Kate Forsyth – The Blue Rose (Literature Review)

Australian master storyteller Kate Forsyth doesn’t disappoint with her new novel, The Blue Rose. It’s 1788 and France is in chaos. The aristocracy – for all its glitz and glamour – is on the edge of ruin. Peasants bang at the door of Versailles, half dead from lack of food whilst those inside feast on … Continue reading Kate Forsyth – The Blue Rose (Literature Review)

Meg Keneally – Fled (Literature Review)

Meg Keneally cements her place in Australian literature with her solo debut novel, Fled. As the daughter of Australian literary stalwart Tom Keneally, she undoubtedly had an introduction to literature and writing most aspiring authors can only dream of. For the past few years, she has co-authored the Monsarrat series, hereby ensuring both those familiar … Continue reading Meg Keneally – Fled (Literature Review)

Sharon Salzberg – The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion (Literature Review)

It is often said that kindness is a virtue. While that may be true, its practice is often neglected in the business of everyday life, as we rush from here to there, juggling a nine to five job while struggling to spend as much quality time as we can with loved ones. It can all … Continue reading Sharon Salzberg – The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion (Literature Review)

Cover Reveal – Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution

From Roman Gladiators to Colonial America, war-time Europe and everything in between, US authors Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, and E. Knight have taken on almost every facet of history one can imagine. Individually, they have published best-selling historical fiction designed to capture a reader’s imagination and leave them wanting … Continue reading Cover Reveal – Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution

Joshua Hammer – The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu (Literature Review)

Fulfilling his father’s wish that he become the family scribe and preserver of all things literary within their family, young Abdel Kader Haidara takes up his father’s place as a literary conservationist. His job involves working with a dedicated team to preserve Malian culture and history for future generations. Reluctant though he may have been … Continue reading Joshua Hammer – The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu (Literature Review)

Charlotte Abrahams – Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures (Literature Review)

If you’ve watched any home improvement or design show recently, you’re probably familiar with the Danish term, “Hygge”. A word commonly associated with well-being, Hygge basically means to embrace the things in life with which you are comfortable, surrounding yourself with things that lift you up. While there is no strict “how-to” for Hygge like … Continue reading Charlotte Abrahams – Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures (Literature Review)