A Dream of Italy

A Dream of Italy

Nicky Pellegrino

A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino

Reviewed by Helen

What a delightful read this one was, it took me on a holiday to Italy, with some lovely people from different countries who were determined to take on something new in their lives, when they are offered the chance to purchase a house in the Italian town of Montenello for one Euro, not all smooth sailing and a lot work for them, make yourself comfortable as you get to know them and fall in love with them all, and Montenello as I did.

The idea to bring the town back to life again comes from the Mayor Salvio and his assistant Augusto, who has lived in the town forever, and they have high hopes, and as the new people arrive there seems to more energy in the town people out talking, but there is also the thoughts of a curse to get to the bottom of.

Mimi is from London and is not long divorced and is feeling the need to finally do something for herself, her being in charge, her two sons are adults now and when she spies this add her thoughts turn to starting fresh in a new country.

Elise and Richard come from England they are doing everything they can to get into the property market but seem to be losing sight of life the way they are working, maybe buying in Italy will be their answer.

Edward and Gino come from Sydney Australia, they have been together for many years and Edward is feeling a little on edge lately, when he sees the add to buy a property in the town that Gino’s family left many years ago, will this be what they need to find that spark again.

Then there is Cecilia, who kinda sneaks into the town to take over her Nona’s Pasticceria and she holds a secret that will come out.

This is a feel good story that left me feeling very happy, it is well written and the descriptions of the setting and the properties made me feel like I was there and doing my best to renovate some of these buildings, the characters are lovely and were so easy to get to know the characters from the town are just fabulous. I do highly recommend this story, a great read. Lots of HEA at the finish and happy people

4 stars

Published March 26th 2019 by Hachette Australia


The Round Yard

The Round Yard

Woodlea #4

Alissa Callen

The Round Yard by Alissa Callen

Reviewed by Helen

I love coming home to Woodlea and the people who live there, I feel so comfortable here and sharing the problems and love lives of the friends I have gotten to know, MS Callen brings to life rural towns and their ups and downs and this story is a beauty, one not to be missed as we get to know Tanner Callahan better and the woman who will be his forever love Neve Fitzpatrick.

Tanner is settling in at Woodlea now that he has found his mother, but he is still feels that there will not be someone that he will settle down with forever, he is sorting problems out with his adoptive father and still feels the need to take off for the long paddock, but when he is asked to help new girl in town Neve with her pony and donkey and gets to know the two children that Neve cares for, well Tanner is finding it harder and harder to keep out of the town’s biggest matchmaker Edna’s sights, but his heart is losing the battle to stay single.

Neve has moved to Woodlea after the death of her mother, Woodlea is the town that her mother grew up in and is enjoying feeling at home and at peace, she is caring for two little girls and also has the care of a very naughty pony and donkey, she asks Tanner to help and it is an isn’t attraction and when she discovers secrets about her grandmother, Tanner is there to help and the friendship and love grow.

This was a story that I fell into, I savoured every word, felt joy as Neve and Tanner coped with their feelings and gave into a love so strong the stars shone for them, this one is beautifully written and made me feel such a part of the community of Woodlea, I do highly recommend this story and series and I do hope that there will be more books, thank you MS Callen I loved this one it left me feeling very happy.

5 stars


Published February 1st 2019 by HarperCollins

The Purple Hills

The Purple Hills

Woodlea #3

Alissa Callen

The Purple Hills by Alissa Callen

Reviewed by Helen

This is a fabulous quick story that filled my heart with happiness, I love the town of Woodlea and the people that make it special. This is Hugh Mason and Sibylla Elliot’s story, a story that brings them together with Hugh’s son Riley a lovely romance that I do highly recommend.

Sibylla is an audiologist working on the coast, she is at home visiting her father and step-mother, when her neighbour has an accident and seeing as he has a young son that needs looking after Sibylla offers to stay and help, this bring them closer together and Sibylla feels that attraction growing between them.

