Searching for Grace Kelly by M.G. Callahan

Cynthia Searching for Grace KellyThe story opens with a young lady taking the stairs to the roof of a hotel. We then meet three very different women lodging at the Barbizon, a women-only hotel in New York. We get a glimpse into their lives as they try to fulfill their dreams. Which one is the lady waiting to jump?
The story flows well and the author has authentically created the setting and time period. The ending is however a bit predictable.

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The fair fight by Anna Freeman

Cynthia The Fair FightSet in 1700s England, the story is told through the viewpoints of three people. The writer plunges you into the time period with great descriptions and the use of language – it is a world of culls, molls, swells and pugilists. It is sordid and brutal with touches of light. Most of the characters are not likeable but that does not mean they were not enjoyable to read about. It was also interesting to see the wide use of alcohol as a coping mechanism with all the characters – and it still plays its part in society today.

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Under the Spanish stars by Alli Sinclair

Cynthia Under the Spanish starsThis was a lovely romantic story set in two storylines; the present day and the Spanish Civil War. The dual storylines worked well together and contained a good mix of history, romance, travel and mystery. I think this story was so enjoyable because I had read Golden earrings by Belinda Alexander earlier in the year which covered the same topics and hence the subject matter and the Spanish terminiology were familiar, increasing my undestanding and enjoyment.

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The turning tide by C.M. Lance

Cynthia The Turning TideI enjoyed this story and characters mainly based around the WWII campaign in Timor. I love it when a story makes me experience a range of emotions throughout the story. It is a story on the horror of war and its aftermath, mateship, complicated families, love and ultimately hope. The story jumps time periods several times per chapter, sometimes throwing me off the flow of the story, but this is only a minor complaint.

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Terra nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Cynthia Terra NulliusI don’t want to give away too much about this thoughtful novel. It was completely different to the style of book I usually read. The author does a good job of grounding the reader into the story and then pulling you into something completely different. The concepts were therefore familiar to me at the beginning of the story, keeping me reading when things were revealed to be not as they seemed.

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