February 24, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that none of them [...]
February 21, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht

Sarah and Hannah are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney Australia. Sarah, Hannah’s grandmother, is returning to the country of her birth, a place she hasn’t seen since boarding the USS Mariposa in 1945. She, along with countless other war brides, sailed across the Pacific to join the American Servicemen they’d married during World War II [...]
February 10, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The River Wife by Heather Rose

This is the story of a river and the making of water and the nature of love. Some would say that any story of water is always a story of magic, and others would say any story of love was the same …’ The River Wife is a simple and subtle story of love. The river wife—part human, part fish—has a duty to tend the river [...]
February 5, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Barbed Wire & Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss

5 August, 1944: Over 1000 Japanese soldiers attempt to break out of the No. 12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are recaptured and imprisoned, and some take their own lives rather than suffer the humiliation of ongoing defeat. But one soldier, Hiroshi, determined to avoid either fate, manages to escape [...]
February 3, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

The most enchanting debut novel of 2018, this is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way [...]
January 31, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Fragments by Toni Jordan

INGA Karlson died in a fire in New York in the 1930s, leaving behind three things: a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched fragments of a second book— and a mystery that has captivated generations of readers. Nearly fifty years later, Brisbane bookseller Caddie Walker is waiting in line to see a [...]
January 14, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Yield by Tara June Winch

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind [...]
January 14, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Jarulan By The River by Lily Woodhouse

The Blurb (from Goodreads): Matthew Fenchurch, patriarch and landowner of the northern NSW property Jarulan, lives in a grand, decaying folly, invaded by ghosts and the […]
January 14, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart

1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to the frontline as a war correspondent in Italy [...]