Showing posts from November, 2013

Book review: The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones

Country romance set in the Snowy Mountains, fantastically beautiful part of the world. Good tag line…"a dilapidated house, a city girl looking for a tree change, and a rugged vet with a past". Samantha (Sam) is a fashion designer escaping from problems in Sydney, and Ethan is the local vet. Both of them have dark secrets in their past, and the plot exposes these gradually, with a reasonable degree of tension, although some plot elements are not particularly plausible. The author is on much more solid ground in her descriptions of the town, the annual fete, the house, and the environment, especially the spring melt and the local cars (utes, or utility vehicles, aka pickup trucks only a lot more battered.) I enjoyed the story although some parts were a little bit slow. Canberra airport gets a mention when they are delayed in long queues trying to obtain land transport—very true to life from my own experience...

Book review: Always the Boss by Victoria Gordon

A traditional romance from 1981 in terms of style, story and characters, that looks very old-fashioned from the perspective of 2013, and not just because it lacks the erotic thread found in modern romances. English secretary, Dinah Fisher, comes to Australia to work in a television newsroom in Canberra as a journalist, and becomes romantically involved with the overbearing boss, Conan Garth. The author does a great job of evoking both place and time. Canberra in the 1980s was a smaller and quieter place, languishing under the benign dictatorship of the National Capital Development Commission in the years before self-government. Dinah eats out at the restaurant on Red Hill, goes to a Christmas do at the National Press Club, and struggles with her role in the workplace pre- the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. Dinah's boss yells at everyone and is a pig and a bully. She resists but eventually succumbs to his charms, possibly the least appealing set of charms I have ever read abou