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Favourite reads: Jun 2020

5 July 2020

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for June. 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 June …

The North Wind by Bronwyn Parry (Dungirri #3.5) (romantic suspense)

Set in the small, (fictional) Australian outback town of Dungirri, The North Wind is a heart-warming story of community, family, new beginnings, second chances and a touch of mystery at Christmas. This was a touching, easily relatable storyline, especially when it came to the medical issues/emergency services story thread woven throughout the book. Ms Parry portrays small, rural communities well in this story. The North Wind is a quick, satisfying novella for anyone who loves these elements. [Kylie, NSW]

What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss (contemporary romance)

I’m enjoying a lot of ‘retro reads’ from my bookshelf with mixed results. Some have dated well, others haven’t. What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss from 2010 is terrific, apart from a couple of wobbly moments at the beginning (thanks to #MeToo awareness). The librarian and the rock star! It seems a cliche with the two main characters being so opposite, and the book gently self-mocks that too, but it’s so much deeper. Lots of fairly intense issues here that make the book an absolutely magic read. Heading off to find more Karina Bliss. [Malvina, NSW]

Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian (historical romance) (Page & Sommers #1)

Hither, Page is an absolutely adorable cosy murder mystery with a strong romance plot—think Agatha Christie, but gay. WWII has ended and Dr James is looking for nothing more than a quiet village life of tea and crumpets after the ordeals of war. Only one of the villagers is murdered and undercover agent Page is set to investigate, upsetting village life and interrupting James’s hard-earned peace. But maybe village life agrees with Page too; maybe it’s time to think of settling down—with a handsome village doctor—if only Page can solve this mystery unscathed. [Charlotte, ACT]

One Summer Weekend by Shannon Stacey (Cedar Street #1) (contemporary romance)

Carly and Noah have always been best friends. When Noah admits that he’s been lying to his boss about them being in a relationship (because the boss’s girlfriend wants to set him up with her sister), Carly laughs her ass off, and then agrees to help him. But a weekend away as fake BF/GF means fake affection and fake kissing—and it turns out Noah is MUCH better at kissing now than when he was 13. But what happens on the Cape doesn’t stay on the Cape, like it was supposed to. Love this couple, love their buddy friendship (it was so easy to imagine), and especially love that they fight to keep what they have and build on it. [Debbie, ACT]

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