Child of Africa

Child of Africa

T. M. Clark

Child Of Africa by T.M. Clark

Reviewed by Helen

This story has a WOW factor for me it is emotional, moving and gripping, from page one I fell totally into the story, the characters coming to life on the pages and speaking to me of the lives that they live the hardships that they go through the power struggles running a village can cause. The beautiful wild beasts of Africa that need to be cared for and the way that Joss, Peta and Bongani share their love and friendship with them and each other.

Joss Brennan has returned to his home at the safari lodge on Lake Kariba Zimbabwe from Afghanistan a changed man he is a double amputee and is not sure what he wants to do with his life, but that doesn’t take him long to learn when he is back with his old friend Bongani they shared a lot while Joss grew up and now Joss is back there is danger brewing from Bongani’s brother, but there is also joy in his home new friends and old and additions to the family and the return of the baby elephant Ndhlovy that Joss, Peta and Bongani saved when she was a calf.

Peta de Longe is now a veterinarian and lives close to Joss Peta and her sister Courtney were very close as children Courtney is now passed away and Peta cares for her father. A lot has happened in the years that Joss was away and there is always danger lurking in this area with poachers and wild animals. Peta and Joss’s reunion comes as a shock and then joy that brings them together in this harsh world where they have to fight corrupt and nasty businessman to save animals and humans alike.

I don’t want to give too much away but let me highly recommend this story MS Clark writes powerful stories set in a hard place but there is always hope and love running along with the danger and cruelty that happens in Africa, it opens your eyes to the struggle to save these awesome beasts. Getting to know the elephant Ndhlovy left me speechless she is such a beautiful animal who has been through so much and the joy when she is reunited with her old friends had me tearing up. Thank you MS Clark amazing story that I loved. 

5/5 stars fro a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 1st 2017 by MIRA      
 


Jasmine Sea by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Jasmine Sea

Phillipa Nefri-Clark

Jasmine Sea by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Reviewed by Helen

This is the follow up story to the fabulous book The Stationmaster’s Cottage and what a story it is, I loved it, it has a little bit of everything in it suspense, love and romance friendship and uncovering secrets from the past. I did very much enjoy catching up with friends from the seaside town that I had met in the first book. This one had me turning the pages I did not want to put it down, my advice when you pick this one up as I highly recommend you do, is that you make yourself very comfortable and enjoy as I did.

We are back in Rivers End with Christie Ryan and Martin Blake who are very much in love but of course there is a vulnerability with Christie that has been caused by her past and her narcissist ex Derek, but Martin is being his fabulous self and is being protective caring and loving, but when a couple of strangers arrive in town there is cause for alarm. Will danger impinge on their happiness or will their love and strength win through?

This is a fabulous story the characters come to life on the pages, they become friends I was cheering them on and feeling very emotional at times with Christie and Martin and of course Randall (who doesn’t love a good dog in a story). MS Nefri-Clark has written a story that ticks all of the boxes for a romance with edge of your seat suspense she brings the residents of the small seaside town into the mix which adds so much and I believe this story has been left so as there is sure to me more in this series.

I hope I have done justice with this review and that you will pick this book up and enjoy it as much as I did it left me feeling so good, thank you MS Nefri-Clark for another fabulous story this is another one for the keeper shelf. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: November 14th 2017 by Phillipa Nefri Clark      
   

Her Outback Surprise

Her Outback Surprise

Prickle Creek #2

Annie Seaton


Her Outback Surprise by Annie Seaton

Reviewed by Helen
This is such a lovely second chance romance story with a fabulous setting and awesome characters, the second in a series about four cousins who are asked to help their grandparents who bought them up with the family cattle and wheat farm in the Pilliga Scrub region of New South Wales and now we have Liam’s story which starts in London and ends up in the outback beautifully.

Liam gave up his journalist job in London to return home to the farm and has settled in well and is thoroughly enjoying this more than he thought he would although there is someone on his mind Angie his ex-girlfriend that he let go back in London. When Liam finds a puppy on the side of the road he takes her to the local vet in town and what a shock that is when he discovers that his ex is now the local vet and this has his heart and mind all aflutter.

Angie was devastated when she had to leave London and Liam to return home a year ago he seemed more interested in his job than her so she has been content since returning but never forgotten Liam, and has settled into her job as the vet in Spring Downs but oh my when none other than Liam arrives in her clinic that spark is still there but Angie is determined to not succumb to it but Liam has other ideas.

There were so many misunderstandings between Angie and Liam from London to the outback but with the help of Liam’s cousin Lucy they are pushed together and finally find their well- deserved HEA, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story one that had me smiling and turning the pages, I love the setting and this family are just beautiful and I am really looking forward to the next in the series bring on Jemima’s story thank you MS Seaton for hours of reading pleasure.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published October 9th 2017 by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Bliss)





Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy

Cathryn Hein

Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy by Cathryn Hein

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoy MS Hein’s stories she has such a wonderful voice her stories always make me smile her heroes are true Aussie guys, heroes that are all round good guys and yummy, and Nick Burroughs is all of that and more when he runs into a girl he went to school with Chrissy and goes all out to prove his love in such a fun and sensual way, sit back and enjoy this one.

Nick is starting to feel a bit left out his brother Danny and his friends are all finding their HEA with wonderful heroines but not Nick he is still to find his girl. So when leaving the pub one evening he comes to the rescue of a gorgeous girl who he should know but he does not at all but when she brings up things that happened to him at school he remembers them, Nick’s heart is running amuck he needs to get to know Chrissy better.

Chrissy has been home in Levenham for a short time and one of the first people she meets is Nick Burroughs the boy that she had the biggest crush on in school the things she went through to get his attention would make the mind boggle and he doesn’t remember her, but that crush is still there she thinks maybe.

