Book Review; The new romantic comedy

I must admit I have actually enjoyed the recent miserable weather we have experienced over the last couple of days. It has given me an excuse to stay indoors and catch up on some reading. As an avid reader, I find that people love to recommend me books on every genre and quality, so I constantly feel as though need to ‘catch up’ on my reading. Even though realistically I don’t think that is possible, because each day and week I discover a new book that I must read. I am just a person with a big pile of books on her bed side table.

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So, I was ill prepared for the book at the top of that pile, an unconventional romantic comedy, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project was a novel I could not put down. Rarely do I find male protagonist like Don Tillman, uncomfortable and heartwarmingly cringeworthy. He reminded me of Sheldon from TV show The Big Bang Theory, as he applies his analytical thinking and research background in genetics to find a wife, resulting in the most comical approach.

Love according to Sheldon Cooper

Enter Rosie, the polar opposite of Don encapsulating everything that he deems to be an undesirable characteristic of the future Mrs Tillman; smoker, vegetarian (excluding sustainable seafood) and not at all athletic. Meanwhile, Rosie is on a project of her own, to find her biological father, through a relationship of coincidences Don is able to bend his ethics, against his better judgement and for reasons unknown to him to assist Rosie on her quest.

With no understanding of social cues and an inability to decipher basic female seduction techniques, (note to any gentlemen readers – a girl asks if you think she is sexy, and you think she is, say yes) he begins to realise love has no method or reason.

A must read for summer, light and fun to throw in your beach bag and read on the sand, the perfect holiday novel or simply for a rainy day. So put it on your book list and you won’t be disappointed with this delightful read inspiring the inner romantic inside all of us.

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Book Review: The Light Between Oceans

As a daily commuter, I notice the majority of my fellow travelers are plugged in to the latest device, I use this time to read. Although I may recommend reading, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, in a less public a place as it brought tears to my eyes. For me there is something magical about reading an authors first novel, as it feels as though it is the story they have always wanted to tell and I hope it is the first of many for Stedman whose literary tone has me captivated from the first page.

The Light Between Oceans Photo Via: Harper Collins Books

Must Read: The Light Between Oceans Photo Via: Harper Collins Books

The Light Between Oceans, is a thought-provoking Australian story of love, loss and the heartbreaking consequences that follow a single moment. Set in Western Australia where Stedman was born and raised, the story of Tom Sherbourne unfolds, who returns from WWI a shattered man believing he should not of survived when so many good men never returned home. Tom, haunted by his past, adopts the solitary life of a Lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia, called Janus Rock. Before leaving the small town of Partageuse for Janus Rock, Tom meets an adventurous and free-spirited, Isabel, whose long-distance courtship blossoms to love.

Tom and Isabel live a quiet life separated from the rest of the world on Janus but their happiness is not complete, struggling with the loss of three unborn babes. Until the cries of an infant child on the wind lead Isabel to discover a small boat washed ashore, carrying a dead man and crying infant. Convinced that the child was sent to the couple as a ‘gift from God’ Isabel persuades Tom to make a choice, that years later, as the baby’s real story unfold,s leads the couple to wrestle with morality, heartbreak and a parents unwavering love.

As a person without children, Stedman makes the reader experience the unrequited love of a parent for their child and their longing to protect them no matter the consequences. Capturing the raw emotions of each character so well that and your heartbreaks for each of them and the pain you feel could be your own. Stedman portrays what I believe to be a true representation of what each individual would each in these circumstances, as a mother, father, grandmother or friend.

As the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards including ‘Book of the Year’ and also, the Indie Awards ‘Book of the Year’, The Light Between Oceans is a must read for any book lover, an absolutely outstanding debut novel. This story will call to question what is right and wrong, and challenge your own moral compass. I am making a big call but if you read one book this year, Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans should be it!

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Book Review: The J.M Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society

Barbara J. Zitwer’s, first novel, The J.M Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society was a book that came across my desk by chance. With the majority of my girl friends working in the media industry, having products and books sent to you is one of the perks of the job.Β  As a lover of the magical place Neverland this book was meant for me, from cover to cover it was an unexpected delight. The classic tale of Peter Pan has been read to children years over and has been recreated in many forms, multiple plays and movies…even a ride. Zitwer’s novel offers a glimpse into the historic location where it all began and the lives that the story has influenced.

Dive right in!

Dive right in!

For a small group of women in Cotsworth, England, the author of the classic tale of the boy who never grew up, J.M Barrie, has inspired a gathering of lifelong friends to hold onto their youth by taking a daily dip in their own private Neverland (no matter the temperature). Joey Rubin, is an overworked woman in a male dominated architectural firm in New York, whose whimsical presentation and passion leads her to travel to England to oversee the restoration of Stanway House, the location that inspired J.M Barrie to write the literary classic. Challenged by the people of Cotsworth and the disgruntle caretaker of Stanway House, Joey discovers that the women of the J.M Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society may be onto something wonderful.

I adored, Aggie, reminding me of my own grandmother, whose sharp-witted manner and heartfelt spirit makes you want Aggie as a life long friend. And the women of The Ladies Swimming Society share a Peter Pan like spirit, I definitely cannot imagine myself diving into an icy lake in the middle of an English winter, these women prove that you are never too old to live the life you desire. The cast in this novel will surprise and delight all readers, a story of honest friendship, love and self discovery.

This novel captures one of my favourite quotes from Peter Pan, ‘The world is made of faith, trust and pixie dust.’Β A warm and easy read that I couldn’t put down.

Enjoy.

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