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The Traitor's Girl

The Traitor's Girl

Christine Wells

The Traitor's Girl by Christine   Wells

Reviewed by Helen

This is a compelling story of intrigue, spies, danger betrayal and secrets that are finally going to come out years after the Second World War. It all starts when Annabel Logan gets a strange phone call from a woman claiming to be her grandmother Caroline Banks (Carrie) saying that she is in danger and needs her to travel from Australia England immediately and wow what a journey it is for Annabel, this one had me turning the pages with so much curiosity about what was going to happen, this is a story not to be missed.

Simon Colepeper is a journalist with secrets himself he has befriended Carrie and is learning all of her secrets for a book but when there are threats made against Carrie she flees and leaves Simon to protect Annabel, but Simon must be her bodyguard and not get close to her, you see Annabel is such a strong and caring woman and he is drawn to her strength and personality but there is a lot to uncover and danger lurking.

Annabel has arrived at her long lost grandmother Caroline Banks’s home Beechwood to find her gone she is met by firstly a goose then saved by journalist Simon Colepeper who helps her learn about Carrie and there is a lot to learn she listens to tapes and meets one of Carrie’s friends Eve who also helps with the past. Annabel and Simon do a lot of investigating to try and find out what danger Carrie thought she was in, was the past coming back to threaten her?

Where do I start this is such a fabulous story written so well the characters come to life on the pages, Russian spies, MI5 secret agents and what they all did and went through just before the war during it and after, lives and loves that are lost so much happening so many memories and heartache but above all a story that did have me smiling in the end Simon and Annabel had that pull from their first meeting goose and all and to see Annabel and Carrie finally a family together after what they had both been through was wonderful thank you MS Wells for another magical story that will stay will me for a long time to come, one for the keeper shelf. I do highly recommend this one it truly is one not to be missed.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story
Published May 1st 2017 by Penguin Random House

Heart Breaker

Heart Breaker

Shannon Curtis

Heart Breaker by Shannon Curtis

Reviewed by Helen

WOW this is one hell of a good story, a story that is so well written I got lost in it for the weekend. MS Curtis has bought to life on the pages of this book a serial killer, a cop who is hard working honest and never gives up and a heroine who is determined to get justice for her family and she will go to any lengths to get it.

Harmony Talbot has come home early from an IT conference in Melbourne to her Sydney home that she shares with her cousin Leona only to discover that Leona has been brutally murdered how could this happen again she lost her father fourteen years before in a murder that was never solved, this time Harmony is going to ensure that the killer is caught even if she has to catch the killer herself.

Bern Knight is a good detective he works hard and does not leave a lot of time for himself although he is very close to his family, but when he meets Harmony at the scene of the crime he feels a spark for this woman a beautiful woman who pushes him with her vulnerability and strength and he does get closer to her as he investigates the murders but also does his best to keep Harmony safe with her doing her own investigating.

The romance between Bern and Harmony is sensual and moving, Harmony uses her digital forensic knowledge to help the police department secretly although Bern has a good idea where the information is coming from but the more he is around her the bigger the pull between them. And as they get closer to the killer everything heats up. Truly this is a story not to be missed I loved it from start to finish and I highly recommend this one thank you MS Curtis for another keeper and one that will stay with me for a long time and ensure I keep the doors locked and am very careful online.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published April 24th 2017 by Harlequin MIRA

Daughter of the Murray

Daughter of the Murray

Darry Fraser

Daughter of the Murray by Darry Fraser

Reviewed by Helen

This is a story that will take you back to the days of the big paddle boats on The Murray River when times were tough and woman pretty much did what they were told but let us meet Georgina Calthorpe this feisty woman wanted more than being told what she should do and where she should go and stood up for herself and I loved her what a heroine and the perfect hero for her, arrogant and determined but caring Dane MacHenry I highly recommend that you sit back and enjoy this story.

Georgie has had enough of being told what to do and when, her life is turned upside down with the foster family she has been living with and the prodigal son returns home Georgie decides that it is time to take off and meet up with Conor Foley and start a new life he has offered her marriage. But when that prodigal son Dane comes after her life changes again.

Dane comes home to Jacaranda to disaster his property has been gambled away and there are many changes after listening to his father he takes off after their foster daughter Georgie and when he catches her and his horse there is a spark that shocks Dane, but with bushrangers after them he loses her to another man.

This is a fast paced story that will have you turning the pages Georgie marries a man who has lots of secrets a man who is determined to rule her life, and Dane gets on with doing what he can to save his property and trying to forget Georgie a very hard task but as life has a way a turning the tables so it does and you are going to want to read this one to see what happens. What a story it has everything ups and downs, tragedies, secrets but above all true love prevails and you will be smiling. There are many emotions throughout this story and the call of that river is so strong for Georgie. Thank you MS Darry for a fabulous story.

