5/5 stars from me!
My bookclub’s rating: 9.5/10
Following the death of her husband, Lili has finally resumed a ‘normal life’ as a working mother (successful illustrator) of two girls. When Lili is commissioned to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia, she agrees to attend a gardening class. It is here where she nurtures both plants and friendships.
This book was a very easy and pleasant read – it made me smile! A lot of characters but not too hard to grasp. Also quite a different concept – I have never read a fiction book about a gardening Mum. I really enjoyed the chapter openings which consist of an information page about how to grow different vegetables.
Wow – I want to go to the Whitsundays! Seaton’s descriptions of the area are amazing and I could easily picture myself there. I mean who wouldn’t want to be on a beautiful tropical beach right now?! As an ecologist myself I also really enjoyed the topic around saving the Reef. This was my first Annie Seaton novel and I would be keen to read another.
Olivia Sheridan works for her Father’s company and travels to the Whitsundays to deliver a presentation to the local community about a proposed project in the area. After exploring the area herself and meeting the locals, Olivia begins to question her father’s intentions.
The story of Olivia (or Liv) is told in parallel with a story based in the 1940s. One of a family on the Whitsunday Islands and their struggles during World War 2. The contrast of the two different lives is an eye opener and I am certainly grateful to be living in 2018.
While not a page turner initially for me (but a nice read nonetheless) I was soon turning pages quickly in the second half. I am not sure I would have chosen the book based on the cover but the title is a good reflection.
This book is full of romance, loss, friendships and hardships. I really liked this novel and would like to thank Beauty and Lace as well as Harlequin Australia for the opportunity to read and review this book. Review first posted on the Beauty and Lace review page.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – your child going missing…. That sinking feeling when you can’t see them for a minute in a shopping centre, let alone them disappearing for hours on end from day-care – the one place you think is safe! This is what Emma Cardwell (star of breakfast show Cuppa) and her husband Brandon face one evening when their 17-month-old daughter is nowhere to be found.
I got a Kindle for Christmas and decided to christen it with this book “Lost Without You” by Rachael Johns, while I was on the beach at Double Island Point (Queensland). Such a great beach read – easy, light and enjoyable – it took me less than a week to read! This is the third book of Rachael Johns’ I have read and I have loved them all (having read The Greatest Gift last Christmas and The Art of Keeping Secrets).
I am not sure how Johns does such a great job of weaving in multiple characters and stories but she does and it all makes sense! This book is a story of four women who are connected via a 1980s wedding dress. I loved the references to the 80s and it made me picture my parents wedding which I am sure featured ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ by Phil Collins as well as the lace and puffy sleeves! I felt so many emotions when reading this and really felt for each of the characters and the predicaments they were all in. Highly recommend this one (along with the others I have also read).