Yesterday I promised you a list of my five favourite books, but wandering the shelves this morning I found it impossible to get the number down so low! So here are just five of my favourites for now, and the rest will follow in later posts  :)

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The Provence Cure for The Broken-Hearted by Bridget Asher.

Oh. My. God. I adore the story, the characters, the descriptions, everything. Made me laugh and cry. This book tells the story of widowed Heidi who travels with Abbott, her troubled eight-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France. The rundown stone house in Provence has been in the family for generations and the family tells and retells stories of the magical properties entwined around the old stones. But soon Charlotte makes a shocking confession and Heidi learns the truth about her mother's 'lost summer' -- a time Heidi and her sister had learned not to ask about many years ago. And as three generations collide with one another, with the neighbour next door who seems to know all their family secrets, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, they'll journey through love, loss, and healing amid the lavender fields, warm winds, and the delicious pistou soup of Provence. Who could resist? A delightful, heart-warming read.


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Angel of Ruin by Kim Wilkins.

This book has also been published in the UK under the title 'Fallen Angel', and both are now hard to find, but I'm telling you to track it down wherever you can! A wonderfully thrilling and lush story about journalist Sophie who sets out to research an article in modern-day London and soon discovers herself being drawn into a story of three sisters in 17th-century London, whose love for each other was torn apart by an angel. Not plague, nor Paradise Lost, nor the Great Fire of London can prevent the youngest from trying to save her sisters as they sink deeper and deeper into the angel′s seductions. And Sophie herself passes the point of no return... Wow. Just - wow.


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A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

This is a glorious story about history, wicthes, and alchemy. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels... and what happens next? You won't be able to put this book down until you find out.


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Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs, by Linda Olsson.

Gentle, lovely, beautiful beautiful writing. This is a story about Veronika, a writer in her early thirties, who rents a house in the Swedish countryside to finish her novel and hide from her past. She befriends Astrid, a reclusive older woman who's lived in the village all her life. We see the flowering of their unusual and tender friendship, while the powerful presence of the Swedish landscape measures the progress of the relationship - as the icy winter and bare trees give way to spring and then summer, the women's friendship deepens. As they share the tragedies of their past and hope for the future, they grow closer, and find peace within themselves. Gorgeous.


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Valley of Grace by Marion Halligan.

Another gorgeous lovely book (that seems to be a theme for today!). Set in Paris, it's the story of a group of characters, some who know each other, some who don't, yet they all end up intertwined in the most touching way. I adore this book and was thrilled to meet Marion Halligan a couple of years ago, soon after I'd read it. I don't mind admitting that I went a bit fan-girly and speechless trying to tell her what this book means to me! She's the most charming lovely lady, and talking to her was an honour I think of every time I see my signed copy on the shelf at home.

That's it for today in the favourite book department, but before I go I want to show you this - photos of our new shopfront at Helensvale!

Talk about bright and shiny! And no more A&R green anywhere. We just love it, the glowing heart at the top especially. Big thanks to Kane and his team at Open Projects.


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Finally, we're expecting more glowing hearts tomorrow when the one and only Jamie Durie stops by the Helensvale shop at 4 pm. Would you like to meet him? Come on by, grab a copy of his new book '100 Gardens' and have him sign it!
cheers,
B.

 
 
Last night we had the pleasure of hosting an event with Sue Pieters-Hawke who is currently on tour promoting her new book 'Hazel - My Mother's Story.' I've been looking forward to this since the lovely publisher at Pan Macmillan first asked me to arrange it, and I was not disappointed. Sue is a wonderful speaker, full of passion and drive about the causes she believes in, intelligent and warm and down-to-earth. She had the audience of seventy people alternately spell-bound and laughing. Her stories about her mother's life were fascinating, and the insight into a family that we've all known just a little through the media was intriguing. She spoke movingly of her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis and the changes in their lives since. This was by no means a depressing story, however, because Sue has such a sense of humour and it's clear from some of the stories she told that her mother does too. There's no doubt that Hazel is a truly compassionate woman strongly driven to help those less fortunate than us, and I can't wait to read the book.


Tomorrow I'll be posting pictures of our nearly-finished shopfront! Our new sign is up and has the cutest LED hearts, so to celebrate feeling the love I'll be writing about the five books I most often recommend with the phrase, "I love that book!"

 
 
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Today I was planning on continuing the super Xmas book roundup but first I have to tell you that all of the pillars at the front of the shop are now Love That Book red. A new sign and a bit of inside work to go and we look all shiny and brand new. Yay!
Also have to tell you about "The Terrible Plop". I spent the morning at the GCAC, where the Windmill Theatre Group were performing The Terrible Plop adapted from the absolutely gorgeous children's book written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. "Here is the story of the Terrible Plop, with a bear and a rabbit And a hop hop hop." So very very cute and makes me crave chocolate cake every time I open it.

Ok now let's see what is out there to help you with your Christmas shopping. Beautifully illustrated, lovely demi-sized hard cover "The Language of Flowers, A Miscellany" for my mum and the new Heston Blumenthal cookbook for me.
I have just realized why I haven't blogged before - at least with facebook there is a character limit. Here I can go on forever.
Focus...... Christmas books.
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Peter Watt has a new book out for Christmas. Pete is a fabulous Aussie writer and we have customers who come in every December for their next fix. He is a truly nice guy and his stories are always extremely well researched and just great reads.

Ok there are actually too many good books to tell you about individually and as I am new to this, I have spent way to long trying to work out how to post pretty pictures so I'm going to cheat a little..... check out the following pics.  One for the kids, one secret Santa or just for after Chrissy day, and two just for just the loveliness of all those books. (Hope  you can work out which is which).
And there are still so many more.

Drop in and tell us what your Christmas picks are, we love hearing what people are reading!
And don't forget next week we have JAMIE DURIE in-store!
cheers,
B.

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Welcome to Love That Book's first blogpost ever. And what a time to begin! There's so much going on in Love That Book world and in the book world everywhere.

First, I will introduce us. We are Love That Book, an independent bookshop on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We currently have two shops: one at Westfield Shopping Centre in Helensvale and the other at the Southport Park Shopping Centre, Southport.  I could give you the blah blah about our association with Angus and Robertson, but it’s history now. If you are really curious, check out the A&R tab up the top of the page there. If you are far more interested in the here and now, however, read on......

Today we're delighted to have the fourth and much-anticipated Christopher Paolini book 'Inheritance' finally in-store. 'Brisingr', book 3 in the series, came out in Australia in August 2009 and we've had people come in every week since asking, “When's the next one coming out?” Suffice to say there are some very happy fans here today!

So that’s a bit of worldwide news. On a national scale, Powderfinger’s book 'Footprints' arrived yesterday, coinciding with their newly-released cd, and it's a terrific look at the band's history. And on a much smaller scale, we here at Love That Book Helensvale came in this morning to two brand-new red pillars at the front of our store. Our shopfitters have finally begun the process of replacing the old Angus & Robertson colours and signs with beautiful, bright, fire-engine red pillars and our Love That Book logo and signs.  Oh, that makes us so happy!  It will probably take a week to complete and some final touches we can’t do till January but for the most part we will no longer be green.

We also all prettied up with Chrissy decs, though I know some of you may not want to hear that it is 6 weeks till Christmas. Yikes, actually I didn’t want to know that myself! Anyway - focus - that means yes, we are all pretty with decorations but more importantly, our shelves are brimming with amazing books.  The months leading up to Christmas are so much fun for a bookseller/booklover. There are so many wonderful titles to choose from, and here are just a few:


So that's it for our first blog. Tomorrow I will put up something new, and hopefully the day after and the day after that too.  If you want to check out all the lovely books however, head in to your local bookshop - yes, there are some left! Search them out, they are so lovely and worth finding, and the staff will love you for it.
In particular, come in and visit us!
Cheers,
Benette.