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Favourite reads: Jan 2020

5 February 2020

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for January. 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 January …

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (contemporary romance)

Tiffy, our heroine, needs to escape her obsessive ex-boyfriend and find a flat urgently—one she can afford. She ends up sharing one—a flat with only one bed. The owner, Leon, works nights, Tiffy works days. Leon will spend his weekends at his girlfriend’s. The plan is they will never meet. But slowly, through the leaving of notes in the flat, a friendship develops. I loved this book, it’s funny and heartwarming and very entertaining. [Anne, Vic]

Love Letters from Montmartre by Nicolas Barreau (romantic elements)

I loved this book. A grieving romantic novelist has promised to write 33 letters to his late wife, one for every year of her life. But his writing mojo has vanished. One day his son wanders off when they visit the graveyard and a whole new chapter begins in an unusual twist. This was an absolute charmer to read, it had grief, love, joy, and a big heart. This one has romantic elements and believe it or not it’s a delight. [Malvina, NSW]

Wildflower Ridge by Maya Linnell (contemporary romance)

What a fabulous debut! I have been eager to read this one since it was released and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written with strong characters that bring out so much emotion; it takes on an issue with compassion and the setting is fabulous. I do love a good rural romance and this is one that I highly recommend. It was a page turner for me, I loved getting to know the McIntyre family. [Helen, NSW]

Firelight by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #1) (steampunk)

I had the prequel novella to this series on my tablet for ages and ages, and I finally read it late last year. It was such an intriguing story that I immediately ordered the whole series! Firelight is the first full book in the series and continues the story of Miranda and Archer from the prequel. The world created in this series is very mysterious, which kept me eagerly reading to work out what was actually going on! Very well done, with a satisfying ending, but not all mysteries revealed. [Debbie, ACT]

The Duke and Duchess/The Courtship by Grace Burrowes (historical romance)

These two novellas in one book are a prequel to Grace’s Windham series. The Courtship is a super-sweet story about how Percival and Esther first meet. The second story is a beautifully written and thoughtful story about what happens after a couple’s happily ever after, touching on topics such as postpartum depression. In classic Grace style, our hero was so gentle and our heroine so brave. Highly recommend not only for the wonderful story but also the beautiful crafted writing. [Charlotte, ACT]

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