Book Review – CAIRO by Chris Womersley

Cairo by Chris Womersley

Cairo Synopsis : At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece. Among […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

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Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads […]

Book Review – STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo Synopsis : Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally […]

Book Review – THE CURSE OF THE LONESOME MARINER by Mark David Green

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The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner Synopsis : Harry Straight doesn’t want any complications in his life. Recently divorced, he’s about to set sail on a small boat along England’s south coast in order to reconcile with his estranged father. The last thing Harry needs is the responsibility of a mischievous and unpredictable beer-drinking dog called […]

Book Review – WHIP SMART, LOLA MONTEZ STARTS A REVOLUTION by Kit Brennan

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Whip Smart, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution Synopsis : A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious, Lola Montez. In her most flamboyant adventure yet, Lola Montez gallops to Bavaria and on an outrageous dare, seduces King Ludwig I.  The aging royal cannot resist Lola’s fascinating moves as a Spanish dancer, […]

Book Review – THE EDISON EFFECT by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect Synopsis : Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is a ruthless businessman, intent on advancing General Electric and beating all rivals like Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse. Edison has agents in place in Seattle but he’s come himself in pursuit of a mysterious invention lost in 1901 in Elliott Bay. When Edison asks for information, few […]

Book Review & Giveaway – SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS by Samantha Verant

Seven Letters from Paris A Memoir by Samantha Verant

Seven Letters From Paris Synopsis : Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime At age 40, Samantha Vérant’s life is falling apart-she’s jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she’d met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google […]

Book Review – THE MEDICI BOY by John L’Heureux

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The Medici Boy Synopsis: The worlds of art, politics and passion collide in John L’Heureux’s masterful new novel, The Medici Boy. With rich composition, L’Heureux ingeniously transports the reader to Donatello’s Renaissance Italy—directly into his bottega, (workshop), as witnessed through the eyes of Luca Mattei, a devoted assistant. While creating his famous bronze of David and […]

Book Review – THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

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♦ This title is an Aussie Author Challenge 2015 Recommended Read ♦ _________ The Rosie Effect Synopsis : ‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered […]

Book Review – THE LEGACY by Melissa Delport

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The Legacy Synopsis  One man obsessed with power. One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him. One war that changed the world. “World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost […]

Book Review – INFAMY by Lenny Bartulin

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♦   This title is an Aussie Author Challenge 2015 Recommended Read   ♦ _________ Infamy Synopsis : REWARD: Twenty gallons of Rum for the Delivery into My Custody of one Colonel George Bloody Arthur. The Reprobate’s Offences include Fraudulently Impersonating a Lieutenant Governor. For I Am the TRUE George! William Burr, the son of an English settler […]

Book Review – GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT by Alyson Foster

God is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster

God is an Astronaut Synopsis: The day of the accident, Jess is in the backyard with a chainsaw, clearing space to build the greenhouse she’s always wanted. And, as always, she is thinking of Arthur. Arthur, her colleague in the botany department, who never believed she’d actually start the project. Arthur, who has cut off contact, […]