This really is a great story what Nick goes through to prove his love is fabulous but Chrissy is settling into a new job and takes a bit of convincing that he does love her but when they both realize their love is true the bells go off, I highly recommend this one lots going on it is a fun sensual story with a fabulous setting and friends from past books and I do hope that there will be more to come in the town of Lenenham. Thank you MS Hein for another beauty.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published August 22nd 2017



The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

Rachael Johns


The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

Reviewed by Helen

WOW this book has left me speechless it is an amazing story of love, of hope, of giving, MS Johns has written about something that is dear to my heart a story of egg donation so as couples can live a life with children in them to feel that in-built nurturing that happens between a mother and her child while she carries them and allow the father to be such a huge part of the process. This book should be read with a box of tissues very handy because all of the characters in this story will become friends and feel like family, well they did for me.

Harper Drummond is a very popular radio host, journalist interviewing a variety of people about a variety of subjects she is happily married to lawyer Samuel and they both live their lives for work, Harper didn’t have the best childhood or mother so having children is not what she wants in life, but after interviewing a couple that are now happily pregnant with a donor egg Harper decides that she wants to help someone as well she feels that there is something missing in her life and is sure this will make a difference, so starts the process of finding people to help.

Jasper and Claire have been happily married for 5 years now yes they knew that Claire was unable to have children because of childhood cancer they work together in hot air ballooning and are having the best time but Claire badly wants a child and knows that Jasper will make the best father. So after discussions an add helps them find Harper and the process begins.

I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give anything away just to let you know that I am still crying writing this review, I don’t think a book has left me this emotional for a long time, it is a moving, touching and Poignant story that is beautifully written, the characters Jasper, Clair, Harper and their families I am sure will come to mean a lot to you as you read this one and can I say that I highly recommend this story. I hope that you will read this one as I did, I savoured every word, and thank you MS Johns you rock I loved it.

5/5 stars for an amazing story

Expected publication: October 23rd 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd


The Baby Doctor

The Baby Doctor

Fiona McArthur

The Baby Doctor by Fiona McArthur

Reviewed by Helen

This story took me to the outback for a journey that had me turning the pages meeting up with old friends making new friends and sharing heartache and happiness with them, MS McArthur writes stories that are filled with emotion and love, make yourself comfy because you won’t want to put this one down once you start and I highly recommend that you read this one.

Sienna Wilson is an Obstetrician doing exactly what she loves working in a big Sydney hospital there are no plans for marriage or children although she is very fond of police sergeant Douglas McCabe whom she met last year with her visit to Red Sands and they have had a few visits, but she has been asked again by outback matriarch Blanche McKay to investigate abnormal births in the town of Spinifex and ever the investigator off she goes and happily as that is where Douglas is stationed. But never does she realize that her life will change so much once she gets there.

Douglas is a quiet man he lives by the rules of life and is there to protect at all costs but his feelings are turned upside down by the gorgeous Sienna they live in such totally different worlds Sienna is all for the high flying city life and Douglas loves his outback life but there is a spark, a pull between them that really can’t be denied and with so much happening in the town they are pulled closer together.

When Sienna arrives in Spinifex she shocked by the changes that happen to her making friends with pub owner Alma and young Maddy who works in the bar, there is so much going on in this town that worry Sienna and you can see the beautifulness of Sienna coming to the surface and Douglas and her relationship moves ahead. Oh what can I say other than I loved this story there were tears there were smiles and yes there was tension, but above all there was strength and love as friendships opened up, new lives are created and families are together.

Thank you MS McArthur for another fabulous story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come, beautifully written fabulous engaging characters that have become friends, the setting is awesome I really must visit the outback one day, this is a book I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: October 2nd 2017 by PenguinRandom House AU



Secrets Between Friends

Secrets Between Friends

Fiona Palmer

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer

Reviewed by Helen

This is such a beautiful, moving, touching story about three friends who met at school and just bonded together forever Jess, Ricki and Abbie there is also Peter who started out as Jess’s best friend but became best friends to them all and then partner to Ricki. Jess is a single mum to Ollie and a teacher now living in the country, Ricki is a nurse and lives with Peter and Abbie is a career girl in real estate. They plan a reunion on a three day cruise to Albany Western Australia to party, reminisce and just have fun, Peter has plans as well and joins them for this journey, little do they all know that secrets will be uncovered and their lives will change forever.

Jess will go to any lengths to help her friends she loves them all but has kept a secret for some time now that will impact on them all, although the girls know that she has loved Peter forever he is as close to family as possible, they were neighbours growing up and with the home life Jess had Peter and his family were her life savers, but maybe now it is time to cut ties with Peter and stay in the country town she teaches with her gorgeous son Ollie.

Abbie has just had her life turned upside down by her partner and the job that she loves is not what it used to be and with so much going on this cruise is going to be a blast and when she gets back then it will be time to think about the future and she is determined to keep her secret and be strong as always.

Ricki has been happy with her life she loves Peter but her wish to travel and nurse in under privileged countries is getting stronger especially after having met a new nurse at work, is it time to make a change in her life?

The time for the trip arrives and with each one of them having things on their mind this trip turns into a roller-coaster of secrets that have been kept from each other which is so out of fashion for them as they are just so close but these secrets are doozies that will leave each of them shocked and hurt in some ways but as true friends they need to pull together and be there for each other.

I really loved this book the bond these friends share is just beautiful the love and the strength they show through the hurts will have you turning the pages but do make sure you have the tissues handy because there will be tears but smiles as well, thank you MS Palmer for a story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come and yay for cruising I have been on a few and the memories of being on the ship are good.


5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Hachette Australia