Romance

Browse all our articles, featuring books that contain an element of romance, whether that be simmering romantic tension or a full blown love affair — heartwarming, heart breaking or heart racing!

Recent standout reads for us in the romance genre are Ashley Poston’s The Seven Year Slip, Pip Williams’ The Bookbinder and Mhairi McFarlane’s Last Night. And, it would be hard to go wrong with some of our all time top romance reads such as the iconic One Day, The Flatshare and The Time Traveller’s Wife, the quirky under-appreciated gem Resistance Is Futile and the uplifting Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Finally, if you too think romance and humour make the perfect match, then we recommend checking out our most popular Book List: 30 Top Romantic Comedy Novels.

BELLWETHER by Connie Willis, Book Review: Charm & ingenuity

BELLWETHER by Connie Willis, Book Review: Charm & ingenuity

Connie Willis’s short novel Bellwether is a wonderfully intelligent romantic comedy.

Researchers Dr Sandra Foster and Dr Bennett O’Reilly, with specialties in fad/trend analysis and chaos theory respectively find themselves thrown together in the chaotic and fad driven HiTek Corporation. They are your classic fish out of water. Add to this melting pot an infuriating admin assistant (sorry, interdepartmental communications liaison), a 60+ page simplified grant funding application form and a flock of sheep and you have ample fodder for comedic moments.

ONE DAY by David Nicholls | Book, Movie & TV Series Review: Depth & compassion

ONE DAY by David Nicholls | Book, Movie & TV Series Review: Depth & compassion

One Day by David Nicholls oozes humour, depth and compassion. Why I recommend the audiobook, consider the movie a poor substitute but love the TV series also.

Has a novel ever made you laugh and want to cry at the same time? One Day did that to me.

Nicholls forces us to fall in love with his lead characters, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, as we check in with them each year on the anniversary of their first liaison. How can one not feel a connection to these characters when they think the same things we have all thought? How can one not feel empathy for these hapless individuals when we have all made similar mistakes in our own lives?

ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky, Book Review

ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky, Book Review

Irene Nemirovsky’s novel All Our Worldly Goods reminds us that even in the darkest of times, where this is a will there is a way.
There is a very appealing undertone of revolutionary zeal in Nemirovsky’s All Our Worldly Goods.
We follow the characters on their life journey in a tug-of-war between hope and obligation, through shocking loss and moments of joy. This novel explores love in its many forms, and ultimately the inspiration and steely determination that emotion can provide.

THE RETURN by Victoria Hislop, Book Review: Engrossing

THE RETURN by Victoria Hislop, Book Review: Engrossing

The Return (2008) is Victoria Hislop’s second novel. Her debut novel, The Island (2005) was included in The Times ‘100 Books That Defined the Noughties’. The Return Synopsis A captivating new novel of family, love, and betrayal set against a…

Four Fast Reviews – Peters, Marquez, Unger and Fluke

Four Fast Reviews – Peters, Marquez, Unger and Fluke

When my reviews outstanding hit four I have decided I just have to stop procrastinating on the perfect way to describe my feelings about the books and post my thoughts quickly otherwise I will never keep up with my reading pile! So…

Addition by Toni Jordan, Review: Quirky & intelligent romance

Addition by Toni Jordan, Review: Quirky & intelligent romance

Toni Jordan’s Addition was… Winner, Indie Awards, Best Debut Fiction, 2008 Longlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2009 Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, Best General Fiction Book, 2008 Addition Synopsis Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she…

SIREN by Tara Moss, Book Review: A sassy, sexy thriller

SIREN by Tara Moss, Book Review: A sassy, sexy thriller

Siren is a sassy, sexy thriller. Tara Moss’s much anticipated fifth novel in her Vanderwall thriller series lives up to expectations and as always leaves her fans gasping for more. Although I do not know the author personally, her public persona appears…

The Last Anniversary, Review: Liane Moriarty’s cosy mystery

The Last Anniversary, Review: Liane Moriarty’s cosy mystery

Delightful. Liane Moriarty’s novel The Last Anniversary is a wonderful blend of chick lit, drama and cosy mystery. The subtitle, ‘sometimes you have to come up with your own fairytale ending’ is the attention grabber and a sentiment that many women will identify with.

La’s Orchestra Saves The World by Alexander McCall Smith, Review

La’s Orchestra Saves The World by Alexander McCall Smith, Review

Charming. Can any of us make a difference to the great events which determine our fate? That is the question Alexander McCall Smith explores in La’s Orchestra Saves the World. The story is set in Britain and told through the eyes of a young woman named Lavender (all her friends call her La).

The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz, Review: An ominous premonition

The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz, Review: An ominous premonition

An ominous premonition. In The Olive Readers, Christine Aziz hits the fast forward button and places the reader in a dystopian future world where corporations rule the Earth. This story of a world gone wrong is told through the eyes and plight of a young woman named Jephzat. Jephzat lives in the federation state responsible for producing olives in the new world order. The corporations control all information.

MY BRILLIANT CAREER by Miles Franklin

MY BRILLIANT CAREER by Miles Franklin

BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW Exceptional. Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career truly deserves all the accolades it has received over the last century. It was a ground-breaking novel when it was published…

Book Review – REFLECTING THE SKY by S J Rozan

Action-packed. This is the first novel by S J Rozan that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. Rozan’s main characters private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are your classic odd couple, whose strengths and weakness fit together like a glove. They are a formidable team that readers barrack for. Lydia is feisty and outspoken and Bill is her rock, strong and loyal.