Hugh is sure that he needs to be a single dad and concentrate on Riley, but when his visiting neighbour comes to help out after he is injured Hugh cannot ignore the pull that he has towards Sibylla and the way she makes his son smile, maybe it is time to let go and find the love that will make them a family.

I loved this one from start to finish, MS Callen writes about people and families that become friends, and going back to Woodlea is like visiting family, this is truly a beautiful story both Hugh and Sibylla have a few things that need to be sorted but Riley and his miniature pony always knew they loved each other, now off to read the Round Yard, thank you MS Callen for another great story.

5 stars


Published November 1st 2018 by MIRA

The Things we Cannot Say

The Things we Cannot Say

Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Reviewed by Helen

I am not sure where to start, I can say that I absolutely loved this story, I finished it about four hours ago and I am still teary thinking about it and the people that I got to know Alina, Tomasz and Alice and what they went through, MS Rimmer has knocked my socks off with this story, so many emotions and feelings running through the story, I do highly recommend this book, truly it is powerful and beautiful and should not be missed.

Alina and Tomasz grew up together in a small town in Poland, it is 1939 they both knew from an early age that they were meant to be together and Tomasz was going to be a Doctor like his father, he has a younger sister and no mother. Alina lives on a farm with her parents and twin brothers, her older sister lives in town with her husband. Just before Tomasz leaves for Warsaw and college he proposes to Alina and makes a promise to her, but then everything changes as the Nazis invade Poland and their lives will never be the same.

It is now 2019 and Alice and her husband Wade, daughter Callie and their son Eddie who has autism spectrum disorder are coping well living in Florida, that is until her beloved grandmother suffers a stroke, unable to talk she uses Eddie’s I-Pad to beg Alice to find the box of treasures that she has had for many years and take a trip to Poland for her to find what has happened to some of her loved ones.

This is such a moving, powerful and amazing story, MS Rimmer took me back to Nazi occupied Poland and what they went through, she showed me the courage and strength that Alina and Tomasz and many others had, so as they could do what they did, the struggle and the pain but also the love that they had, that lasted a lifetime.

Then there is Alice and her struggles with her family, the love that she has for them and what she was prepared to go through for her Babcia, that trip to Poland was a real eye opener for Alice and the tears I shed just kept coming, the secrets that she uncovered, the truths that were learnt and the depth of love and what the people went through during WW2.

I hope I have done this book the justice it deserves, this is a story that is going to stay with me for a long time to come, it was an emotional journey, very, but it also showed what love strength and courage people have to do what must be done, thank you MS Rimmer for an amazing story, a story that I highly recommend, one that should not be missed.

5/5 stars


Published February 26th 2019 by Hachette Australia


Chocolate and Old Lace

Chocolate and Old Lace

Rosie Hart Mystery Series #1

Kaz Delaney

Chocolate and Old Lace by Kaz Delaney

Reviewed by Helen


Oh this is a fun, fabulous story a real page turner, and the start of a series woohoo, I think Rosie Hart is going to become a friend as she uses her sleuthing skills to solve murders and who knows what else, truly this is a story that I just about inhaled and I would suggest that you make sure you have nothing else to do when you pick this one up.

Rosie Hart has come to Airlie Falls Texas from Dallas to care for aging and ill Alice Auchinschloss, Alice is a loner and has no visitors or family, but Rosie gets on well with her and they often solve mysteries from the books they read, but when Alice passes away and Rosie is made her heir and then no one comes to her funeral, this has Rosie thinking, and then when the house is ransacked and the coroner discovers that Miz Alice was poisoned, Rosie is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery especially since she seems to be the prime suspect.

Rosie meets up with a handsome cowboy Jonah at the entrance to Alice’s place and this starts a real friendship with Jonah and his parents, Fiona and Clay they are all convinced that Rosie is innocent and when there are more murders and Rosie is also assaulted, things start to move, and there are a few octogenarians who are very willing to help uncover a mystery that started over fifty years ago.

