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Title: April’s Glow

Author: Juliet Madison

Genre: Romance

Opens: If there was anything worse for April Vedora than being stood up, it was being stood up on April Fools’ Day

Blurb: Distracting herself from a string of bad luck and a disastrous love life, bubbly April Vedora throws herself into her new business – April’s Glow, a candle store in seaside Tarrin’s Bay. The enchanting scents and colourful atmosphere provide a safe haven, but outside business hours she’s clueless about her personal life.

When a mysterious loner moves in next door, she can’t help but become intrigued, and ex-soldier Zac Masterson is equally fascinated by April. But both have sworn off relationships, and while April avoids her emotions by keeping busy and sociable, Zac hides away from the world – and his past.

My Thoughts: APRIL’S GLOW is the 4th book in the Tarrin’s Bay series and as you would expect for a book set in April – Anzac day and a returned service man are woven into the story.

Both April and Zac are wounded spiritually – they need time to heal their hurts, but they also need to learn that they can move on with their lives – that it is alright to move on. When Zac moved next door, they both started to bounce off each other as they each recognised hurt in the other. The story is told from both perspectives – so the reader learns what issues each of the two neighbours are struggling with before they do. They firstly connect by talking – at all hours of the day and night:

You’re up, I’m up. Might as well talk.

April wrote: Why not just talk over the fence?

Zac replied: Because I’m naked."

Gradually, even though their initial impressions of each other are less than favourable, comes the realisation that maybe they do have things in common after all, followed by attraction so strong that the two of them are both terrified of allowing themselves to become vulnerable. Can a candle maker and an ex-service man make it as a couple? What do they need to do to make it happen?

I loved April, in one sense she is very like me in that she sometimes says what’s on her mind not realising she’s said it aloud. Her relationships with her parents, however, are not like mine – especially the one with her father. Sometimes your personal experience can affect your outlook on life, and her relationship with Zac was certainly influenced by her relationship with her father. I loved how this thread played out, and the message that it gave – was very well done. I couldn’t imagine myself dealing with some of the issues that these two faced – but deal they did – and being a romance the reader knows that (well hopes they know that) a happy ending will eventually arrive. What kept me riveted to the pages was to find out if they would make it, and how on earth they surmounted their challenges to get there.

APRIL’S GLOW is a 5 star read – I loved the story, I loved the characters and I loved the two furry minor characters, Romeo and Juliet :)"

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

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Title: The Fairy Tale Bride

Author: Scarlet Wilson

Genre: Romance

Opens: Lisa Renee pushed the last dress into place …

My Thoughts: THE FAIRY TALE BRIDE is a novella and the first in the Montana born Bride series of connecting stories by different authors that are set around the upcoming wedding of a local girl turned celebrity.

Being a novella the author Scarlet Wilson doesn’t have a lot of time to expand on the characters and develop a lot of background, But Scarlet managed to deal with the constraints very well. Being set in a small town in Montana where everyone knows everyone else’s business adds to the story because background information is given to the reader by gossiping locals. Lisa Renee owns the Marietta bridal salon. Her aim is to find the perfect dresses and accessories for brides and their attendants. Now a local girl made big in Hollywood is coming home to have her wedding away from the big smoke. With her comes two spoiled petulant Hollywood starlets who have rejected every bridesmaids dress in every store in the big city. Can Lisa Renee find the perfect frocks for these two before she kills them, or the bride does!!!

When she is not making brides happy Lisa Renee is up in the local hospital’s paediatric ward volunteering with the sick children. Her sister Grace died of Leukaemia and she realised the importance of having someone not medical around to read, listen or just hold a hand and care. Lisa Renee is giving back to the hospital what she received. She is reading a fairy story to a child with cancer when Dr Adam Brady first spies her. Adam is new to Marietta, he recently had a huge lottery win but after paying his out his huge education debt and loans he is not rolling in money. That doesn’t stop people from being friends with him just to get their hands on the loot. He hopes no one will recognise him and so learn to like him for who he is rather than what they can get out of him. Lisa has a kind heart despite tragedies in her near past, Adam is devoted to saving lives and helping people despite the money. Of course they’re going to fall in love. Trouble is if they don’t start to confide in each other things could go pear-shaped.

