Author: Amanda Prowse
Published: July 2015 by Head of Zeus
Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review
Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams.
She would have a career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.
But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then her mother moved in, and now their little terrace is bursting at the seams.
Jacks gave up on her dreams to look after her family. If only, just for once, her family would look after her…
Jacks Davies’ life hasn’t turned out the way she’d envisaged.
Author: Amanda Prowse
Published: September 2015 by Head of Zeus
Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Loss, Grief, Book Review
Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.
This is much more than just a story of a family devastated by loss, it’s a wake up call about a common and potentially life threatening disease. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Sepsis Trust.
Author: Liza Perrat
Kindle Edition Published October 2018
Category: Fiction based on fact, 1970’s, Australia, Family Drama, Book Review
The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.
Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.
Lindsay Townsend, a pretty and popular sixteen year old, has set her sights on Jon Halliwell, the P.E. teacher at her school, regardless of the fact he is married.
Author: Julie Houston
Published: November 2018 by Aria
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Romance, Book Review
Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.
Cassie Beresford’s life was pretty perfect—a handsome, loving husband, two great kids, a beautiful home and she was about to realise her professional dream of the deputy head position at Little Acorns primary school.
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Due for Publication on 27th March by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family, Romance, Book Review
Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.
Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.
The Summer of New Beginnings is a sweet, touching story of the sometimes difficult situations that beset the Briggs family.
Author: Kristin Hannah
Performed by Julia Whelan
Released: February 2018 by Macmillan Digital Audio
Category: Family Drama, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Book Review
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Leni Allbright is the new kid in school….again. Her father, Ernt, has trouble holding down a job for any length of time since returning from the Vietnam war and so they haven’t stayed in one place very long. His experience as a POW unleashed a darkness in him that had his wife, Cora, and Leni tiptoeing around him, trying to keep him on an even keel. He’s not the man he was before the war, the nightmares and flashbacks leave him on edge, jittery and prone to violent outbursts.
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: May 2016 by Piatkus (first released in 2015)
Category: Family Drama, Romance, Mystery, Book Review
When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth – Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences – huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.
The story opens with Shelby Foxworth dealing with the sudden death of her husband, Richard, and the huge debts he’d left her with. They’d been happy at first but after several years of being made to feel less than, Shelby realised she’d have to take responsibility and control of her life again. Her daughter was all that mattered now, and Shelby had to find a way out of the terrible situation she found herself in.
Welcome, Liza. Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing.
When my head is not buried in a book, I love hiking in the hills of the rural French village in which I live. I’m obsessed with travel and swimming and play a decent game of tennis.
What was the inspiration behind The Silent Kookaburra?
Growing up in 1970s Australia.
When did first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I loved the idea of being a writer when I was a child, probably due to being an avid reader, but didn’t begin writing until the year 2000. Continue reading