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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.


The Long Paddock

The Long Paddock

Alissa Callen

The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen

Reviewed by Helen

This a beautiful moving and emotional story that shows us the love of the small town country community what they go through in times of drought and storms and when loved ones health is causing problems how they step up and help. MS Callen has written a magical story that had me turning the pages to see Denham Rigby champion bull rider and Cressida Knight Cowgirl journey to a second chance HEA.

Denham has moved back home from Montana after being away for three years he has just lost his mother and has plans for the family property Claremont but he also has a lot of worries family secrets and the only person he will ever love neighbour Cressy whom he broke of their relationship three years ago for reasons he feels he must shoulder she is the last person he wants to hurt.

Cressy lives on the family property they are suffering from drought and she is doing it tough she has her animals a bull Reggie a cockatoo Kevin and faithful Kelpie Tippy truly these animals are the best loved them. Cressy is caring strong and well- loved in the community she has a sister who lives in the city but the farm holds Cressy’s heart as does neighbour Denham who is back home and Cressy has a decision to make does she push to get Denham back or not.

This is a story that I did not want to put down it pulls you in I felt so connected to the characters in the small town of Woodlea Denham is haunted by the family secrets he is quiet and strong and so loved but Cressy is determined to win her man back and does not give in till she has him these two people so needed each other there were tears and smiles. I hope I have done this one justice because it is going to stay with me for a long time thank you MS Callen for an amazing story that looked at the hardships that the back bone of this country struggles with and did it so well.

5/5 stars for an awesome story

Expected publication: February 1st 2017 by MIRA

The North Wind

The North Wind

Dungirri  #3.5

Bronwyn Parry

The North Wind by Bronwyn Parry

Reviewed by Helen
MS Parry never fails to write a story that is fabulous in this Christmas novella we are back in the outback country town of Dungirri and the close knit people of the town are still getting over the problems they have had in the past but together these people stand and give what they can to help people always.

Dr Owen Caldwell is bringing his ninety year old grandfather Dr Bernard Chynoweth to a town neither have ever been to but Owen suspects that there is a definite mission on his grandfathers mind and it is going to take a bit to get it out of him. Bernard has a secret that must be told before the time comes for him to move on and that involves a long standing member of the Dungirri town.

Angie Butler is back home for Christmas staying with her Mum and happily hoping that her mother will finally sell the pub that has been in the family for many years but is now run by another local Gil. But when she meets a stranger in town who is very handsome the vibes and spark start Angie thinking and her world is about to change.

I loved being back in Dungirri back with "friends" and this time for Christmas although not an edge of your seat suspense this time there is a secret to uncover and emotions and feelings aplenty as we see a few changes and lots of smiles and tears as well. I read this one slowly so as I could savour every word so beautifully written it pulled me in from page one and had me smiling and sighing thank you MS Parry for another keeper and I do so hope there will be more stories from Dungirri. I highly recommend this one. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

  Published December 13th 2016 by Firetail Press      




Festive Deception

Festive Deception

Dark Mountain #2.5

D B Tait

Festive Deception by D.B. Tait

Reviewed by Helen

I am loving this series it is so well written and just pulls you in Julia has been through so much and this will be her first Christmas since getting out of jail (for something she didn't do) and she his very happy with her relationship with the local cop Dylan, they are now living together and Julia is doing well with her emotions and their lives are pretty much all smiles.

Julia is now doing a fair bit of interior design work and when she is commissioned to help with a beautiful house at Leura she is over the moon and Dylan is so happy for her but when she arrives and finds the owner dead another death well is she really the angel of death. Julia cannot help trying to find out what happened and makes friends with the elderly neighbours and discovers a lot of goings on which of course helps Dylan.

This is a quick fast paced read that had me engrossed from the start MS Tait has characters that just come to life on the pages and they are so easy to be friends with, you will be cheering them on and thinking all the time as to who the killer is it could be so many. I do highly recommend this story and this series and I am looking forward to a lot more to come. Julia and Dylan are fast becoming my favourite couple and of course the setting is beautiful. Thank you MS Tait for another fab story

5/5 stars for another fabulous story
Published October 25th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services


Desperate Deception

Desperate Deception

Dark Mountain #2

D.B. Tait

Desperate Deception by D.B. Tait

Reviewed by Helen
I have had this one sitting on the TBR pile for a while and I finally picked it up and just didn't want to put it down wow can MS Tait write a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat murder and mayhem happening in The beautiful Blue Mountains and it was fabulous catching up with all of the characters from the first book in this series.

Julia has now been out of jail for 6 months time that she should not of spent in there and her relationship with the local cop Dylan is moving along very nicely but Julia still has a lot to overcome and when her neighbours are found dead there is so much to work out and of course Julia is in the thick of things.

I love the emotions and feelings that are bought out in Julia and Dylan as there is one thing after another happening in the beautiful country town this is a fast paced story that really will keep you turning the pages I was up late last night finishing it and I can highly recommend this one MS Tait really has a way with words these characters are like friends and to see them open up and the joy through the drams is fabulous onto the next one now :)

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 8th 2015 by Momentum Books

Wayward Heart

Wayward Heart

Cathryn Hein

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Reviewed by Helen

I loved this one OMG another keeper and just saying love Granny B whom I met in Rocking Horse Hill, I love her character she brings so much to the story and this is one that you are not going to want to put down so make yourself comfortable when you start.

Jasmine Thomas has grown up in this area and has always felt safe and comfortable she has friends that she is very close to family a good job but she has had a bad relationship that did not sit well with some of the people around but has been kept quiet and now there has been some vandalism on her house in the beautiful town of Admella Beach and Jas is not going to go to the police she does not want this being gossip, but she is very surprised when her best friends brother Digby steps in to help and feelings that surprise both of them get stronger.

Digby Wallace-Jones has been to hell and back losing the love of his life in a tragedy he is withdrawn and quiet but when he sees that Jasmine is locking her gate he feels that something is wrong and that he needs to help and with this help for Jasmine it also helps Digby she brings him out. Who knew that a few episodes of Dr Who and the quiet peaceful evenings spent together would get them both to open up and become whole again.

This really is an amazing story about two tortured people who become even better friends with very sensual benefits and get them living again as they should, both feel that this probably should not be happening but you can't stop love and their journey is a beautiful one that had me in tears and cheering them on and smiling throughout. The setting is fabulous the characters that have become friends from other stories add so much to the story and again Granny B the best :) Thank you MS Hein for a story that will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 12th 2016 by Harlequin Mira

The Crossroads

The Crossroads

Pamela Cook

The Crossroads by Pamela  Cook

Reviewed by Helen

This is the first Pamela Cook story I have read and it won't be the last beautifully written with characters that are so engaging and alive this one had me riveted from the start till the end and had me feeling like friends with the people of Birralong.

This follows the lives of three woman linked but without knowing, when Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is riffling through her parents papers she comes across an envelope addressed to her and this envelope is going to change her life and open up a whole new family for her. When Faith starts on her journey to the small Queensland farming town of Birralong she has no idea what is going to happen or how she is going to cope.

Stephanie Bailey has lived in Birralong all of her life first growing up at the pub with her parents and now on the farm with her husband and son she loves her life but the drought is hard on them all and things are getting tough now, worries are causing rifts and with a new barmaid at the pub life is about to change again when secrets are revealed.

Rose Bailey who is Stephanie's mother and runs the heritage listed town pub The Crossroads has lived here all of her life as well married a visiting Irishman who loved the place and never left bought the pub settled down they had one child and Rose gave up her dreams of travel, but Rose is now widowed and has had a secret that has been kept for 31 years but all is about to uncovered what will it mean for these three woman and the town.

Truly this is a fabulous story that you will not want to put down once you start reading so many ups and downs emotions flying of the pages this is moving and so very beautiful I cried and smiled and cheered them all on so many stubborn characters who are lovable and just so nice. So fate has bought them all together and the love shines through. I highly recommend this one it will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: November 29th 2016 by Hachette Australia