Lost Without You

Lost Without You

Rachael Johns

Lost Without You by Rachael Johns

Reviewed by Helen

WOW MS Johns what a story you blew me away, you just have the best voice I felt so close to the four woman in this story, they were like friends I shared their heartache and their joy, there were tears and smiles, I recommend clearing the day when you pick this one up and you should because you won’t want to put it down once you start it.

This story brings together four woman and a wedding dress, Paige is filled with joy at the launch of her book, her loving boyfriend Solomon is there as are her very loved Mum and Dad, but when her mother Rebecca collapses and is diagnosed with a serious illness, Rebecca thinks more about the secret she has kept for thirty five years, should she open up or not? Paige and Solomon get engaged and Paige sets out on a mission to find her mother’s wedding dress so as she can wear it.

The search for the dress brings Paige in contact with Josie a beautiful thirty five year old who has been through a lot with her fabulous husband Nik and is having a few problems but her and Paige hit it off instantly, meanwhile Josie meets a man at a bar who she opens up to about her problems and he gives her a card to seek help from his ex-wife Clara, and again the friendship between these two is instant.

Clara is a nurse a very caring person who goes out of her way to help anyone she can she has been through a lot in her life and now she is divorced from Robert Jones a singer from the eighties it is time to move on, but meeting Josie is about to really change her life.

Rebecca, Paige, Clara and Josie are all connected in some way and I don’t want to say too much other than pick this one up and read it, it really is a beautiful story, lots of emotions happy and sad, it is moving and there were tears and smiles, thank you MS Johns you know how to make a reader happy with your words another for the keeper shelf.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published October 22nd 2018 by HQ Fiction

Out of Mind

Out of Mind

Maximum Exposure #2

Kendall Talbot

Out of Mind by Kendall Talbot

Reviewed by Helen

MS Talbot knows how to put her characters through a wringer and bring them out on the other side to a fabulous HEA and she sure knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats and turning the pages, I highly recommend that you join Holly and Oliver on this journey of strength and courage and a beautiful romance.

Holly takes a trip with her fiancé and his son to a snowy Whiskey Mountain in Canada in a helicopter and Holly just knows that it will end in tragedy and what happens to Holly is beyond belief but what she sees stays with her and haunts her and then later becomes the a quest to get to the truth of what she has seen, but she needs to learn a few things to do what she must, starting a new life and meeting Oliver who teaches her to rock climb and opens her heart up again.

Oliver is stunned when a woman asking for private lessons and complete secrecy, she has scars that are very visible but he also thinks that there are scars not so visible, but he is pulled towards her and agrees to training and along the way he learns the truth and loses his heart to this woman who shows such strength and nerve to do what she must, and together they retrace the trip to Whiskey Mountain where danger arrives again.

There is a lot happening in this story and I loved it from start to finish, fabulous characters good and bad ones and the romance between Oliver and Holly is beautiful with all of the danger going on around them, but Holly what a heroine beautiful on the inside and the outside what she has gone through has added to her strength and Oliver was just the hero to meet her soul and together they can move forward. I do look forward to more in this series, this one is fabulous.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published November 6th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

The Secrets of Palmerston House: A Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery

The Secrets of Palmerston House: A Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery

River's End #3

Phillipa Nefri Clark

The Secrets of Palmerston House by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Reviewed by Helen

Where do I start, Firstly this book was like going home to family I have become very close to the characters in this series Christie and Martin, Thomas and Martha, and of course Randall and the towns folk who add so much to the story, again the Author MS Nefri-Clark has taken me on a journey with a beautiful continuing romance with a mystery to uncover that being the secrets of the beautiful historic home in River’s End.

The time has finally arrived for Christie and Martin to have their big day and with plans underway for the wedding Palmerston House is looking forward to a busy time, Elizabeth the owner is thrilled that Angus has arrived back after a dash to the city to sort something out and there is a new guest staying at the house Bernard Cooper, whom long time guest Charlotte seems to be very wary of, and when strange things start to happen and he is so inquisitive about Palmerston House there are a few more people edgy.

Bernie has arrived in River’s end with an old diary belonging to Harry Temple from 1853 and the belief that there are a few things that are owed to him and finding Charlotte there when he arrives seems to give him an edge makes him more cocky, he seems to know a lot about the Ryan family and Palmerston House and takes it upon himself to search for a key which he believes will uncover his inheritance.

This is a book that grabbed me from page one, we go back to 1853 and the first settlers of River’s End and the buildings and discover some stories about the ownership of Palmerston House. There are so many fabulous characters that show strength and love towards each other they are easy to make friends with and of course the edge of your seat suspense as the wedding day arrives. I don’t want to say too much other than this is a book not to be missed and I do recommend it with the first three in the series. MS Nefri-Clark is an author who knows how to write a story that keeps the reader engaged emotionally, her characters are so alive and real, thank you for another keeper. I look forward to more stories about the wonderful people from River’s End, the town of love.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Expected publication: November 30th 2018

The Football Whisperer

The Football Whisperer

Mel A Rowe

The Football Whisperer by Mel A.  Rowe

Reviewed by Helen

This was a book I picked up and fell into from page one, I found it easy to read and I really liked the characters when I met them and even though I am a rugby league fan I do enjoy a good Aussie Rules game as well, and we meet Saints player Brendan Ward known as Ward when he gets badly injured in a game, a devastating injury that could pull him out of the game permanently that is until his sister and mother insist that he see a horse whisperer and he is not impressed but has no choice but to go along with it, in walks Zara Phelps and she is nothing like he expected.