Its very size means that THE FAIRY TALE BRIDE is a fast read – that it is charming and funny with a little bit of drama as well is the icing on the wedding cake.

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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.

With thanks to Tule Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Title: The Patterson Girls

Author: Rachael Johns

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Opens: ‘Dad.’ The word slipped from Lucinda Mannolini’s lips on a whisper as she emerged from gate 21 at Adelaide Airport and spotted her father…

Blurb: How can four sisters build the futures they so desperately want, when the past is reaching out to claim them? When the Patterson daughters return home to Meadow Brook to be with their father after their mother’s death, they bring with them a world of complication and trouble. The eldest sister, obstetrician Madeleine, would rather be anywhere but her hometown, violinist Abigail has fled from her stellar career, while teacher Lucinda is struggling to have the children she and her husband so desperately want. The black sheep of the family, Charlie, feels her life as a barista and exercise instructor doesn’t measure up to that of her gifted and successful sisters. Dealing with their bereft father who is determined to sell the family motel, their loves old and new and a series of troublesome decisions doesn’t make life any easier, but when they go through their mother’s possessions and uncover the shocking secret of an old family curse, they begin to question everything they thought they knew.

My Thoughts: It is the first Christmas since their mother died so Lucinda, Madeline, Abigail and Charlie all come home from various parts of the world and Australia to support their dad through the season and help out in the family motel at its busiest time. The reader soon learns that although the sisters all keep in touch with each, they have also each kept secrets from their siblings. These secrets are gradually revealed to each other as the story progresses; however the reader is privy to them from the start. I love it when I know a secret and hug it to myself gleefully which added to my enjoyment of the story; if more enjoyment was possible.

One aspect is not revealed to the readers though – the Patterson’s curse. Oh we are told what the curse is but is it real? And if it is, can it be removed? If the curse is real, then it has serious impact on the lives of all four women. As each sister takes it in turn to tell their personal story as well as the story of what is happening back at the family motel they start to look at their lives, their loves, and their struggles and start to question whether their current life, and loves, are what they really want.

The Patterson sisters are real, they just leap out of the pages at you, and each character has her own strengths, weaknesses and quirks. They are a real family unit of siblings, they fight each other, the laugh with each other and they cry together, then they fight some more. I could relate to all of them at one level or another, which really helped draw me into the story. The emotions are described incredibly – the laughter, the joy and even the despair. These sisters are not characters on the pages of a book – they live and breathe. THE PATTERSON GIRLS is one of Rachel John’s best books ever, and I know I keep writing that, but she is just going from strength to strength and always seems to press the right emotional buttons for me. And by emotional I mean yes I laughed, and yes I cried. There are some clever twists and turns, and each sister has a barrier to break down before they can find the happiness that has eluded them. The men in their lives are all very gorgeous as well – as are the support characters, Dad Sal and their crazy Aunt. Every facet of the story is well thought out and connects beautifully, not one unnecessary thread anywhere in the story.

I have been following Rachel Johns on Facebook as she wrote this book so the anticipation has been great – and she managed to feed out little hints of what might be in the book, idea’s and ‘what about this’ scenarios. She also keeps her fans in touch with the creative processes of character building of not just this book but all her current works by posting pictures of yummy men to see if her followers like them. Sometimes asking us all if we like our men with tattoos, with a shirt or without a shirt. Of course we are always willing to help her out with this!

You must read THE PATTERSON GIRLS, and then go and read all her other books.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks to Harlequin MIRA and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Curve my Heart by Sarah Gai

Title: Curve my Heart

Author: Sarah Gai

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Opens: My eyes darted open…

Blurb: Skyla has spent the last few years giving a helping hand and meddling in the lives of her two best friends Elise and Bree. But is Skyla ready for her own chance at love? Alex Barnes has been head over heels for the cute curvy since the moment they met. After years of sitting on the side lines, it’s finally time to pursue the woman who drives him crazy. Will Alex get the girl? Or will Skyla run when the fun stops and secrets are revealed?

