Book Review: The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon

The Jam Queens... About the Book: Award-winning jam maker Aggie is determined to take her Barossa Valley cafe to new heights. She has put the pain of unsuccessful IVF treatments and a broken relationship behind her, and is focused on the many wonderful possibilities life still holds in store. When an invitation to travel across … Continue reading Book Review: The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon

Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

The eagle-featured mother in Angela Carter’s Bluebeard story “The Bloody Chamber” was an electrifying discovery as a student and lives on in me to this day. Back then, I’d read about oppressive mothers, unreliable mothers, fearsome mothers and loving mothers but never a fierce, swashbuckling mother like this one. Early in the story we learn … Continue reading Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

New Release Book Review: We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet

We Must Be Brave… About the Book: A novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship – and the astonishing power of love. December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the … Continue reading New Release Book Review: We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet

New Release Book Review: The Last Train by Sue Lawrence

The Last Train... About the Book: Sue Lawrence serves up a brilliant historical mystery, meticulously researched and densely plotted, with plenty of twists and a gripping climax. At 7 p.m. on 28 December 1879, a violent storm batters the newly built rail bridge across the River Tay, close to the city of Dundee. Ann Craig … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Last Train by Sue Lawrence

Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Bingo!

Winter Garden... About: Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn’t know her mother? From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colours comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past. Meredith and Nina Whitson are … Continue reading Book Review: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Bingo!

New Release Book Review: Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson

Stella and Margie... About: A beautiful novel about two women - a generation apart - thrown together by circumstance, who slowly come to love and understand one another. Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women. Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for … Continue reading New Release Book Review: Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson

New Release Book Review: The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan

The Sisters' Song... About: As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1927, everything changes. The two girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. In Nora, she sees herself, the artist she was never allowed to be. As Nora … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan

New Release Book Review: The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill

The Secret Vineyard... About: A sparkling romantic comedy about trust after betrayal, hope after regret, and falling in love after vowing never ever to do it again . . . Single mum Grace has no plans - and no spare time - to fall in love again. Until she moves to her ex-husband's secret vineyard … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill