• Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman

  • The Hobbit | JRR Tolkien

  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies | Seth Grahame-Smith

  • A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald | Natasha Lester

  • The Marriage of Opposites | Alice Hoffman

  • Painting The Roses Red| Lewis Carroll’s Alice

  • Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald | Therese Anne Fowler

  • The Midnight Dress | Karen Foxlee

  • The Probable Future | Alice Hoffman

  • The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton

  • Teacup Barton Cottages from Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

  • Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

  • This is Halloween….

  • The Tailor’s Girl | Fiona McIntosh

  • Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

  • Reading Chair Cookies

  • Snow White by the Brothers Grimm

  • Longbourn by Jo Baker

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

  • Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  • Lost and Found, Brooke Davis

  • The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen

  • Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

  • Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier

Secrets & Bees – Alice Hoffman’s The Probable Future

Hello dear readers! Sorry it’s been a little while since my last post. I have been deeply involved in researching my historical fiction novel (yes, I am an aspiring novelist as well!) It’s a historical fiction novel set in Estonia about two women working on opposite sides of the Stalinist regime, one running from the […] Read more…

Snowflakes & Mittens – Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child

As Christmas approaches, I start making snowflakes… I know that down here in the lovely Antipodes, some people don’t associate Christmas with white winter flurries and sparkling vistas of frozen landscape. But you would be surprised how many people do! Must be something to do with our English heritage! Or perhaps it’s just enjoyable to […] Read more…

This is Halloween…

Have you noticed that we are already halfway through October? That means it’s nearly time for my favourite holiday… Halloween!! I love Halloween. I know it’s not a really a very ‘Australian’ holiday, but it is gaining more and more traction here and every year, the shops are filled with more and more Halloween decorations […] Read more…

Dreams, Memory & Romance in Fiona McIntosh’s The Tailor’s Girl

The Book When I was young, it was one of my (many, varied) dreams to be a fashion designer. I think many girls have this dream! It never occurred to me, though, that there was a time when women were not encouraged to follow their dreams, or rather, dreams were allowed but were limited to […] Read more…

Secrets and Second Chances: Kimberley Freeman’s Evergreen Falls

The Book My cookie inspiration for this week is Kimberley Freeman’s fabulous novel, Evergreen Falls. I read this book recently as I was recovering from surgery. It was the perfect hospital read, because once you pick up a Kimberley Freeman book you will NOT want to put it down until you are finished! Trust me. […] Read more…

Reading Chair Cookies

It’s been very cold in Sydney of late; we had our coldest morning for six years last week! And there has been rain. Oh, so much rain…. The sky is dark all day and smothered by pewter clouds. Sometimes the sun peeks through, and you can see people shaking out their umbrellas and staring up […] Read more…

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