Book Review: The Secret Years

Title: The Secret YearsThe Secret Years
Author: Australian Author Barbara Hannay
Genre(s): Historical Fiction / Romance

Lucy Hunter has just returned to Townsville from Afghanistan. She expects her fiancé to pick her up from the airport, but finds her mother has arrived instead. After a turbulent homecoming, and with time on leave, Lucy decides it’s time to find out who she really is and what it is she wants. Leaving for Cornwall to uncover more about her family’s English heritage, Lucy stirs up more than her own emotions. Her mothers past and that of her grandparents is tied deeply to Cornwall, and secrets buried for decades are brought to light.

‘What happened in England? Why is it such a big dark secret?’

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Book Review: truly madly guilty

Truly Madly GuiltyI have finally finished truly madly guilty by Liane Moriarty after a weekend away with some friends. Luckily my weekend away didn’t follow the plot of one of her novels. On to the review…

Erika and Clementine are friends with a dysfunctional relationship. Erika invites Clementine and her family over for a serious discussion, but before the event occurs, Erika is convinced by her neighbour to come to a barbeque at their place instead, Clementine and her family invited too, of course. Something happens at the barbeque which will change each of their relationships. Continue reading Book Review: truly madly guilty

Book Review: Zeroes

My latest book review is of one of the books I picked up in my last post: Zeroes by Chuck Wendig. Zeroes

I’m a regular reader of Chuck’s blog, and when I saw this in Dymocks I had to have it. I was a little disappointed they didn’t have more of Chuck’s books (although I did see Star Wars: Aftermath in a different section). On to the review…

Chance Dalton is small time, a nobody who unveiled a dirty little secret in his football loving town. DeAndre Mitchell is a credit card skimmer and black-hat hacker who’s trying to make a better life for his Mom. Aleena Kattan is a Spring Arab hacktivist. Reagan Stopler is an online troll. Wade Earthman is a veteran, a survivalist, and an old-school cipherpunk with a network of secrets. When these five are detained by the US Government to work as white-hat hackers in a secret complex called the “Lodge”, they become involved in something none of them ever expected, and realize the stakes are much higher than a lengthy prison term. Continue reading Book Review: Zeroes

Lunch & Liane Moriarty

Last Friday I took a little trip into the city. It doesn’t happen any where near as much as I would like these days, so I admit I was a little excited. The Sydney Dymocks store is a lot bigger than my local one, and I have fond memories of it from my younger years living in the city, so of course I spent over an hour browsing through the books. I had one staff member ask if I was okay, and when I turned with my arms overflowing to face him he smiled and said, “yes, I see that you are.”

But carrying that many books around the city with me was a little impractical. Especially since I still had more shopping to do and a luncheon to attend. Continue reading Lunch & Liane Moriarty

Book Review: The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough is an Australian classic. I have always wanted to read it, but at 743 pages it appeared daunting. I saw this copy at the library (hence the less than perfect cover image below – the Goodreads entry for this copy doesn’t have an image so I took a terrible one with my phone). I’ll note that I had heard of the book because it’s Australian and well-loved, but I had no idea what it was about before I began to read.

thornbirdsThe Thorn Birds begins with the Cleary family living on a farm in New Zealand in 1915. Meggie is the only girl and has four big brothers, a stern father in Paddy, and a stoic and untouchable mother in Fee. Her big brother Frank is the light in her mother’s life, and Meggie’s protector. A change in the family’s circumstances comes when Paddy’s sister, Mary Carson, invites the family to come and live on Drogheda; a homestead on an enormous property in the Australian outback. It is here the story primarily takes place. Meggie grows older and falls in love with Father Ralph de Bricassart, a priest who wants nothing more than to become a Cardinal. The Cleary family experiences drought, dust, and flies, along with it’s fair share of happiness, prosperity, and sadness. The Thorn Birds is a story of family first and foremost, hope, love, and tragedy over three generations.

“… I’ll beat God yet. I’ve loved Ralph since I was ten years old, and I suppose I’ll still be loving him if I live to be a hundred. But he isn’t mine …”

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