Elsie’s Place by Kerrie Paterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a beautiful, heart-warming read about three women who find love, support and friendship in an unlikely place. Strangers brought together during the renovation of Elsie’s Place, a run-down historical property Patricia has inherited, each woman has a hurt or hurdle to overcome. A hard-working single mother, a career woman with a desperate wish and a school principal recovering on stress leave – none of them could ever have forseen that a house renovation would make them rethink the direction their lives are taking. A wonderful, well-written story about love and forgiveness, discovery and secrets, with the underlying message that friendship does more than just bring people together. It has the potential to create a family. An excellent read I’d highly recommend.
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A Grand Design style renovation – with a literal skeleton in the closet.
Sixty-year-old widowed school principal Patricia inherits a run-down, historic house in Newcastle, NSW, from Elsie, an old lady she’d befriended.
On leave following a distressing incident at her school, Pat throws herself into restoring the house with the help of new friends – architect Susan, whose longing for a child threatens her marriage, and Lauren, a single mum stubbornly sacrificing her dreams of self-employment for the security of a nine-to-five job. Attraction flares between Pat and Andy, the historic restoration expert she hires.
While menacing phone calls and destructive break-ins threaten to derail the restoration project, a shocking discovery causes repercussions no-one could have foreseen.
Caught between the needs of her mother ravaged by dementia and the demands of her adult children, Pat must learn to put herself first to salvage both her new life and her new love.
Don’t Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ever wondered what it’s like to live on an air force base in Darwin? Macie Harman is about to find out. She’s about to find so much more than crocodiles, snakes of the two-legged kind and dance moves she never knew she had.
A fun tale of commitment and love, of finding yourself and the partner of your dreams, of discovering friendship where you least expect to, and of course, new starts. Well-edited, full of humour, excitement and sexy dance moves. This debut from Renee Conoulty is a refreshingly different read in Women’s Fiction.
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What if you finally took the lead, but life refused to follow?
Thirty-year-old introvert, Macie Harman, has finally found a career she is passionate about, and after months of training, she’s begun her new job in the Royal Australian Air Force. Leaving behind her family, friends, and the life she knew, Macie has travelled to the other side of the country where the only person she knows is Rachael, the extroverted girl she went through basic training with. Everywhere Macie goes, Rachael is there too.
While looking for a way to widen her circle of friends in her new town, Macie discovers a local swing dancing class. The jazz music captures her heart, and Matt, the sexy swing dancer, sweeps her off her feet. Matt has claimed the tropical Northern Territory as home and has no plans to leave. He loves his teaching career with its predictable routine and has a great bunch of friends. All he wants now is the right girl to make his house a home.
Military life is tougher than Macie expected, and not everyone can deal with the inevitable separations and last minute changes. Is this exciting but unpredictable life something Macie wants to fight for, or could she give it up and put down roots with Matt?