My Thoughts: CURVE MY HEART is the third and final book in the ‘Curvies’ series. For me it was the best of the three – but all of them I really, really recommend if you’re looking for a light, romantic and entertaining read without being cloyingly fluffy– not one dud in the set!

Bree, Elise and Skyla have been best friends all their lives, they met as each of their mothers were friends and they were all neighbours. None of the girls are stick thin fashion model types either – they are REAL women; women who have curves, very generous curves, and are proud of them. The three women are very, very close – they laugh together, cry together and are not afraid to tell each other exactly what they think – no holding back. Elise and Bree have found the loves of their lives so now it is Skyla’s turn. Well, in actual fact she has already found Alex – and rejected him – it’s complicated.

Complicated because Alex has no idea why she is rejecting him; what the big prom night secret is that turned her away from him and made her believe she wasn’t worth loving. Complicated because they both want each other but neither makes a move to break down the barrier.

Until Vegas when just before a Curvy wedding takes place Skyla and Alex wake up in bed together. No barrier under the sheets; and this is only the first chapter! Still this wouldn’t be a curvy book unless there are hurdles to surmount, secrets to reveal, misunderstandings to occur, a rival to rear his head and good friends to meddle before you dare to hope that there may just possibly be a happy ending for our last Curvy. The romance is totally believable and the sex scenes and lust is very circumspect – no in your face sex scenes with detailed biological descriptions.

The story just flowed and the emotions were real and the plot totally plausible. CURVE MY HEART was a book that I really needed in the frenetic social events surrounding our daughter’s wedding as such was the perfect book for the time and place. The other two books in the series are Curve my Song and Curve my Attitude.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks the author for my copy to read and review.

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Title: Only We Know

Author: Victoria Purman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Opens: Calla Maloney just wanted it to stop…

My Thoughts: Victoria Purman is one of a handful of authors who is on my ‘must grab every book she writes’ list, and she did not let me down with ONLY WE KNOW.

The story is set on Kangaroo Island which is off the South Australian Coast and a destination that is still on my wish list. There are two ways onto the island – small plane or ferry. ONLY WE KNOW opens on the ferry with Calla Maloney searching frantically for somewhere to hurl!!! Sam Hunter comes to her assistance and directs her outside where she can do so safely. There is instant awareness between the two, but each has come to the island for a purpose rather than a holiday. Sam comes from Kangaroo Island but is now working as a fireman back in Adelaide; his father lives alone on the family sheep farm and is in the early stages of dementia. Sam’s role is to persuade his father to give up the farm and go into care. Calla is an art teacher who has just come out of a heartbreaking relationship and has arrived to find her missing brother who disappeared the day their father was buried two years earlier; she received a tip indicates that he might be living here now.

Once they set foot on dry land they keep bumping into each other and they instantly both feel strongly attracted to each other, even though they both are recovering from disastrous relationships and are not looking for love. Being a love story you know that something has to bring them together so that they focus on each other – and the trigger in this case is a bad vehicle accident where Sam’s training as a fireman has him using the accident as an excuse to sleep over at Calla’s rental to make sure she is ok. Minds out of the gutter people – this scene is innocent. After this event the story takes off and the ‘love skirmish’ begins as they advance and retreat, attract and repel, and leave you on the edge of the seat wondering how on earth they are ever going to get together.

I was swept up into the story almost immediately and really bonded with the chocolate loving, wine appreciative Calla; she’s my type of girl. She has lost all confidence in herself and is running around keeping everyone else happy and not daring to be happy herself. Sam has his own problems, he has rejected the island but now he is seeing everything anew through Calla as she hones in on perspectives that he has never noticed. What was ‘same old same old’ is now new and fresh.

ONLY WE KNOW is about families and relationships, and how both can either break your heart or be the making of you; pull you down or support you. Both Sam and Calla have broken families and been badly hurt in relationships but they come to learn that you can make your own family to replace a broken one and create new, strong relationships to replace soul destroying ones. They just have to let go of the past and grab the future.

