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Favourite reads: Apr 2019

5 May 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for April. 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 April …

Elsa’s Stand by Cathryn Hein (Outback Brides #3) (rural romance)

I’m travelling right now and reading this wonderful book swept me back to Australia and made me homesick for our wide, brown land. I love the way Cathryn writes the great Aussie bloke; the hero of this one, Jack Hargreaves is a delicious man of few words whose taciturnity hides a heart as big as the Nullarbor. The heroine is lovely too—winsome, generous, funny Elsa is a perfect match for damaged Jack, and you’ll be cheering when they come together against the odds. I laughed. I cried. I loved this book! [Anna, Qld]

Repeat by Kylie Scott (contemporary romance)

Clementine has lost her memory due to an assault. Looking for information on her life, she finds Ed, her ex. He is not pleased to see her; she left him without explanation, breaking his heart. But being a good guy he agrees to help her fill in the blanks. I loved that Clem’s personality had changed and that she thinks of previous-Clem as a different person. Ed still cares about Clem, and new-Clem is developing feelings for him, but how can they trust each other when neither of them know why they broke up? An awesome book! [Debbie, ACT]

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date #2) (contemporary romance)

This book has an excruciatingly funny opening scene mixed with excruciating embarrassment. She’s rescued by a couple of good Samaritans strangers and the romance starts there. It’s linked to The Wedding Date by the hero’s best friend. A lot of fuss has been made of these two books because in both books the H&H are black and white, but to me they were just two people falling in love. There’s lots of love and laughter, family and friends, and some tears and conflict as they try and work things out. Good fun. [Malvina, NSW]

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan (contemporary romance)

More women’s fiction, but there is romance as well. A US woman organises a holiday in Paris for her 25th anniversary, only to be told that her husband wants a divorce. A teenage girl in England escapes family pressures by taking a job in a little Paris bookshop, even though she doesn’t speak French. The two meet up, become unlikely friends and learn from each other. A slowish start but once they hit Paris it’s wonderful. [Anne, Vic]

Invaded by Jennifer M Eaton (sci-fi romance)

A secret government agency and an alien race called entities have a treaty that allow the entities to survive and live on Earth by entering a host body, which they will heal/cure. Tracy, the heroine, struggles to come to terms with being one of these hosts after she dies and is brought back to life by her entity. Detective John Peters has had five years to get used to living with his alien and he assists Tracy to acclimate. ‘Four people, two bodies, one nightmare’ is a great tagline; this is a romantic suspense with a touch of sci-fi. [Kylie, NSW]

Miss Prim’s Greek Island Fling by Michelle Douglas (contemporary romance)

The title alone on this book grabbed me; add in Greek and I knew I was going to love this one. Michelle Douglas has written a fun and fabulous story with lots of witty banter. I loved Finn and Audra. Finn is Audra’s brother’s best friend and off limits; it is a trope I love. The setting is fabulous, and the beautiful romance is a story that I highly recommend. This one is a real page turner and sure to leave you smiling. [Helen, NSW]

  1. 5 May 2019 11:34 am

    Aww, thanks so much Kylie!

  2. michelledouglas permalink
    5 May 2019 11:24 am

    Oh, what a gorgeous Sunday surprise. Thanks, ARRA! Helen, I’m over the moon that you loved Audra and Finn’s story. 🙂

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