4/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published December 15th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA

Talk of The Town

Talk of The Town

Rachael Johns

Talk Of The Town by Rachael Johns

Reviewed by Helen

MS Johns has written another fabulous story that will stay with me for a long time to come, she has bought the characters to life on the pages made me fit into this country community and feel the emotions that they all go through. This story has a little bit of everything in it a mystery from years ago and tragedy and hurt as well as a very sensual romance between two people who have both been through so much.

A flat tyre and maybe fate has bought Lawson Cooper-Jones and his eight year old son Ned to the abandoned town of Rose Hill he has stopped outside the old supposedly haunted general store but when Ned discovers that the store is not abandoned and that there is a female living there, Meg Donald this starts a journey filled with a sensual pull but secrets and omissions and interfering by local girl Adeline could bring this crashing down

Megan has moved from Melbourne to the abandoned town of Rose Hill to start afresh she thinks that she should be OK here in Western Australia no one should know her but with strange things going on in her new home and meeting another who lives in the town Archie and meeting Lawson and his family things are sure to change for Meg. Meg has been through so much in her life but is determined to put it behind her and sort the mystery of the ghost and then hopefully get her life back on track.

This really is a fabulous story I could not put it down so many fabulous characters not to mention the dog Cane, there is a lot going on that will keep you turning the pages, it is moving, emotional and brought me to tears a few times so keep the tissues at the ready but you will be smiling as well and left in such a happy place at the end with the mystery solved and Lawson Meg and Ned very, very happy together. MS Johns has written another keeper and I can’t highly recommend this one enough it is a must to read.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by MIRA

Promise of Hunters Ridge

Promise of Hunters Ridge

Hunters Ridge #3

Sarah Barrie

Promise of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie

Reviewed by Helen

OMG this is a brilliant finish to this fabulous series MS Barrie had me on the edge of my seat through this one it is fast paced action filled as Mia gets her HEA after everything that Mia has been through this heroine is one tough girl I cried and smiled the powerful emotions that are bought to life on the pages will honestly have you biting your nails. Sit back make yourself comfortable you will not want to put this one down until you see what happens to an evil serial killer.

“By the time this is all over, she’ll know what it’s like to kill, or what it’s like to die”
Mia has lived with this thought for some time now since a serial killer went after her sister Ally then her friend Ebony and to have what happened to her at the last hunt she knows her time is running out and Mia is doing everything she can to be prepared. But falling for Detective Ben Bowden is not in her plans they have had a rough relationship from the start and Mia is one feisty strong but vulnerable heroine and Ben is getting to her in lots of ways.

Ben is a tough detective he has been on this case from the start and is getting closer to catching the killer but new clues and more information keep coming up and with it his need to protect Mia at all costs if she will let him that is. He knows their past doesn’t help but he must find a way to get her to trust him and the spark is getting stronger and this helps to start a stronger friendship as they start to work together to get Rob.

I feel at bit speechless with this one it truly is absolutely fabulous the strength and courage that Mia shows had me cheering her on and crying for her as well and Ben what a hero to die for he goes to such painful lengths to keep her safe that pull them apart but when they eventually get closer again with the help of friends and family there will be tears again. I loved the depth of these characters in this story getting to know them and feeling like they are close friends is amazing. The end of this book is amazing it will knock your socks off. I loved, loved this story and this series thank you MS Barrie for another keeper way to go. I would really love to see Indy get her own story 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: March 31st 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd

Daughter of Mine

Daughter of Mine

Fiona Lowe

Daughter of Mine by Fiona Lowe

Reviewed by Helen

Where do I start? Can I say wow what a fabulous story? Yes I can, I loved this one beautifully written so many fabulous characters who come to life on the pages they became friends, and friends that I cried with laughed with and wanted to yell at throughout the story there is a lot going on secrets that have been kept for nearly fifty years and when they come out lives will change forever.

This is the story of a privileged family in Victoria’s Western district they come from squatters in the early 1800’s they have a rich and honoured history but do they? There are always secrets and black sheep of the family and now a secret is about to be discovered that will lead to the three Chirnwell sisters Harriet (Harry), Xara and Georgie’s lives as well as their Mother’s Edwina being up ended and that is not the only thing that is happening there is lovers reunited new love discovered and extra family members as well as families torn apart by criminal accusations and scandals that rock the town of Billawarre.

