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Playing with Water
Kate Llewellyn
Harper Collins

This is a great book if you or any of your friends are longing for a seachange or even just the simpler things in life. Kate Llewellyn’s world is one that concentrates on the simple things… the planting of flowers, the moving of a tree, the art of digging the perfect hole. This is a life that endows small things with grace and dignity. After moving from her much-loved home in the mountains, Kate starts to establish her new garden in a coastal town. Here she also plants roots in her new community and details the small acts of humanity that lead to friendship. Playing with Water is beautifully written and somehow manages to create an aura of friendship and desires so that we feel the endless heat of summer.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop


Adored
Tilly Bagshawe
Orion

Only read this book if you are desperate to escape the real world and transport yourself into the trashy world of sex, ambition, greed and of course the glitz of Hollywood. This book is not particularly well written and is full of Hollywood clich?s, with a touch too much unnecessary descriptive sex for a trashy novel. Good if you have nothing else to read or are by a pool on holidays and want to dream about life as the granddaughter of forties movie legend Duke McMahon and daughter of billionaire producer Pete McMahon. This is the life for central character Sienna McMahon – she is of course blessed with beauty, brains and wealth, a proverbial princess. And all is going swimmingly till a gold-digging English aristocrat, Caroline Berkeley, worms her way into their lives and their home, the fault lines in the feuding family are blown right open. Reads more like an episode of ?Dynasty? than a well written novel ? fun but not fabulous!
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop


Holding the Baby
Rosie Milne
Pan MacMillan

If you love a good fun book about sisters and dysfunctional yet fun families then this novel is perfect for you. The bright pink cover gives you a hint that this is not a serious piece of literary work and it is not trying to be. What it is, is a light hearted look at the very different lives of 4 sisters and their pursuit of happiness. There’s Annie, who’s engaged to William. He loves her, he’s filthy rich so why does she keep thinking about her ex Ming Kwan? Liz and Zack are having prblems conceiving – it’s their greatest dream to have a child but making love according to thermometers and calendars is losing its appeal. Jo is having the most fabulous sex of all… with her married boss. And married Caroline worried if predictable Simon has really passed his used by date. If that all sounds like fun then grab a copy of Holding the Baby and settle in for a good read and a good laugh!
RRP $22.00 but only $19.80 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop


The Truth about Love
Stephanie Laurens
Harper Collins

If you like your romances the old fashioned kind then New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens new novel ? The Truth about love? will be just your cup of tea. Set in the early 1800?s , this suspenseful Regency historical romance is the 12th in the popular series about the masterful, arrogant Cynster clan. Gerrard Debbington, brother-in-law to Lord Vane Cynster, is a confirmed bachelor and an accomplished landscape painter whose greatest dream is to paint the legendary gardens of Hellebore Hall, the Cornwall estate of reclusive Lord Tregonning. Lord Tregonning has consented to allow Gerrard access to the gardens, in exchange for painting a portrait of his daughter Jacqueline, hoping that a truly honest portrait of his daughter as the good-hearted young woman she is will refute the common belief that she murdered her mother and her fianc. Although Gerrard is initially unenthusiastic about the commission, once he sees Jacqueline, he realizes that he has to paint her…and get to know her a great deal better.
RRP $27.95 but only $25.16 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop


Velocity
Mandy Sayer
Random House

Renowned author Mandy Sayer gives us a glimpse into her childhood with this fascinating memoir. With a tag line of ?I knew all the beer gardens in Sydney by the time I was eight,? you know hers wasn?t an ordinary childhood. Mandy is the youngest child of a jazz musician father and alcoholic mother and her life consisted of following her parents around as they pursued their latest dreams. Her childhood was far from ideal but what?s more fascinating about this book are not the dreadful atrocities Mandy endured, but the way she tells her story. She tells her story in a seemingly detached way astonishingly without self pity. As a surprising consequence, she manages to draw the reader into her world, and her disappointments and joys are felt by all. This book is the prequel to Dreamtime Alice, which won the National Biography Award in 2000 and will soon be made into a film starring Geoffrey Rush.
RRP $32.95 but only $29.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop