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Thursday, 11 August 2016

In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat

Donna MacMeans

In A Heartbeat by Donna MacMeans

Reviewed by Helen

I love MS MacMean's stories and this one was a great read a busy story with lots going on and lots to keep you turning the pages as we see our hero Hank and heroine Angela journey a dangerous and sensual journey to a very lovely HEA.

Angela Blake has had a very quiet life so far ill from birth until the day that she receives a new heart and although her family are very protective of her Angela is determined to be independent and get on with her life she is now an accountant but her life is about to change when she is sent to Hayden Industries to do an audit and there she meets the new CEO Hank and with her investigative skills leading her to fraud and with someone stalking her Angela's life is about to get very dangerous.

Hank Renard is the new CEO at Hayden Industries and he is there to get the company back on track and to make sure that his parents are paid back what he owes them he has to comply with a few things that the owner has made him agree to and he is determined to get everything done but that is about to change when he meets the auditor Angela there is a spark and this is going to change his life especially when Angela seems to be getting into trouble and he is there to help.

This is a fast paced story with a murderer after Angela thinking that she will know who he is after the transplant and then the fraud at the company there is murder there is mayhem but there is a sensual romance as well. Angela is such a strong person and Hank is the knight in shinning armour who is always there to help yes it is a rocky path but one that will have you on the edge of your and smiling I do recommend this one sit back and enjoy. 

4/5 stars for a great story

 Published July 19th 2016      



Friday, 5 August 2016

Sunset Shadows

Sunset Shadows

Bronwyn Parry

Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry

Reviewed by Helen

For me Bronwyn Parry's stories are a must read and this one is brilliant and I am sure they get better the more she writes. I fell into this one from page one and that was it I was lost in the world of cults and police officers and park rangers as lives are put in danger and snap decisions are made and two people that are so deserving of each other journey a road to love and happiness.

Tess Ballard is quiet and sticks to herself and she has a very good understanding of cult life she has been working as a police officer in the small town of Goodabri but when she is called out to help another local police officer Steve Fraser with a cult and the murders of two young woman her life is about to be turned upside down but she is also going to open up with so much danger and a threat to her life and many other lives I think that Tess is such an amazing person and loved getting to know her and seeing her so happy.

Steve Fraser works hard as a detective but his life has been through turmoil as a young boy he lost his sister when he was young and with his father being assistant commissioner they do not get on well but when a couple of young woman are found murdered and he finds his sister Maddie alive. Lives are going to change with so much danger and so much needing to be uncovered. Steve is so caring and strong but with so many worries he needs someone as well and that would be Tess.

This is such a fabulous story MS Parry writes edge of your seat suspense with awesome settings and true to life characters that are believable and well loved. I was crying bucket loads of tears I was so invested in Steve and Tess then Maddie and her children it is emotional moving and inspiring to see Tess come to life with the help from Steve and to catch up with so many "friends" that I have met in previous stories. This is a story that again will stay with me for a long time to come one for the keeper shelf and a must read that I highly recommend. I hope I have done this one justice I truly loved it, it has left me gobsmacked and smiling.

5/5 stars for an awesome story
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 by Hachette Australia


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Grazier's Wife

The Grazier's Wife

Barbara Hannay


The Grazier's Wife by Barbara Hannay

Reviewed by Helen

This one is fabulous it has everything in it that will tick the right boxes for a book that you will not want to put down once you start reading it. Bringing us the emotional and moving story set across three generations of Male Drummonds and three very different heroines and the journeys that they went through with their heroes.

Stella is a nurse working in Singapore in 1946 during the war with danger and excitement but her journey is an emotional roller coaster meeting the love of her life Tom but war time is not so good to her and Tom but she is strong and has made compromises after her return home to Queensland and takes on the role of Graziers wife to Marcus Drummond at the big cattle property Ruthven Downs. Secrets are kept and then threaten to change the lives of many but Tom is never forgotten.

