Entertainment guide for Spring!

September 21, 2004

Entertainment guide for Spring!

The Girl at Times Square
Paullina Simons
Harper Collins

When Paullina Simons wrote Tully, many Australian women sat up and took notice. Here was an author who could convey the intricacies of a woman?s mind in a situation many of us would never experience. The Bronze Horseman and The Bridge to Holy Cross were poignant and enthralling and although her other two books, Red Leaves or Eleven Hours weren?t as captivating, they were still entertaining. It was with great excitement that I sat down to read her latest offering, The Girl at Times Square. Lily Quinn is a 24-year-old New York student. She is the youngest of four, her parents retired to Hawaii years earlier and she is studying art at college with her flatmate, Amy. All seems normal, but then nothing is what it seems. Her mother is an depressed alcoholic and on a trip to Maui to try to talk her into coming back to the mainland, Lily?s flatmate Amy disappears. NYPD detective Spencer O?Malley (who is the detective from Red Leaves) enters her world, as does a winning lottery ticket, and suddenly her aimless life turns right around.

This book was harder to get into than Tully and The Bronze Horseman books. Lily isn?t as easy to understand and her relationships with her friends and family are confusing and distant. Like all Simons? novels, though, you are soon hooked thanks to the detailed and intricate nature of the stories. If you love dramas, and haven?t read a Paullina Simons novel yet it is highly recommended. This book isn?t as good as some of her other novels, however is still a great read.
RRP 32.95 but only $29.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Midnight water
Gaylene Perry
Picador Australia

A collection of touching memories from the author, this gentle book revolves around the experiences of Gaylene and her family as she progresses towards womanhood and the experiences on that journey. Her recollections of the tragic death of her brother and father cannot fail to touch the reader, as the story gradually draws your attention and emotion to the characters interactions and relationships. The book has a very Australian feel to it, with descriptions of locations helping the reader to feel as if they are part of what is happening.
RRP $22.00 but only $19.80 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Kill the messenger
Tami Hoag
Orion Trade Publishers

Fast paced with no punches pulled Kill the Messenger delivers crime thriller in spades. Difficult to put down due to the well defined characters that drive the novel forward, it was an addictive read. The main character, bike messenger Jace finds himself within a world of danger and secrecy after he is set up with a mysterious package that people will kill for. His commitment to his younger brother is touching, and his mistrust of all who surround him only adds to the story. There are plenty of good classic detective dialogue and action to smile about, and the ending will surprise even the most jaded reader with a twist that is both unexpected and surprising.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the
SheSaid Bookshop

The Curse of the Singles Table
Suzanne Schlosberg
Bantam Books

Suzanne Schlosberg has written a true story about her quest in finding a husband. Sick of dead-end relationships with losers, Suzanne decides to turn her life around ? no more sex until he?s a potential Mr Right! Coined ?The Streak?, she lasts over 1001 days without sex, and travels the world in an attempt to avoid the ?still single? title at her sister?s impending wedding. She attempts a nationwide search for the most date friendly town, participates in Starbucks 8 minutes speed dates, and makes over her house to make it more feng-shui man-friendly. This hilarious story is an entertaining read for women who are single, or for women who have been single!
RRP $22.95 or $20.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

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