Echoes of the Past

Echoes of the Past

Echo Springs #3

TJ Hamilton

Echoes Of The Past by TJ Hamilton

Reviewed by Helen

I am really enjoying this series and this is Leila’s story who we had a bit to do with in the last book and I must be honest I wasn’t overly fond of her then, but I got to know her a bit better in this instalment and even though I wouldn’t agree with some of the things she did, she did redeem herself in my eyes, as she journeys to a HEA with her childhood sweetheart Hayden.

Leila left Echo Springs and her parents to change her life around after going through heartache she left her boyfriend Hayden and became a police officer and that was a big decision for her seeing as she came from the wrong side of the tracks. But she decides that going back to Echo Springs is what she wants to do and she aims to make some changes and when her ex comes back to town even though she should stay away she cannot help the pull between them and the detectives are working on a drug bust that could and would cause devastation Leila keeps secrets that she shouldn’t.

Hayden has always loved Leila and what they went through hurt and even more when she up and left, he moved away as well but has been doing things that he is not happy doing because of his older brother, but when he goes back home and he and Leila click again like they had never been apart things must change, Hayden sets out to do what he must but there will be secrets that he will always keep.

There is a lot going on in the town and Leila and Hayden take a big part in the danger that ensues and takes a life, but it is a moving story as they reunite and discover their love again, families mean a lot to these people and I loved the support they all offered each other and I look forward to the last instalment in this series, thank you MS Hamilton for a story I thoroughly enjoyed.

4/5 stars for a great story


Published September 18th 2018 by Escape Publishing

Embers and Echoes

Embers and Echoes

Echo Springs #2

Daniel de Lorne

Embers and Echoes by Daniel de Lorne

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoyed this second instalment in this series and it was my first MM book bonus, it is really well written, lots happening with a second chance at love for heroes Ben and Toby who had grown up together in Echo Springs, Ben is now a police officer and Toby a fireman and when an arsonist is in town who seems to be going after Toby, this brings them back together on a rocky and dangerous path to a lovely HEA.

Toby Grimshaw is living with his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s he is single and is often nick named Grim because he comes across grumpy, but he has been through a lot losing his mother when he was young, when Ben was his best friend, the person he loved and he has a secret that he has been keeping, but when there is a fire at the cemetery and then his home is set alight, Ben is the officer in charge and things are getting really tough on them both.

Ben Fields moved away from town after losing his mother and his best friend Toby whom he loved, he became a police officer like his father and met Jared they had an affair but Jared ended up in jail and Ben moved back to Echo Springs, and realized that his feelings for Toby had never changed and when he has to arrest Toby for arson, this knocks him for six and sets him on a path to find the culprit and to sort things out with Toby.

Ben and Toby had a lot to sort out before they could move on together, Toby had to come clean with his secret and then Ben had to accept it and with Jared trying to kill Toby, their lives where being pushed and pulled in every direction let alone the danger that moving closer to them both, but love always rings true and these two got their HEA a much deserved one, thank you Mr de Lorne for a fabulous story, it is one that I highly recommend. 

4/5 stars for a great story


Published September 10th 2018 by Escape Publishing

Dangerous Echoes

Dangerous Echoes

Echo Springs #1

Leisl Leighton

Dangerous Echoes by Leisl Leighton

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoy a good romantic suspense and this is the start of a series, set in a small country town Echo Springs, close to Dubbo in New South Wales, and when Erika Hanson gets a worrying text message from her brother Peter and then no answers back Erika decides that it is time to return to Echo Springs her home town, the town she left sixteen years ago and this is going to open up a lot of heartache for her will she be strong enough to cope?

Erika ran away when she was sixteen after struggling to live with her grandmother after the death of her parents in an horrific accident that left her scared mentally, you see Erika is extremely bright and needed to be helped not put down, she had a best friend in Hartley Cooper who seemed to understand her, but she needed to go and now she is back worried about her brother and Hartley Cooper is now a policeman and he informs her that her brother has been killed in a drug lab explosion and Erika is now forensic pathologist, she goes all out to prove her brother innocent.

