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Favourite reads: May 2019

5 June 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for May. 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 May …

Tightrope by Amanda Quick (Burning Cove #3) (historical romance)

I was in a reading slump, and this one, from a ‘comfort’ author of mine, broke it rather nicely. I like how she evokes the era of the 1930s, with fashion, cars and inventions. The heroine is an ex–trapeze artist and the hero is a mysterious man with ‘connections to the criminal underworld’, who also has quite a useful paranormal ability that is integral to the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship, the humour and the side characters, plus the fact that the ultimate villain came as a surprise. [Deb, NSW]

Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase (Carsington Brothers #2) (historical romance)

It’s an oldie but such a goodie. Big, reckless, handsome Rupert Carsington, the youngest son of an earl, arrives in Victorian-era Egypt and proceeds to cause chaos among the locals—all honorably motivated, of course. Daphne Pembroke, secret scholar of Egyptian antiquities, needs a male escort to enable her to search for her missing brother—neither the Egyptian nor the British authorities are keen on independent women, so she pulls Rupert out of prison and hires him. A delightful romp. Laughs, adventure, mystery and romance. [Anne, Vic]

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (contemporary romance)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. By all accounts everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it, and wow I did as well! What a fabulous story—it grabbed me from the start. It is fun and so very moving; there were tears and there were lots of laughs as I got to know Leon and Tiffy and their friends and family. I really had a hard time putting this one down after I picked it up. I do highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]

The Wedding Obsession by Madeline Ash (contemporary romance)

This was a very different book with an interesting premise. Emmie had a heart transplant and woke up desperate to get married. She blurts out a proposal to her best friend/nearly boyfriend, Bran, and then it gets awkward. After a time apart they have to work out how to get back to at least being friends, if not more. The story was a real tearjerker in some places, but also very thought provoking and a very satisfying romance. [Debbie, ACT]

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #1) (romantic suspense)

A blast from the past: I reread this book to see if it withstood the test of time. And, yes! I loved it as much as I did around the 2000 mark, especially the secondary romance between the hero’s niece Mallory and comic artist geek David. There are huge (inevitable) differences in technology {shrug}, but this is a fabulously strong romance—and the rest of the series now blissfully beckons. [Malvina, NSW]


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