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Favourite reads: Sep 2018

5 October 2018

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for September. 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 September …

Once Upon a Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales by Yasmine Galenorn et al (fantasy romance)

I was impressed with this collection of fairy tale re-imaginings, with ten of the seventeen stories being memorable and only three not to my taste. Special mention goes to Alethea Kontis (‘The Glass Mountain’), who uses a fairy tale I was unfamiliar with called ‘Old Rinkrank’. I also particularly liked Devon Monk’s ‘A Small Magic’, which is a fascinating version of ‘The Princess and the Pea’, where the heroine can talk only to inanimate objects, including the pea. There were many others I enjoyed and I recommend the collection highly. [Deb, NSW]

The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden

I loved this one from page one, I inhaled, devoured every word a story set across three generations from Hawaii 1941 to Sydney 2016 a young Catherine (Kitty) McGarrie meets the love of her life, her soul mate on her sixteenth birthday and what happens is an amazing story of love, heartache and a lost pearl. Make sure you have a box tissues handy and wipe the calendar because you won’t want to put this one down. I highly recommend this one. [Helen, NSW]

Roomies by Christina Lauren (contemporary romance)

My favourite read for this month is Roomies, by Christina Lauren, who writes fun contemporary romances set in the USA. Roomies is a green card/marriage of convenience story. The heroine has a crush on a brilliant busker. When her uncle needs a new musician for his smash hit Broadway show, she takes him to hear the busker. But he’s an Irishman whose green card has expired. So far I’ve read Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Roomies, and I’m glad to say Christina Lauren has a nice long backlist. [Anne, Vic]

English Lord on Her Doorstep by Marion Lennox (contemporary romance)

Bryn hits an injured dog with his car during the mother of all storms and takes refuge with Charlie, who’s struggling to cope with her grandmother’s ailing farm and old animals (including the dog). At first Bryn is a godsend, helping her, but when she finds out his true identity she doesn’t think she can trust him. A story where grief and trust need to be dealt with, and where romance deserves a chance. Great story. [Malvina, NSW]

Discover Me and You by Susan Sey (Devil’s Kettle #2)(contemporary romance)

I was intrigued by Eli when he appeared as a bus boy in the first book in this trilogy. He was so obviously more than that, but he was gone again before anyone really noticed him. He’s back in this book, and he has his eye on Willa. Willa has spent most of her life being deliberately invisible and she is annoyed by Eli’s attention. Both Willa and Eli have secrets and scandals in their past, which makes for lots of angsty scenes. A beautiful romance, but trust me – read all three books. You’ll fall in love with this whole town. [Debbie, ACT]

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