A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird tells the unforgettable story of Willa Waters aged eight, 33 and 93. In 1965, eight-year-old Willa receives a mysterious box. Inside is a jar of water and the instructions: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ In doing so, Willa creates a time portal that allows her to visit her future selves.
In 1990, Willa is 33, a wife and the mother of two small boys. She’s dealing with dark memories from her tragic childhood. When she encounters her eight-year-old self in the garden it sends her spiralling out of control.
Whisper Network by lawyer turned author Chandler Baker has been compared to Big Little Lies and I can see why, but it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Set in a Dallas law firm, it follows four female characters through the before, during and aftermath of a life-changing experience. Sloane, Grace and Ardie are all attorneys (and friends) dealing with work and personal issues. Rosalita is a cleaner working at the company who will also be affected by what’s about to happen.
At the heart of their work issues is their boss Ames whose past behaviour has impacted them all. When a new female lawyer joins their team, things are about to go downhill fast. Continue reading →
Beartown by Fredrik Backman is one of those books I’ve been seeing around everywhere for a long time. When I discovered a copy at a second-hand book sale I went to recently, I finally picked it up.
Beartown is a small, struggling town nestled deep in the forest in Sweden. But this sporting town felt like it could be anywhere – in Canada, America, even Australia if you swapped hockey for rugby league. Beartown doesn’t have much going for it besides its ice hockey team. The townspeople’s lives revolve around the ice rink and the fortunes of their team echoes the fortunes of the town.
This season a win by the junior hockey team in the national championships could change everything for the teenage players, the club management and trainers, their families and the rest of the town.
Gone by Midnightby Candice Fox is the third book in a crime series set in far north Queensland. I read the first book Crimson Lake earlier this year and absolutely love it, so went on to read the second book Redemption Point. I recommend that you start with these two books before reading Gone by Midnight. But it can be read as a stand-alone book if you want to. Just realise that there will be spoilers from book one and two in it.
This crime series is set in the fictional far north Queensland town of Crimson Lake near Cairns. It follows disgraced ex-cop and falsely imprisoned Ted Conkaffey, now turned Private Investigator, and his convicted killer and eccentric partner Amanda Pharrell. Amanda is quirky, heavily tattooed, has no filter and is a brilliant investigator. Ted is a more by-the-book investigator, but his life has been changed forever after being jailed for a heinous crime he didn’t commit which turned him into one of the most hated people in Australia. In Gone by Midnight he is trying to live a normal life, do his job, and look after his small daughter on her first approved visit to stay with him. His ex-wife is visiting a wellness retreat nearby. Continue reading →
Dating You Hating You is very much in the same vein as The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and is your classic flirty foes storyline in a workplace setting. I really enjoyed it. Carter and Evie are Hollywood talent agents from rival agencies who are introduced by mutual friends at a Halloween party (they both dress as Harry Potter characters). They hit it off despite the rivalry and it seems they are heading into a budding romance. BUT then their rival agencies suddenly merge. They are told by their mutual boss that there might only be one position for them in the new company. So suddenly everything is very complicated as they are pitted against each other for the job. Continue reading →
While You Were Reading is the second book by Melbourne-based co-authors, Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. If you don’t know, Ali and Michelle are the book loving brains behind the Books on the Railinitiative where book ninjas like myself are sent books by publishers to hand out on public transport around Australia. I was sent a copy of this book for review and so I could participate in the #whileyouwerereadingblogtour.
While You Were Reading is a love story dedicated to book lovers, reading and Melbourne. After reading this delightful book, I feel like booking an impromptu weekend in Melbourne to explore all the trendy cafes and book stores mentioned in the novel. Continue reading →
The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal was an emotional and beautifully written book. It tells the story of Mona, slipping backwards from the present day to the past. In the present day, Mona is about to celebrate her sixtieth birthday and this milestone has her thinking a lot about the past. She runs a business specialising in making dolls. She has friends and a good life, but there is sadness too from some tragedy in her past.
As a young girl, Mona grows up in Ireland, raised by her father after the untimely death of her mother. Like many young Irish people, she leaves Ireland for work, settling in Birmingham and meeting and falling in love with a young man named William. As the book goes back and forth between the past and present, you discover what happened between Mona and William and why Mona carries so much sadness around. Continue reading →
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren is a funny, romance read about two friends who go on a series of double-blind dates together. They are friends, just friends. Hazel is a elementary school teacher who’s a bit kooky. She has a lot of pets and very much marches to the beat of her own drum. She reminded me of Jessica Day from New Girl. Josh is Korean, smart, sensitive and hot. He met Hazel in college through a series of spectacular encounters. Ten years later they meet again when they discover that Hazel is friends with his teacher sister, Emily. Now that they are back in each other’s lives, Hazel decides they are going to be best friends. When Josh’s long-distance relationship breaks up, they decide to set each other up on dates – all with disastrous consequences. Continue reading →