Monday, 6 April 2020

✿ The Women's Pages ✿ Victoria Purman ✿

From the bestselling author of The Land Girls comes a beautifully realised novel that speaks to the true history and real experiences of post-war Australian women.

Sydney 1945 The war is over, the fight begins.

The war is over and so are the jobs (and freedoms) of tens of thousands of Australian women. The armaments factories are making washing machines instead of bullets and war correspondent Tilly Galloway has hung up her uniform and been forced to work on the women's pages of her newspaper - the only job available to her - where she struggles to write advice on fashion and make-up.

As Sydney swells with returning servicemen and the city bustles back to post-war life, Tilly finds her world is anything but normal. As she desperately waits for word of her prisoner-of-war husband, she begins to research stories about the lives of the underpaid and overworked women who live in her own city. Those whose war service has been overlooked; the freedom and independence of their war lives lost to them.

Meanwhile Tilly's waterside worker father is on strike, and her best friend Mary is struggling to cope with the stranger her own husband has become since being liberated from Changi a broken man. As strikes rip the country apart and the news from abroad causes despair, matters build to a heart-rending crescendo. Tilly realises that for her the war may have ended, but the fight is just beginning...


ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest review

The Women's Pages is another wonderfully written and inspiring story from Victoria Purman.

I am loving reading more Australian historical fiction these days, and Ms Purman's stories are some that I will always read.

Set in Sydney at the end of WW2, we are taken on the journey with Tilly, her best friend Mary and their families as the men come home and the women are again relegated to the life of baby making and cooking for their man (ugh, I don't think I would have survived back then lol).

Tilly is ahead of her time really, with her career in journalism being curtailed by the fact she didn't have a penis.  She fought for every chance that was just thrown in the laps of the good ol' boys.

The hope and the heartache of war time is a huge part of this tale, and I turned each page, holding my breath for what was going to happen next.

Ms Purman has painted a vivid picture of war time Sydney, and had me thinking about what my grandparents went through in the early days of their marriage. I love reading a story that draws me right in like that.

I loved where Tilly's story ended up, and smiled at something I was hoping for the whole time I was reading.

Beautiful writing, enthralling story, I hope to read more from Ms Purman in the future;


Victoria Purman is an Australian top ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author. Her most recent bestseller, The Land Girls, was published in April 2019. The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, a novel based on her mother's post-war migration to Australia, was published in 2018. Her previous novel The Three Miss Allens became a USA Today bestseller in April 2019. She is a regular guest at writers festivals, a mentor and workshop presenter and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.
To find out more, visit Victoria on her website.
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Thursday, 2 April 2020

✪ SOUTHERN STORMS ✪ Brittainy C. Cherry ✪

© Bianca Janeane ✰ 

• 2 April 2020
• Book #1 in the Compass series

• complete standalone!
• Cover-Model: Emilio Alcaraz

5 Stars
Even the town’s black sheep needed a friend sometimes

All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms

After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.

They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.

What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.

Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.

Yet when both of our pasts come back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes loves stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.

Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.

Book One in New Compass Series of Standalone Novels

Kennedy & Jax.
Both very sad and broken with a lot of heartbreaking events in their past.
They knew each other as kids and now they live in the same town again.
Kennedy just left her idiot husband after some very hard times and Jax has been in town all his life. He's the town's bad sheep. The grumpy plumber.
But as soon as he sees Kennedy again - his grumpiness disappears and his heart starts working again.
Same with Kennedy.
Now those two only have to heal enough to be able to fight for their forever happily ever after ...

Another beautiful Brittainy book!
I loved it.
Heartbreaking. Funny. Adorable. Sweet.
Small town. Crazy people. Hilarious.
Romance. Grief. Beauty. Hope.
A perfect romance. There's nothing much more I could say about it.
I loved reading it. I kinda got a few vibes from previous Brittainy books, but it was a really adorable romance. Almost a second-chance romance I would say, but they weren't old enough and together long enough back then to have a real relationship. But it's definitely a second-chance-BFF romance.
I also wouldn't mind reading Connor's story one day - once he's old enough and a billionaire! ☺

SOUTHERN STORMS was another beautiful Brittainy Cherry love story. Heartbreaking. Funny. Romantic. Adorable. Small-Townish.
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Jax - this one is MINE! ☺

ARC received for an honest review

Ms Cherry has done it again with Southern Storms..
Long lost friendships, full of heartaches and tragedies, I couldn't help but be fully engrossed in Kennedy and Jax's story.
The grumpy guy and the heartbroken girl who find love when they are least expecting it.
The small town vibe, with everyone knowing everyone elses business resonated with me, and I could put local names from my town to the characters in this book (you know who you are, people!).  I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry, I wanted to slap the crap out of some obnoxious people.
But mostly I wanted our lovelies to fall in love.
There are great secondary characters - we all need a Joy and a Connor in our lives.  I am hoping we get more of Connor later in the series.
This book does give of vibes of earlier Brittainy C Cherry books, but that's no a bad thing to me.
I am looking forward to where this series takes us.

 Links to the Book & Author 

Eleanor & Grey


Landon & Shay Book #1


Book #2


... if you haven't read Brittainy's ELEMENTS series yet ... DO IT NOW ! Standalones!
Book #1

Book #2

Book #3

Book #4

Book #1 in the Music Street series - Complete Standalone!

Disgrace - standalone


Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.