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Favourite reads: Dec 2020

5 January 2021

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for December. 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 December …

Bear in a Bookshop by Zoe Chant (Bodyguard Shifts #3) (paranormal romance)

This book features a shy bookworm dragon, whose hoard is all the books she owns, and a dyslexic ex-con bear hoping for redemption. On the surface they seem very mismatched, but there are always layers to be revealed and explored. The way the couple bonds over children’s books is very sweet and moving, although they do get up to some more adult entertainment in the bookshop, too <g>. Add in family drama, some of it potentially deadly, and the result is a fun read. [Deb, NSW]

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #1) (historical romance)

I re-read this book because of, you know—swoon—the Netflix series Bridgerton coming out. I read Duke when it was first published, which was in 2000! That’s a lot of time between reads, although I’ve read my way through the entire series since then. I’m sure the Netflix show will have a lot of people madly glomming the books. It was a terrific re-read, apart from the one scene everyone’s now noticing and thinking in the 2020s, um, maybe not … Amazing how things change in 20 years. But the book was fabulously romantic. I loved it and am going to read on (again). [Malvina, NSW]

The Cartographer’s Secret by Tea Cooper (historical romance)

Once again Tea Cooper has taken me on a historical journey to solve a mystery and uncover family secrets that have pulled a family apart. Set in The Hunter Valley in 1880 and 1911, we get to know Evie Ludgrove and then Letitia Rawlings, as Letitia sets out on an adventure to search for answers from the past and finds love as well. A beautifully written and enthralling story that brings the past to life with a true adventurer in Letitia; she is strong and a fabulous character. I do highly recommend this one. [Helen, NSW]

Rifts and Refrains by Devney Perry (Hush Note #2) (contemporary romance)

I really enjoyed this trilogy, but this was my favourite book. Quinn left home for college, but then quit college and became a drummer in what was to become a famous rock band. Ten years later she’s going home for her grandmother’s funeral. Graham was her high-school sweetheart and his family lives next door to hers. The families are very close, so the pair are thrown together a lot. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story and how easy it was to read. Their history unfolded slowly and there were many times where I found myself crying. Great chemistry with this couple and a very satisfying second chance at love. [Debbie, ACT]

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