Hartley is shocked when he discovers Erika in the interview room at the police station, she left him broken hearted years before and he has not heard anything about her since and now it looks like they will be working together to uncover the truth about her brother Peter and get to the bottom of what is going on in the quiet town, but can Hartley keep his feelings to himself and protect Erika.

This is a fast paced story which had me turning the pages firstly with Erika and Hartley getting closer and Erika finally coming to terms with her emotions and what caused her to run from her cruel grandmother, she has become a strong woman who is confident in herself even if she speaks without thinking at times, and Hartley what a caring hero he is the love he shows Erika had me smiling and then the murders, the drugs, the investigation is heating up with danger everywhere. I really enjoyed this one thank you MS Leighton for a fabulous story and a great HEA, now to read book 2 

4/5 stars for a great story


Published September 4th 2018 by Escape Publishing

Model Wife

Model Wife

Maggie Christensen

A Model Wife by Maggie Christensen

Reviewed by Helen

This is a beautiful story and was such a fabulous read, there are a lot of emotions and MS Christensen has taken on a lot of topics that have been in the news lately and highlighted them so well. I first met Celia the heroine in this story in Isobel’s Promise (which is an awesome story) and I was really hoping she got her own story, she really deserved a HEA and she got one.

Celia Ramsey was once a top Australian model beautiful and such a lovely personality , she married a rugby player Bill and they had two beautiful daughters, but life in the spotlight soon took a downhill run for Celia her husband was a bully and turned against his daughters. Celia finally got the courage to leave him and start a new life running a clothes boutique in Mosman, but has agreed to help with the media launch of Bill’s book in return for a divorce settlement. This turns into a media circus when allegations are made against Bill, then she meets property developer Johnno Henderson and maybe if Celia can learn to trust her life might take a turn for the better and to love and joy.

Johnno is the playboy, he is happy playing the field with the younger woman who like the attention, he has never felt the need to settle down, but then he meets the beautiful ex-model Celia Ramsey and he starts to think about her a lot and his thoughts are turning to the future and something permanent and Celia could be the one.

This was a joy to read, the characters are so alive and real, these are people you could meet every day, families with problems, people that are happy to help each other and offer advice, I loved getting to know Celia and Johnno and sharing their journey to a HEA as they fall in love with hurdles to cross and trust to earn, it is a feel good story where troubles are overcome and families are loved. This is a story that I highly recommend it was a joy to read, every word was read as I savoured this story, thank you MS Christensen for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Expected publication: November 1st 2018

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Joanna Nell

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

Reviewed by Helen

This is such a great story it is funny, moving, emotional and so very heart-warming, make yourself comfortable for this one while you enjoy meeting the lovey seventy nine year old Peggy Smart and the highs and lows of living in a retirement village and aging with decorum and aplomb as best she can.

Peggy is widowed, she has two children David who is married to Mel they have two children Sam and Emily and Jenny who lives with her girlfriend and the alpacas, Peggy lives alone with her dog Basil, her little old man, yes she can be forgetful but the Webster’s pill packaging does help her with the days of the week, as does her colour co-ordinated calendar, she also loves checking one of the neighbours out, that would be Brian retired chartered accountant and treasurer of the residents committee the man that Peggy dreams of inviting for dinner one day, yes life is good for Peggy, but then Angie Valentine moves into the village and Peggy’s life is going to improve maybe?

