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Favourite Reads of April

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Another good reading month with lots of lovely tales and a few different genres. I even managed a non-fiction title which doesn’t happen often.

But there is no question my favourite read for the month was…

The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells

The Wife's Tale by Christine WellsOh, I adored this book! Absolutely loved it. I loved the split timeline between contemporary times and the eighteenth century. I loved the characters, even the ones who were horrid, and the clarity and vividness of their voices and stories. I loved the wonderful settings, especially Seagrove, the aristocratic Nash family’s stately home on the Isle of Wight. I loved the intrigue, the romance (totally sighworthy), and I was captivated and infuriated equally by the 1789 court case involving Delaney Nash. That poor woman!

This is a big juicy book that you won’t want to put down. I blame Christine for me hardly getting any work done last Monday because all I wanted to do was read. I was so close to the end and had to find out what happened to Delaney and Julian and Liz and Theo and everyone else.

A cracking read. Perfect for Mother’s Day and as a present to yourself. Go buy.

(PS. There’s a signed copy of The Wife’s Tale up for giveaway on Teaser Tuesday but you’ll need to be quick. Closes midnight Friday AEST, 6th May 2016. Australian postal addresses only.)

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic SmithThe Last Painting of Sara de Vos

I’d been noticing quite a bit of early publicity and buzz for this novel and it sounded intriguing, so I was thrilled to score an advance reading copy thanks to The Reading Room and publisher Allen & Unwin. The story was a kind of art thriller, gradually revealed across three timelines and the research involved must have been phenomenal. The Dutch Golden Age narrative was fascinating. This will particularly appeal to art lovers.

Tallowood Bound by Karly LaneTallowood Bound by Karly Lane

I’ve adored all of Karly’s stories and Tallowood Bound was another gorgeous read. The war-era narrative from Townsville was fascinating but my favourite bit had to be the romance between Erin and Jamie. Karly’s heroes are such darlings and Jamie was no exception. I fell quite a lot in love with him. Oh, and watch out for the scene with Erin and some stray cattle. That was a hoot!

Try Not To Breathe by Holly SeddonTry Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

Despite picking the culprit fairly early on, I really enjoyed this mystery which tells the story of Alex Dale, a former high-flying columnist brought down by alcoholism, and her obsession with the case of Amy Stevenson, a young girl brutally attacked and left for dead and who’s been unconscious for 15 years. I liked how Alex was so flawed. Her alcoholism has led her down some terrible paths yet she’s not irredeemable. Try Not To Breathe is a story of salvation as well as justice. Good stuff.

Some Girls Do by Amy AndrewsSome Girls Do by Amy Andrews

Far out, AA writes some cracking books and this one was a beauty. It was slick, sexy and fantastically paced, and the dialogue was seriously cool. As was the hero Cooper. Not only was he hot, he was decent. Real heart-throb material. Lacey’s brothers were fab too and it’s going to be fun reading their stories. This is the first in the Outback Heat series and you’ll currently find it free across ebook platforms. Grab yourself a copy and get reading. You’ll have a great time.

Big Magic by Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction except for research, but I do love a good writing craft book. This isn’t really one of those. Rather, it’s a book about embracing and nurturing your creativity. I have to admit that some of it was a tad too out-there for me but for every bit of oddball stuff there were gems of inspiration and great advice. I liked it. A lot. And I think it’s a book I’ll return to often when I get angsty about my writing and need a reminder of what being creative is all about.

What were your favourite reads?

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayGreetings from Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from past and upcoming releases, and works-in-progress, and occasionally rope author buddies into sharing pieces from theirs.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to host Australian author Christine Wells on the blog today. I’ve just finished her new release The Wife’s Tale and loved it. Like, really, really loved it. This book has everything – intrigue, scandal, romance and a magnificent country house – and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Perfect for Mother’s Day. Perfect for any day!

The Wife’s Tale is available in stores and online now in print and ebook. Try Booktopia, Angus & Robertson, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, or your favourite retailer.

Here’s Christine to tell you about the book. Oh, and keep reading because there just might be a GIVEAWAY!

Christine Wells authorCathryn, thank you very much for having me here today. I’m thrilled to be sharing a snippet from THE WIFE’S TALE with you and your readers.

This is the story of an Australian lawyer, Liz Jones, who visits an English stately home to hunt down the answer to a mystery buried deep in the past. Set partly in the present and partly in the eighteenth century, THE WIFE’S TALE is a novel about love, the special bond between mother and child, and the plight of women. Not to mention that it features several scrumptious men, including an Aussie billionaire, an English lord and a fiery eighteenth century rake!

The teaser focuses on the present day heroine, Liz, who arrives at the Isle of Wight thinking she is going to stay in a beautiful stately home. Instead, she is shown to a rundown cottage by the scruffy but gorgeous lord of the manor…


‘Hold on,’ Theo said, opening a cupboard under the stairs, ‘I’ll turn the power on.’

‘Are you the caretaker, then?’ asked Liz. She managed to keep her voice deadpan. Something about this man – perhaps his unwillingness to exchange more than monosyllables by way of conversation – made her want to needle him.

The Wife's Tale by Christine WellsWhen he didn’t answer her, she peered around at him, to see that he was watching her with a slightly bemused expression.

‘Actually, “caretaker” is a good way of describing it.’ He held up her carry-on. ‘Put this in the bedroom, shall I?’ He headed up the stairs.

Liz followed him. He hadn’t sounded offended by her cheek, which was just as well. She was supposed to be getting to know these people, after all. ‘Are you Lord Nash, then? Sorry. It’s just that you’re not dressed like a peer of the realm.’

‘My Order of the Garter is at the dry-cleaner’s,’ he said over his shoulder, but she caught the glimmer of a smile as he opened one of the doors off the landing.

‘Well, you can’t blame me,’ said Liz, encouraged by the spark of humour. ‘I expected a bluff squire type in tweeds and a waxed jacket, at the very least.’ Not a sun-drenched god in jeans and a ripped t-shirt. Not quite your average Mr Darcy.


How’s that for a tease? And I can assure you Theo is indeed verra sexy. Verra sexy indeed!

You’ll love this book I promise, and you should all go out and buy copies for yourselves and all your family and friends. But how about a chance to win a copy? Yes, lovely readers, we have a…


For your chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Wife’s Tale, tell us who you’d imagine could play a sexy Theo/Lord Nash in a movie version of The Wife’s Tale. I bags Chris Hemsworth!

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Friday AEST 6th May, 2016. Australian postal addresses only.

Get commenting and good luck!

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