Doctor Rex Hudson and his assistant Leesa were finding the going tough; the mountains were steep, the vegetation thick – their guide Diego wa...more3.5 stars
Doctor Rex Hudson and his assistant Leesa were finding the going tough; the mountains were steep, the vegetation thick – their guide Diego was doing his best with the group of archaeologists in the wilds of Peru, but the Doctor would be glad when they reached the top. Searching for a relic which had never been found until now, he was sure he would succeed…
Twins Lewis and Eva and their younger brother Thomas hurried home from school the day they knew their father was arriving. He had been gone for two weeks with their Aunt Gracie looking after them in his absence and were excited about his return; they also wondered if he had found anything startling this time. The dirty old relic, which looked like a gigantic rock, was in their basement. An obelisk Doctor Hudson called it – they descended the stairs to check it out. Thomas was soon bored and took his seven year old self upstairs to play – but suddenly the gentle dusting of the relic turned ominous – and they vanished!
Their time was 1930 and they were living in Washington DC – the fiercest winter they had seen in quite some time was outside – but the arrival at their unexpected destination was stunning. Mind blowing! So very different from home. How did they get there? What had just happened? And how, oh how would they get home?
I really enjoyed this time travel adventure – of course I’ll have to read the next one now! The activities and adventures Lewis and Eva get up to, the uncertainty and danger, then the excitement of time travel, all are put together nicely to produce an entertaining read. Aussie author S.W. Lothian has also written the Quest series, of which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first (must read the rest!). Time Square is recommended for teenage readers and older who enjoy the thought of adventure and time travel.
With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review. (less)
Brian and Diane were extremely happy and successful in their lives – Brian was one of the top IT consultants in his company and Diane had just been pr...moreBrian and Diane were extremely happy and successful in their lives – Brian was one of the top IT consultants in his company and Diane had just been promoted to CEO of her company. They were still deeply in love, and had been married for twelve years, when suddenly Diane discovered she was pregnant. The panic this created in her was intense – the worry about her past and her family’s history, but also her career – she had no time to have a baby in her life.
But Brian was ecstatic – a baby, their baby, would make their lives complete, he just knew it. He just needed to convince his beautiful wife that she could do this, they would do this together, and he would always be there for her. Moving from their condo to the house of their dreams was a challenge, but they did it. And dining at their local Italian restaurant often, with Marcello taking care of their culinary needs was always a pleasure…
Diane couldn’t believe the change the arrival of her beautiful daughter Grace had brought – her thoughts had changed; she didn’t want to go back to work, she wanted to spend all her time with Grace – rocking her, talking to her, telling her stories, delighting in her sweet smile. But she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her either, even for a minute. With Grace’s nanny, Nina helping her out though, she was able to stay calm and take each day as it came.
She couldn’t understand why Brian hadn’t returned from London – she always missed his call, she only reached his message bank when she called – where was he? Why wasn’t he at home spending time with their little Grace? And who was Nina talking to on the phone when Diane entered the room? Diane could feel pressure building inside her – what was happening to her?
Oh wow! What an amazing, brilliant, fantastic piece of writing! The tension, the pressure, the build-up and the not-knowing is intense! I would go so far as to say this is a psychological thriller, but it’s called family drama – which it most certainly is, but - AND THE REST! It is emotional, gripping and thrilling, and is a book which I highly recommend.
With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. (less)
Jodie Ashton was riding her beloved horse Parnie in the camp drafting event; she was determined to do well this time, and was gradually besting the st...moreJodie Ashton was riding her beloved horse Parnie in the camp drafting event; she was determined to do well this time, and was gradually besting the steer ahead of her. But suddenly Parnie put a foot wrong – Jodie flew over his head and into the depth of darkness, hearing her daughter Milly’s screams as she went. When she regained consciousness in the hospital, strapped down to restrict movement and in intense pain, the tear-streaked face of seven-year-old Milly swam into view. But after tests and more tests, the doctor was able to deliver the good news that she was not seriously injured – she could leave the hospital the following day, as long as she had someone to care for her and make sure she took things easy for a few days.
