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Double Feature: Beside The Brook / Songs In The Key of J By Paulette Rae

Two great reads for the price of one.

Two From Bluewood – Music and Romance

Two great romance reads in one scintillating book from two of New Zealand’s favourite romance authors.

Songs in the Key of J by Helen McNicol

Jess and Stephanie are best friends who share everything, including the big old mansion they live in together. Their different personalities keep conflict at bay, especially when it comes to men. Jess's history with men is cluttered with catastrophe, so much so that she has sworn off them altogether. Stephanie, on the other hand, seems to cruise through life without a care in the world, moving from one relationship to the next.

When Irish band Punch Drunk comes to town, Stephanie finds herself in the middle of a fiery fling with the charming and sophisticated bass player, James. Soon after, Jess finds herself being pursued by the roguish lead singer, Robbie. Hard to resist and eager to win her over, Robbie tries everything to help Jess forget about a past that still haunts her. Knowing that Robbie is the wrong one for her, desperate to be the person she once was, but terrified of having love destroy her, Jess battles with her heart and her mind.

Beside the Brook by Paulette Rae

Kirsten finds herself a long way from home when she takes a job in the idyllic Marlborough Sounds, caring for a seven year old girl who lost her mother when she was a baby. Sarah is a bright and bubbly child, but her overbearing Grandmother, rich and sophisticated, has ideas for her grandchild that Kirsten does not agree with. To make things worse Kirsten is faced with the challenge of Sarah's commonly absent father Jamie and her roguish uncle Tyler. Two strangely different people, they tolerate each other only to be close to Sarah, the only remnant left of Brook, a woman they both loved. Drawn in by this eclectic family, Kirsten soon finds there is more to their story than meets the eye. She finds herself turning to the only person who is willing to answer some of her most pressing questions: Brook herself.

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