Author: Mallee Stanley

Kimberley Freeman’s — Wildflower Hill *****

Kimberley Freeman’s — Wildflower Hill *****

After Emma, a talented ballerina, damages her knee and her career is ruined, she leaves London and returns to Australia where she learns of her grandmother Beattie’s death and her inheritance — Wildflower Hill. Emma heads to the property that was once a prosperous sheep station, where she discovers her grandmother’s possessions packed away in boxes. As she sorts through each box, she uncovers the mystery of her grandmother’s past and a new beginning for herself.

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Anita Amirrezvani’s — The blood of flowers *****

Anita Amirrezvani’s — The blood of flowers *****

In the 17thcentury, when a young girl from a Persian village loses her father, she and her mother journey to Isfahan. A distant relative, Gordiyeh invites them to their magnificent house where they are treaded like servants. While the mother strives for some financial independence selling herbal remedies, her daughter tries to learn all she can about rug making from Gordiyeh. But once they are abandoned and no longer under Gordiyeh’s protection, they have to learn to survive alone.

Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****

Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****

Travellers, Lydia and Christopher have visited many places. On this trip they head to Morocco. Her diary entries begin as travel notes, but soon lapse into the difference between herself and her travelling companion while a strange tattoo worms its way up her arm. When she mysteriously disappears in Marrakech, Christopher continues diary entries on his quest to locate Lydia. Continue reading “Babara Hodgson’s — The tattooed map *****”

Daphne Kalotay’s — Russian winter *****

Daphne Kalotay’s — Russian winter *****

When Nina was a Russian ballerina, she manages to escape Stalin’s dangerous regime after her artistic friends become victims. In Boston, she buries her past until she decides to sell her jewellery collection. But when an associate from the auction house and a professor of Russian delve into the unique jewellery, they unravel a mystery that changes all their lives.

Ransom Riggs’ — Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children *****

Ransom Riggs’ — Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children *****

After Jacob’s grandfather’s mysterious death, he and his father travel to a Welsh island. While exploring the island, Jacob accidently stumbles through time where he discovers the peculiar children his grandfather once told him about though at the time, Jacob never believed his stories.

This tale is aimed at YA readers, but I was so enchanted by this adventure, I had to read the entire trilogy. Another positive was that when Jacob is confronted with evil, he doesn’t rely on violence.

Vandana Shiva’s — Biopiracy *****

Vandana Shiva’s — Biopiracy *****

This non-fiction book briefly examines the North’s attitude over the last 500 years. During colonialism the North claimed the rest of the world was empty and theirs to plunder; that nature was a non-entity from which to gain profit.

The focus however, is on the present under globalization and “free” trade agreements and how the North has patented plants and animals from the South in its quest for profit. What has been the impact on societies and the planet will astound any reader of this important book.