I've just finished reading "Black Ice" and "Cold as Ice" by Anne Stuart. She was at our RWA Conference a couple of years back with Jennifer Crusie. I read both books 'back to back' as they intrigued me from page one. Her words flowed effortlessly and suited my mood for relaxation. If you like intrigue where the protagonists take the 'mickey' out of one another, you might enjoy these.
"The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer is a tale of post-war friendship, love and books. It consists of letters that weave between the nuances of lives affected by the German occupation of Guernsey. Juliet comes to know and love the extraordinary personalities of these writers and shares it all with us in a light-hearted fashion laced with wry humour. It's a tea and cake and a curl-up on the couch type of book.
My other book by Robert Holman and edited by Peter Thompson is "On Paths of Ash" and I was not expecting a light-hearted read because Holman was an Australian soldier captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore and interned in Changi. What impressed me was the wry humour expressed by Holman for almost every occasion. It certainly tempered the horrific experiences of these men as they toiled on the Burma Railway, then worked in the coalmines in Japan where they witnessed the Nagasaki atomic bomb drop and finally came home.
Not for the faint-hearted but it is a genuine piece of our Australian history about which we all should know.