Book Review-Nowhere-Else

 

Nowhere Else

by

Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

 

Fiona McCallum’s Nowhere Else was inspired by a plane crash in the waters of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.  However, apart from using that crash as inspiration only. Everything else is a work of fiction.

Nowhere Else tells the story of Gold Walkley Award Winner, Nicola Harvey as she sorts out her life in the afterglow of her award-winning accomplishments, namely her Walkley and Gold Walkley for her story about the aforementioned plane crash that killed her adoptive parents.

Shortly after her win, her boss sends her to Nowhere Else, a small inland town, in South Australia to write a story about the ongoing drought.   The negatives of Nowhere Else are poor mobile phone and internet service and no five-star accommodation.  While the positives are friendly people and most all know Nicola’s name on her first day thanks to the bush telegraph.

While in Nowhere Else Nicola takes stock of Adelaide her love life and accidentally finds new love in Nowhere Else.

A letter arrives advising her who her biological parents are and they were once Nowhere Else residents.  Could they still live in or around Nowhere Else?

I listened to the audio version of Nowhere Else and found it thoroughly enjoyable.  It was a reasonably well-paced story that took no effort to identify the main characters, so as usual, kudos must be awarded to the narrator, Jennifer Vuletic, for an excellent narration of Nowhere Else.

***

I rated

Nowhere Else

as a

Four Star audiobook.

*** 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Nowhere Else

an average

of 3.72 stars,

from 494 ratings

and 55 reviews.

***

Nowhere Else

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Book Review-Making-Peace

 

Making Peace 

(Finding Hannah  #2)

by

Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

Making Peace is the story of Hannah and her group of friends and their support for each other.  As the story begins, it is just over twelve months after her parents and her husband were killed in a car crash.

 

Hannah has not been following the court case against the company that owned the truck which killed her family; however, she decides to visit the courthouse one day to see what is going on.   At the Courthouse, Hannah meets the driver of the truck that killed her parents and husband.  The driver has been exonerated of any blame for the accident. 

 

While Hannah has moved on with her life surrounded by her small group of friends, Peace, the truck driver, is still in the depths of despair.  Hannah decides to help Peace and his family in any way she can.   Some of her friends and acquaintances think Hannah’s attitude is quite odd until she points outs that nothing will return her loved ones. Therefore forgiveness is the best course of action.

I listened to the audio version of Making Peace and found it thoroughly enjoyable.  It was a reasonably well-paced story that took no effort to identify the mostly female main characters, so as usual, kudos must be awarded to the narrator, Miranda Nation, for an excellent narration of Making Peace.

 I have rated 

Making Peace

solid

Four Star audiobook.

****

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Making Peace

an average of 

3.77 stars

from 397 ratings

and 49 reviews 

****

Making Peace

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Meant-To-Be

 

Meant To Be 

(Button Jar  #3)

by

Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

Meant To Be carries where book 2 in the series left off. The main difference being that Meant To Be spans around a year, although that does include several months with the turn of a page.

Settling back into the farm with Jake sees Emily focussing on rebuilding her dream cottage, only not to be a bed and breakfast as initially planned.  Also in Meant To Be we finally see Emily standing up for herself, making her own decision.  Although she does still procrastinate and rely on friends and neighbours.  No spoilers…

David and Barbara are still her best friends an Emily comes to their rescue when they are facing a tough period in their lives and a little earlier Emily realises that she is not as alone as she first thought as local townsfolk rally to help with some of her projects.

Again, narrator Jennifer Vuletic must receive accolades for her narration of Meant To Be.  She has a remarkable vocal range assuming she provide all character voices.  I have commented more than once that a narrator can make or break an audiobook.

Fiona McCallum’s books are an easy read, set in Australia and often it is easy to identify with, or remember someone who was ‘just like that’ in my home town.

I like reading/listening to, Australian authors and stories and as previously mentioned Jennifer Vuletic is brilliant in making Wattle Creek come alive.

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Goodreads readers have rated

Meant To Be 

an average of 

3.95 stars

from 320 ratings and 37 reviews 

 I have rated 

Meant To Be

solidread.

Meant to Be : The Button Jar - Fiona McCallum

Meant To Be 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Time-Will-Tell

 

Time Will Tell 

(Button Jar  #2)

by

Fiona McCallum

Still small town Wattle Creek, Time Will Tell picks up where Saving Grace left off.  In fact both books only cover a period of about two months.

Emily struggles financially as she was bullied into signing a less than desirable financial settlement by husband John.  She regrets not consulting a lawyer and then repeats the same, or similar, mistake several more times.  In fact those times I found her decision making extremely frustrating.

Before the demise of her marriage, Emily had dreamed of opening a B&B in a small stone cottage on the farm, until John razed it to the ground.  This dream continued with her new home; however she was only renting, struggling and worrying about her finances, or lack thereof.

An option to purchase her rental, on good terms, was too good to pass and all seemed to be looking up, until….

Tragedy and a new love develop roughly, very roughly, about the same time.  Will the new love work out?  Only time will tell.

Again Narrator Jennifer Vuletic is to be showered with kudos for her narration and her character voices which aids greatly in identifying each character and therefore, the overall enjoyment of Time Will Tell.

Time Will Tell is book two of the Button Jar Trilogy and, therefore, is not my first nor will it be my last review of Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s work.

Goodreads readers have rated

Time Will Tell 

an average of 

3.93 stars

from 415 ratings and 56 reviews 

 I have rated 

Time Will Tell

solidread.

Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell 

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Book Review-Saving-Grace

 

Saving Grace 

(Button Jar  #1)

by

Fiona McCallum

Set in small town Wattle Creek, Saving Grace tells the story of Emily who marries John, the wealthy farmer’s son, and is supposed to live happily ever after.  It takes Emily three years to discover suitor John and husband John are divides apart.

Fortunately, or unfortunately it does not take her that long to realise the she does not want him to be father of her children.

She leaves John after he fires a shot at her only friend on their farm, her newly acquired Border Collie pup, Grace, who was out doing what Border Collie pups do…looking at some sheep.

Emily’s mother disapproves of her marriage breakdown as much as she approved her daughter ‘catching’ the wealthy farmer’s son.  Fortunately a new friend Barbara lends her the support she needs and helps set up a new home.

Narrator Jennifer Vuletic has to be applauded for her narration and her character voices.   Jennifer made the characters come to life.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Saving Grace and could identify with some of the small town issues attributed to Wattle Creek.

 

Saving Grace is not my first nor will it be my last as Saving Grace is Book one of a Button Jar Trilogy.  If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

Goodreads readers have rated

Saving Grace

an average of 

3.81 stars

from 630 ratings and 79 reviews 

 I have rated 

Saving Grace

solidread.

Saving Grace

Saving Grace 

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