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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Digby Wallace-Jones has been to hell and back losing the love of his life in a tragedy he is withdrawn and quiet but when he sees that Jasmine is locking her gate he feels that something is wrong and that he needs to help and with this help for Jasmine it also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

The Three Miss Allens

The Three Miss Allens

Victoria Purman

The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman

Reviewed by Helen

What a fabulous story strong characters that leapt off the pages and became so real the setting is beautiful with such a great name Remarkable Bay and it was so remarkable to bring generations together without knowing they had all been there, there is a definite pull for this family to return.

Three Miss Allen sisters growing up in the 1930's and at Remarkable Bay for their summer holiday and it will be their last time together like this with Adeline about to get married Ruby contemplating marriage and young Clara hiding a devastating secret that will change all of their lives forever.

Then eighty odd years later Ruby's great granddaughter Roma buys the guest house that they had stayed in and Adeline's great granddaughter comes to stay as well and when a guest book is found and there is a mystery to try and uncover another Allen sister that no one had heard about, new people to meet who all have ties with Remarkable Bay and the Allen family and perhaps links with past generations makes this one a story that will keep you turning the pages.

This is a compelling story that covers some tough issues like domestic violence and secrets that have been kept by past and present generations hard decisions to be made on whether these secrets should be kept or told and of loves that are true or not. All in all this was a story that I savoured every word it is beautifully written and there were tears and joy with the past and present. I cannot highly recommend this one enough do yourself a favour and get compfy while you read this one because you are not going to want to put it down yes this one is going to stay with me for a while it already has me re thinking about it and the characters while doing tasks around the house fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 24th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA

From A Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Reviewed by Nas Dean

FROM A PARIS BALCONY by author Ella Carey is a Lake Union Publishing Ltd release for October 2016.

Sarah West finds about her ancestor Louisa’s death by accident from a letter from Marthe de Florian. And she is intrigued and wants to find out more. How did Louisa really die? Was it a suicide? She goes to Paris and moves in with artist Laurent Chartier. And starts seeing life in a new way.

Then we follow Louisa’s story and find out about her remarkable life and love as Sarah delves in her ancestor’s story. Now Sarah knows what path to follow for her own life.

FROM A PARIS BALCONY is an intriguing story following the lives of two remarkable ladies centuries apart. Both their stories are interesting and will take a reader on a journey of self-exploration. Author Ella Carey pens these spell-binding tales with her books that hooks readers and keeps them engrossed till the very last page. And still keep them in the story world long after they close the book.

Highly recommended for all readers. 


From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Reviewed by Helen

MS Carey has done it again taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times, times of courtesans wild living before wars came and changed the world where people had to be what was expected of them and there were the few that could let themselves be who they wanted to for a short time and struggling females could become famous.

Sarah West is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her parents and the breakdown of her marriage but a letter found among her father's possessions from the famous Parisian Courtesan Marthe de Florian dated 1895 is about to change her life send her to Paris to investigate a long lost relative Louisa West and actually stay in the Paris apartment that belonged to Marthe herself and to meet the artist Laurent Chartier and then delve back in time to the age of the Belle Epoque and the mystery surrounding her great great aunt how did she die?

This is a fabulously written story that delves back in time and brings Sarah's life full circle there is such a blossoming romance between Laurent and Sarah and the settings both in the 1890's and the present are amazing I honestly felt that MS Carey was transporting me to these places. So much history and romance the characters come to life and of course we got to meet up with Cat and Loic from The Paris Time Capsule and to see how woman struggled back then and the courage that Louisa West showed during her life. I hope I have done justice with this review truly I loved this one from page one and can't recommend it enough do yourself a favour and spend a few hours engrossed in this book. Thank you MS Carey for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing

The Art of Keeping Screts

The Art of Keeping Secrets

Rachael Johns

The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

Reviewed by Helen

This story had me riveted from start to finish three best friends Felicity (Flick), Emma and Genevieve (Neve) who met when their boys started high school 6 years before now share a special bond and will do anything for each other but all have their own secrets that they have kept but are now starting to unravel and this is where their friendship steps up and they take a trip to New York together and lives will change there will be tears there will be smiles but the love of these girls never fades.

Flick happily married (or is she) to Seb Emma divorced and struggling financially and being constantly tired and single mum Neve who has kept a secret from her son that starts them on the journey to New York. I felt very close to all three girls their characters are lovable and the emotions that they feel are so true they all come to life on the pages as they all open up with their secrets and help each other as true friends do everyone needs friends and these three are the best.

The Art of Keeping Secrets is an emotional moving story one that will stay with me for a long time MS Johns has written another keeper one that brings out so many emotions and highlights the need for friends true friends that will have your back always through thick and thin, I loved this one it had me crying and there are so many happy times. I highly recommend this one sit back once you start you will not want to be disturbed while reading believe you me as you get to know Flick, Emma and Neve and their families and the secrets that in the end will bring them even closer, awesome story.

5/5 stars for an unforgettable story

Expected publication: September 19th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA

Lily's Leap

Lily's Leap

Tea Cooper

Lily's Leap by Tea Cooper

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoyed this one it took me back to colonial Australia and a very adventurous journey to a HEA it was filled with ups and downs and a very sensual pull between the hero and heroine I was cheering them on while turning the pages.

Lilibeth Dungarven Lily as she is know to her family and friends has led a fairly privileged life in Colonial Australia with a very hard father a loving mother she is married very young to her best friend and neighbour but is also widowed young when her mother and husband are killed in a riding accident and her father has turned to drink so Lily steps up and takes over looking after their land and the horses. When she takes the horses that need to be shipped overseas on a journey to Sydney from The Hunter Valley that should improve things on the home front for her and it does but not the way she expected .

Thomas Roscomon has been in Australia for a while now but has changed what he does for a living he is now a bushranger and when he comes across the lovely Lady her friends and their horses kidnapping is about to be one more change of jobs there is such a spark when he meets the strong will Lily who continually tries to take over. This is going to be a rough journey.

This is the first book by Tea Cooper that I have read but it won't be the last I loved being transported back to this time in Australia's history the setting and scenery are so beautiful and Lily and Tom wow what a hero and heroine Tom had so much in his past that needed to be cleared up and Lily what a strong determined woman and horse rider. I loved the pull and sizzle between them and the up and down journey thank you MS Cooper I thoroughly enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

4/5 stars for and adventurous story

Published July 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing (first published April 26th 2013)            

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