19 January 2018

To happy ever after?

From subway . . .

Monday night. Wednesday morning. Friday lunchtime. Holland Bakker plans her journeys to work around the times the handsome Irish musician, Calvin McLoughlin, plays his guitar in the 50th Street subway station.

Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, Holland is destined to admire him from a distance. Then a near-tragedy causes her busker to come to her rescue, only to disappear when the police start asking questions.

To Broadway . . .

Keen to repay Calvin, Holland gets him an audition with her uncle, Broadway's hottest musical director. When he aces the tryout, Calvin's luck seems to have turned - until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he doesn't have a visa.

Impulsively, Holland offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, still keeping her infatuation secret. Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway, while their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers. Yet surrounded by theatre and actors, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

18 January 2018

This weeks Recommended Read from District Children's & Young Adult Librarian Pam Jones

How to enjoy New Zealand's cycle trail network, by a writer who knows them like the back of his hand. Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trails - began as a vision to inspire people to experience New Zealand's great outdoors by bike. 

This book will show you how to enjoy the trails; expert writer Jonathan Kennett knows them like the back of his hand. It's stuffed full of useful information on the different trails - how to get there, what you will see, level of difficulty, things to take, places to eat and places to stay. There is fascinating background information on each area - its history and the local flora and fauna - as well as on the ride itself. There is also a highly practical section full of advice on choosing the right bike, gear to take, cell phone coverage in the different areas, weather and the best times of year for each trail, environmental care and useful websites. 

Written by New Zealand's top cycling writer, the book is aimed at family groups and first-time cyclists as well as more experienced groups. It's accompanied by colour photos of the trails, elevation profiles and maps of each trail. Don't put your bike on the bike rack without it.

16 January 2018

A recommended read from the staff at Eltham LibraryPlus!


“Fantastic Summer Read, this author delivers again with unexpected plot twists”

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. 

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

11 January 2018

Fire and Fury is arriving in the near future - reserve your copy now!

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

 Among the revelations:

- What President Trump's staff really thinks of him
- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room
- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing
- What the secret to communicating with Trump is
- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers 

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

10 January 2018

A season for love?

The three Zook schweschders have always loved the three Stolzfus bruders. The Stolzfus' father, Amos, had been so difficult he'd driven the boys away. Now David, the eldest, has made peace with his father, returned to the community and married his love, Lavinia Zook.

When Sam left the Amish community following David, moving into the Englisch world, he walked away from a chance for love. Now Mary Elizabeth Zook, the woman Sam was starting to love before he left, must find out the reason he left and bring him back into the fold. Although she doesn't feel like an old maid at twenty-three, she wants to make a home with a mann she loves, have kinner and be loved and happy.

She knows Sam has clashed with his father, but is there more to his leaving the commjunity than what he says? How can she bring him back to his father, his family and to her?

Can Mary Elizabeth help Sam find his way home to her in time for Christmas?

09 January 2018

Author Profile - Barbara Cameron

Picture is from the authors website

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. 

She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books and three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. 

Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. 

Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida and on her website says:

"Why I write Amish series: I’ve been intrigued by the Amish and feel I’ve learned a lot about spirituality and God’s will in our lives since I first visited Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’ve returned there often since then to visit friends. An Old Order Amish friend reads my manuscripts to check for authenticity before publication."

You can find out more about the author and her books on her website and connect with her reader page on Facebook

08 January 2018

New from the author of big little lies...

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. 

In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.

05 January 2018

Bon : the last highway - reviewed by Sue

I’d never heard of Bon Scott. I know! Shock horror, have I been living under a rock? 

For those ignorant few like me, Bon Scott was the original lead singer of AC/DC. He passed away 1980. I stumbled across this biography by chance while looking for something to listen to on the libraries eBook/eAudio platform, BorrowBox. The narration sounded good so I downloaded it. Bon certainly was a very colourful character and this biography was well worth the listening time.

Other people’s lives can be a very interesting read and rock biographies can give you an new insight into what happens behind the  scenes. 

I’ve read only three musician biography’s before, Bob Geldof’s “Is that it?”, Noddy Holder’s “Who’s crazee now” and Dave Hill’s “So here it is”.

