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Favourite reads: Nov 2018

5 December 2018

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 …

Our Country Christmas by Darry Fraser et al (contemporary romance)

This month I enjoyed Our Country Christmas, a Mira anthology featuring five Christmas stories from Aussie authors Darry Fraser, Penelope Janu, Fiona Lowe, Eva Scott and Jacquie Underdown. A knock-out author line-up. Each story’s completely different and all are centred around Christmas, which binds the anthology together with a festive note—terrific for reading in December. I loved Darry’s special touch of Christmas ‘magic’ with ‘Bob Nicholas’ (really You Know Who [no, not Voldemort but someone from further north])—very sweet; and I was so touched by Fiona’s special tick-tock tale, I need a baby before it’s too late. But all are just fabulous. There may have been happy tears in my reading … Bravo! [Malvina, NSW]

Nightfall by Ellen Connor (dystopian fantasy) (Dark Age Dawning #1)

John Mason is a tough-as-nails ex-marine/survivalist who owes a life debt. He honours a promise to keep Jenna Barclay safe after the world succumbs to a prophesied change, so the hero and heroine are on uneasy footing from the outset. I loved watching these two learning to trust each other, first through necessity, then because of the attraction they have for one another. The prophesied change and world-building is riveting, too. There’s enough realism woven into it that you think it could happen. This book is a solid, satisfying post-apocalyptic romance with great characters and a strong storyline. [Kylie, NSW]

Irresistible Forces by Candace Irvin (romantic suspense)

I really enjoyed this newly discovered book by an old favourite author. Beside the overarching military suspense aspect, this story dealt with a female health issue that I have not read about before in a romance, and I was impressed with the author’s handling of it. It also highlighted how it doesn’t pay to lie to children ‘for their own good’. Overall, the plot was exciting, the relationship between the main protagonists was complicated, and the denouement was both heartwarming and a little bittersweet. [Deb, NSW]

Fireworks by Sarina Bowen (contemporary romance) (True North #6)

There was a setup for this story in the previous book, and as soon as I realised it was a second-chance-at-love plot I was hooked. Then, of course, I had to wait. But the wait was worth it! The hero, Benito, is to die for—so strong and so sure of what he wants. He hasn’t seen the heroine, Skye, since she ran away 12 years ago as a teenager. As soon as he sees her again he knows what has been missing from his life. He just needs to convince her now. Skye, on the other hand, would have taken off running again if she hadn’t been committed to staying to help her step-sister. Benito makes the most of the time to win her over, and help her confront and conquer her past. [Debbie, ACT]

The Secrets of Palmerston House by Phillipa Nefri Clark (historical romance) (River’s End #3)

Where do I start? Firstly this book was like going home to family I have become very close to. The characters in this series—Christie and Martin, Thomas and Martha, and of course Randall and the townsfolk—add so much to the story. The author has taken me on a journey with a beautiful continuing romance with a mystery to uncover the secrets of the beautiful historic home Palmerston House in River’s End. I do highly recommend this book and the series. [Helen, NSW]


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