Jackie meets her hero Hugh Drummond in such a fairytale way and love blossoms and now it is Jackie's turn to take on the role of graziers wife after Stella. Jackie loves her life with her loving husband her beautiful children but when a significant birthday is coming up for Hugh, and Jackie organizes a party there is a discovery that could very well change a lot of the Drummond lives.

Alice moves to the small town of Burralea to start her own furniture restoring business she has issues from her past and is happy being single. But when she discovers important old paperwork in furniture that she is restoring for The Drummonds and returns to them she meets Seth Drummond and this really sets of a spark for her could this be the changing of her life and many others? Seth feels this spark as well could he have found his mate after his troubles?

Truly this is a story not to be missed MS Hannay knows how to write a magical story that will grab you from page one a take you on an emotional moving journey with beautiful settings and fabulous people to get to know. You will need tissues for tears and you will be smiling as well the characters are so strong and alive as we journey from Singapore 1946 to Queensland's far north and see what happens to three amazing woman and the loves of their lives, thank you for hours of reading pleasure and a journey that had me smiling.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

   Expected publication: August 1st 2016 by Penguin Books Australia     

Monday, 27 June 2016

The Horseman

The Horseman

Charlotte Nash

The Horseman by Charlotte Nash

Reviewed by Helen

What a fabulous story this one is MS Nash is a new to me author but I will be looking for more of her stories. If you want a story that will take you to the beautiful high country of Victoria this is the book to pick up the scenery is wonderful and the story is moving and beautiful as two people are bought together by what I think is fate they are meant to be with each other, but this one shows the love that grows between a man and his horses and the strength that comes from that love.

Dr Peta Woodward is on a hike walking on her own she wants that peace and serenity to think and work out what needs to be done with her family horse stud in the Adelaide Hills after the death of her father, Peta has not been home for many years since losing her sister in a tragic accident she is a loner she woks hard and her walks are where she thinks but when she has an accident on the trail and rescued by Craig Munroe Peta has a lot more thinking to do this is a life changer for her in such a good way.

Craig Munroe is from the high country a true horseman he has such a way with them but his life didn't start out too good but when he came to the small town of Yarraman Falls at the age of 10 things improved and he is well regarded in this small community where everyone pitches in and helps and everyone knows everyone. Craig has worries that he keeps to himself he is caring and very close to his sister but when he rescues Peta she is very hard on him and he is not so sure about her but as they get to know each other that changes.

This is a story that has so much going on suspense and bad guy family problems and it shows the hardships of living on a farm and of course the horses they are such strong characters in the story and the up and down journey to a HEA between Peta and Craig. The characters come to life on the pages it is a story that you will want to sit down and read without any disturbances as you feel the emotions from everyone in the story it is beautifully written and I savoured every word I can't recommend this one enough. Do keep the tissues ready as there will be times that tears are shed and you will be smiling also I loved this one.

5/5 stars for a great story

Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Hachette Australia

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Wife's Tale

The Wife's Tale

Christine Wells

The Wife's Tale by Christine   Wells

Reviewed by Helen

I have been looking forward to this book and can I say WOW what a fabulous story it is, this is a book that is moving and enchanting as we slip from today in Brisbane Australia back to an eighteenth century estate Seagrove on The Isle of Wight for a story that I will not forget.

Were do I begin there are so many fabulous characters in this story Liz the lawyer sent by her boss Nick to investigate the family and do her best so Nick can buy the estate Theo the current Lord Nash who is a quiet landscaper doing the best he can to keep the estate going his fiancé Valerie, and then when we slip back in time we have the strong and courageous Lady Delaney Nash her husband Lord Richard Nash his brother Julian there is Lady Verena Richard and Julian's mother and the scheming Margaret Lady Verena's companion and so many more that add so much to this wonderful story.

