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Favourite reads: Oct 2018

5 November 2018

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 …

Body Guard by Suzanne Brockmann (romantic suspense)

In the beginning I didn’t like the heroine, as the clueless Mafia trophy wife has never been a favourite of mine. I was intrigued by the unusual cop hero, so I persevered. I’m glad I did because each character had many layers to be uncovered, and it turned out that while the heroine needed some personal growth, it was the hero who desperately needed redemption. The HEA was hard-earned, and my only complaint is that I wish Brockmann had written sequels about some of the interesting secondary characters. [Deb, NSW]

Her Forgotten Lover’s Heir by Annie West (contemporary romance)

I absolutely loved this story—it was one of Ms West’s best to date. The emotions that flow through the story are wonderful. I felt so close to both Molly and Pietro; they were so meant to be together—they clicked and through past hurts Pietro acted without thinking, and he is given a second chance to convince Molly of his love and how that happens was gorgeous, there were happy tears. If you haven’t read an Annie West book you are missing out! Start with this one and you are going to want to read them all. I highly recommend this one. [Helen, NSW]

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) (urban fantasy)

I read all three books in this series this month and it was a treat! As with most Andrews stories, this series is original and extremely entertaining. Dina is an Innkeeper, which means she is responsible for the welfare of everyone staying at her inn. She is now getting a reputation for taking on more difficult guests—in this book providing a haven for the last of an alien species—plus rescuing her sister, dealing with the local police, her new chef and killer plants. A twisty, fast-paced novel that will keep you engrossed to the end. [Debbie, ACT]

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell (women’s fiction)

This book is a warm, witty, charming yet bittersweet novel about growing older, and the importance of friends. At times I wanted Peggy to have more confidence, more belief in herself, but she got there in the end. The book has lovely romantic elements, which are enchanting. [Malvina, NSW]


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