New Release! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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The Kiss Quotient #2
Helen Hoang
Romance
Allen & Unwin
July 2019
Paperback, Ebook
312

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions - like grief. And love. He thinks he's defective.

Khai's family, however, understand that his autism means he processes emotions differently. As he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can't turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme's time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he's been wrong all along. And there's more than one way to love.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

 


 

Book Review

Khai and Esme are placed together in an arranged marriage style pairing by Khai’s endearing mother, Cô Nga. Like anything, Khai’s mother has the best of intentions for her son, however, no best laid plan ever runs smooth does it? A story full of mentionable characters, such as Khai’s brother, Quan, who is an attention grabbing character in his own right within the narrative. (His character needs his own story. 😉 )

Every aspect of this book was driven by the heart, and for that reason, was a total attention grabbing read for this reader. The emotional roller coaster ride that Khai and Esme take only cements their vulnerability, raising the emotional fallout for readers. I cannot say enough how fabulous The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is to read. It is a book that I could gladly go back to again in the future and a read I would recommend.
Review copy received from Allen and Unwin

 

 

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New Release! Lawson’s Bend by Nicole Hurley-Moore

For a long time Lawson’s Bend had held little for Henny. Almost ten years ago she’d got out and vowed never to come back. But sometimes things change …

In the hot summer of 2008, Henny Bolton loses her best friend on a night they should have been celebrating their futures. It’s a loss about which she remains grief-stricken.

Right after the accident, Henny flees the small country town and true to her word, she’s not been back.

Stephen Drake never left Lawson’s Bend. He once had ambitions for a different life but staying close to family became more important after that tragic night.

But when Henny’s mother dies suddenly in a fall near the old quarry, and Henny is forced to return to Lawson’s Bend, it’s apparent that questions need to be asked. Was it really an accident?

Her plan was to get out of town again as quickly as possible. But then there is Stephen…

Lawson’s Bend by author Nicole Hurley-Moore is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

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New Release! The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane

It had been two long years since Lincoln Callahan had stood in front of the gates to Stringybark Creek. He was in the army then – a lifetime ago. Linc had always been the unsettled Callahan, looking for danger, the one who couldn’t wait to leave the family farm.

Linc’s little brother, Griffin, was the dependable son, the one who stayed at home, the one who did the right things. And, now, the one who has feelings for rebellious city girl, Cash Sullivan.

When Linc locks eyes with Cash at a family dinner, their swift attraction floors him. But Cash is his brother’s girlfriend … what is he thinking?

As Linc, Griff and Cash form an uneasy triangle, each of them have personal demons to face before they can open their hearts.

The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP, $29.99.

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New Release! I Can’t Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by Elias Greig

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Elias Greig
Humour & Gift
Allen & Unwin
1 December 2018
Paperback, Ebook
240

 

Synopsis:

As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pathos. Something about the often-fraught interaction between customer and worker, with the dividing line of the counter between them, loosens inhibitions, and has a kind of hot-house effect on eccentricity.

In I Can't Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue, veteran bookseller Elias Greig collects the best, worst and downright weirdest customer encounters from his years working as a Sydney bookseller. From ill-behaved children to nostalgic seniors and everything in between, this hilarious and unpredictable book is the perfect gift for anyone who's ever been on the wrong side of a counter.

I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by Elias Greig is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $19.99.

 

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My Thoughts On The Book

I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by author Elias Greig is a laugh out-out-loud read full of amusing, cringeworthy quips that bring out the smiles. The novel portrays moments in a bookseller's life that would leave many running for the hills, but which still entertain many in his plight. After all, who hasn't asked that question "I can't remember the title but the cover is...". An aptly named novel that is a nice, surprising read that should not be missed.
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Q&A With Fleur McDonald – Author of Where The River Runs

Today’s post features author Fleur McDonald, discussing her latest novel Where The River Runs. Where The River Runs is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

 

Detective Burrows has been a recurring character in some of your previous novels. Can you tell us a bit about his character?

Dave Burrows is a detective who is tenacious, has great integrity and loves his work. The modern day (2018) he’s married to Kim and lives in Barker, South Australia. In the Dave Burrows series, which is set back in the early 2000s, he’s married to Melinda and is a new Dad to Bec. He’s driven and rarely lets anything stop him from achieving the result needed to solve the crime.

What were some of the challenges in the writing process when writing this book?

I had spinal surgery in January and the due date for this book was the 1st of March. It was really difficult to write while I was on heavy pain relief which tended to addle my brain! I spent a lot of time writing while lying on my bed, with the electric blanket on my back and the fan blowing on me. It was a challenging time, but between the amazing people at Allen and Unwin and I, we got the novel finished! And now, here it is!

What is your favourite quote in your book?

‘The healing rain didn’t seem like it was about to let up for the night and for that she was grateful. She pulled up a chair and sat with her legs tucked up underneath her, enjoying the sounds of nature’s music.’

Can you tell us something about your book that is not already revealed in the synopsis?

Dave’s brother is critically injured in a farming accident and he has to work out whether he wants to go back and see Dean or stay in Barker.

Describe your perfect book heroine/hero?

Harry Bosch from Michael Connelly’s books. I’ve been a little in love with him for many, many years!

What can readers expect next from your writing endeavours?

A young Dave Burrows novel, which is lot more hard core, than previous ones. In fact in the words of my editor: “Without A Doubt is tougher and more hard-bitten than your other Dave Burrows novels and I think that suits the pair of you! The storytelling feels strong and assured and we see Dave at his most rugged and his most vulnerable.”

I loved writing this novel and hope to write many more like this.

 


 

About Where The River Runs

Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family’s property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.

Yet here she was, back in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who’d shouted down the phone ten years ago never to come home again.

With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.

Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they’ll never get that opportunity?

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