Kangaroo Island is a perfect setting for the deep emotions that unfold during the story – the wildness of hurt and the peacefulness of acceptance matches the wildness of the Island and the peacefulness of the scenery. All of the characters in the book come alive on the pages and are totally believable and I came to care for Sam’s dad quite deeply as he reminded me of my dad in so many ways – even the minor ones – the pub conversations are spot on. The descriptions of the scenery are vivid and the emotions just swirl around your own heart as you read. There is a Happy Ending – romances do – that’s why we love them. But it is a bumpy ride to get there – and tears will be shed, well I shed them anyway.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Title: Treasured Secrets

Author: Kendall Talbot

Genre: Adventure

Opens: Moments like these were said to happen in slow motion

Blurb: The last place Rosalina expected the clue to a 700-year-old mystery to lead is back into the arms of Archer, the one man who broke her heart. But neither can solve the puzzle without the other, so together they set off on a new adventure, weaving from Tuscany’s underbelly to Archer’s luxurious yacht in the Greek Islands, trying to ignore the sparks that still fly unhindered between them. Archer desperately wants to salvage the relationship he shattered years before, but fighting for Rosalina’s love soon takes a back seat to fighting for their lives. They aren’t the only one on the trail for the treasure, and their competition isn’t bothered by ethics and morals to achieve their goals. With evil close on their trail, and Archer wrestling with the remnants of a childhood tragedy, Rosalina begins to wonder if perhaps there are some secrets that were never meant to be revealed

My Thoughts: A couple of years ago I read Kendall’s award winning debut novel Lost in Kakadu and really enjoyed it. So I was overjoyed when she contacted me and asked if I would like to read her latest release. TREASURED SECRETS is promoted as romantic suspense, and while it certainly does have romance in it –the focus is on the edge of the seat adventure that drives the story from beginning to end. The story opens with Rosalina and Archer splitting up after a 3 year relationship – night after night Archer suffers from a horrific nightmare about the day his father died, the dream has him screaming and waking Rosalina up. But he won’t tell Rosalina what happened, or even what the dream is about. When she pushes for more information he tells her that they are parting as she deserves a better life without him in it. Archer doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. She returns broken hearted to Italy – he immerses himself in his yacht charter business. Months later when visiting an ancient church with her historian expert friend, Rosalina sees something in a painting that reminds her of something Archer owns – and she is attacked by a monk when she tries to look closer at the painting. She sends a message to Archer telling him what she has seen not expecting any response. Imagine her shock when he turns up on her doorstep in Italy a few days later. It is not long after this that the two of them, and their friends, are plunged into treasure hunt that will eventually lead to a fight for their lives. Secrets are revealed, history is uncovered and friendships – and love – are finally forged.

Both Rosalina and Archer are such real characters and come alive on the pages – totally believable yet by no means perfect. The background takes us from Australia to the Greek islands via Italy and the descriptions of the places they visit left me wanting more. The villain of the piece was a truly horrible, evil, creepy and truly unlikable person.

TREASURED SECRETS has it all – romance, action, adventure, danger and the occasional glass of wine.

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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.

With thanks to Escape Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Burnt by Karly Lane

Title: Burnt

Author: Karly Lane

Genre: Romantic suspense

Opens: Screams, lights, blood and the smell of the entire world burning were the last things Seb Taylor remembered as darkness swam before his eyes and he fell into an endless pit of despair

Blurb: Seb Taylor and Rebecca Whiteman were high school sweethearts dreaming of a future together, when one terrible event shattered their lives. Eighteen years after the tragedy Rebecca, now a single newly divorced mum, has brought her children back to the town she left behind. Seb, now an elite SAS soldier in the Australian Army, has also returned home after being badly injured in the Afghanistan, he has never forgotten that night, or his sweetheart.

My Thoughts: BURNT is the first Karly Lane book I have read – and I am so glad there are more to read because I loved this one! It has been eighteen years since the events in the prologue shattered the lives of many families in this small country town in NSW, and although we aren’t initially told what has happened we certainly know it has made a big impact on both Rebecca and Seb.

