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Christmas Always Comes by Jackie French, Bruce Whateley

Title: Christmas Always Comes Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 13th October 2021 Format: Hardcover Pages: 32 Price: $24.99 Synopsis: From the author and illustrator of many beloved classic picture books comes a story about an Australian Christmas. Beautiful and heartwarming, this is a book that is destined to become a… Continue reading Christmas Always Comes by Jackie French, Bruce Whateley

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May 2021 Round Up

Current stats: Modern Mrs Darcy – 13/14 Australian Authors Challenge – 24/24 (47) AWW2021 – 75/50 Dymocks Reading Challenge – 24/26 QBD Reading Challenge – 24/26 Overall goal – 122/170 In May, I managed to read 36 books, with a vast majority by Australian authors, and have almost finished my reading challenges – with a… Continue reading May 2021 Round Up

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April 2021 Round Up

In April, I read 17 books, mostly Australian, across various genres and issues and styles, aimed at different age groups. I read a lot for kids, from picture books to middle grade books, young adult and adult. I also chipped away at more of my challenges, and have extended my Aussie Author Challenge beyond the… Continue reading April 2021 Round Up

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Night Ride into Danger by Jackie French

Title: Night Ride into Danger Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 5th May 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: Six mysterious passengers and seven dark secrets. Who can be trusted? It's a dark and dangerous journey for the Cobb and Co night mail coach, but when his coach-driver father… Continue reading Night Ride into Danger by Jackie French

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Legends of the Lost Lilies by Jackie French

Title: Legends of the Lost Lilies Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller, Espionage Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 7th April 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 448 Price: $32.99 Synopsis: The final and thrilling conclusion to the popular and bestselling Miss Lily series A mysterious telegram that says, 'Lily needs you' arrives just before a plane from… Continue reading Legends of the Lost Lilies by Jackie French

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The Vanishing at the Small Castle (The Butter O’Bryan Mysteries #2) by Jackie French

Title: The Vanishing at the Small Castle (The Butter O’Bryan Mysteries #2) Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 7th April 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: It's 1932, the height of the Depression, and Butter O'Bryan and his friends have another mystery to solve. The Very Small Castle… Continue reading The Vanishing at the Small Castle (The Butter O’Bryan Mysteries #2) by Jackie French

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Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post

I participated in the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge again in 2020 – with a goal of 65 books, and I managed to read 141, with two of those being re-reads. As much of this year was spent in lockdown or under restrictions, I had lots of time to read. I read just over double my… Continue reading Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post

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The Angel of Waterloo by Jackie French

Title: The Angel of Waterloo Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Published: 2nd December 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 432 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: The powerful new novel from master storyteller Jackie French The soldiers she saved called her the Angel of Waterloo. The husband she loved and lost called her Hen. The patients she… Continue reading The Angel of Waterloo by Jackie French

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October Wrap Up 2020

As we head into the pointy end of the year, I’ve had to make the decision to change the way I tackle challenges, doubling up where I can, and even thinking about reducing the challenges I take on next year, due to the overly prescriptive nature of the reading challenges that are available, and at… Continue reading October Wrap Up 2020

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Pandemic by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley

Title: Pandemic Author: Jackie French and Bruce Whateley Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st November 2020 Format: Hardback Pages: 24 Price: $24.99 Synopsis: Ages 4+ Incredible story based on true events – showing how kindness and quarantine can prevail in a pandemic Perfect, positive resource for discussions about the 2020 pandemic Exquisite illustrations… Continue reading Pandemic by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley