Australia

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The Hating Game

I finished The Hating Game and immediately emailed my editor, sister, mom, and hairdresser to tell them about it.  A couple of things you should know - first and foremost, I review and recommend a lot of books, BUT - I don’t LOVE a lot of books. And second, my parents (but most especially my mo ...

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Return to Jacaranda Avenue

I’ve been on a bit of a binge the past year reading romances set in Australia and New Zealand, and was delighted to discover yet another such romance, this time set in New South Wales. This romance has the added bonus of featuring several popular romance tropes: a couple that met as children, has ...

B+
The Murder of Mary Russell

It all started with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I met a young Mary Russell, 15-years-old, living in Sussex Downs after the death of her American family, wandering about with her nose firmly in her book. That’s when Mary met Sherlock Holmes who was as smart, if not smarter, than she was, and I fe ...

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Fast Track

Back in the late 1990's and early 2000's, I gobbled up Julie Garwood's books like candy. At first, it was just her historicals. Then, she released Heartbreaker, her first contemporary romantic suspense novel, and I found myself hooked on those as much, if not more than the historicals. Sadly, after ...

B
Intensive Care

I like medical romance, and Intensive Care is a lovely debut novel with real heart. Like many debut novels, this one has its moments of being a tad rough around the edges but overall it's a satisfying read. Kate Kennedy is a heroine familiar to any of us who have read enough romance. She has a jo ...

C+
Satisfaction

Mayberry has a gift of making seemingly ordinary, sometimes not particularly likeable people into romance characters whom readers care about and applaud. This book is a case in point. Melbourne, Australia, bookstore owner Maggie Hendricks feels as if she's been missing out on something essential ...

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The Rosie Project

Hearing the hype surrounding this Australian comedy (that just happens to be a romance way off the beaten track), I quickly decided to give the audio version a try despite the fact that it’s the author’s debut novel and the narrator’s first audiobook performance. Told in first person by the he ...

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Ocean's Gift

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A Man Like Mike

The back blurb can be a reader’s best friend, but the trick is to pay attention to every detail. That I didn’t do when picking A Man Like Mike to review. My interest was intrigued by “Corporate professional Eve O’Brien needs a crash course in parenting” instead of paying attention to “A ...

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Beneath Outback Skies

Normally I don’t read many western romances. Working long hours, dealing with dirt and grime, plus sometimes blood, doesn’t seem that romantic. There are never enough “Calgon – Take me Away” baths but the Australian setting pulled me in. Paige Quinn’s family home, Banora Downs, mean ...