Truly I loved this story, MS Delaney you had me laughing, smiling and cheering Rosie and The Fab Four on so many times and there are so many things happening I was guessing till the very end and as I said the start of new series what more could you want. This is a story that I highly recommend, I also look forward to seeing Rosie and Jonah move their relationship from friends to more, there are so many fabulous characters in this story it is a book you should not miss out on and I look forward to book two.

5/5 stars


Published February 14th 2019 by Golden Sands Press



















































































































Cafe by the Bridge

Café by the Bridge

Chalk Hill #2

Lily Malone

The Cafe by the Bridge by Lily Malone

Reviewed by Helen

I loved the first book in this series, so this one was like settling in back at home with family and friends, it was great seeing Jake, Ella and Sam and then really getting to know Abe and learning what he had been through, and then in bounces the beautiful Taylor, a psychologist who has arrived in Chalk Hill to meet up with Abe to see if he can help her brother. MS Malone has written a beautiful story for her readers, sit back and enjoy.

Abe Honeychurch has come home to Chalk Hill after being badly scammed by a woman he thought he was in love with, he has lost his business and his personality and is suffering, and his family has stepped in and helped with him with starting the Chalk n Cheese café. He is not coping very well, but when he meets the beautiful Taylor, things start to turn around for him, but then a family secret may change things again.

Taylor is so worried about her younger brother Will after he is scammed by a woman named Amanda she sets out on a mission to uncover the truth about her and bring her to justice but to do that she will need the help of Abe and so takes a trip to the country to seek him out, when she finds him and they spend time together she loses her heart to him.

This story is moving and emotional and so very beautiful, Taylor is just such a wonderful person, she will do anything to help the people she loves and to see Abe open up and smile again was so good and to see their love grow sensually and to such happiness was perfect, and Abe was so good for Taylor, thank you MS Malone, you have left me in a happy place and looking forward to more trips to Chalk Hill, I do highly recommend this one.

5/5 stars


Published December 17th 2018 by HarperCollinsPublishersAustralia

The House of Second Chances

The House of Second Chances

Esther Campion

The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion

Reviewed by Helen

I read MS Campion’s debut book Leaving Ocean Road and was left gobsmacked by how good it was, and then I picked this one up and just felt so good, it was like being back with family and friends, Gerry and Ellen and now we get to see Aiden and Collette come together in a heart-warming and poignant story that had me turning the pages and feeling so close to all of the wonderful characters, sit back and enjoy this one as I did on a journey to love, that is helped along by a house.

Ellen and Aiden have decided to renovate their grandmother’s home in West Cork on the coast Ireland, a beautiful setting a lovely old house that needs a lot of work, Ellen has hopes of turning it into B&B or a place people can stay to get their lives back on track. Aiden is not so convinced in the beginning and is not happy when Ellen requests her best friend Collette to step in and help with the interior designing, but Aiden has memories from this house that have caused him heartaches over the years, is it time to open up and let them go.

Collette Barry a former teacher now one of Ireland’s top interior designers and divorced is living at home with her Mum, she works hard and is excited when her best friend Ellen asks her to help bring back to life her grandmother’s house, but she seems to meet a brick wall when she meets up with Ellen’s brother and the builder Aiden. Never one to give up after what she has been through she is drawn to Aiden and when there is heartbreak with a child this brings them closer together and working on the house starts to make her open up.

I loved this story in so many ways, there are beautiful emotions flowing on the pages, such awesome characters that add so much to Aiden and Collette’s touching journey. MS Campion is an amazing story teller who gets to the heart of people and brings them to life, for the thorough enjoyment of readers, I loved the settings as we do a bit of travelling from Australia to Ireland. This is a story that I highly recommend, there were tears and happy sighs because Aiden and Colette so deserved love and happiness they are beautiful people, thank you MS Campion for another keeper.

5/5 stars


Published February 12th 2019 by Hachette Australia