I especially enjoyed Noddy’s retelling about laughing at a young barrow boy who kept telling Noddy that he would be bigger than Slade one day. That young man grew up to be Freddie Mercury. I think we can all agree Freddie was just a little more successful!

04 January 2018

A Recommended Read from District Children's & Young Adult Librarian Pam Jones

Lisa Anselmo wrapped her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who was a defining force in Lisa's life--maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn't built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother--and her mother's expectations?

Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city--Paris--and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly, she's living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie , goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life.  

From dating to home ownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it's not all picnics on the Seine, and starts to doubt herself--and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can't give up now. Isn't happiness worth fighting for?

In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild , My (Part-time) Paris Life a story is for anyone who's ever felt lost or hopeless, but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman's search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light.

03 January 2018

Year one by Nora Roberts - reviewed by Maria

After enjoying quite a number of Nora Roberts novels, I have fallen flat with this one sadly.The intention of the author seems to be a Dystopian end of the world via a virus plot, however there is also magic introduced. Nora Roberts has successfully written books with a magical plot in the past and I have very much enjoyed her trilogies such as Three Sisters Island, Guardians Trilogy, Gallaghers of Ardmore and The Cousins O'Dwyer.

I don't feel that this is going to be a trilogy I will enjoy since I could not read past page 14 of the first book. The world ending via a virus theme as been done to dystopian death and trying to add magic into it takes a talent Ms Roberts seems to not have acquired unlike authors such as Terry Brooks in his Shannara series.

It all seemed very disjointed and flat.

It might have just been my mood but this novel just didn't do it for me at all.  I did skim read through but still nothing really captured the attention enough to make me want to persevere in reading.

02 January 2018

Could there be a little bit of magic in a fresh start?

When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you? 

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiance and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him? 

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

01 January 2018

Author profile - Giovanna Fletcher

Taken from the authors website:

My name is Giovanna Fletcher (maiden name Falcone). I live in London with my husband Tom, our two boys Buzz and Buddy, and our two cats, Aurora and Leia. I’m an actress/writer/presenter/vlogger/blogger and spend most of my time curled up in my office daydreaming about the possibilities of life…

I tend to talk a lot about being a mum and nutella. Not that these two things are equal in importance - it’s just something that has naturally happened.

The plan for my blog is to post things I’ve seen and loved, to inspire and brighten - or to simply make you smile. I hope I succeed!

Photo taken from authors website.

You can find Giovanna on:





29 December 2017

The Girl in the Green Dress - reviewed by Cath


How far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands? Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve.

This what I’d call an old-fashioned mystery, but the inclusion of transgender issues brings it up to date. It wasn’t a total page turner for me, and I did see some of the plot twists coming, but a very enjoyable read despite that.

28 December 2017

There were four cousins...

There were four cousins in the Morse family; perfect Kenny, the preppy West Coast lawyer; James, the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive hard-drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa, youngest and most fragile, haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her father.

Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl's Point. None of them has visited the family estate since they7 were childre, when a prized painting disappeard: a self-portrait by Goya, rumoured to cause madness or death upon viewing. Afterwards, the family split apart amid the accusatioins and su8spicions that followed its theft.

Any hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporates when Teresa arrives  to find the old man dead, his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung.

As the family gathers and suspicions mount, Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her grandfather's death and the paintings loss. But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidden.

27 December 2017

The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Dectective

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighbourhood has ever seen-always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call "bossiness') to solve the toughest crimes. 

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that's eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn't sure of what to make of Shelby, but suddenly, New York's prize pooch is stolen and Holmes and Watson are swept up in a dog-napping case that'll take teamwork to solve!

22 December 2017

Is it just me? - audio reviewed by Cath

Comedienne and TV star Miranda Hart laments on the horrors of growing up and offers her younger self some essential advice on grappling with life's unexpected perils and blunders.

"Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany say sitting elegantly on a bar stool, using chopsticks, pretending to understand the bank crisis, pedicures--surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you."

I have spent the last week listening to this on my trip to and from work and loved it. I can relate to Miranda’s slightly rocky path through life and general awkwardness; as Miranda would say “totes hilair”!