Book Bingo Round 12


Book Bingo time again. This week I chose the crime square, I don’t read much crime, but I’ve been reading a series by Carol Wyer over the past year and her new book just came out. Book 3 in the Natalie Ward series is called The Dare.

The Dare

My review for the dare can be found here I think this is a really good series, so if you enjoy crime, give it a go.

So, I’m nearly halfway through the bingo card. I wonder what I can read for next fortnights square. If anyone can recommend a book for the square Nonfiction book about an event that I might enjoy , I’d love to hear your ideas.

Til next time, happy reading.


Monthly Challenge Update – May 2019

So this month was a crazy reading month, I worked away for nearly 2 weeks which gave me masses of time to read, then I took a mental health week where I sat around reading and doing art. So this month I read 30 books, I think I need to slow down and find another passion.

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17 of those books were written by Australian women bringing my total for the AWW Challenge to 75, I may or may not have reached my goal in this, I’ll have to go back and take a look at what number I set myself.

The Goodreads challenge is 125/200 making me comfortablly ahead of my goal.

IMG_20190525_134048Book bingo is going well with 13/30 squares marked off and plenty of time to fill in the rest.

My Aussie Author challenge was finished last month, I still have to go on the website and link my books. I’ve been a bit slack.

I read some really fantastic books this month, I have 4 standouts of which you can click on to read my reviews incase you missed them. A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird , The Lost Boy by Rachael Wright, these two affected me emotionally quite deeply. The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair and Under a Midnight Sky by Anna Romer were both wonderful reads also.

Until next month, happy reading.

Book Review: A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird

I have just finished a story that has touched my heart and soul so deeply. I cried bucket loads for nearly half the book, and I can’t stop crying. It’s not all sad crying, there’s healing in these tears, healing, happiness and hope. I moved from one emotion to the next, on to the next, and found I couldn’t and didn’t want to put the book down.

“Grammy doesn’t wipe my face, but she moves her chair closer. She says you shouldn’t wipe people’s tears away because they have the right to cry them. Instead you should sit beside them so they don’t have to cry alone.” 

davI’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that touched me so much, and that’s saying something because I’ve read a lot of books. This was an incredibly powerful story, incredibly written and inspired and brave. This book has some amazing lines and words to live by. Grammy and Silver Willa have some of the best things to pass on to us.

“Believing impossible stuff is the start of how we make it possible.”

Three Willa’s, aged 8, 33 & 93. Three Willa’s who have lived through trauma, and are all still dealing with that trauma at different stages of their lives. It’s a story of magic, magic from a jar with an ocean inside and magic from within, magic we aren’t always aware we have inside us.

I fell in love with 93-year-old Silver Willa from the first page, with her fabulous gumboots and her fading memories. She’s such a character and has some wonderful lines, all the while trying to remember some very important things that she writes in her notebook. Willa is on a mission, when she can remember that is.

Ninety-three is the kind of age that has infinite potential to shock and annoy people. I’m fabulously old enough to wear red with purple, spots with stripes. To say whatever flitters into my head and pretend I haven’t the faintest clue why people are huffing and puffing. To need sensible shoes and then turn around and buy yellow gumboots.”

Middle Willa was the hardest character for me to like to begin with, but she definitely left her mark on my heart by the end of it. Middle Willa is still trying to deal with her childhood trauma and it is a struggle to do this. Middle Willa’s two children are great, especially Eli who can see the magic that happens with the house and the ocean in the garden that comes from a jar.

8-year-old Super Gumboots Willa is a child full of potential and imagination, who uses her stories to survive those things that are too hard to remember. This small girl has a huge heart and is so full of a mix of emotions.

We travel through this story, uncovering the past and the present from the three Willa’s viewpoints. At times heartbreaking and at others life-affirming, the journey is one that will stay with me.

“I’m going to tell you something. It took me too long to deal with the hurt my father caused me. Your mother was grown and married to your father before I could see how little I knew about letting Shane go and loving myself. Instead, I gave all these wounded lessons to your mother as a child and she in turn gave them to you. Oh, what a marvellous job we all do of passing brokenness down through the generations. Maybe you don’t want to keep that particular tradition? “

I do want to say there are some definite triggers in this novel, so just be aware when you are picking it up.

A wonderfully brave and powerful story that I can’t recommend enough. Thank you to Tabitha Bird and Penguin Books Australia for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.



Book Review: The Dare by Carol E Wyer

This is book 3 in the Detective Natalie Ward series and I have thoroughly enjoyed each book and am looking forward to at least two more in this series that I know she has written and are waiting to be published.

The Dare‘The Dare’ is called Disappear, and found on an online website which is encouraging people to disappear for 1 or more days, teenagers are all for doing crazy dares, but this one is leaving their loved ones to completely freaked out with worry. Are the children doing the dare or is it something more serious. 