Jodie’s dear friend Muriel Bailey opened her house to them both, then continued with her help when Jodie needed to move everything into her and Milly’s new home. She was moving up to old Joe McCauley’s home above Montmorency Downs on Hope’s Road. Tammy and Travis were grateful to her, knowing she would bring life into the old place once again. Her father had recently passed away from cancer and Jodie and Milly had been living with him, caring for him this past little while – now he was gone, the house had been packed up and sold. Parnie was her dad’s horse and he gave him to Jodie; so with the horse and a few other belongings, Jodie and Milly moved into their new home.
Alex McGregor had been a close friend to her father, playing chess with him at least once a week. He had continued to be a friend to Jodie after her dad’s passing and seemed to care for her. He was an astute business man, owner of Glenevelyn station and member of the Narree council. He was also older than Jodie (her father’s age) and ran a tight ship – abrupt and controlling. But being a single mother was a struggle, and the security of a relationship and marriage to Alex was tempting…
When Jodie, her friend Stacey and a few other girlfriends decided to go to a rodeo for a girl’s weekend, little did Jodie know her life as she knew it was about to change forever. The enigmatic and handsome Nate drew her attention – the attraction was immediate, but Jodie fought it all the way. Leaving with Stacey early a couple of mornings later, she knew she would never see the cowboy who stirred her heart again….
Wow! I absolutely loved this novel! It started off with a bang and continued throughout the whole book. I will admit to it being a little predictable early in the piece, but the predictability disappeared to weave a tale of deception, lies, secrets, anguish and insecurity; a wonderful story which drew me in from the start, and left me sighing and smiling when it was over. I absolutely loved Milly; I laughed often at her comments and antics – she is a typical kid; “out of the mouths of babes” was so true with her. With characters from Hope’s Road making an appearance in Mountain Ash, it was like greeting old friends…Tamara (Tammy) and Travis along with young Billy and Old Joe’s house – I hope Aussie author Margareta Osborn continues in this vein. I have no hesitation in recommending this novel highly.
With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. (less)
The devastation the Schwalbe family felt when their mother, Mary Anne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was intense. But Mary Anne herself was posi...moreThe devastation the Schwalbe family felt when their mother, Mary Anne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was intense. But Mary Anne herself was positive. She knew it was terminal – they all did, but she was determined to have the best quality of life and time that she had remaining. She wanted to spend as much time with her family, especially her grandchildren, as she could, and that came about as she ended up having almost two years of life after diagnosis, which meant a lot to everyone.
As Mary Anne’s son, Will (the author) spent a lot of time with his mother especially during the chemotherapy treatments, it came about that they formed their own small book club. They both loved reading and had all their lives. The whole family did – but Will and Mary Anne discussed what they read with each other often – so it seemed to automatically fall into place. Even with only two people in the club, they discussed a multitude of books, and it helped to take Mary Anne’s mind off her treatment, and Will also found he was getting to know his mother even better.
I was a little disappointed in this book as I had expected the books Mary Anne and Will were reading together would be discussed at more length and with more detail (not giving out spoilers of course) than they were. I will admit to being bored some of the time as the writing seemed flat; it was also very choppy – here, there and everywhere. My bookclub librarian said she “loved this book, laughed and cried through it”…I didn’t laugh or cry – it seemed emotionless to me I’m afraid.
My deepest sympathies do go out to Will and his family and friends at the death of Mary Anne, age 75 – cancer is an insidious disease – the death of Patrick Swayze, who also had pancreatic cancer, fell on the same day as the passing of Mary Anne - September 14th 2009 – and Mary Anne had kept herself in touch with how he was coping during the illness. Mary Anne was missed by many, as she had touched many, many lives throughout her own life. Here is a link from The Women’s Refugee Commission of which she was Founding Director. http://womensrefugeecommission.org/pr... (less)