Review: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home

by Jodi Picoult

Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to have a baby, and finally it looks as though her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events takes away her baby and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When Vanessa, a guidance counsellor, asks Zoe to work with a suicidal teen, Vanessa and Zoe’s relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love.

When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family again, she remembers that she and Max still have frozen embryos they never used. Max, meanwhile, has found peace at the bottom of a bottle, until he is redeemed by an evangelical church where the pastor has vowed to fight the ‘homosexual agenda’ that threatens traditional family values. This mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and her partner want permission to raise his unborn child.

Sing You Home is an honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences of love and desire colliding with science and the law. From tragedy to self-discovery and joy, Zoe, Vanessa and Max will realise the undeniable truth – that you can’t choose who you love.

You can find the accompanying soundtrack here.

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Review: Hopscotch and Honey Joys by Lisa McCune

Hopscotch and Honey Joys

Food for your Family and Friends

by Lisa McCune and Di Thomas

Lisa McCune and Di Thomas are friends who share a passion for family, friendship and good food. Between them they have six young children, so who better to share their favourite family meals with you.

Like mums everywhere, Lisa and Di are always looking for fun, fuss-free ways to make sure their children eat the healthiest food possible. Through years of preparing family meals, Lisa and Di have mastered the art of healthy lunch boxes, quick dinners, tasty tea-time treats, yummy picnics and delicious desserts. In Hopscotch and Honey Joys, they open their kitchens to share their most trusted family recipes with you.

Whether you want fresh ideas for meal time, snack time or play time, there’s something for everyone. Lisa and Di have the perfect recipes to make food fun for all the family.

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Review: Come Back to Me by Sara Foster

Come Back to Me

by Sara Foster

Do you have to honour a promise you made in the past if it means losing all that you have now?

When Mark introduces his date, Julia, to Chloe and her husband at a London restaurant, it’s obvious something is very, very wrong. Alex and Julia pretend not to know each other, but the shocked expressions on their faces tell another story.

As the mystery of Julia’s identity unravels, a terrible tragedy from ten years ago gradually comes to light. While Chloe struggles with a secret of her own, Alex has to decide whether he should take Julia back to Australia to try to lay the past to rest, when doing so will risk all he has with the wife he loves.

And Julia must decide whether to finally confront Alex with the whole truth about what happened back then.

Set in London and Perth, Come Back to Me is a taut psychological drama that will keep you enthralled until the very last page.

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Review : Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster

Beneath the Shadows

by Sara Foster

When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits a cottage on the isolated North Yorkshire moors, they leave London behind to try a new life. However, a week later, Adam vanishes, leaving their baby daughter on the doorstep.

The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village of Roseby. She is desperate for answers, but is seems the slumbering village is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace learns more about the locals and the area’s superstitions and folklore, strange dreams begin to trouble her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut them off from the rest of the world does Grace begin to understand just how close the threat lies, and that she and her daughter may be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.

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Review: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Slap

by Christos Tsiolkas

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

It is a single act, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.

Told through the eyes of eight of those present at the barbecue, this acclaimed bestseller is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family. Poignant and provocative, The Slap makes us question the nature of commitment and happiness, compromise and truth. Whose side are you on?

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