Rebecca is a nurse at the local hospital and has moved back to be near her parents so that she has someone to care for her girls while she is on night shifts. She also volunteers at ta a nearby women’s shelter – patching up battered women who are trying to start a new life. While her ex-husband didn’t physically abuse her she was mentally abused – so can relate to her patients. Having a little knowledge in this area – the scenes in the shelter were very realistic. She bumps into Seb when he comes into the hospital to have his dressings changed and the two realise that their feelings haven’t gone away.

What follows is a lovely story of two lovers reuniting and deciding if they have a future. But with Rebecca getting heavy breathing calls, a slashed tent when they go camping and a stranger talking to her children from a car – Seb realises Rebecca is in trouble – even though Rebecca doesn’t take it seriously. But who is stalking her and why? Seb want’s to help – but he is too emotionally scarred to take a chance on love. He can face a battlefield of enemy – but one tiny lady scares him silly.

BURNT has it all – drama, romance and humour. With lots of twists and turns, some great support characters and back stories, and a climax that will have you on the edge of your seat,

I heartily recommend this book. And will certainly be looking up her previous ones.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Title: Road to Hope

Author: Rachael Johns

Genre: Romance

Opens: Sitting on a painfully hard church pew witnessing the man you’ve always loved declare his undying love and affection to someone else is a special kind of torture…

Blurb: Nurse Lauren Simpson is known in Hope Junction for the wrong reasons – and she’s over it. Watching the man she’s always loved marry someone else is the last straw – she decides to get out of Hope. But her resolve is tested when the hot new locum doctor arrives in town. Doctor Tom Lewis also has skeletons in his closet – including a painful breakup and devastating family news. He’s hit the road with his vintage ute and surfboard, to travel the outback and live in the moment. When Tom and Lauren meet the attraction is instant, but for Lauren Tom threatens to be just another fling and Tom has his own reasons for hesitating. Everyone else – their friends and patients – can see how perfect they are together, but just what will it take for them to admit this to themselves?

My Thoughts: I was first introduced to Lauren in Jilted – and felt sorry for her, as she had a reputation of being a ‘good time had by all’ girl who was trying to stop Flynn and Ellie from getting together – but she is misunderstood. Come on now, let’s get real – she always loved Flynn and when she had a chance to get him when his heart was broken she took it – who wouldn’t. But the truth of the matter is if anything she was the victim as Flynn was using HER rather than the other way. So ROAD TO HOPE opens with Lauren at Flynn’s wedding and naturally she is very upset as she can’t turn her heart off, and it hurts to see the man she still loves, despite of everything, marrying someone else.

Somehow she has a reputation of being man hungry and running after any available man! She is single – why is this bad? As Hope was a small town I’m not sure if there would have been a lot to run after! OK she might hop into bed with them fairly early on in the relationship, but that seems to be the norm nowadays so it doesn’t make her a tart. And once the relationships ends, as relationships do, and the ex’s go on and marry someone else, well that isn’t her fault either! Lauren realises that to leave this unfair reputation behind – she is going to have to go as the town is not going to change. This is one disadvantage of being in a small town – yes there is mateship and support – there is also nasty gossip and rumour mongering.

So the very day she decides to leave town and start a new life, and decides she is not going to sleep with the wrong sort of men again – locum Tom arrives. What’s more he’s a friend of Lauren’s brother and is staying at the family home. The attraction between the two is immediate – it’s just the wrong time. He is not looking for commitment or love, but she is, and this time she wants her own happy ever after. So what follows is a fun story of two people tiptoeing around each other as they share a house and try so hard not to fall in love with each other. But by doing this they end up talking to each other, doing things together, getting to know each other – no strings attached. This slow approach to the growing romance, against undeniable simmering lust, is lovely.

