Women’s Reads

What a charming, heart-warming novel! Lia runs a café in a small New Zealand seaside town, with her friend Anna. Running a small business is challenging enough, but Anna is about to marry Lia’s twin brother Ro and has taken to a diet of lettuce leaves and not much else in preparation for her big… Read More

What a delightful read this novel is! And the main reason is the wonderful character Lola Quinlan, a flamboyant and eccentric 85-year-old woman, who is sassy and funny, and about to go on a trip of a lifetime. Lola decides to return to her birthplace, Ireland, more than 60 years after immigrating to Australia. She… Read More

Pachinko begins in Korean in 1911, when Koreans lived under Japanese rule. The novel starts with a humble fisherman and his wife, raising the last of their surviving sons. Hoonie who is quiet with a cleft lip, is not considered the best catch, but his family name is good, and while they are not wealthy… Read More

Set in 1929 in Western Queensland, An Uncommon Woman is a novel about a young woman, Edwina Baker, finding her way in a world that is ruled by men. Even though the world is changing, and attitudes are becoming more progressive, Edwina is stuck on the family farm in a life of servitude. She is… Read More

Imagine waking up from a coma with 10 years of memory missing. This is what confronts Rebecca, the principal character of Brushstrokes Of Memory upon waking up in hospital after suffering a head injury. Apart from the missing ten years of her life, Rebecca also has to deal with a number of changes in the… Read More

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

Emily, a Wellington mother of two young boys, wrote a blog post in the middle of the night back in March 2015. Within just a few days it was read by more than one million people. Since then her posts, often written in in the wee small hours, have consoled, celebrated and cheered on millions… Read More

In her new standalone, satirical novel, bestselling author Sophie Kinsella offers some sharp observations of these days when social media is king and what you see is very seldom what you get. Generously peppered with her trademark humour, workplace drama and budding love, My Not So Perfect Life is a quirky read with delightful characters… Read More

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