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Need a new read? We’ve got 5 fab new releases for you – from a can’t-put-down tale of friendship, to an award-winning family saga set in rural England.


Cat and Fiddle, by Lesley Jorgensen . Published By Scribe Publications, RRP $29.99


Cat and Fiddle, was the winner of the 2011 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript and is Lesley Jorgensen’s debut novel. It follows the scandals and fortunes of two connected families in rural Wiltshire; the Anglo-Bangladeshi Choudhurys and the establishment Bourne family.

Cat & Fiddle centres on these two families whose lives become entwined at the country estate of Bourne Abbey. While Dr Choudhury is busy advising Henry Bourne on the restoration of the abbey to its former glory, his wife’s main concern is marrying off their three children, whose chances of good matches are dwindling by the day. Thankfully, for the royal family always seems to have a solution to her problems: how to find a wife for a reluctant son; how to manage a difficult father-in-law; and, of course, how not to deal an inter-faith relationship.


Then there’s the Bourne family. Henry’s wife, Thea, is feeling lost, now that she’s got the lifestyle she’s always longed for. His elder brother, Richard, a successful London barrister, finds himself increasingly drawn to the family home — the inheritance that he’s given up. Meanwhile, Henry just wants to keep the peace, but that’s proving to be tricky . . . ?

?And finally, there’s Bourne Abbey itself: the repository of an ancient mystery that links the histories and cultures of the Bournes and the Choudhurys in a way that no one could have anticipated.?

?Grace Grows, by Shelle Sumners. Published By Allen and Unwin, RRP $29.99


A wonderfully upbeat and quirky romance in which a young textbook editor in New York, who takes herself a little too seriously, falls for a singer-songwriter who appears to take nothing at all seriously . . .


Like many young women, Grace Barnum’s life is precariously balanced on sensible choices and uncomfortable compromise. She dutifully edits textbooks that she fears may be more harmful than helpful to kids. She is engaged to a patent attorney with whom she has a reliable relationship. She has a cautious relationship with her fascinating father, a renowned New York painter, and she prefers her mother slightly drunk as she’s easier to handle that way.


Always organised, always a planner, Grace carries her life around in a handbag – that is, until the responsibility-challenged Tyler Wilkie shows up. Tyler of the warm eyes and a smile that makes Grace drop things. Worst of all, he writes tender, loving, devastating songs – about her. Tyler reaches something in Grace, something she needs, but can’t admit to. Something she wants, but won’t succumb to. Falling in love with him would ruin everything. And yet . . An enchanting story about learning to love and learning to let go.

The Ambassador’s Daughter, by Pam Jenoff. Published by Harlequin Mira, RRP $29.99


The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbours dark secrets and dangerous liaisons… Brought to the Peace Conference by her German diplomat father, Margot resents being trapped in Paris where she is still looked upon as the enemy. Yet returning to Berlin means a life with the wounded fiancé she barely knows. Torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances with Krysia, a musician who protects a secret, and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who makes Margot question where her true loyalties should lie. Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.


Perfect for those who love a good historical romance. This is the prequel to the best selling novel The Kommandant’s Girl also by Pam Jenoff.


One Good Friend Deserves Another, by Lisa Verge Higgins. Published By Allen and Unwin, RRP $27.99


A funny and heartfelt story of four best friends who, one heartbreak at a time, created a set of rules for relationships. But now in their mid-30s, those rules might need to be broken. New from the bestselling author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship.


Dhara, Kelly, Marta, and Wendy have been the closest of friends since college. So close, that after a series of romantic disasters, they bond together to create Rules of Relationships to keep their hearts safe.

?How many of these dating rules have you broken? 1. Choose Your Own Man 2. Make Sure Your Friends Approve 3. No One-Night Stands 4. Trust Your Instincts 5. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice 6. After a Break-Up, Wait Six Months Before Dating Again.

?Years later, the rules seem to have worked . . . until Marta discovers that her hot boyfriend is married, Kelly begins a risky love affair, Wendy inches closer to a pre-marital infidelity, and, most shocking of all, Indian-American Dhara suddenly agrees to an arranged marriage.

?Hearts are about to be broken and the bonds of friendship are tested. Is it possible to find true love, when you’re breaking all the rules?



My Wild Ride, by Fiona Johnson. Published By Allen and Unwin, RRP $29.99


The inspiring true story of how rodeo champion, Fiona Johnson’s faith and determination helped her achieve her dreams and overcome some of life’s greatest obstacles.


Fiona Johnson was born a city girl. But she was always drawn to horses. Aged 10 she saved all of her pocket money to buy a saddle at a garage sale. Eventually, after months of nagging her parents, she persuaded them to buy her a horse to go with the saddle. And so began a life-long love affair with horses and Rodeo.


Fiona eventually moved from city to country when she met the love of her life Matt. Sadly tragedy struck shortly after they were married. Fiona was diagnosed with Leukaemia, a rare form of cancer. She wasn’t given very long to live.?But Fiona is a fighter. She was determined to beat her illness. And determined to fulfill her dream of participating in Rodeo events. Shortly after her release from seven months in hospital, Fiona decided now was the time to finally learn how to rope. She desperately wanted to be part of the Rodeo world. After many failed practice sessions, she eventually got the hang of it and went on to win the rookie title for ladies breakaway roping in 2005.

?Now ten years later, in remission and with two children, she can look back at the most difficult time in her life and revel in her triumph over near tragedy.?Fiona is a true survivor and a champion roper. This is her story.


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