Peggy and Angie met when they were eight years old, they went to school together and worked together for some time but Angie was always the out spoken one the one to go for what she wanted never lost for words and she went onto travel the world with her job and Peggy married Ted and settled down and now Angie is still the beautiful, vibrant person she was and she steps in to improve Peggy’s life but Peggy is unsure about all of this and worries a little. Meeting up with Peggy again for Angie was what she had wanted there is a secret that needs to be told and Angie will do anything for her friend Peggy

This one had me laughing out loud with tears running down my face as Peggy gets herself into a few scrapes but Angie is there and when the tables are turned Peggy is there for Angie. This is a beautifully written story with all of the emotional feels that will keep you turning the pages, the characters are rich, vibrant and alive, truly there is much laughter and there are tears as this journey of friendship and aging gracefully with fun, it is never too late to find love and enjoy life. This a must read. A story that I highly recommend, huge congratulations on a fabulous debut and I look forward to many more books from MS Nell. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Hachette Australia

The Lost Pearl

The Lost Pearl

Emily Madden

The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden

Reviewed by Helen

Awesome, fabulous, amazing where do I start? I loved this one from page one I inhaled, devoured every word a story set across three generations from Hawaii 1941 to Sydney 2016 a young Catherine (Kitty) McGarrie meets the love of her life, her soul mate on her sixteenth birthday and what happens is an amazing story of love, heartache and a lost pearl, make sure you have a box tissues handy and wipe the calendar because you won’t want to put this one down.

Kitty is loving living in Honolulu with her father who is a Rear Admiral, her mother and brother who is also in the navy, her best friend is Penny and life is good, her mother is very upper class and organizes a big sixteenth birthday party and there she meets Charlie a sailor from the wrong side of the tracks but even at sixteen Kitty knows where her heart belongs, and Charlie is hit with cupids arrow as well love at first sight, but with talk of the Americans joining the war and Kitty and her mother being sent to Australia for safety, Kitty plans a day with Charlie a fabulous day of love and hope, but the world as they know it changes when early on the morning of December 7 Pearl Harbour is bombed and lives are lost and changed forever.

Seventy five years later Catherine has had a fall and in hospital and when her precious granddaughter Kit comes to visit she tells her a secret, a secret of a lost love and Kit a journalist takes on trying to find out more about this secret, but it could break a family apart or bring them together, a family that has learnt never to ask their mother or grandmother about her life in Hawaii before she came to Australia. Kit returns to Hawaii for the seventy fifth anniversary of Pearl Harbour and here she uncovers a lot more about her grandmother and will she discover a love for herself?

This is a must read book, I am still crying while writing this review, it is just beautiful, the research must have caused a lot of tears MS Madden, not just about Pearl Harbour but about things that happened here in Australia, it is emotional, moving and wonderful, I highly recommend it, truly it is one of the best books I have read this year and is going to stay with me for a long time to come. You rock MS Madden you made me smile and cry with this gorgeously written story thank you.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published August 20th 2018 by MIRA

A Daughter's Choice

A Daughter's Choice

A Mindalby Outback Romance Series #4

Lee Christine

A Daughter's Choice by Lee Christine

Reviewed by Helen

I am enjoying this series and the township of Mindalby, the struggle the town’s folk are going through since the closure of the Cotton Mill and the way they are all coping, this time we meet Lynsey Carter and the hurt that she goes through seeing as it is her father and step mother that were in control of the mill when everything went pear-shaped, and how she copes with meeting up with her first love Julian Stone who now runs a fuel depot in town.

Linsey moved away nearly ten years before, to study and to escape the hurt of the break-up with her first love Julian, she is now an agriculture scientist and living in Brisbane, but has come home to be with her mother when things are getting harder in the town, and to try and talk to her father the man that she was never close to. Paperwork is uncovered that forms a cloud over her father and their family and she is drawn back to Julian and when danger is lurking, her and Julian cannot fight the emotions that bring them back together that neither had really gotten over.

Julian has worked very hard to get to where he is today but with the mill closing even though he is not a farmer it still impacts on his business and when his first love arrives back in town and is in grave danger Julian is there to help but the course of true love never runs smoothly, but he is glad when a few truths come out about their break-up.

This is a fast paced emotional story that kept me turning the pages as more is uncovered about what happened at the mill and lives are threatened, I really loved Julian and his strength to get ahead in the town and Linsey standing so strong with everything that is happening but the journey to a HEA for both of them is just so good, an emotional roller coaster that left me smiling, I look forward to the next one in this series.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story
Published July 31st 2018 by Escape Publishing