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Favourite reads: Dec 2016

5 January 2017

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for December. 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 December …

The North Wind by Bronwyn Parry (book 3.5, Dungirri) (romantic suspense)

the-north-windSet in the small outback (fictional) Australian town of Dungirri, The North Wind is a Christmas novella, and a heart-warming story of community, family, new beginnings and second chances. Given I live in a similar place, this was a touching, easily relatable storyline, especially when it came to the medical issues/emergency services story thread woven throughout the book. The North Wind is a quick, satisfying read for anyone who loves these elements. [Kylie, NSW]

Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer (historical romance)

snowdrift-and-other-storiesMany years ago (and it WAS many years ago), I remember reading Pistols for Two by Georgette Heyer, a collection of sparkling short stories about rakes and smart-mouthed ladies and elopements and duels, you know, the classic Regency magic. That collection has been newly released with three extra stories recently discovered by Aussie Jennifer Kloester, and it’s as charming and romantic and witty as ever. If you’re looking for dollops of Georgette Heyer magic at this busy time, this is a great anthology. Highly recommended. [Anna C, Qld]

The North Wind by Bronwyn Parry (book 3.5, Dungirri) (romantic suspense)

the-north-windMs Parry never fails to write a story that is fabulous and a must read. In this Christmas novella we are back in the small outback country town of Dungirri and the close-knit people of the town are still getting over the problems they have had in the past. But this community will stand together and give what they can to help people always. When strangers arrive in town just on Christmas there is a mystery to solve and secrets to be uncovered and again Ms Parry has a way with her words that just pulls the reader in and keeps them turning the pages and smiling. [Helen, NSW]

Christmas in the Boss’s Castle by Scarlet Wilson (contemporary romance)

christmas-in-the-bosss-castleI read a whole slew of Christmassy reads this month, but this one absolutely nailed it as a lovely, festive, Christmassy romance with all the trimmings, including a vast array of purple Christmas decorations. Better yet, this is a boss and chambermaid story, which is a gorgeous romance fave. Finlay and Grace are staying at the Armstrong Hotel in London. Both are grieving, Finlay for—well, I won’t spoil that for you—and Grace after losing her grandmother. The story about how they find each other and celebrate the spirit of Christmas in a snowy Scottish castle, is just lovely. [Malvina, NSW]

Protecting Paige by Norah Wilson (book 3, Serve and Protect) (romantic suspense)

protecting-paigeI loved this romantic suspense novel, which has just the right mix of romance, angst and excitement. The hero is at a very low point in his life and needs the heroine to shake him up, even though initially he doesn’t think so, and the heroine needs a hero, even though she doesn’t know it at the beginning. There is a secondary romance between a young couple who are very important to the plot, and I wish a sequel was planned for them. Plus, there are dogs! [Deb K, NSW]

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (book 1, True North) (contemporary romance)

bittersweetThis is a second-chance-at-love romance with a bit of a twist. The hero, Griffin, remembers their one-night stand and the potential for a relationship that was lost; the heroine, Audrey, barely remembers Griffin at all. Audrey is a strong and independent heroine who is trying to make a place for herself in the world; Griffin is a grumpy hero who is protective of those he loves. He knows his place in the world, even if it wasn’t the one he would have necessarily chosen. I loved the family, loved the setting, loved it all. The other two stories in the series are equally as good, and I wish there were more! [Debbie, ACT]

Devine Desire by Audrey Carlan (book 3, Lotus House) (erotic romance)

divine-desireThis book is the third in the series and Audrey doesn’t disappoint. This story will have you crying, cheering and wanting to throw the book in disgust, but you won’t want to put it down. Atlas and Mila are great characters that develop throughout the story and make you want to love them, but throttle them as well. After reading these books you won’t look at yoga the same way again. [Diane, NSW]



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