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The Tailor’s Girl


Fiona McIntosh

The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh is the best book I have read this year; maybe all time.  Romance is combined with the trauma suffered by a returned World War 1 soldier who is suffering amnesia and shell shock, as it was known back then.  Jonesy, as the staff called him, is hospitalised towards the end of World War 1, and has no memory of anything prior to waking up in this establishment.

A friendly visitor (Eden) helps him escape from the hospital and he begins life again. Romance blooms, followed by marriage and a pregnancy.  Suddenly Alex is reborn with only flashes of memory and noises to remind him of those lost years.

The Tailor’s Girl was a thoroughly enjoyable novel.  It was well-paced and more than once I found myself sitting in our garage listening to the end of a chapter.

Narrator, Madeleine Leslay, made the nearly sixteen hours of this novel pass so quickly, it seemed more like a 7-8 hour book.

The only negative comment is that I enjoyed The Tailor’s Girl so much it has been difficult to find a ‘next read’ that will hold my attention.

The Tailor’s Girl is definitely a five-star audiobook

Other Goodreads readers have rated

 The Tailor’s Girl

an average of 4.09 stars,

from 1,135 ratings

and 138 reviews.

Definitely a



The Tailor’s Girl

is the first novel to make

‘my favourites’ list in 2019.

The Tailor’s Girl

can be purchased on-line at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon.





A mixture of Local and South African birds,

with the African birds identified as such.

New Holland Honey Eater…

…and Grevillea flower.

South African

Bateleur Eagle

Captured at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Wedge Tail Eagle


South African


Captured at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Pigeon in our backyard


New Holland Honey Eater


Cygnets and parents


Wordless Wednesday22_0928-Golden-Plains


About fifteen minutes driving

North West of Geelong…


…You will come to a Shire known as Golden Plains

This is one time of year it lives up to its name. 

The other time would be mid-summer when

all cereal crops (oats, wheat etc) have

been harvested and the grasses have

died off in the summer heat.