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Favourite reads: Oct 2015

5 November 2015

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for October. Each month some of ARRA’s members will tell you a little bit about one of the books they’ve recently read and loved.

These are not full reviews of the books, just honest opinions on why they enjoyed the book so much. Hopefully one of these will strike a chord with you.

So, we asked our members to tell us about some of their favourite reads for October …

The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

The Secret YearsThis is a story that I did not want to put down. I kept turning the pages to get to the ending and when I got there the ending was so perfect for this story—it was magical and beautiful. I could barely read the words through the tears at times. All in all this is a story that is so rich in emotions—joy and sadness—as you slip between World War 2 and present times. The characters are so real and alive and the settings are just amazing. This is a book that should not be missed. I highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]

Eloping with Emmy by Liz Fielding

Eloping with EmmyEloping with Emmy is a romantic comedy with a charming but determined hero who battles every step of the way with the pretty, soft-hearted, inventive heroine. Tom’s job, as Emmy’s father’s lawyer, is to buy off the feckless artist who is Emmy’s fiancé. Fiancé? Nonsense. Not that Tom or Emmy’s dad know this. What follows is a funny road trip through France, with Emmy showing admirable resourcefulness in her attempts to escape from Tom. Of course, there is a delicious, romantic ending. Le sigh. [Victoria, Qld]

Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin (book 1 in the Raine Benares series)

Magic Lost, Trouble FoundI thoroughly enjoy an adventure with a competent female character who takes risks but is not TSTL, with a family who respect her competence. Love a good love/lust triangle, this one has a hot goblin (silver skin, dark hair) dark mage love interest and an apparently straight-laced hot in charge guardian elf. Love the idea that a person with a good voice and training can ‘sing’ a platoon of soldiers to sleep or that you can step through a mirror to somewhere else as long as there is another mirror. [Gina, NSW]

The French Prize by Cathryn Hein

The French PrizeThis story was all about an ooh-la-la handsome Frenchman and a super smart Australian archaeologist trying to find a powerful ancient sword, to prevent it falling into the hands of his sworn enemies so they didn’t, you know, take over the world. Loved the setting and the archaeological background, which totally worked for this non-archaeological reader. It was such fun, like the French equivalent of The Sword in the Stone or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also slightly Lord of the Rings-ish. Maybe even King Arthur-ish, but with bullets. Lots of villains and danger and gorgeous old books and precious artefacts—and *romance*—to enjoy while the H&H did heroic questy things. Just lapped it up. [Malvina, NSW]

The Blake Brothers series by Susan Sey

Taste for TroubleThese contemporary romances are the most fun I’ve had reading in ages. Taste for Trouble, Talent for Trouble, Touch of Trouble (a novella prequel to Time) and Time for Trouble are packed with wonderfully snaky dialogue that will make you laugh out loud—then the tone switches on a dime into deeply emotional territory. And the romantic bits like the kisses and love scenes are sizzling hot. I devoured all four books in the space of 10 days, while on deadline. Highly recommended. [Anna, Qld]

Dair Devil by Lucinda Brant (audiobook, narrated by Alex Wyndham)

Dair DevilA sublime narration and some plot devices used in unexpected ways had me glued to my iPod. Alisdair ‘Dair’ Fitzstuart is one of those heroes who never expects to fall in love, but has no trouble attracting the ladies (and bedding the ladies of a certain reputation). But when he literally falls into the arms of spinster Aurora ‘Rory’ Talbot, everything changes. Very romantic and an absolute pleasure for the ears. [Kaetrin, SA]

Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunters series)

Son of No OneI always love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books, but sometimes they can be a bit daunting and I find myself reluctant to make a start. That happened with this book—the title alone made me think the story would be all angsty. I finally jumped in because I need to be ready for Dragonbane (dragons!). So imagine my delight when this book also featured a dragon. Despite some angst the book was a very easy read. The story just flowed. Cadegan might be all dark and broody, but he is no match for the funny, snarky Josette. Trapped in a hell dimension together (with a dragon!) they discover something they have in common—chemistry. [Debbie, ACT]


  1. 5 November 2015 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous list! How wonderful to see DAIR DEVIL.:) TY, Kaetrin, for recommending the audio book so highly. 🙂

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    5 November 2015 12:02 pm

    WOW there are some great books there I have read Cathryn’s The French Prize and totally agree with you Malvina what a beauty I do have Liz Fielding’s and Susan Sey’s ‘waiting for me on my kindle 🙂

    Have Fun

  3. Jenny Schwartz permalink
    5 November 2015 9:42 am

    So many great books! I’ve read a couple. I agree heaps with Malvina – The French Prize reminded me of Mary Stewart’s classics set in the region. As for “Magic Lost, Trouble Found” – I love that series! Great choice, Gina 🙂

  4. 5 November 2015 9:30 am

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for THE FRENCH PRIZE love, Malvina. Chuffed to bits to see it listed here!

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