Category Archives: Romance

the goldfinch July 04

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Post by Rebecca. Where to start when writing about this incredible novel? I’d been wanting to sink my teeth into this brick-sized book since I read Donna Tartt’s brilliant but exhausting first novel, The Secret History. The Goldfinch (which is named after the Dutch painting of the same name which now […]

May 07

The Shoemaker’s wife

In 1905, young brothers Ciro and Eduardo are taken to the convent of San Nicola by their newly widowed mother. Ciro and Eduardo are robust, healthy mountain boys who know the value of brotherhood, are not afraid of hard work and appreciate the beauty of their village home in the Northern Italian Alps. As the chapters […]

May 02

The longest ride

The longest ride by Nicholas Sparks Post by Kahla. I loved how this book has two different stories, somehow crossing paths and making sense. Both love stories were beautiful in their different ways, which made the constant chapter/story changing easy to enjoy as I couldn’t wait to hear from the other couple after each memory/scene. I […]

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

E. M Forster’s novel published in 1910 portrays England at the turn of the 20th century. The story is told through the lens of three families and displays the life and attitudes of the middle class, showing the economic extremes of this particular group. Somewhere in the middle of this economic spectrum lies the Schlegel sisters […]

March 19

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Review submitted by an Elanora library staff member. For something totally different this book has it all. Historical fiction with a twist.  A tale that involves a mermaid, a merchant, a brothel and courtesans in Georgian London. As I write this it […]

December 08

The White Princess

The White Princess is a mini-series derived from the Philippa Gregory books and follows on from The White Queen (my review of The White Queen can be read here). You don’t necessarily have to watch the predecessor but I appreciated the follow through in the story arc. The White Princess begins two days after Richard III’s […]

November 15

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Shortly after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and into the elegant Hotel Metropol. Here, in an attic room that is blatantly demeaning to the social standing and culture of the count, he commences a life of house arrest. And so begins this wonderfully charming novel. […]

October 26

Rain music

Rain Music by Di Morrissey Ned Chisholm wanders far North Queensland writing his music. His sister, Bella, takes leave of her job in the big city and follows him north hoping to persuade him to attend an event to remember their father, but Ned is carrying a family secret and is avoiding his family. Weaving […]

August 22

The course of love

The Course of Love  by Alain de Botton. Post by Rebecca. Is it a love story, or is it a book about the psychology of marriage?  With this bestselling novel by popular philosopher Alain de Botton, you get both. You’ll find this book in the fiction section of the library, but it’s also full of perceptive […]

June 22

Monica McInerney – meet the author and read her latest novel – out now!

Are you an avid Monica McInerney reader? We’re very excited that the bestselling author is coming to Helensvale Library on Friday 7 July to launch her new book The Trip of a Lifetime! This free event runs from 6.30 to 8pm and places are strictly limited, so if you want to meet the author, book your […]