Romance mixed with contemporary issues

Brief insights into three books I’ve read recently, written by Australian author, Rachael Johns, exploring both romance and contemporary issues follow.

The Patterson Girls is an absorbing story to listen to involving four sisters each with very different issues about pregnancy. I won the audiobook in a raffle, and I must say, I couldn’t have chosen a better prize. It came with The McKinnels of Jewell Rock which kept me glued to both stories, A Dog and a Diamond and Pregnant by Mr Wrong.

My two fab raffle wins

Back to the Paterson sisters. With the death of their mother and the discovery of her secret, the sisters are worried that a curse hovering over their family might be creating issues with their hoped for futures. With clever twists, the strong bond between the sisters is dramatically tested and explored. Family dynamics resolved, the story draws to a conclusion one might readily guess, though the path takes some twists and turns that give the story its element of intrigue. I enjoyed hearing the story on DVD’s as I travelled my weekly two hour round trip to visit my granddaughter and her family.

My signed copy!

I don’t normally read Mills and Boon – a ‘stigma’ from years ago that it ‘was not the done thing’! –  but when the book is a raffle win, I made the exception!! The McKinnels of Jewell Rock was my introduction to Rachael John’s books and writing style. The two stories A Dog and a Diamond and Pregnant by Mr Wrong were enjoyable light reads proving ‘there’s no formula to finding true love’.

The Greatest Gift arrived in the mail a few weeks before the Perth Writer’s Festival and even though I purchased a signed copy, I took it to the festival and had Rachael add a personal message! It was my way of meeting her in person.

It is a sensitively written story exploring the contemporary issue of infertility and egg donation. A clever plot twist allows an in-depth and perhaps unusual perspective to be explored with all the ramifications carefully teased out. Rachael Johns finds a way into her characters’ minds that brings them to life in such a way I am left wondering just how Harper and Jasper are faring today!

A whole new world of reading has opened up to me with the discovery of Rachael Johns‘ stories. I’m looking forward to reading more of her romance and contemporary fiction in the near future.

Eileen Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Ranges, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child with compositions at school. Writing remains a passion, though it varies in nature, from short stories, to poetry, family biographies and memoir. Reading across a range of genres contributes to her love of life long learning. Studies at university broadened her horizons and love of the world of literature. She also enjoys photography and dabbles in art and other crafty hobbies, such as sewing. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her patio.

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