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Personal / by Child, Lee,

Publication: London : Bantam Press, 2014 . 432 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

A very satisfactory tale of international intrigue and more dead baddies than you can shake a stick at! Added 14/12/2014 by Kath

Rosalee station / by Magro, Mandy,

Publication: Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin Books, 2012 . 281 p. ; 20 cm. Date: 2012

Not much to say about this book but do Australian farmers really talk like that? Not the ones I've met. This book consists of more slang than standard language and I found it very hard to cope with. No more, please!

Chocolate cake for breakfast / by Hawkins, Danielle,

Publication: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Arena/Allen & Unwin, 2013 . 360 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2013

A romantic and humorous yarn telling the story of a young and somewhat unsure of herself, lady vet and a gorgeous young man who is an All Black and a male model plus being an all-round nice guy. Despite the somewhat unlikely setting, this is a great book. Ms Hawkins has a very deft touch and the humour had me laughing out loud on occasions. The country vet bits are very true and she seems to have a spy in the All Blacks camp. Well done, Ms Hawkins, please write some more!

Beneath an Irish sky / by Connor, Isabella,

Publication: Camberley, Surrey : Choc Lit Ltd, 2013 . 414 pages ; 20 cm. Date: 2013

Isabella Connor is the pen name for a writing duo and quite new to me. This book chronicles the storyof the wealthy and almost aristocratic Stewart family and their involvement with the Kiernan family of Irish tinkers or travelling people. Jack Stewart's wife, a Kiernan, had left him shortly after their marriage some twenty years ago and now has been killed in a road accident, leaving a 20 year old son, Luke, who hates his putative father, Jack Stewart. With a few, easily followed, flashbacks we slowly come to understand the reasons for the strong feelings which both these men hold. With the help of friends, especially an Irish counsellor, the difficulties and misunderstandings are slowly resolved. Well written in a style easy to follow, this is a very believable tale. I will be looking for more from this author (s). Well recommended

Around India in 80 trains / by Rajesh, Monica,

Publication: London : Nicholas Brealey, 2012 . xix, 248 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2012

This book is a delight! Monisha has largely grown up in England, but returns to India to embark on a 40,000km adventure in all sorts of trains - city commuter-crowded, rural hospital, mountain tiny, large luxury - all sorts! She meets all sorts of people too and they tell her all sorts of stories. Well-written, witty humorous and enjoyable . Added 19/11/2014 by Heather

Nest / by Simpson, Inga,

Publication: . 296 pages ; 21 cm.

Jen is an artist who returns after some personal difficulties to the small town where she grew up. She lives in a property where she enjoys the garden and the birds. She has a drawing student who tells her about a little girl who has gone missing. This brings back uncomfortable memories for Jen and leads her to finally work through some personal issues. A heart-warming and lovely book Added 19/11/2014 by Heather

Blackpeak Station / by Ford, Holly,

Publication: Auckland, N.Z. : Black Swan, 2012 . 312 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2012

Holly Ford is a new author for me and I quite enjoyed this book of hers. Set in the South Island high country, it tells the story of a high country station and, in particular, the daughter of the family who only wants to be a farmer, despite difficulties. Add in the usual problems encountered on a sheep station plus quite a dash of romance, a villain you just know is not honest and you have this book. Well written and either well researched or, perhaps, Ms Ford knows the high country. Recommended to all those who like books set in NZ.

Ultimate celebration cards : over 200 card designs for special occasions throughout the year /

Publication: Cincinnati, OH : David & Charles, 2008 . 184 p. : 28 cm. Date: 2008

I enjoyed leafing through and choosing designs to try. Not all the occasions likely to be relevant ( USA book ) but plenty to think about. Added 22/10/2014 by

Bugs / by Hereaka, Whiti,

Publication: . 242 p. ; 19 cm.

I longed for the 3 young people to realize their potential. I waited in fear as they put themselves in danger. I was grateful for some good news at the end. Some interesting and hard-hitting insights. Coarse language warning. Added 22/10/2014 by

The fault in our stars / Ages 14+ by Green, John,

Publication: New York : Dutton Books, 2012 . 318 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2012

I knew what was coming at the end. SAD! But can't help wondering what happens to Hazel and Issac? Loved the book! Added 21/10/2014 by

Heartland / by Pattrick, Jenny,

Publication: . 328 pages ; 24 cm.

A heartwarming tale set in Heartland NZ. Manawa, a small rural settlement in the shadow of Ruapehu. It used to be a bustling logging town but now seems to be inhabited by the sad remnants of modern life. They battle bureaucracy, weekend 'townies' and the weather but look out for each other in their own brand of community spirit. A reminder of how things used to be. Added 21/10/2014 by Kath

The destiny of Violet and Luke / by Sorensen, Jessica,

Publication: London : Sphere, 2014 . 213 pages ; 22 cm. Date: 2014

Unexpected ending looking forward to the next book. Added 21/10/2014 by

New Zealand and the First World War : 1914-1919 / by Fenton, Damien,

Publication: . 111 pages ; 30 cm

Sad that it should have happened. Added 20/10/2014 by

The redeemer / by Nesbø, Jo,

Publication: London : Vintage, 2009 . 571 p. : 20 cm. Date: 2009

Confusing: No flow. Added 20/10/2014 by

The sugar camp quilt / by Chiaverini, Jennifer,

Publication: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005 . 306 p. ; 22 cm. Date: 2005

Enjoyed it. Wanted to keep reading! Added 20/10/2014 by

Stolen / by Pearse, Lesley,

Publication: London : Michael Joseph, 2010 . 386 p. : 28 Date: 2010

A bit far fetched in some parts. Added 20/10/2014 by

The informationist : a thriller / by Stevens, Taylor,

Publication: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, 2011 . 307 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2011

Great story. Good reading / hard book to put down. Plenty of fast action. Added 20/10/2014 by

Takedown twenty / by Evanovich, Janet,

Publication: [New York] : Random House Large Print, 2013 . 352 p. (large print) ; 24 cm. Date: 2013

This is the funniest book I think I have ever read. Enjoyment was great. Added 20/10/2014 by

Curious : true stories and loose connections / by Front, Rebecca,

Publication: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014 . 248 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

All interesting stories on a variety of subjects. Added 20/10/2014 by

The kashmir shawl / by Thomas, Rosie,

Publication: London : HarperCollins, 2011 . 468 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2011

I was enthralled. Added 20/10/2014 by

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