Romance

Light-hearted love story a good read

October 19, 2015
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Light-hearted love story a good read

The Perfect Match, by Katie Fforde (Random House, RRP $37): This is Katie Fforde’s 20th novel and is a Sunday Times bestseller. One doesn’t have to read too many pages to discover why. It’s basically a light-hearted love story with 20-something real estate agent, Bella, as the protagonist. She’s been with Nevil for three...

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Not-so-gentle coming-of-age story

August 15, 2015
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Not-so-gentle coming-of-age story

Snake Bite, by Christie Thompson (Allen & Unwin, RRP $30): Jez is 17, bored in a downtrodden Canberra suburb, and coming to realise she’s in love with her best friend, Lukey. It’s summertime and Jez has little to do but hang out, get high and argue with her mum. She takes it for granted that...

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A book worthy of its title

February 20, 2015
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A book worthy of its title

Chocolate Cake For Breakfast, by Danielle Hawkins (Allen & Unwin) Set in rural New Zealand, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast is an easy read that has a Bridget Jones feel about it. It’s about Helen McNeil, a vet from small-town New Zealand who has a love of cows. While escaping from a dull girl at...

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Romance by the numbers

February 18, 2015
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Romance by the numbers

The Winter Sea, by Di Morrissey (Pan Macmillan Australia, RRP $35): I wouldn’t say Di Morrissey is a lazy author but The Winter Sea has a real paint-by-numbers feel to it. An everlasting love, a new love and a family secret roll around together in this plot as the lead character Cassie Holloway, fresh from...

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Patterson: prolific and entertaining

July 29, 2014
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Patterson: prolific and entertaining

The prolific James Patterson never seems to run out of ideas for novel. Sure, most of them involved murder, but it’s nice to see he can produce a bit of romantic fluff, too. Sure, he has his critics — mainly having a crack at the sheer volume of his published efforts — but it’s...

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Downstairs at the Bennett’s

February 28, 2014
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Downstairs at the Bennett’s

Longbourn, by Jo Baker (Random House, RRP $38): Undoubtedly, one of the most beloved literary pieces is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Everyone knows the story of the Bennett family; their lives, their loves and their dramas. However, the story of those working for the Bennett family remained a mystery – until now. British...

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Marriage tips and BRAAAIIIINNNNS

February 13, 2012
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Marriage tips and BRAAAIIIINNNNS

Married With Zombies, by Jesse Petersen (Simon & Schuster, RRP $28): Now here’s a novel concept: a romantic comedy with zombies. If, like me, you are over the whole sparkly vampire trend, this could be the book for you. Once upon a time, Sarah and David met and fell in love, as you do....

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Likeable Aussie farm story

April 8, 2008
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Likeable Aussie farm story

The Rouseabout, by Rachael Treasure (Penguin, RRP $37): Us Kiwis have always been suckers for Aussie farming stories, in book and on TV, so it’s no surprise that Rachael Treasure’s book are proving popular. In this story, loveable larrikan Kate Webster is the star. Kate tends to live for today and worry about tomorrow when...

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Even the undead need to pay the bills

June 24, 2006
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Even the undead need to pay the bills

Undead and Unemployed By Mary Janice Davidson (Piatkus, $24.99): Betsy Taylor has a shoe fetish, a fetish she retains even after dying and rising as the new Queen of the Vampires. However, being undead royalty doesn’t mean you can dodge paying your credit card bills so Betsy lands a job selling designer shoes. A...

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