Well, we have had a bumper month of reading during March with 123 reviews that covered 87 books and 74 authors.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the review database over the past month.  Hopefully everyone is finding some time over the Easter Break to relax by reading a book or two and adding some more reviews for next time.

We will start this month’s round up with an interview with Meg Bignell courtesy of Behind the pen by Theresa Smith Writes.  The interview is a delightful conversation that commences by celebrating Meg’s latest release Welcome to nowhere river and then moves onto some of Meg’s favourite things in life.  Meg provides some insight into her favourite characters and we find out who tops the list!

The cover of Vanessa Carnevale’s latest release A child of my own definitely catches your eye.  Brenda’s Reviews absolutely adored this one and is certainly one she will recommend to you. “Set in and around Melbourne, Victoria, A Child of My Own by Aussie author Vanessa Carnevale is an exceptional piece of writing that grabbed at my heart and didn’t let go until the last page was turned. Poignant, emotional, heartbreaking – this author knows how to get her readers in.  I always enjoy Vanessa Carnevale’s books – this one is no exception. Highly recommended.”

I am very excited to see one of my favourites releasing another novel.  Joy Dettman who was popular with her bestsellers Mallawindy, Yesterday’s Dust, Jacaranda Blue and the Woody Creek Series has just released the sequel to Henry’s Daughter titled The Hope Flower.  Jennifer Cameron Smith’s review provides a thoughtful reflection on the novel and it does sound like it is a realistic, sad novel with a sense of optimism.  “It is unbearably sad in parts, while humorous and hopeful in others. I understand it is a sequel to ‘Henry’s Daughter’. Yes, these characters become real. The children are incredibly resilient (mostly) and while their family history may not be what they thought it was, there is some hope for the future. Eventually. Heartbreakingly sad and ultimately hopeful.”  It certainly has me intrigued and will definitely be chasing this one up.

Well, many of us loved the TV adaption of The Cry written by Helen Fitzgerald and we now have a new novel, Ash Mountain, to enjoy.  Kim Forrester @Reading Matters review provided a very honest reflection, highlighting that sometimes you have to stick with a novel to discover all of the layers which often reveal its absolute brilliance.  Kim admits “I wasn’t sure I liked it to begin with, but the “mystery” at its heart, its brilliant cast of characters and the subtle social commentary running throughout made this an absorbing read, and one that will linger in my mind for a long time to come.

Moving from mystery to a humourous novel the next one for this round up is Anna George’s latest called Tipping which really appealed to mrsbbookreviews who thinks it is a stimulating story that would suit most tastes. “Tipping by Anna George is a book for everyone. It is current, lively, filled with bright characters and it presents some very intriguing ideas. I’m sure anyone who picks up Tipping to read will find some elements of the story presented that relates to their life.Tipping is a rich contemporary title that taps into some vital areas that currently define our everyday lives. Zoning in on ideas such as domestic activism and equality, Tipping is a stimulating composition.”

Shelleyrae@Bookdout’s post about the debut novel Grace under pressure by Tori Haschka is full of praise for this ‘wise and witty’ story by Tori who has stepped across from her popular food books to writing fiction.  Her review states that “Grace Under Pressure is a witty, wise and warm debut novel from Tori Haschka about motherhood, marriage, friendship, and modern life. This is a strong debut from Haschka who captures the madness of modern motherhood. Well written, with relatable characters, and plenty of moments that made me laugh, cringe, and sigh in recognition, I really enjoyed reading Grace Under Pressure.”

Katherine Kovacic writes a wide variety of genres including her Alex Clayton art history mysteries.  Painting in the shadows in the second one in the series and was reviewed by Marianne’s Reviews who gave it a four star rating.  She felt that “at first a little slow-moving, the pace picks up as the dramatic climax becomes imminent.  An intriguing mystery that will appeal to art lovers.”

I am keen to read this one which was written by Emily Spurr titled A million things. Carolyn Scott rates this one as a top read and provides an exceptionally glowing review.  “This is a wonderful debut novel that will not only make you laugh and cry but also fall in love with the delightful characters. Although dark and sad at times it’s a wonderful story of hope and resilience for these two unlikely friends who have been through so much.”

Some beauties here and I hope you find something to add to your TBR pile from these great titles.  If you are fortunate to have a break over the Easter holidays I hope its a restful and restorative one spent with family and friends…and of course some great books!

Until next time, happy reading and reviewing.