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QBD Reviews: Serpent and Dove

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, Serpent and Dove is a tale of witchcraft and forbidden love, that will leave readers burning for more. The first book in a duology it is the perfect read for lovers of Sara Holland or Brigid Kemmerer.

"This is an intriguing debut novel from Shelby Mahurin and I cannot wait to see what else she has to bring. Serpent & Dove is a captivating fantasy novel that entwines magic in such an intriguing way. Combine that with a romance that is off the charts and you are in for a ride! Serpent & Dove is such a refreshing YA fantasy and I cannot wait for the next book."

Angelique, QBD

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QBD Reviews: Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

A new drama from Australian's best historical fiction author!

Khaki Town, Judy Nunn’s exciting new novel, is inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years.

Khaki Town is the fantastic new novel from Judy Nunn, set in the north eastern town of Townsville during the second world war. It's the story of hostile race relations between the black and white American soldiers stationed in the town and features a host of both American and Australian characters who are vivid and well developed.

The A and C Companies of the 96th division of the American Army are in Townsville to build a new base and an airport, but not everyone is happy to have them there. The White Australia Policy is in full effect and the Australian government is hesitant to have Negro soldiers on Australian soil. The locals though, tough publican Val, girlfolk Betty and Jill, Aunty Edie and intrepid reporter Pete, are happy to bring the new soldiers into their lives. Tensions still arise though and when the soldiers are banned from the town, the situation explodes in a violent and deadly riot.

A fictionalised account of true events, Nunn's latest book demonstrates her amazing skill at character building. Well researched and very realistic, Khaki Town will stick with you for a long while.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Shannon, QBD Books Rockingham

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QBD reviews: The Wife and The Widow

Have you picked up our Book of the Month, Christian White's The Wife and the Widow, yet?

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

What our reviewers thought:

An unsettling and shocking murder mystery set on a small island off the coast of Melbourne, where a Wife hunts for answers about the murder of her husband and discovers things are not as she thought. The twists in this novel were second to none - completely unexpected and skilfully plotted. Easily one of the best crime thrillers I have read all year. One word - Brilliant!

Tricia, QBD Books Bondi

From the author that gave us The Nowhere Child comes another thrilling masterpiece that will leave you questioning if you truly know those close to you. A widow is left unravelling the secrets her husband left behind, while a wife starts to question if her husband could in fact be a murderer. A truly incredible narrative, full of twists and turns. Another amazing Aussie crime author to watch.

Rosie, QBD Books Mandurah

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QBD Reviews: Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Author Heather Morris

Happy publication day to Cilka's Journey!

The sequel to Heather Morris' International  Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is available in stores from today. 

Readers  have wondered what happened to Cilka, and this book answers all their questions (and then some!)

QBD's Quick Synopsis: 

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? She was only a child when she arrived in Auschwitz. 

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Some of our readers were lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Cilka's Journey. Here's what they thought: 

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz was one of my favourite books of 2018 and it was where we were first introduced to Cilka. In Heather Morris’ follow up novel, Cilka’s Journey, the war is over. This should mean freedom for Cilka but she is arrested for ‘consorting with the enemy’ and sentenced to 15 years at the Vortuka Gulag in Siberia. The conditions are inhumane and every minute is a battle for survival. Despite all this, we see the light of humanity shine through as Cilka makes friends and we are introduced to some very strong female characters. Cilka’s Story is one of unrivaled strength and a raw determination to never give up and to survive. A truly inspirational read."

Julie, Woodgrove QBD

"When I heard this book was nearing release, I began to count down the days, eagerly awaiting a story I knew would not disappoint. Continuing on from where The Tattooist of Auschwitz ended, Cilka's Journey tells of Cilka's move from accused Nazi collaborator, to Siberian prisoner for an arduous 15 years.

The challenges Cilka faces are a horribly familiar, but begin twisting into something unrecognizable as she mistakenly garners the attention of the self-proclaimed 'head prisoners'. But through her daily encounters with death and terror, Cilka meets a woman doctor, who takes her under her wing, allowing her to try aid the ill and struggling where she can.

Cilka definitely lives up to Lale's assessment as 'One of the strongest women (he has) ever known', and her inspirational story shows that even in your darkest days, there may be a little bit of room for love."

Kirsty, Geelong QBD

"Heather Morris is back with another gut-wrenching masterpiece from one of the darkest periods in human history. We follow Cilka in her journey after Auschwitz, to the Gulag in Siberia. Sentenced to fifteen years hard labour for what she was forced to do to survive Auschwitz, Cilka shivers her way through the harsh conditions, fearing what her fellow hut-mates will do when they find out her secret. Based on true events, this is an incredible story of heartache, uncertainty, and above all, survival. A must read."

Rosie, Mandurah QBD

Cilka's Journey is available in store & online now. Purchase your copy here.

QBD Reviews: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life...

I read this book in one day and cannot stop thinking about it.

Eleanor Oliphant has worked in the same office job since finishing university, nine years ago. Her life is perfectly scheduled with a weekly chat to Mummy, a well balanced food regiment and two litres of vodka each weekend. Eleanor is completely fine and completely alone. But everything is about to change when a small act of kindness disrupts Eleanor’s regimented life.

Honeyman’s heartfelt debut novel will make you laugh and cry throughout. The writing style is unique and powerful with a real sensitivity to the human experience. The highlight of this novel is the character development. Eleanor is such a complex, inspiring character and I found myself constantly being surprised and amazed by her. This book at its core demonstrates how small acts of kindness can have an immeasurable impact. If everybody read this book the world would be a better place.

Orah Rothberg, QBD Books Chadstone

Never have I come across such a memorable and unique character in modern fiction as Eleanor Oliphant.
Eleanor leads a simple life and is a creature of habit. She is happy, but something seems to be missing from her life.
A very original story that is funny, sad and thought provoking that speaks to the power of how a little kindness can help overcome anything, especially lonliness
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Joanne Leet, QBD Books Bondi Junction

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