An Outback Nurse

An Outback Nurse out the back of my house

Thea Hayes
Allen and Unwin
Published October 2014

Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did
not alter my review in any way.

Thea Hayes’ An Outback Nurse is a fascinating account of her life as nurse on a cattle station in the Australian outback (title is a little explanatory, I suppose). Thea was a city girl, just home from travels in Europe and the U.S. when she applies for a job in the Northern Territory on a whim. When she accepts the position she couldn’t have known then what her life would have in store for her and she didn’t know a thing about the four million cattle station she would soon be calling home. She found love, life and a home in the middle of nowhere.

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A Sudden Light

On the red vinyl chairs of the university library where I wrote my review

Garth Stein
Simon & Schuster AU
Published October 2014
Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book for an honest
review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

A Sudden Light is a story about love, loss, regret and a ghost that spans over generations of the Riddell family. The Riddell House, where fourteen-year-old Trevor’s grandfather and aunt live – who he has never met before the summer of 1990 – has been in the family since the early 1900s when it was built by Trevor’s great-great-grandfather and is full of mystery, deception and family secrets. Feeling the weight of his parents’ ‘trial separation’ after they become bankrupt, Trevor sets out to put the story together and uncover the hidden truths of his family. As he does, he realises that they are not alone in Riddell House.

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A Thousand Pieces of You

Love this cover but…is my photo crooked?

Claudia Gray
Firebird, #1
Harper Collins
Published 7th November 2014

Thank you to the publisher for providing 
this book in exchange for an honest review. 
This did not alter my review in
any way.

A Thousand Pieces of You took me longer to read than expected, but it’s not the book’s fault – in a mad dash for a train the book and I were separated and it landed ungracefully in the carpark. Luckily my boyfriend, who had dropped me off, was able to go back and rescue it, but as a result the book and I were separated for a few days. Though I was a bit iffy about it I was glad to be reunited.

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The Year Of The Rat

The Year of the Rat

Author: Clare Furniss
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: August 7th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book. This did not influence my review in any way.

Oh man. Did I only just start this book this morning? It’s not even eleven and my nose is running, my face is red, eyes are puffy. Did I mention I read most of this on a train? Yes, I like to embarrass myself that much. I’m pretty sure I nearly started sobbing at one point.

The world may tip at any moment.

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Unite Me

Unite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: The Juliette Chronicles, Books 1.5 & 2.5
Publisher: Harper Collins
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 28th, 2013
Read Count: 1
This is not going to be a full blown review but more me throwing my two cents into the discussion. Unite Me contains Destroy Me, a novella from Warner’s point of view, and Fracture Me, from Adam’s point of view. It’s been almost a year since I read Shatter Me for the first time but I think I remember it pretty well, same with Unravel Me and you can find my reviews for those books linked below.

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The Wars Of Heaven

Author: Richard Currey
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer’s Project
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Date Read: May 26th, 2014
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for providing me with a copy of this book.

The Wars of Heaven is a book of short stories and also the novella ‘The Love of a Good Woman’, in which Currey paints a picture of working class America in the twenties and thirties. He tells the story of the every day – the marriage of a train engineer to a younger woman, the life and loss of coal miners, the wanderings of an epileptic man, a young boy whose birth robs his father of the love of his life, a robber who finds himself in a snowballing misunderstanding and finally in ‘The Love of a Good Woman’ we meet Delbert Keene, who could have been given his own novel. These people live, love a bit and they suffer too much as they work their way through life.

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