finish, so well written it has lots feelings running through this one, Maddie and Levi what wonderful teenagers they made me smile a few times, Sam and Sarah well what can I say do you believe in love at first sight? Of course when the truth comes out, well things turn a little pear shaped, can Sam and Sarah work out their love for each other? This is a story that I highly recommend, a must read one for the keeper shelf.

Thank you Eva Scott and Harper Collins AU for my copy to read.

5 stars

Published September 2nd 2020 by Escape Publishing

The Bush Telegraph

 The Bush Telegraph


Fiona McArthur



Reviewed by Helen


I always look forward to a new Fiona McArthur book and there is a reason for that she writes stories that are heartfelt, beautiful, filled with emotion and they are about people that we could possibly know because are real and wonderful and they always have the best and awesome happy ever after’s that are sure to make any reader smile. I do hope you read this one and enjoy Maddie and Connor’s story as much as I did.

We first met Maddie in The Baby Doctor and I was so hoping that she would get her own story and now she has and it is eleven years since she and her baby daughter left Spinifex and Maddie needs to come back and let some memories go and prove that yes Maddie is strong enough to run the small medical centre in town.

There have been a lot of changes in Spinifex it seems hotter and her daughter Bridget is still not happy about moving here after living her life on Lord Howe Island with all of those beaches but none the less it is time to start afresh. The medical centre is so good, it is not good that the two nurses do not seem very happy to see Maddie but nothing will deter Maddie. Meeting station owner Connor has Maddie smiling he is one good looking man but love is not what Maddie is here for.

Connor Fairhall has not long returned to Spinifex he is a single father to twelve year old son Jayden he came to help his dying mother and made a promise to his brother Kyle, but Jayden is not happy being here, never fear Connor is sure that after six months he will be able to convince Jayden that living on a cattle station will work out for the best. Connor has he own problems that need to be sorted but when he meets the new nurse he is attracted her and she is adding so much happiness to Spinifex and working wonders with his son can he convince her to listen to her heart.

I loved this one from start to finish Maddie, what can I say she is strong and beautiful on the inside and out she is bringing so much joy and happiness to the people of Spinifex, the town is coming alive again, and Connor what he has been through has been really hard he is a strong man and a caring man willing to jump in and help whenever needed, but with the rumours running rife and the bush telegraph spreading these rumours can Maddie trust Connor and let her heart open up. This is a must read story absolutely beautiful and one that I highly recommend, thank you Fiona McArthur for another keeper.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for my copy to read

5 stars

Published September 1st 2020

The Sister's Gift

 The Sister's Gift


Barbara Hannay


Reviewed by Helen


Barbara Hannay writes beautiful stories, heartfelt with emotion, her characters are very easy to become friends with and this one is up there with the best, I loved getting to know Freya, Pearl and Billie and of course my visit to Magnetic Island was just awesome. I do hope that you will enjoy this one as much as I did.

Freya as a young girl gave the best gift she could to her older sister, Pearl a baby but she also lost a lot by doing this the man she loved and the closeness that she had with her sister. Freya moves away from Magnetic Island and starts a new life she is a strong vibrant woman and she marries and is happy, but does not see her sister or her niece Billie, she has kept the promises she made to Pearl, but now her life is crumbling she is divorced and has just lost everything except her little dog Won Ton, struggling with what she will do when she is offered a job working on Magnetic Island helping Billie run the family restaurant while Pearl and her husband are travelling and she jumps at the chance.

Freya and Won Ton arrive much to the displeasure of Pearl but Billie is determined to keep Freya there because Billie is struggling with secrets of her own and she has never worked out why the sisters are not close, Billie is also worried about her mother and the reason for the sudden trip. Billie and Freya are working well together and getting closer every day they both open up about their lives to a certain degree.

I never miss a Barbara Hannay story and the reason is because her stories are just awesome, they pull you in and make you feel a part of the story, the emotion flowing through the words is fabulous and this one is so very good, I absolutely loved Freya the strength and courage she showed with everything that had gone on had me cheering her on and Billie a beautiful young woman who coped so well with her problems and the happenings and Pearl she had her reasons for being the way she was at times. But will these three woman get everything worked out and have the family love shining through as it should, you really need to read this one.

Thank you Penguin Random House AU for the copy to read and thank you Barbara Hannay for a true keeper of a story.

5 stars

Published August 4th 2020 by Penguin eBooks


The Narrows

 The Narrows


Nene Davies


The Narrows by Nene Davies


Reviewed by Helen


When I was asked to read this one I jumped at the chance, I loved the sound of it, but life got in the way and I couldn’t get to it as soon as I wanted, although when I did pick it up, it was a book I didn’t want to put down, this is the first book of Nene Davies that I have read but it won’t be the last. I hope that you pick this one up and journey back to the 1960’s and London there were the Beatles miniskirts and all sorts of things going on.

The Narrows is a story about twin brothers and their wives Edward and Eric and Vera and Karen, it is the 1960’s and there are lots of changes happening, these four are the best of friends Edward and Eric work together and they live close in The Narrows. Edward and Vera have 6 year old twin boys and Eric and Karen remain childless. Karen is desperate to have children and Vera is her best friend and they decide with some help to make Karen a mother never realizing what changes this decision would make.

Later in the book we turn to present day London and we meet Cathy and Andrew, they are cousins, Cathy is daughter to Edward and Andrew son to Eric, Cathy has been living in America since she was a young girl and is now asked to return to London for the reading of a will. This leads to uncovering secrets from the 1960’s and there is a lot to uncover.

This is a beautifully written story, fast paced, a real page turner. It is emotional and heart wrenching at times as well, as we get to know all of the characters and why they do the things they do, I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it Nene has taken on a lot of issues about woman living in the 1960’s and done it with heartfelt emotion, yes there were tears and lots of different emotions from me as I read this one, a really great story.

Thank you MS Davies for my copy to read I thoroughly enjoyed it.


5 stars

Published September 1st 2020 by Hammer and Tongs Publishing