Out Of Control
The Rules by Kerry Barnes is a contemporary
crime thriller that will draw the reader in from the start.
There is a fine line between the villains and the
heroes, with plenty of anti-heroes in between. It is a line that becomes ever
more blurred as the novel progresses. Trust is high on the agenda but with crosses
and double crosses the reader wonders just exactly who are the ‘good guys’?
Within the novel there are themes of drug
taking, supply and demand, gangland wars and violence. It is not a novel for
the faint hearted but it is a complex and well thought out plot.
Exciting And Gripping
The Secret In The Cliffs by Kristin Tucker is a contemporary YA adventure
that is entertaining and gripping from the start. I was drawn in immediately,
engaged and questioning the action.
The novel is an exploration both
literally and figuratively. Teenagers explore caves as well as exploring where they have
been and where they are going. The important thing at that age is to never lose
face. The caves are exciting as bits from the past are unearthed.
Mysterious men who seem to be
after the teens all add to the suspense.
Growing Old Disgracefully
The Single Ladies Of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell is
the most delightful novel about love and friendship and life.
Life is for living whether you
are eight or eighty. “The person inside doesn’t change just because a few years
The novel explores how
frustrating it can be when you are treated as old and infirm. Being older in
years does not equal deaf and daft. If we are still breathing, we can have fun.
The residents of the retirement
village are well past their first flush of youth and had forgotten how to live
until a sprightly seventy nine year old breezes in and shows them how to grow
old disgracefully. There are some very amusing moments as words are forgotten
or substituted. Malapropisms are the order of the day.
The Father’s Heart
Mercy’s Promise by Lynn Landes is a fabulous
Christian historical romance set after the American Civil War.
War is a terrible thing – some wounds are
visible, some are not. War changes personalities – things that have been seen
cannot be ‘unseen.’ Men returned full of anger and pain. In those days, there
wasn’t any help. Today we would diagnose PTSD as nightmares reign.
Survivor’s guilt is a terrible burden to carry.
“ ‘What bothered you most about being a soldier’ ‘Surviving.’ “ God does not
want us to live under a burden. He wants us to live abundantly free. “You have
to choose between holding onto the past or being thankful for what remains.”
The past is gone. We can trust God with our future.
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.
There is the difficult theme of domestic abuse. The outward bruises are clearly
visible. The inner pain runs deep.
Two hurting families come together. This
reminds the reader of Esther who was here ‘for such a time as this.’ God can
and does use all our circumstances. He can be trusted.