Wade is a professional footballer and has been since school days, he has no other interests and openly admits to being rather spoilt in having so much done for him, but this injury really knocks him about, physically and mentally, but meeting Zara will be the making of him, she shows so much caring and strength even though he is sure that she keeps her secrets, but getting to know her is the best journey of his life.

Zara is a Reiki Master and these days she works on horses only they don’t argue back and they are easy to get along with, she keeps a secret from most people, but is very popular among the racing body being flown around to treat the million dollar race horses, she lives on a farm with her father and a group of kids and animals strays if you want that they help along the way to grow and get on with life in such a beautiful and caring way. Zara never works with humans these days but makes and exception for Wade because her father is a huge fan, and this will be the making of her as well.

I love Zara what a beautiful loving person she is with her misfit family of kids and animals she had me cheering her on and smiling and Wade yes I thought had a bit of growing up to do but he did with Zara and he did it well as they journeyed to a HEA in such a moving way, they were just so good for each other. I loved Max and the animals on the farm, Wade and Zara’s family added so much to the fabulous, witty and feel good story, one that I highly recommend. Thank you MS Rowe for a story that left me feeling very good about people and how they help each other out in life, this is one for the keeper shelf.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published October 23rd 2018



Table for Eight

Table for Eight

Tricia Stringer

Table For Eight by Tricia Stringer

Reviewed by Helen

This is the first book of MS Stringer’s that I have read and I need to remedy that, this is a fabulous story, a story set on a cruise ship sailing out of Sydney and as it happens I read this one while on a cruise that sailed from Sydney, this is the story of fashion designer Ketty Clift, who has sailed on quite a few cruises and makes friends with the people she shares her dinner table with, more than friends really she has such a generous nature that she helps people, but this cruise on the Diamond Duchess opens up a lot of memories for Ketty this time.

Ketty’s designer company in Paddington Sydney is struggling to make ends meet these days you see Ketty prefers the personal touch with her customers rather than the online business that seems to be taking off and she is just about to celebrate her sixty fifth birthday and she is treating herself to a cruise, on one of her favourite ships, she has enjoyed many cruises over the years and made many friends, this time around there is someone on board that she has not seen in many years, someone who caused big changes in her life, can they overcome wat happened or will Ketty learn more about this man that meant so much to her.

While Ketty is dealing with her own problems she is always there for the friends at her table, the grieving widow, the divorced wife trying to prove something, the spoilt daughter firstly trying to rekindle her marriage and win her father over, the older man who falls for the fun loving Lady. All of these people come together different personalities but together they all discover things about themselves and each other while travelling around the beautiful Island in the Pacific.

I really enjoyed this story it was moving and the characters so real, the descriptions about the ship were fabulous and bought memories of the places I have visited back to me, but I loved the friendships that were developed the help that they gave to each other and Ketty is just such a beautiful person, this is a story that I highly recommend, it really is a page turner, thank MS Stringer for a fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published September 24th 2018 by HQ Fiction

Hope Echoes

Hope Echoes

Echo Springs #4

Shannon Curtis

Hope Echoes by Shannon Curtis

Reviewed by Helen

This is the final book in this series and I really enjoyed it, there is a lot happening and a lot to be sorted as Jacinta and Mac work together to uncover what has been happening on the property that belongs to Jacinta’s family. But working together does not come easily for them at first and trust plays a big part in this, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know both the hero and heroine much better.

Jacinta Buchannan has grown up the family farm, she is tough and loves working there, when her father was injured in an accident and her older brother joins the army a lot is left up to Jacinta and she loves it, but when there is an explosion in one of the old mines and a young teenager from town that she is close to is killed Jacinta is out to find the culprits even if she has trouble convincing local detective Mac Hudson of her innocence and keeping her feelings under control.

Mac Hudson is best friends with Jacinta’s brother and needs to keep everything professional when investigating the explosion at the Buchannan farm and although he wants to believe the family innocent it is hard with the struggles they have gone through, he has seen many of his friends cross the line and keeping everything professional is getting harder for Mac as he sees the way she is fighting to find justice.

Mac and Jacinta had a lot to overcome before they found their much deserved HEA, both had things they had to prove but fighting their feelings for each other became too hard, they really were meant for each other, this story was fast paced with lots going on and finally the culprits are found and bought to justice and the town and the people can settle back down to a normal life. I really did enjoy this story and this series, I was left smiling.

4/5 stars for a great story


Published September 24th 2018 by Escape Publishing

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