Worth Waiting For
A Year Of Chasing Love
by Rosie Chambers
is a light hearted contemporary read that looks at love and the qualities
needed to make relationships last. It is a novel that makes you smile and
leaves you smiling.
The reader has a cosmopolitan ride through the
novel as we ‘travel’ from the UK to Malta to Singapore to Hawaii to Denmark and
to Paris, the city of love. The welcome we receive is as warm as the sun
beating down as a light air wafts throughout.
We learn lessons in love, discovering what love
is and what it is not. We see marriages that last and those that shipwreck on
It is important to have a healthy work-life
balance. We must not neglect our family and friends in favour of hours spent in
the office. We need balanced lives. We want to not just survive but thrive.
Love Never Dies
The Oceans Between Us by Gill Thompson is a heart breaking
historical novel inspired by true events. The story surrounds a lost generation
of children who were shipped from England to Australia at the end of World War
II. “The kids they thought no one wanted.” Some were orphans, others were told
they were orphans. The emotional impact on individuals and families was huge.
Families were quite literally torn apart in
Australia too as Aboriginal children were taken from their families in the hope
that the indigenous people would die out.
Racism was rife in England and Australia. Those
who were invited over on the Windrush to help rebuild England after the war met
hostility, prejudice and discrimination. Gill Thompson has portrayed a
realistic account of the hatred faced by mixed race couples and their children
from all quarters of society.
Imaginative And Gripping
The Boy Who Made The
World Disappear by
Ben Miller is an exciting contemporary children’s tale, just perfect for ages
eight to adult.
The tale has its grounding in science but don’t
be put off. It’s nothing technical, being easy to understand and interesting
At first glance it may seem as if the book is
aimed at boys as a boy is the main character but its appeal is to both sexes.
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris is a powerful
contemporary novel that will tear your emotions to pieces. It is a departure
from B.A. Paris’ usual genre of psychological thrillers but the tension still
grips the reader. I think it is her best novel to date, and I have loved all her books.
The novel begins near the end of the action
before stepping backwards in time by twenty four hours and then moving forwards
hour by hour. This device means the reader is immediately questioning from the
start. We want to know what has happened, why and how?
The focus of the novel is a family. The action
is told from two alternating points of view of the parents and in the first
person. We become intimately acquainted with them both. Surprisingly, as I am
female, I resonated more with the father in the story as I ‘shared’ his