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Reviewsday: The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay

So this took me nearly a month to read, but I was savouring it.

I LOVED this story, it was vivid and rich and highly detailed. It had a heaping serve of emotion and characters to die for.

Anything that centres around World War Two has pretty much won me from the start, but I hadn't really read much Australian fiction on the topic, and knew even less about Batavia (modern day Jakarta) and its part in Australia's military campaigns.

Rife with political intrigue, love both fulfilled and unrequited, this was my first Bryce Courtenay novel and most certainly not my last. Particularly given how this novel ends, which is meant to encourage you to pick up book 2 of the duology, Fishing for Stars. Yes, Bryce Courtenay does series. I had no idea prior to this.
Another thing I'll say about the writing is that it's a lot more sexy than I thought it would be. Many a woman tantalises young Nicholas Duncan, which is what brings me to the four star rating.

I decided to drop a star because I really started to dislike Nick by the end of The Persimmon Tree. I felt like he became a bit of a philanderer and was a little too free with his "love." Nick loved every woman he was with, and even one he wasn't with. I just felt it was a betrayal to Anna who had a World War Two that was vastly different and inherently more damaging than Nick's.

 

QBD Reviews: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

9781742613949The Husband’s Secret is a great novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, from the very beginning I was captivated and found myself thinking about the book even when I wasn’t reading it and eager to pick it back up from where I left off at every opportunity. The Husband's Secret is a story of three women all going through their own personal issues and who hardly know each other but soon their lives intertwine. Everyone will be touched by this dark secret.

Cecelia Fitzpatrick is an extremely hard working perfectionist. She is a picture of motherhood, the perfect wife and trusted friend. Until one day it all begins to come undone when she discovers a letter from her still alive and well husband John-Paul, a letter that is only to be opened in the event of his death. What would you do? Would you go ahead and open the letter? Would you be prepared for the truth it may hold? The Husband's Secret is a thought provoking page turner about truth, loyalty, betrayal and above all love. After reading this book I will definitely be reading more by this wonderful author.

~ Alana, QBD Canelands

Book of the Month: All The Light We Cannot See

y648Forget falling in love with a valentine this February! Fall in love with Anthony Doerr's award winning novel 'All the Light We Cannot See' instead!

Filled with love, betrayal, fear and an unmistakable determination to survive the war, Doerr's book is certain to become your new favourite story.

This book is told from two different perspectives – fifteen year old German orphan turned soldier , Werner, and a brave, yet blind, young Parisian, Marie Laure. At its simplest, this book is a story of two young, innocent souls trying to survive and fight in a war which is not theirs.

Doerr shows us scenes of unimaginable desperation and lost childhoods, as he reminds us of the importance of family, and how even the most evil of people fear death.

'All the Light We Cannot See' is a book that will remain with you long after you finish the last page. Doerr's work casts a long, dark shadow over 'The Book Thief'. I wish every book was as enjoyable and addictive as this one!

It will definitely make you fall in love with reading again!
- Jacqueline, QBD Epping

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QBD’s 25 Books of Christmas: #12

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Beloved Australian author Di Morrissey takes her inspiration from her journeys through Australia. Her latest novel, Rain Music, is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland - its characters, its forgotten history, its modern dilemmas.

A brother and sister, Ned and Bella Chisholm, are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths. After Ned takes off to pursue his musical dreams in far north Queensland, he disappears. When Bella goes in search of her brother, she ends up in remote Cooktown and both their lives are dramatically changed in the isolated, little-known far north of Australia.

Perfect for lovers of Australian and rural fiction.

QBD Reviews: Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld & Joe Sumner

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After winning the Miles Franklin award in 2014 for her novel, All the Birds Singing, Evie Wyld has turned her hand to a different kind of story.

The story within these pages is that of Evie herself, growing up spending her summers on the coast of Northern New South Wales, and finding herself fascinated by everything shark after her brother gets a shark jaw for Christmas one year. She imagines sharks following her on her way home from school, watching through the window, swimming around in the floor-turned-sea below the couch she sits on like a raft. But she wants to be on their side, not on the side of the humans who hunt them. So, even while being terrified of them, she is enamoured by them.

Everything is Teeth is a graphic novel, which is equal parts a memoir, a tale of obsession, and just downright entertaining. Evocative, but simple writing, paired with the wonderful illustrations - a juxtaposition of cartoony people, and so-real-they-could-be-photo illustrations of sharks and fish - make this as a must have book for many Aussie readers.