I don't want to go into their stories too much I don't want to give anything away but what I will say is that this is a story that will stay with me for a long time to come it is so well written you can feel the emotion reaching out to the reader as you turn the pages. The setting is just wonderful I really need to visit The Isle of Wight and see it for myself. I highly recommend this story I savoured every word I didn't want to put it down it was emotional moving and the romance that arcs between the characters in the two time periods is so very beautiful. Thank you MS Wells for a glorious story that was a joy to read and I am sure will be a keeper on many bookshelves it has everything that will keep the reader turning the pages. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

     Published May 2nd 2016 by Penguin Random House  

Friday, 1 April 2016

The Farmer's Perfect Match

The Farmer's Perfect Match

Marilyn Forsyth

The Farmer's Perfect Match by Marilyn Forsyth

Reviewed by Helen

What a fabulous debut MS Forsyth has written a book that will have you turning the pages enjoying the beautiful setting and loving the characters as they come to life on the pages.

Adam Armstrong is a pearl farmer and he literally lives in paradise in The Kimberly Western Australia on Paradise Pearl farm and it means everything to him you see Adam has had a really sad start in life and that is locked up inside and is something that he never talks about but he has the love of his foster mother and his late foster father and they taught him how to be such a caring man and the fact that he is so good looking adds to his appeal, but alone on the farm now he wants a mate a woman to love so because of the isolation with the help of his mum and her friends at the retirement village Adam is now a contestant on the reality TV show Perfect Mate this is going to change his life for the better.

Evangeline Sinclair Evie as she is known to everyone is given the job of PA for this new show and she is determined to prove to her producer father and her mentor the editor of the show that she is perfect for this job after there have been some problems for her in her past position at the TV station. Evie has a few hang-ups from her past that she needs to overcome as well but she is caring a good listener and smart and she is determined to help Adam find his perfect partner from the two woman that have been chosen to arrive at the farm and vie for Adam's love this should be good and nothing could rock the boat could it.

But as in most cases true love never runs smoothly and with an instant spark between Adam and Evie when they meet and instincts causing problems with the contestants especially one of them and the editor being very hard nosed this is a story that has lots of ups and downs, tears will be shed and you will smile as Evie gets Adam to finally open up about his childhood so as he can move forward and love deeply and Evie realises a lot of her hang-ups from her younger years are best forgotten. This really is a beautifully written story the setting what can I say awesome I need to visit The Kimberly but the strength and emotions from both Adam and Evie just come to life I felt like I was with them throughout their journey thank you MS Forsyth for a wonderful story that gave me hours of reading pleasure I highly recommend this one and I look forward to many more stories from this author.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published February 1st 2016 by MIRA

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Legacy of Hunters Ridge

Legacy of Hunters Ridge

Sarah Barrie

Legacy Of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie

Reviewed by Helen


Alissa Morgan-Jones was a very successful horse trainer her and her husband David did very well with their business Alissa Ally as she is known to family and friends loves her horses but a dreadful fire destroys everything leaves her a widow and nearly destroys Ally as well physically she mends mentally there is a long way to go so when her estranged mother-in-law Mavis needs her Ally makes the decision to move to the country to Montrose the property Mavis has lived on all of her life Ally's world is turned upside down with strange happenings strange family and lots of animals to look after as well as a gorgeous neighbour.

Cameron Blakely the third has given up being a lawyer after a scandal and is now living in the country running a new business with his friend Lee and doing very well he helps Mavis out as her lawyer but when Ally shows up finally to Montrose there is a spark between them a feisty one as well as a very sensual one but the more he gets to know Ally the more that is uncovered about Ally and Hunters Ridge the place Cam has called home for four years.

This is a fabulous story with intrigue missing girls strange behaviour it will have you on the edge of your seat chewing your nails and not having clue as to who is behind everything. The setting is just perfect for this romantic suspense story the characters are so real they come to life on the pages it is emotional, moving and scary. The banter between Cam and Ally will have you smiling as will the strength and courage that Cam helps Ally to show, throw in the other characters Cam's sister Ebony, Ally's sister Mia and Cam's friend Lee and Ben the cop from Sydney and this story will have you turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. I highly recommend this story it really is one not to be missed written beautifully you will feel as if you are at Hunters Ridge with them all and as this is the first one of a trilogy I can't wait to read the others. Thank you very much MS Barrie for hours of reading please again this is one that will be read more than once and will have a spot on my keeper shelf.


5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published January 1st 2016 by Harlequin MIRA