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Let’s have Bookclub! Books I’ve Read Recently by Fiona Lowe

I read books all sorts of ways…hardback, paperback, ebook and audio. Some people argue with me that listening to an audio book isn’t reading but I say pish to that. I tell you, I’d get no housework done if I didn’t have audio books to see me through the drudgery of it. Also, what’s not to love about being read a story.

You may or may not have read the last four books I’ve read but if you have please join in the discussion and if you haven’t, please tell me the last four books YOU have read.

3-wishesThe first two books I read are by Australian authors. Three Wishes was Liane Moriarty’s debut novel, written I think about six years ago. It’s about triplets in their 30s and it has the signature Moriarty style. I can see the roots that her writing has grown from. Although not my favourite of her all her books…What Alice Forgot currently holds that title for me…  I did enjoy this one.

dryThe Dry is a debut novel by Australian journalist, Jane Harper. It’s set in my home state in a small country town during a vicious drought. The heat and dust rise off the page. I am not a ‘who dunnit’ fan and this book is not usually my type of read but I enjoyed it. Easy to read with well drawn characters and plenty of secrets and lies. I gave it to my dad for his post-operative recovery and he read it in two days. If you like crime fiction, check this one out.

The next two books I listened to on audio books and were random picks for me from the Borrow Box app based on two separate criteria. The Donor was borrowed because it was instantly available and it sounded interesting. Vinegar Girl was a new release.


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. I have been told for years, ‘you must read Anne Tyler’ but I am not sure this book was the one I should have started with. Although entertaining, it strayed a lot from The Taming of the Shrew and the caustic wit and repartee from that play were missing. Perhaps it is a tale that would suffer from a modern telling, which is why Tyler had the proposed husband  “release” Kate from her father and why Kate ran rings around the two men who were written as buffoons.

The Donor was a book I borrowed for the premise. Twin daughters both in kidney failure
and requiring a transplant. One father and a moral dilemma. Also no likeable donorcharacters in the book at all. I listened with increasing incredulity  to the antics of the cast and I should have put it down but I kept listening, because I was waiting for … I don’t know what I was waiting for except to tell you it didn’t come. My medical knowledge was a disadvantage in this book as I wasn’t able to suspend disbelief. I kept saying, ‘that wouldn’t happen.’

Right now I am reading The Lovely Bones, which I never got around to reading when it was a big hit back in the day.

I always post the books I read on Goodreads. So what are you reading?


I’ve just done the final proofs on Forbidden to the Playboy Surgeon, which is book 2 in the Paddington Children’s Hospital series out next year 🙂 Today I start the final proofs on my women’s fiction/family saga, Daughter of Mine, out March 2017.

img_1662Right now in Australia, there is reprinting of Career Girl in The Country, my female surgeon fighting sexism in the outback. I love this cover. Of course,  if you don’t live in Australia, the book is available everywhere as an eBook 

I have 28 back-list books, so if you’ve missed any there is a printable list here.

Happy Reading!

Fiona x


9 thoughts on “Let’s have Bookclub! Books I’ve Read Recently by Fiona Lowe”

  1. I don’t usually read much besides romances, but I did read “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes last month, and “the Tumor-a non legal Thriller by John Grisham. Both were excellent. I also read “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, an email exchange that is autobigraphical. It was interesting, but not one of my favorites.

      1. I have not seen the movie. It will be coming out on pay per view here soon. I am protesting cinemas here…the one closest to our house has reserved seating and cost over $15/movie without popcorn or a drink…to pricey for me, and I hate the idea of getting a tall person, kids or phone users in front of me.

  2. Hi Fiona

    I too have started to listen to audio books while I walk and when doing things around the house and I love them I listened to my first Georgette Heyer Cotillion and loved it but the last 4 books I have read were

    The Secret Beneath the Veil Dani Collins (The Billionaires Legacy)
    Seven Nights with her Ex Louisa Heaton
    The Art of Keeping Secrets Rachael Johns
    The Return of The Di Dione Wife Caitlin Crews (The Billionaires Legacy)

    I do love books in a series I love medicals and Rachael’s new Woman’s Fiction if fab so all 4 books were fantastic reads that kept me turning the pages.

    I have not read any of the ones that you did so many books so little time 🙂

    Love the cover of that duo that is out need to look out for it 🙂

    Have Fun

  3. I just read Vinegar Girl and really enjoyed it. But then again, I am an Anne Tyler devotee so…go get some other books by her! Am currently in one of those reading crossroads where I’ve started about a gazillion books (not that I’m prone to exaggeration) and can’t pick one to see through. I’m reading a great memoir called Little Failure by Gary Shteyngarten which is really good (read: really Russian) and loved Kate Grenville’s book about her mother. Kate Grenville is one of my favourites actually (thank you Australian authors). I also read a book by Eva Woods – the Thirty List – which was light but really fun (and I saw that one all the way through). Oh BOOKS! I need a vacation so I can tackle a stack. I might have to break up with podcasts for a bit and take up a relationship with audio books! x Annie O’

    1. Oh bother, I wrote a reply and then forgot to hit publish…. I didn’t now enjoy Vinegar Girl, I just was a bit disappointed. Love Kate Grenville as well but haven’t read the one you mentioned. I have no clue who Gary Shetengarten is and feel that I should?

      1. I just (belatedly) discovered Gary Shteyngarten (crazy spelling) – am reading his memoir – but he has three or four novels as well. Always exciting to discover someone new. That – and he liked one of my tweets so I am feeling famous by proxy!

  4. Thanks for the suggestions, Fiona! I’m going to have to give Jane Harper’s book a try, as I’m considering trying my hand at romantic suspense and plan to read more suspense and mysteries.

    I’m currently reading ‘Grunt’ by Mary Roach, which is a fascinating (and sometimes gross!) non-fiction book about the science of war, and it’s hard to describe! So here’s the blurb: “Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.” I can say it’s not like anything I’ve read before, and I’m enjoying all I’m learning.

    I’ve finally figured out how to download library audiobooks onto my phone so I can listen as I power walk. I’ve just started Karen Robards’ romantic suspense ‘One Summer.’ I’m a Robards fan, but am not loving the narrator – I hope she grows on me or I might have to move on to something else.

    And I’m reading an unpublished friend’s romantic suspense book to help her with it before she submits – it’s very good and I hope she gets interest from editors and agents 🙂

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