Well I’m back after a busy week and a half of touring, which included a stopover at Booktopia to sign 300 copies of my latest book, The Saddler Boys. I was lucky enough to take a tour through the massive Booktopia warehouse to see how it all operates: amazing. My book club order would have been whizzing around getting processed while I was there. Because I’ve been so busy with touring and promoting my latest book, I haven’t had a chance to read any books!
It’s a horrible feeling when you just don’t have the time to read the new books sitting in your ‘to read’ pile. And I have some awesome new ones to read: Fiona McIntosh, Rachael Johns, Barbara Hannay, just to name a few.
I have come up with a solution to my reading problem: audio books. In less than a month I’ll be driving a header for days on end and with audio books I’ll be able to tick some off my ‘to read’ pile. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. I could have got through heaps of books during seeding!
So I thought this month I would mention a few books that I have really enjoyed. The first one is Bronwyn Parry’s Dark Country. I love Bron’s easy to read style that has a touch of romance, country and suspense. Dark Country is set in the small town of Dungirri and follows Morgan ‘Gil’ Gillespie who returns to this town even though the town’s folk consider him a murderer. It doesn’t help that a woman’s tortured body is found in his car. Local police sergeant Kris may be his only help as she is his alibi. This story has a bit of everything that I enjoy in books. You won’t be disappointed.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen may be known from the movie released a few years ago, but I will always love the book. Sara drew me into the world of the circus in the 1930’s straight away. We follow Jacob’s journey to the circus and then working with Rosie, the elephant. But she’s not just any elephant. I loved how she was the heart of the story. Jacob also falls in love with Marlena who is married to the animal trainer, who is charismatic but violent. The aspects of living in a circus back in the 30’s is described so well, I could picture it clearly and it felt real. I also love how the book ends.
This next book is an easy to read story that’s a little saucy. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines, which is about a girl named Ashton whose heart is torn between two cousins Beau and Sawyer. Sawyer is her boyfriend but with Beau there is this irresistible bad boy she wants to help. But Beau has been in love with her since they were childhood friends so when they start hanging out together to rekindle their old friendship, feelings run wild. I devoured this book in a day. Excitingly, there is a sequel, The Vincent Brothers, which tells Sawyer’s love story, also a great read.
The Saddler Boys
Schoolteacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.
When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.
As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure, and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and … Read more.
About the Contributor
Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.