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Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.

- Khalil Gibran


People always ask me for book recommendations.  And there's nothing I love more than to chat about books and find out what others are reading. 

If you're stuck for inspiration, here are some of the books I've enjoyed in the past.  Or, if you're keen to learn more about what's hot on the Australian fiction scene, head over to my Podcast page, download an episode, make a cuppa and tune in to hear me chat to emerging and established writers about their books and their writing journeys.  


Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Liane is an Australian author and New York Times best seller.  This is Liane's latest book  - dealing with the fallout of an event at a back-yard BBQ. A thoroughly enjoyable read.  Loved it. 


Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty

This was Liane's first novel - though no less enjoyable than her last.  An entertaining, fast-paced, humorous read about the life of a set of triplets.  


What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity

​This was the first of Liane's books I read.  About a woman who sustains a head injury at the gym and manages to lose ten years of her life.  A funny, poignant look at modern life and how we manage to forget the things that matter most to us.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is one of her New York Times bestsellers.  Has been made into a series for television by Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon (who both star in the series as well).  You'll never look at the parents in the school playground the same way again. . .


The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Another one of her New York Times bestsellers.  What would you do if your husband wrote you a letter to be opened only in the event of his death?


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is one of her New York Times bestsellers.  Has been made into a series for television by Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon (who both star in the series as well).  You'll never look at the parents in the school playground the same way again. . .


A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester.

A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester.  This the first of Natasha's books I've read and I was captivated by it.  A wonderful story set in New York in the 1920s.  Evie Lockhart who defies her family's expectations to pursue her dream of becoming one of the first female  doctor. A page-turning, memorable read. 


The Perfumer's Secret, Fiona McIntosh

One of Australia's most successful authors, Fiona brings the world of perfume alive in France against the backdrop of World War II.  Meticulously researched, this book will bring your senses alive.


The Last Dance by Fiona McIntosh



The French Promise by Fiona McIntosh

The book that made me want to read more of Fiona's writing


Life or Death by Michael Robotham

Michael is one of Australia's leading crime and thriller writers.  This book turned me into a fan.  It is a page-turning, nail biting explanation to the burning question:  why does a prisoner, due to be released the next day, escape?  


Watching You by Michael Robotham



Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

If you've seen the movie, you'll know what it's about.  If you haven't, read the book.  And keep a box of tissues handy!


After you by Jojo Moyes

The sequel to "Me Before You."  Surprising, but doesn't disappoint.  Loved it.  


The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

A beautiful story that will leave you breathless until the last.  


The One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes

Love strikes when you least expect it. 


Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

Wow!!  A gripping thriller that will have you spell-bound to the end!  I could not put this one down. Emily Blunt was fantastic in the movie adaptation.


Hades,  by Candice Fox



According to Yes, by Dawn French



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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found, Cheryl Strayed



The Children Act, Ian McEwan

From the author of Atonement, a compelling story about a judge who must make a life and death decision in the interests of a child.  But does she get it right?


The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Gailbraith

The first of the Cormoran Strike detective novels written by JK Rowling under her pen name. 


The Silk Worm, Robert Gailbraith



Career of Evil, Robert Gailbraith



Finding Fraser, KC Dyer

A funny, lighthearted tale of a woman's quest to find her true love.  Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series will appreciate Emma's obsession.  She is on a mission:  to find her own Jamie Fraser - the lead male character in the Outlander novels. I loved this book.  


Blackwattle Lake, Pamela Cook



The Beloved, Anna Faulkner



The Light Between the Oceans, ML Stedman

A beautifully written, but heart-breaking story about a lighthouse keeper who lives on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia with his wife and the day their lives changed forever.  Keep a box of tissues close by for this one too. 


Her Mother's Secret, Natasha Lester.  

Another wonderful historical novel from Natasha.

When Leo loses her beloved father to the Spanish Flu just after the end of World War 1, she has nothing to keep her in England, and sails to New York in the hope of starting her own cosmetics business.  Her plans are almost instantly derailed when she finds herself pregnant and alone in a strange city.  But when she catches the eye of a wealthy bachelor, Leo has the opportunity to keep her dream alive. Only at what cost?  A wonderful insight into the birth of the cosmetics industry. A thoroughly enjoyable read.  You'll never feel the same about red lipstick again!  

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