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Favourite reads: Sep 2020

5 October 2020

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for September. 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 September …

The Saturday Morning Park Run by Jules Wake (women’s fiction)

Claire, an ambitious (workaholic) young woman, is forced to take stress leave from her job. At the same time her single-parent younger sister dumps her two children on Claire while she goes to India on a yoga trip. In the process of caring for two needy young girls, meeting an eccentric old lady who jogs, and a handsome stranger she met on a train, Claire’s life is transformed, especially when she gets involved in starting up a ‘parkrun’ community event. [Anne, Vic]

Something About Witches by Joey W Hill (Arcane Shot #1) (paranormal romance)

This is a second chance romance involving witches and sorcerers, covens and demon portals in a contemporary setting. It is a layered, character-driven story that never fails to hit your heart hard. I spent most of the last 100 or so pages of the book tearing up time and time again (in a good way) as the hero and heroine deal with their personal hurdles. This emotional engagement is why it’s now a keeper on my bookshelf and Ms Hill will always be an auto-buy for me. [Kylie, NSW]

The Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge (contemporary romance)

I love Christmas themed books! They help me get into the spirit of things and embrace the joy. This story kicks off with toy store manager Jess meeting intriguing toymaker, Nik. But it’s not all about the toy store, we also get to meet and love the residents in her grandmother’s care home, plus other friends and work colleagues, and her rather wonderful flat mate Oliver. So many special, lovable characters, and a big sprinkle of Christmas magic at the end. All the feels. [Malvina, NSW]

In High Spirits by Beth Prentice (Dandelion Ponds Mystery #1) (cosy paranormal mystery)

Oh my goodness this is a great story—witty, fun and a one-sitting read because it was truly so hard to put down. This is a mystery with a paranormal twist and it totally engaged me from page one. I do hope that you pick this one up and get to know Daisy and the characters, as well as the spirits that live in Dandelion Ponds, and uncover the mystery. It is the start of a new series, so there is sure to be more fun to come. [Helen, NSW]

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #5) (urban fantasy)

This is the second book in the trilogy featuring Catalina and Alessandro and it did not disappoint! I so enjoyed being back in this world, and I was engrossed from the very start. As with all of the books, there is a LOT of action in this book, but also some sizzling romance. By the time Catalina and Alessandro (along with her various family members) had fought their way to the end of this book I was a very happy romance reader. [Debbie, ACT]

Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens (Radical Proposals # 1)

For Bi Awareness Week last month I read this Edwardian era romance with a poly couple plus one. The plus one, Aubrey, falls in love with Lucian, a gay journalist, at a time when homosexuality was still very much illegal. This was a super-sweet read. Both Lucian and Aubrey are such compassionate souls, looking for love and their own happily ever after. The writing was honest and the pacing gentle. [Charlotte, ACT]

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