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Aussie Authors

Recently, I had the opportunity to read the works of  two remarkable Australian authors that touched me enough to want to share them with you.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, PhD. – Harper Collins 2013

This  romantic comedy is a reflection on our universal need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is an awkward, eccentric and confused narrator. Because he is a scientist,  he creates a framework for finding a wife. He is logically looking for what is truly illogical – love. The results of his journey are hilarious. His need for perfectionism and structure will put a smile on your face. His life works,  until he meets the heroine Rosie, who does not fit into a box. She doesn’t fit his criteria.  Following the antics of these unique individuals is a delightful ride. This novel is rich with humorous detail and is a refreshing read.

Behind the Novel

The author, the owner of a consulting business decided at age fifty to become a writer. He wrote this novel initially as a screen play. He enlisted the help of his wife, daughter and members of his novel writing class. This strategy enabled him to learn the writing process. Along the way, he received feedback from writing gurus Steve Kaplan and Michael Hague. He won a prestigious award for his unpublished manuscript then finally, after a six year journey,  is published. This book is now a #1 International Bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. Mr. Simsion has followed this book with The Rosie Effect.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Berkley 2013

Her other novels are: Big Little Lies, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot, The Last Anniversary and Three Wishes.

This novel’s focus is the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other. Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s a successful businesswoman, a pillar of her community, a devoted wife and mother but suddenly she discovers a letter that disrupts her tidy world.

The book follows three couples. Their stories are  interwoven and laden with plot twists. Just when I was really invested in what was transpiring with the lives of one specific couple, the author would jump ahead to the next couple.  I had to keep reading. One of the most fascinating features of this novel was the epilogue. It was spectacularly unexpected. Aspects of the characters’ lives which were previously unknown to the reader were revealed.

Kirkus Reviews has stated: An edgier, more provocative and bolder successor to Maeve Binchy.

Treat yourself and see what you think of these two authors from ‘down under’.

Happy Reading! Have you discovered a new novel that resonated with you?