Lauren’s character demonstrates what a loving and caring person she is, and devoted to her job of nursing. In the opening scenes despite her issues with the family of a patient (Flynn’s grandmother) she focusses utterly on her patient and her well-being with all personal feelings put aside. And as I commented on at one point if I ever have to be hospitalised in the old folks section then I SO want Lauren and Tom to be my carers. As for Tom – I loved him too. He is a very good doctor and practices wholesome medicine – that is not just giving medicine but trying to help the mind and spirit as well. And did I mention he is hot? And has most of the female population drooling after him – and me? Tom hit the road as a locum to see Australia and get away from a family tragedy in Adelaide. While he helps his patients in Hope, he comes to realise the importance of family and that he shouldn’t assume that everyone will react to the secret he is hiding the same way.

Once again Rachel Johns has demonstrated why she is a much in demand writer – her writing is flawless and the stories have humour, drama, passion and a feeling that you have joined your mates at the local pub for a catch up session. The reader is included and not an onlooker. Looking forwards to whatever she is going to come up with next.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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Title: The Country Practice

Author: Meredith Appleyard

Genre: Romance

Opens: Meghan’s heart jumped into her throat when she heard the crash, and then a cry for help

My Thoughts: After breaking up with her fiancé Meghan returns from London to Australia. ER trained she takes up an offer to work as a locum in a rural South Australian community, to give herself time to work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. It has long been her dream to become a GP so now she will see if she is cut out for the role. Magpie Creek welcomes Meghan with open arms as it has been a long time since they have had their own local doctor and the residents try to do everything they can to encourage her to stay. For example, when they find out she’s a vegetarian the local bakery makes vegetables pasties and the pub adds vegetarian dishes to their menu. She is thrown into her new life in her very first few in Magpie Creek when she helps a heart attack victim and meets farmer Sean Ashby who has brought the patient in. The romance is nice, slow to build, and so realistic and believable. Sean and Meghan both have past issues to work through before there is any chance for them – and Meghan is as determined to work her month out and leave for her next assignment as Sean is determined that he doesn’t deserve a relationship. I did want to smack him a couple of times with his poor bugger me attitude – and to be fair I wanted to smack her too for insisting on throwing it all away. Which I guess demonstrates how invested I was in this story. A quick read, the story kept me engrossed and I cared very much for both Sean and Meghan.

THE COUNTRY PRACTICE is a debut novel for Meredith Appleyard, and her medical background gives the various back stories an authentic edge to them – and added to the believability of the book. Country hospitals have to do the best that they can with limited resources, and modern technology can assist by having an expert on the phone giving advice to prepare a patient to be flown out. Meghan and the nursing staff are just as much front line as a busy city hospital – only they have less things that go beep to plug their patients in to.

The story didn’t just relate the story of Meghan and Sean, the reader got to see a small rural community where everyone knows just about everything that’s going on, and keeping secrets is hard; and how the medical and emergency services are more than likely to know accident victims; and a whole community pulls together to help out someone in need.

I can’t wait for her next one.

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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.

With thanks to Penguin Books Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review

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Title: Operation Valentine by

Author: Loretta Hill

Genre: Romance

OPERATION VALENTINE is an ace little novella about Sarah who has had so much bad luck on Valentine’s Day (dates previously cancelled sue to food poisoning, ended relationships, flight delays and even death) that she has never been able to have a successful Valentine’s date, so she just isn’t going to try anymore as she is convinced she is cursed. OPERATION VALENTINE opens with Sarah and her two best friends having drinks at their favourite waterhole, Blue Saloon. Sarah needs a date at a very important work do that is being held on Valentine’s Day which could make a difference as to whether she will keep her job. Sarah’s friends decide she should try finding dates on an online dating service. The new owner of the bar, the darkly handsome, Owen Black – already established as a love ‘em and leave ‘em womaniser of the highest calibre – is held as an example of what type of man she shouldn’t choose. But Sarah finds herself drawn to him, and she seems to be breaking down Owen’s defences at the same time. So the stage is set for some disastrously funny blind dates and a growing relationship between two people who don’t want one. Even though the book is a tad under 150 pages there is a lot packed into it – even some quite heavy stuff – but overall it was a lovely book to read on Valentine’s Day with a glass of wine and my Valentine beside me on the lounge. I haven’t yet read a Loretta Hill story that I haven’t liked, and I recommend OPERATION VALENTINE for all lovers of romance.

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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.

With thanks to Random House and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

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