This story had so many twists and false leads during the hunt for the person who is kidnapping and murdering children, that everyone was a suspect.  Natalie is still having problems at home, I personally think she should cut and run, but she is a good mum, who is worried about how the conflict with her husband is affecting her children. She’s now also concerned for her daughter’s safety with this criminal on the loose and being a typical teenager, she’s not being very communicative.

As Natalie tries to figure out how the children are connected, we get little pieces of the killers past and his thoughts in short chapters interspersed through the story.

Carol Wyer had me guessing until the end who it was that was the killer, with so many people acting suspiciously and keeping secrets, Detective Natalie Ward has a big job to sort it all out in time.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.


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New Release Book Review: The Lost Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn

The Lost Letters of Esther Durrant is a dual timeline novel set in both 1951 & 2017. The book starts in 1951 with Esther’s husband taking her on a supposed holiday to the Scilly Islands, I was horrified at the turn of events when it turns out he is committing her to an asylum. I had to put the book down I was that disturbed that a husband could have the power to do something so underhanded. I felt Esther’s shock and disbelief in what was happening to her.

The lost lettersIn 2017 we have two separate stories, the first being Rachel, a marine scientist who gets a job on one of the Scilly islands and when an accident occurs she comes across some letters from 1952 addressed, but never sent to Esther. Rachel is very curious and touched by the letters and decides to try track down Esther and find out who wrote the letters.

We also meet Esther and her granddaughter Eve, Esther is telling Eve her life story for an autobiography of her life that they are writing.

The novel switches between the three storylines as we slowly uncover what happened to Esther on the island and learn the secrets she has been keeping for over 60 years.

Rachel was a tough character, afraid of getting close to people she flits from place to place, I found her interference with one of the characters in the story’s life to be wrong, even though she was coming from a place she thought was right. I really liked Jonah, one of the men living on the island that Rachel moves to, I found him such a warm and thoughtful guy and loved the way he pushed Rachel to think about her life and what she was doing with it.

There are many secrets uncovered in this novel and a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. I loved how Esther became a mountaineer, which back in the 50’s would have been nearly unheard of for a wife and mother. After all Esther had been through, she led an interesting life. The ability of a husband to commit his wife still leaves me cold, no matter what the reasons for him doing it, I can’t get over this fact, no discussion, nothing, Esther’s power and choices were completely taken away from her at this time. Thank goodness this is one thing that has changed since then.

This was a highly enjoyable story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Book Review: Edge of the Blue by Darry Fraser

Darry Fraser has written a really enjoyable novella that is the start of a series that highlights the environmental issues that are happening on Kangeroo Island, also known as Australis Island in this book.

For a short story, Darry has managed to fill it with great characters and relationships Edge of the bluewhilst focusing on the danger of so-called progress. In this novel, an oil company is trying to come in and drill and Jed and his team are determined to stop them. We have holidayers Leonie and her children along with her brother who is part of the oil company who are on the island as the fight is happening.

We learn about the plight of the dolphins and other marine life and the damage even the exploration can cause to this fragile ecosystem. I loved the characters in this story and the changes that happened to Leonie and her children as they interact with the dolphins and Jed’s team.

We all need to keep fighting for our environment in any way we can. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.


About the Book: Troubled marine biologist Jed Deveraux and his team of citizen scientists, Australis Island Dolphin Watch, are head-to-head with a bunch of mainland researchers who should be on the same side. If they can’t agree on how to protect their precious sea life and ocean, how can they face the real enemy, Pete Balfour from Contour Oil? If his company’s proposal for oil drilling goes ahead, sure destruction of marine life habitat will occur, wiping out the pristine oasis of Australis Island’s waters.

Meanwhile, researcher Roxie is tired of her boss’s wandering hands; Rob wants to hide his face from the world; Leonie wants to protect her traumatised daughter, Angie, from more emotional harm. And desire always plays its part, even when horns are locked in battle.

Will a pod of beached dolphins help Angie find her voice? Can Jed control his temper long enough to make a difference for his island? And is Roxie a traitor to the cause?

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Book Bingo Round 11: Romance


Book Bingo time again. I had a lot of books to choose from this week, plenty of romances read this year. I chose The Soccer Player and the Single Mum by Kyra Jacobs.

IMG_20190525_134602I enjoyed this lightheaded romance. I enjoyed the banter and the chemistry between Felicity and Scott. The buildup of their relationship was at times fun and at times serious, but I liked they way they both learnt something from it. Tyler was a great kid and I loved the way he helped change Scott’s behaviour. Scott’s grandmother, Edna, was a great character, full of the quirkiness and cunning elderly people often have. Dreams can change and we need to make sure we don’t miss out on life by being afraid of that change.

I’m nearly half way through the bingo card, I wonder what book I’ll find for the next square.