Category Archives: Romance

cats pajamas July 27

2 A.M. at the cat’s pajamas

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino Post by Kyla from Local Studies. You may need to read the first couple of pages a few times to grasp that the main character is a jazz singing cigarette smoking shoulder shimmying nine year old who has recently lost her mother. While her father is […]

The Liar by Nora Roberts

I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years but the last trilogy The Cousins O’Dwyer was one I did not even finish. In this series you knew the villain would lose and the cousins would win. With hesitation I picked up The Liar, The main character Shelby’s husband Richard was declared missing at sea […]

There’ll Be Blue Skies by Ellie Dean

There’ll Be Blue Skies is a delightful read set in war time England with vivid details of that period. The characters are endearing and interesting, there is 16 year old Sally and her younger brother Ernie who has been struck down with Polio from an early age.  With dad being away at war and mum […]

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

The art of hearing heartbeats May 29

May online ebook club wrap up: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

This month we looked at a partial romance novel for our online ebook club. While I refer to it as a romance novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats byJan-Philipp Sendker is not the Mills and Boon type of romance. It is more an exploration of love and understanding – romantic and familial.


DELIRIUM is a beautifully woven tale of forbidden love with a unique modern twist. Set within a dystopian society love – amor delirium nervosa – is deemed a dangerous disease, illicit by the government requiring eradication. All citizens are obliged to undergo a mandatory disturbing surgical cure upon turning eighteen. A life without love ensures […]

May online ebook club: the art of hearing heartbeats

A successful New York lawyer disappears without a trace and the only clue as to his whereabouts lies in a love letter he wrote to a Burmese woman many years before. His daughter Julia, intent on solving the mystery of her father’s disappearance travels to the Burmese woman’s village.

White Gardenia

Our book club thoroughly enjoyed  White Gardenia by Belinda Alexandra. When we first meet the heroine of the novel, Anya, she is a 13 year old  living with her mother Alina Kozlova in Harbin, a haven for White Russian families since the Russian communist revolution. Their life together is shattered during the final days of […]


Jennifer Donnelly depicts an epic three part historical saga which begins its journey in East London, 1888. An old-fashioned story instilled with a modern sensibility of family destruction, revenge and murder, and the unceasing battle for love to triumph. The tale follows a hopeful Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, who aspires to […]

landline January 05

Holiday Read

Landline by Rainbow Rowell Georgie has stayed in Los Angeles while her husband Neal and her two daughters have gone to Omaha for Christmas.  No-one is especially happy with this arrangement but Georgie and her writing partner,  Seth, have found a producer interested in creating the TV series they have been writing and talking about […]


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