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

can be purchased online

at

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Teach Me

(The Wolf Hotel #3)

by

Nina West

aka – K. A. Tucker

        
Teach Me
(Wolf Hotels #3), by Nina West, continues after Abbi’s father has had a farming accident.   Leaving her job at Wolf Cove to fly home to Pennsylvania, she has resigned herself to spending the next twenty hours on planes or in airports.  Arriving in Homer she steps off the ferry and immediately finds she is being offered a ride to the airport.  Not the airport she was destined for, but a private airport.  The Wolf Airport.

Once home Abbi again has to face her mother’s wrath, conveniently overlooking all the good Henri had done for the Mitchell family in their time of need.   Mother Mitchell (Bernadette) only had eyes for Jed as a life partner for Abbi, not caring that Abbi and Jed had split because Jed cheated on Abbi.

By this stage, the editing was beginning to annoy me.  Simple words were being left out of the text left right and centre.

For example; straight from the text this sentence reads;

“I smile as reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

Whereas I think either of these alternatives reads much better and makes more sense:

“I smile as (I) reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

“I smile (and) reach up to unfasten the top button of my dress.”

I have one final question to put to the panel;

‘How did Henri acquire rough, calloused, hands?’

There are several references to his calloused hands, however, the only times I have ever seen callous hands was after heavy manual labour and I have chopped enough wood in my life to know that he did not get callouses from the bit he chopped up in book one.

Teach Me moves along at a good pace, however, there were many times when I felt that there could have been a bit more to the plot other than lengthy descriptions of Abbi’s and Henri’s ‘bedroom’ antics.

I have rated

Teach Me

as a three-star read.

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Teach Me

an average of 4.13 stars

from 6,352 ratings

and 399 reviews.

Teach Me

can be purchased online at

Amazon‎,

Booktopia, and Fishpond

 

 

 

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Break Me

(The Wolf Hotel #2)

by 
 

Nina West


Break Me
 (Wolf Hotels #2) virtually commences the day after Nina West’s Tempt Me ends.  Abbi continues with her duties as Henry Wolf’s personal assistant leading up to the opening of the Wolf Cove Hotel, a new addition to the Wolf Chain of Hotels.  An opening where many of the guests are gorgeous and drooling after Henry.  This coupled with Henry’s brother Scott and his lies all create a perfect storm to fuel Abbi’s insecurities and she becomes insanely jealous.  Particularly, after Abbi, sees Henry escorting not one, but two lovely ladies back to their accommodation.  

After the opening and after a predictable argument, Henry cuts his summer short and leaves Alaska, but not before he has transferred Abbi to her first preference; the outdoor crew.  There she reconnects with Ronan and Connor, her workmates for the rest of the summer.

 

It appears all is over between Abbi and Henry until Abbi receives a phone call from home that turns her world upside down.  And that is where Henry, and his resources, step in to ease her pain.

 

Break Me moves along at a good pace, however, there were many times when I felt that there could have been a bit more to the plot than the characters portrayed.

 

******

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Break Me

an average of 4.12 stars

from 5,057 ratings

and 398 reviews.

***

I think

Break Me

is a


read.

Break Me

can be purchased online at

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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 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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Hidden In Plain Sight

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

Hidden In Plain Sight follows on after Nothing Ventured with William continuing his good work in the police force.  Hidden In Plain Sight opens at the same cracking pace that Nothing Ventured attained and that which is expected from a Jeffery Archer novel.

William is progressing through the ranks and finds himself with a Drug Squad that is trying to catch to of the major drug importers in London.  One of the targets is Miles Faulkner who has a 4 year suspended sentence hanging over his head courtesy of the judiciary system in Nothing Ventured.  The other villain in Hidden in Plain Sight is Khalil Rashidi.  Rashidi is a drug dealer, of note, operating out of South London.

Faulkner and Rashidi meet and bond in Pentonville Prison where they bot being held pending their respective trials.  All the while Christina, Faulkner’s, soon to be, ex-wife is angling to have Faulkner’s 73 paintings, which for his entire art collection held locally, included in her divorce settlement.

Faulkner is soon in a courtroom again where again Booth Watson is his adversary

Although Sir Julian does not think of women being good enough to be a QC he does appoint Grace as his junior, where she earns some respect from her father.

I rated

Hidden In Plain Sight

as a

Four Star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Hidden In Plain Sight

an average of 3.98 stars

from 9,853 ratings

and 793 reviews.

***

Hidden In Plain Sight

can be purchased online at 

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Dark Side of the Harbour

by

Jennifer Bacia

 

Dark Side of the Harbour is the story of Rose and Margot who befriend each other while working at David Jones in Sydney’s Central Business District.  Rose is the reserved country girl while Margot is more worldly.  Their friendship eventually leads them to share a flat.

A nearby coffee bar proves to be the ideal place to meet two Polish immigrants.  As their friendship grows Stefan and Josef open the women’s eyes to the harsh reality of the Second World War.  Rose and Stefan’s romance is hindered by lingering War traumas and Margot wants more than a penniless Polish immigrant for a life partner.

More than two decades pass before an aspiring journalist lands herself a job with an investigative current affairs show.  Her first story is to investigate, if possible, a cold case that was solved with the flimsiest of evidence and very little investigation by the police.  The new investigation has locals and police alike on edge, while still others who have remained silent for so long, at last, tell their side of the story

The Dark Side of the Harbour may possibly have been a better read than the audio version to which I listened.