Harry, Xara and Georgie are all very different sisters Harry a successful Doctor with a loving husband and beautiful daughter, Xara a stay at home Mum who leads a very busy life with her loving husband children and the sheep farm to run and Georgie the teacher who has been through heartache but even though they have their differences in the end they are sisters who love and care for each other but their lives change and their journey is very rocky and the path a tough one to tread but tread it they do. The women in this story are strong and capable and mostly easy to love as you get to know them.

I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I do highly recommend this book it truly is a remarkable amazing story of families and the rules that they live by the loves, the loses, the highs and lows that come daily and sometimes with a big bang that rocks everyone. I smiled I cried and I found such joy in this story. Thank you MS Lowe for a wonderful story that kept me turning the pages this one is a keeper and will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published February 20th 2017 by Harlequin MIRA

The Stationmaster's Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark

The Stationmaster's Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark
Reviewed by Helen

WOW this is such an awesome story a debut for MS Nefri Clark and a total winner amazing story a time slip set in the late 1960’s and present time, a story of family secrets true love and lost love. My advice make yourself comfortable and sit back with this one because you are not going to want to put it down.

Make-up artist Christie Ryan is just about to leave on a romantic getaway with her fiancé Dereck when she gets a message that her estranged grandmother has passed away and that the funeral will be held in the small coastal town of River’s End and against Dereck’s wishes she goes off to attend the funeral. Christie’s childhood was a tough one losing her parents when she was young and then being bought up by her stern unloving grandmother but she needs to say goodbye never realizing what a nest of secrets and mystery that she has left Christie to uncover in this beautiful town.

Martin Blake has lived in River’s End his entire life he is an artist who comes across as a bit harsh but that is not so when he sees this woman at the funeral of someone that he classes as enemy and there are very good reasons why he does he is maddened but he is also drawn to this beautiful woman and when they are pushed together because of a painting and some letters well let’s just say they are in for an up and down journey.

There are two love stories in this one two beautiful love stories I might add that will bring you to tears as it did me this debut is beautifully written the characters are rich and engaging and the emotions fly off the pages the setting is amazing and the secrets that are uncovered by Christie will make your heart pound and getting angry with some people. Yes this is a story that I highly recommend so many emotions so much joy in the end the best. Congrats MS Nefri Clark on a fabulous debut.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published February 14th 2017 by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Review by Cheryl | 5 Stars

First book I have read by Phillipa Nefri Clark but was enjoyable and glad I read it.
Christie Ryan is a make-up artist and her fiancé Derek Hobbs is not very pleased that she is gone so much. Their relationship may not be what others are but she has found what she likes and she considers her life to be good.
Angus McGregor takes care of her gran. He takes care of the house, the grounds and drives her where she needs to go. Angus arrives unexpectedly just as Christie and Derek were about to leave on a holiday together. But Angus has sad news for Christie. Angus has served Christie’s gran for 20 years and had been very loyal. 
Read the story of how Derek handles the fact that Christie cannot run off on the holiday that he wanted, plus what happens when she goes to the small cottage in River’s End. Meeting artist Martin Blake and as she uncovers secrets of the past. 
This is a wonderful romantic story that set in two different eras and tells of love, secrets, and much more.

Review by Alexia | 5 Stars

"The Stationmaster's Cottage" by Phillipa Nefri Clark is my first read from this author and I loved the story so much that I couldn't put the book down. Christie Ryan is a famous makeup artist and she is engaged to Derek. They don't see each other very often so Derek booked a trip for them to go away. On the day of their departure Christie finds out her Grandmother passed away. She tells her fiance that she must go to her funeral and Derek wasn't too happy about it, but re-booked her to fly out of River's End after the funeral. Derek is very controlling and didn't like to be ignored.

When Christie arrives in River's End she finds that her estranged Grandmother left her a cottage. The house was in disarray, but something drew Christie to the house, and as it turns out there is a mystery surrounding her Grandmother's sister. Martin Blake comes in to help out Christie, and they both find themselves attracted to each other. There is one problem. Martin and his family are tied into the mystery. 

There is so much to this story, and I don't want to give anything away by writing more. Please pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.

Review by Dottie | 5 Stars

This story gives you romance, a mystery and a wonderful journey. Christie finds out she has inherited a cottage at Rivers end, from her Grandmothers sister and feels impelled to go see it.  She is always away as she is a makeup artist and travels which her fiancé's Derek frowns upon but that doesn't stop her from wanting to go to the funeral and see this cottage.   She meets Martin Blake who helps her uncover why the cottage is in disarray and why she has a feeling there is more to this cottage than meets the eye. 
This is where Phillipa Nefri Clark gets you so involved in the story you will not want to stop reading.  A truly wonderful book and you will find yourself looking to read more by this author.