Reading Goals Achieved in March
New Facebook Friends I read: Annie West, Melanie Milburne, Jayne Kingsley
Other new authors I read: Meredith Webber, Robin Gianna, Amalie Berlin,
Books I Read in March
The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane
Finally got back to Karly Lane with her latest series - The Callahan's of Stringybark Creek! I've read one of her books a long time ago and while I keep buying them, I haven't read any more until now! I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect beginning to a family series and I can't wait to read the rest. Cash and Lincoln both had a lot to overcome on their road to love and I'm glad they worked it all out. In a way, I also found the authenticity of this book refreshing. I'm really looking forward to the next one!
Revelations of a Secret Princess by Annie West
Even though I have tonnes of Annie West books on my shelf ready to read, I decided to start with her latest. I really enjoyed this book and liked that there was both internal and external conflict, not just internal. Caro's dad was evil with his demands, not to mention he arranged for her baby to be stolen and illegally adopted. But never mind, Jake helped her save the day! Happy ending guaranteed.
The Return of her Billionaire Husband by Melanie Milburne
Again, I have many Melanie's on my shelf, but I picked up her latest when I picked up Annie's. I really enjoyed this story. Julliette and Joe are reunited at a friend's wedding and are still struggling with the death of their stillborn baby. I was glad they were able to work through it though, realise that they loved each other, and they had another baby in the epilogue. Aww.
The Doctors' Christmas Reunion by Meredith Webber
So, I had some idiot run into my car on the road and I went comfort shopping for books, so I broke my number one rule again. Oh well. I picked up this book by Meredith because I haven't read any of hers and wanted to read some more medical romances. I really enjoyed this book and Meredith's style. This was a beautiful story about a couple trying to save their marriage.
His Surgeon Under Southern Lights by Robin Gianna
I bought this in my comfort shopping too and was drawn to it because it's set in Antarctica! How cool is that? I haven't read this author either, and I really enjoyed her style and the story. And I looooved visiting Antarctica!
Reunited in the Snow by Amalie Berlin
This was with the above story and followed on from that book. This was a fun read and the author had a very different and distinctive voice. But it was the fun, Antarctic wedding in the epilogue that left me smiling. I loved these two Anctartica stories.
Loving Lucas by Jayne Kingsley
This was another book that got forgotten on my Kindle and I started reading it again when I arrived at my mum's house to use the treadmill and realised I'd forgotten my book. I finished it on my morning walks around the park and am glad I did so.
Her Forgotten Lover's Heir by Annie West
So to get out of this self-isolation, I visited op shops on the hunt for Annie West and Melanie Milburne books to add to my collection. Arriving at the Strand with my new pile, I was drawn to this one because of the amnesia plus pregnancy storyline. This was a fantastic read. The thing I loved most was that the hero was a little softer than some I've read and really easy to fall in love with. And I had a great time finishing it on my new treadmill. Let the reading increase!
Scarlett and the Model Man by Cathryn Hein
Cathryn is one of my read without reading the blurb authors and I was so excited to receive this book in the mail. Thanks to self-isolating, I sat down and read this from start to finish in one afternoon, and it was so worth it. I'd been looking forward to this story because it was inspired by Cathryn's own 'losing her muse' experience. Scarlett is an artist who has lost her muse and is struggling to get it back. I too lost my muse last year so I was very keen to read this story and I connected with Scarlett immediately. I also loved Sam, her funny model man who helped her rediscover her love for painting. I couldn't fault this book. It was lovely.
The Blind Date Surprise by Barbara Hannay
I read this before The Cattleman's English Rose even though it's book 2 because I thought I'd already read English Rose, but I had it confused with another of Barbara's stories. I loved this one because it was set in Brisbane and I had a great time reading a story set in a place I'm familiar with. I guess that's why I love Barbara's work. And this book had a gorgeous dalmatian and a border collie waiting for Annie back home. This one had everything.
The Cattleman's English Rose by Barbara Hannay
This was the perfect fish-out-of-water story. Charity is an Englishwoman who comes to the Australian outback in search of her brother and it had all the 'scary Australian' things, such as snakes, rough roads, and vast barren outback plains. But what made me laugh the most was Charity being a vegetarian and serving these cattleman vegetarian meals. Classic. AND it had a great mix of doggy characters, which is always a winner for me. This was an amazing story with a great emotional pay off...and I think I might just binge read Barbara for a while now.
The Mirrabrook Marriage by Barbara Hannay
This was the perfect ending to the trilogy. Reid has been battling some deep inner demons and while this conflict could easily have been resolved if he'd simply talked about it and not been all 'tough guy' about it, he is an outback cattleman and simply bottles up his feelings. Sarah, however, has had enough. He never told her why he ended their relationship and she's done waiting for him, so she applies for a transfer and plans to leave Mirrabrook, which finally springs Reid into action. This really was a fantastic series by Barbara.
Conveniently Wed in Paradise by Meredith Webber
This is Meredith's 100th book for Mills and Boon, which is definitely something to aspire to. I really enjoyed this book with it's various settings - Thailand, followed by a trip to Alex's home in Scotland and then he chases Kenzie to her home in outback Australia. I loved the mix of settings and cultures and all the events that occured in this story. It was a very enjoyable read with interesting secondary characters.
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