This is the second book in the Ondine series, set in the fictional country of Brugel. Ondine, Hamish and Old Col find themselves on a secret mission t...moreThis is the second book in the Ondine series, set in the fictional country of Brugel. Ondine, Hamish and Old Col find themselves on a secret mission to discover who is trying to kill the Duke. Along the way they encounter a miscellany of potential (and real villains) before the truth is revealed.
Once again this book just fizzes along with wayward magic, the dilemmas of failing at Maths (Ondine has my sympathy), a sexy boyfriend who changes into a ferret at all the wrong moments and a cast of fabulous characters. My favourite part of the Ondine books are the hilarious footnotes explaining the quirks of Brugelese history and culture. This may be a YA story but there is plenty in Ms. McKenna's wonderful stories to keep the young at heart smiling too.
A romance with a difference... when a world weary and cynical Irish love fairy is set a challenge by a leprechaun with an agenda of his own, to make a...moreA romance with a difference... when a world weary and cynical Irish love fairy is set a challenge by a leprechaun with an agenda of his own, to make a particular mortal fall in love with her, the fun begins! "Evie" is used to being the one in control, how will she cope when she realises that human emotions have taken over and love is now controlling her. Highly recommended, light read.(less)
The carefree life in Europe that Kit Matcham has enjoyed comes to an abrupt end when he is summoned back to Australia to take on the responsibility of...moreThe carefree life in Europe that Kit Matcham has enjoyed comes to an abrupt end when he is summoned back to Australia to take on the responsibility of the family property in the Hunter Valley, following the death of his stepfather. Along with the property comes the added responsibility of a difficult mother and two half sisters, in need of companionship and guidance. On the recommendation of a family friend he takes on the services of a young woman, Matilda Sweet as companion for his sisters. Matilda, a "currency lass" (daughter of a convict) has been forced to her position by the need to save her own family property from repossession. In the journey to the Kit's home, he quickly comes to appreciate that Matilda is no wilting violet. She wears breeches and rides horses as well as any man, to the horror of Kit's mother!
The attraction between the two of them is palpable but hopeless. Kit's mother has other plans for her son and it involves a "suitable" (and wealthy) bride back in Sydney. Kit is torn between his sense of duty and his growing love for Matilda. Matilda for her part has, despite every logical impulse, fallen hard for Kit and also for the beautiful property and his two spirited sisters. When Kit sets off for Sydney to claim his bride, it seems all is lost...
I love reading Australian historicals, written by Australians, who have a deep and instinctive knowledge and love of the subtle nuances of the country and culture. Tea Cooper lives in the area she is writing about and it shines through her writing so that the countryside itself almost becomes a secondary character. The human characters are also well nuanced, from the prickly mother to the difficult sisters and the servants - particularly the wonderfully drawn, Jem, the aboriginal stable hand.
If you love historical romances and are heartily tired of the Regency, read some Tea Cooper and be drawn into a different place and a different time!(less)
It is inevitable when granted three wishes, there is always a downside! I loved the premise of this book...when granted her three wishes, Mandy wishes...moreIt is inevitable when granted three wishes, there is always a downside! I loved the premise of this book...when granted her three wishes, Mandy wishes for a Greek God but misspells 'Greek' and ends up with a Geek God. Chaos ensues as she has to take her geeky new friend to a wedding but she comes to see his charms. A light, modern take on an old trope - great fun!(less)