Mercy Street – Tess Evans

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A delightful, sweet and funny novel from bestselling novelist Tess Evans, MERCY STREET tells the heartwarming story of curmudgeonly pensioner George, who, since his wife’s death three years ago, is living a life that is no more than the sum of his ‘worn-out, washed out days’. While his marriage to Pen was a happy one, they never had children, so his life has narrowed to trips to the shop, occasional visits from his bossy sister Shirl and afternoons in the pub with his old mate Redgum.

But one day, everything changes when Angie, a nineteen-year-old single mother, unexpectedly saves his life. George grudgingly acknowledges his debt to her, and later, when Angie asks for a favour, he has no choice but to agree. Gradually George’s life begins to blossom, until Angie’s fecklessness unexpectedly sets him on the wrong side of the law. It takes all of his love and courage, and friends both old and new, for George to deal with a very unexpected turn of events.

A novel about mistakes, accidental families, and the transformative power of love, from the bestselling author of BOOK OF LOST THREADS, Tess Evans.

 Wow! This book is absolutely amazing. I really, really love it. George is such a loveable character who you totally feel for. I felt like I was reading about my grandad! Although I did feel some sympathy for Angie, it slowly ebbed away throughout the book until all I really felt was a bit of anger, and frustration on George’s behalf. I would definitely read this book again.

5/5

Alex as well – Alyssa Brugman

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What do you do when everybody says you’re someone you’re not?

Alex wants change. Massive change. More radical than you could imagine.

Her mother is not happy, in fact she’s imploding. Her dad walked out.

Alex has turned vegetarian, ditched one school, enrolled in another, thrown out her clothes. And created a new identity. An identity that changes her world.

And Alex—the other Alex—has a lot to say about it.

It was interesting to see how it felt to be a person who is transgender, especially a teenager. There were times where I thought Alex had Multiple Personality Disorder because of the way she talks to “the other Alex” (male Alex). Definitely a good read for teens.

3/5

100 things: What’s on your list? – Sebastian Terry

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Have you ever allowed yourself time to think about what’s really important to you? Something you have always dreamed of doing?

In a moment of reflection after the loss of a friend, Sebastian Terry’s answer is a list of 100 things, the things he’s always wanted to do.

Sebastian embarks on an incredible adventure which sees him Get Shot in Colombia, Crash the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival and Cycle through Cuba – all in an effort to ensure he lives a life without regrets. Now more than halfway through his list, Sebastian has realised that his journey is part of something so much bigger…

100 things is a humorous, action-packed story for anyone who’s ever dreamed about living every day like it was their last.

 This book is quite interesting! It was great to read about Sebastian’s journey as he completed things off of his list. When he published the book, he had not completed all 100 items, but it was good to read about the progress. It is an inspirational book!

4/5

Me and Rory Macbeath – Richard Beasley

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Adelaide, 1977. The year Elvis died. And the year twelve-year-old Jake Taylor meets Rory Macbeath.

Until then, Jake’s world was small, revolving around his street, his school and the courthouse where his mum, Harry, is a barrister. His best friend lives only a few houses away. For them, daylight is for spinning a cricket ball, riding bikes around the neighbourhood and swimming at the pool until their skin is wrinkled and the zinc on their noses has washed away. Then Rory Macbeath moves into the red-brick house at the end of Rose Avenue and everything changes.

At first Jake has his doubts about Rory. But after long days and nights of swimming, fishing, and daring each other into trouble, Jake discovers Rory has talents and courage beyond those of anyone he’s ever known.

Then, early one evening, Rory disappears. And everyone on Rose Avenue is about to discover why.

I really, really enjoyed this novel! It was nothing like I was expecting it to be. Even though I wasn’t alive in the 70s, I felt like I was there, and had a real understanding and connection to the events in the novel. It was written with passion. I would definitely read this again.

5/5

The Birdwatcher – William McInnes

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This is a story about a bloke who’s losing his hearing; a bird that can’t fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesn’t know who to be angry at.

It’s about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como.

It’s part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest or while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody’s heart.

It’s about cold outdoor showers and people not quite being complete. But, most of all, it’s about giving yourself the gift to be still while you wait for the lights to change or the rain to stop, so you have time to think.

For all of us, there are memories and secrets that can change our lives. If we let them.

I picked up this book at a local op-shop. Wow! This novel is just so beautiful. I was enthralled from the very first page. It is just so powerful and wonderful and full of joy. The characters are wonderful and loveable. I really loved this book! There were no weird or awkward plot twists, it was just a simple story, beautifully told.

5/5