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Favourite reads: Nov 2015

5 December 2015

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for November. 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 November …

Cherry Season by Trish Morey

Cherry SeasonThis is one of those stories that will make you smile and laugh throughout. I loved the setting—the Adelaide Hills—and I have always loved cherries. I have been fondly thinking of Dan and Lucy while enjoying the cherries this season. Dan needs a wife and when an American girl arrives to do some cherry picking love blossoms and the sparks fly. The characters are so real, and Dan’s sisters will have you laughing, as these two totally opposite people meld together for a wonderful HEA. I loved this one. [Helen, NSW]

Jezebel’s Blues by Barbara Samuel

Jezebel's BluesI’ve long wanted to read Jezebel’s Blues by Barbara Samuel (aka Ruth Wind) but it’s been out of print for ages. Now it seems RW has regained rights to a lot of her earlier stuff, so I was excited finally to lay my hands on this fabulous contemporary romance. The flooded Jezebel River brings together two mismatched people—optimistic, self-aware maths teacher Celia and brooding, damaged blues guitarist Eric. But of course, they’re not mismatched at all! Beautiful writing, a poignantly emotional core, and an uplifting story make this an unforgettable read. [Anna, Qld]

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

Goodnight TweetheartI loved this book. Author Abby is fighting writer’s block and signs up to a new twitter account, where she meets fellow tweeter Mark, an English lit professor on sabbatical. The thing I loved about this book is that most of it is written in tweets. They’re very funny, witty tweets, laced with pop culture references that make you laugh. And then the book has a massive emotional twist that reminded me how well Teresa Medeiros does romance. What a terrific read. [Malvina, NSW]

Devoted in Death by JD Robb (book 42, In Death series)

Devoted in DeathI always enjoy reading about the relationship between Eve and Roarke, and they are very solid in this one. I particularly liked the banter and sarcasm between Eve, her team, and other regulars, plus there is a stranger who plays an important part in the plot who gets some good lines. There are gruesome details and tear-jerking moments, as usual, and Eve gets a lead on who may be stealing her chocolate stash. Enough said! [Deb, NSW]

Doing No Harm by Carla Kelly

Doing No HarmI was completely charmed by this Regency historical. A former Navy surgeon is looking for a peaceful town to settle in after the end of the war with the French. Douglas Bowden accidentally stops in the little town of Edgar in Scotland, and there finds a town in desperate need of him and a very kind lady by the name of Olive Grant. The themes are heavy (poverty, PTSD) but the romance is sweet and very intimate (though not explicit). It was just gorgeous. [Kaetrin, SA]

Stormwalker by Allyson James (book 1, Stormwalker series)

StormwalkerThere’s so much to enjoy in this book: the motorbike-riding, half-Navajo heroine (Janet) whose mother is an evil goddess; the scorching hot, mysterious motorbike-riding guy, Mick; a trickster god, in this case Coyote (mayhem plus); and for comic relief a snarky talking mirror that is activated by sex. Add a bunch of quirky characters to fill out the cast, and a mystery to solve and I’m in book heaven. There are skinwalkers, vampires and other supernaturals. Mystery, magic and mayhem, could a reader ask for more? [Gina, NSW]

Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine (book 9, Weather Warden series)

Total EclipseI have been hoarding the last two books in this series forever, because I just didn’t want them to finish. When I found out there would be another story that meant I could finally read them! Total Eclipse was the final book in the series and was a totally enthralling read. The series has been steadily leading up to this epic ending and once again Joanne and David risk everything to save the world. The story is action-packed, heart-breaking, thrilling and ultimately satisfying. [Debbie, ACT]

One Comment
  1. Malvina permalink
    5 December 2015 6:07 pm

    Every time you publish this list, I add some to my TBR… and am never disappointed! Thanks, everyone!

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