However, as the sixties were my teen years I found Dark Side of the Harbour an interesting and enjoyable story and I hope to read more of Ms Bacia’s works this year.

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

****

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

 

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

***

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

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Secrets of Silvergum

by

Mandy Magro

Mandy Magro’s Secrets of Silvergum was my seventh of this author’s books and as usual, it is set in rural Queensland inland from Cairns.

Secrets of Silvergum is a romance that begins with a one night stand between Emma and Zane when they were just seventeen.  For family reasons, Zane headed to America and its professional bull riding circuit.

Fast forward sixteen years later, Zane still does not know he has a daughter, Rylie, from this liaison when he receives news that his adoptive father, Peter has died.  Zane was never good enough for his father and for that reason Zane opted to leave Australian shores.

Emma and Zane both have feelings for each other and both think it will go nowhere after all this time.  Therefore, they both skirt the issue when they meet up after Zane arrives back at the family farm near Silvergum for his father’s funeral.

Emma decides she can now tell Riley and Zane about each other when she is met with a message from the grave.  But can this message of blackmail hold any weight?  Will it throw Emma’s plans into disarray?   Or will there be a happy ever after in Emma and Zane’s futures?

I think Secrets of Silvergum to be the most enjoyable of Mandy Magro’s books so far.

I rated

Secrets of Silvergum

 as a three-star audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Secrets of Silvergum

an average of 4.07 stars

from 171 ratings

 and 19 reviews

Secrets of Silvergum

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Running-Wild

Running Wild

(Wild,#3)

by

K. A. Tucker

***

In K. A. Tucker’s Running Wild Calla and Jonah, stars of previous books in the Wild series, only play supporting roles, to veterinarian Marie.   Marie was keen on Jonah Before Calla arrived in Alaska; however, her feelings were never reciprocated.  Jonah simply looked upon Marie as a good friend and upon Calla’s arrival, Jonah looked no further.

When a new musher arrives in town Marie is adamant that she will never find anyone like Jonah.   Tyler is handsome, arrogant and spiteful.  In fact, his only redeeming feature according to Marie is his love of is dogs.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race provides an ideal backdrop for veterinarian Marie and musher Tyler to overcome that initial first impression.   With first impressions behind them, you would think that the road to true love was a smooth transition.  This could not be further from the truth.  And with her biological time clock working overtime, Marie has to decide if Tyler is the man of her dreams and, therefore, worth the wait?  Will Tyler be able to overcome his past and love Marie the way she loves him?

As with previous wild books Running Wild moves along at a cracking page-turner pace.

I rated

Running Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Running Wild

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Running Wild

an average of 4.28 stars

from 4,968 ratings

and 887 reviews.

***

Forever  Wild

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 ***

Book Review-Three-Woman-Disappear

Three Woman Disappear

by

James Patterson

*****

 

Many years ago I was a James Paterson fan; however it is only about one in seven books that rate a four star rating during the past 5 years.  Three Women Disappear is no exception.

An accountant (Anthony) with connections to organised crime is stabbed in his own kitchen.  Three women (his wife, Anna; his maid, Serena; and his personal chef, Sarah) were in the house at the time and all three fled the scene as all three had a motive for wanting him dead.

Sara is married to Sean, the homicide detective investigating the murder.  Sean is a bad husband and a good cop.

I will concede that I listened to Three Woman Disappear while working on my computer…the same as I do with many of my books.  However, I still couldn’t follow the storyline and cannot tell you whether the story was about all three women travelling together, or whether it was each individuals’ story.

By comparison, Come and Get Us, a bonus story included with the Three Women Disappear recording, was far easier to listen to and follow.

I have rated

Three Woman Disappear 

as a


audiobook/read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Three Woman Disappear

an average of 3.62 stars

from 6,009 ratings

and 434 reviews.

***

Three Woman Disappear

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-The-Horsewoman

The Horsewoman

by

James Patterson

*****

The Horsewoman is the first collaborative effort between Patterson and Lupica; and arguably Patterson’s best book for a few years.  Or perhaps, although I don’t think so, it simply timing.  A novel with the plot goal being the 2024 Paris Olympics Equestrienne events, read during the 2022 Winter Olympics, was always bound to be a sure-fire winner with me.  In the Northern Hemisphere Summer of 2024, Paris is destined to host its third Summer Olympic Games.

The Horsewoman tells the story of the Attwood women, Grandmother Caroline, her Daughter Maggie and youngest of all twenty-one-year-old (Granddaughter) Becky McCabe.

Naturally, there is always a villain, who happens to be very, very, wealthy and while knowing nothing of horses, is able to purchase the lion’s share of a champion horse, Coronado.  A severe accident sees Maggie in hospital for several weeks prior to team selection.   This is when Becky take her mother’s ride, at least for a while.

However, it is Becky’s horse Sky, which turns out to be the hero of the story.  A much smaller horse than Coronado,  Sky has a huge heart;  a heart which may well take them to a successful Olympic campaign.

The Horsewoman moves along at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing.

I have rated

The Horsewoman

as a

four-star

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Horsewoman

an average of 4.11 stars

from 2,630 ratings

and 188 reviews.

***

The Horsewoman

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon