Lovesong by Alex Miller

Courtesy Allen & Unwin Deservedly shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2010, Lovesong by Alex Miller is a beautiful book celebrating the complexities of love. Miller wrote the book in two years for no other reason than his own pleasure and describes the final result as being more complicated that he first set out for it to be. There are stories ...

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

I met Kristan Higgins when she was visiting Australia last month for the Romance Readers of Australia Convention. Loved her wit and charm so thought I should read one of her books. Also loved that and have to say Kristan’s humour comes through loud and strong in her heroine Faith Holland, an imperfect young woman ...

Man Drought by Rachael Johns

Man Drought is a great outback romance set in the heart of West Australia's wheatbelt where there are often two kinds of drought - not enough rain and not enough women. Loved Rachael Johns characters, setting and idea that sometimes life offers you a chance to love again when your heart has been broken. My rating: ★★★★

A Stairway to Paradise by Madeleine St John

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Courtesy of Text Publishing First published in 1999 and re-release in 2010, Madeleine St John’s final novel is the tale of three friends locked in a love triangle with no easy way out. Setting of A Stairway to Paradise Although born in Sydney, St John spent much of her adult life in London, in particularly Notting Hill, and it is here amongst the ...

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

What a hoot this British classic is! First published in 1932, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to discover. If you love things like the “Vicar of Dibley” then you will love this novel. First published in 1932, Cold Comfort Farm is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a city girl’s visit to her quirky ...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Those who treasure a beautiful love story will pick up this novel by Helen Simonson and never want it to end. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand has been called, amongst other things, a romance for wrinklies; but it so much more. It contains everything one could want in a novel: love; death; compassion and greed; an unlikely yet ...