The other wife

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

The other wife

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O’Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew – and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.

This title is available via our new digital book platform RB Digital. We have over 1000 ebooks, e-audio books and digital magazine available to loan FREE from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

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How they met

How They Met. By David Levithan


How they met

How They Met.

By David Levithan

Review by Ali.

How they met is a gorgeous collection of short stories by David Levithan. I have yet to read anything I don’t love of his work and this is no exception. It is basically a collection of sweet love stories. Each story is different but they are connected by the human experiences that we can all relate to: meeting someone, crushing, heart-break, disappointment, magic and falling in love.

If you’re in the mood for some sweetness and a happily ever after-but with twists and turns-this could be your next book.

How They Met is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

The Dress in the Window

The Dress in the Window By Sofia Grant

The Dress in the Window

“E-audio book* Download free from Lithgow Library’s e-catalogue Axis360 , available free to all members of the library.

Relax and listen to this wonderful story of sisterhood, ambition, and reinvention.

World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful colour—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing. 

Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer—Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancé she’d counted on, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town.  But despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches.

Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.

Membership is free at Lithgow Library, and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang. Please contact us on 6352 9100 for any further information, or come in to the library to learn more about our free ebooks and e-audio books.



Hinterland DVD crime series

Hinterland DVD crime series

Reviewed by Scotia Tracey

Aberystwyth. Centuries old. A place of searing beauty. A natural crucible of colliding worlds, where history, myth and tradition come face to face with the modern and contemporary.

But its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins – this is a place that lives according to its own rules, a place where grudges fester, where the secrets of the past are buried deep.

Into this world steps DCI Tom Mathias. On the run from his past, our thirty-eight-year-old hero is a brilliant but troubled man. Having abandoned his life in London, he finds himself holed up in a trailer park on the outskirts of town – a place filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. His partner in crime is DI Mared Rhys. Thirty-three years old, Mared is intelligent and complex with demons of her own to conceal. Together, enigmatic outsider Mathias and hometown girl Mared form an engaging partnership.

Mathias is at the heart of every story. He is a man we instinctively trust, a man who knows that the key to solving that ultimate anti-social crime, murder, lies not in where you look for truth, but how you look. From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the Badlands of the hinterland and beyond, this is a detective drama with pace, poetry and scale.

Blood, soil and belonging. This is Hinterland.  And it is available NOW at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre on DVD.

Lily Bard

“Lily Bard Mysteries” omnibus: Charlaine Harris

Lily Bard

“Lily Bard Mysteries” omnibus: Charlaine Harris

Reviewed by Miriam Scott.

Lily Bard is a woman with a past that will make you cringe and very possibly weep. A woman who has used this past to reinvent herself. A woman with a wry sense of humour: Why else would she choose to live in a town with the name of Shakespeare?

The Lily Bard Mysteries combine a love of martial arts, cleaning and doing what’s right with being human and vulnerable. A flawed heroine, but a righteous one, Lily will keep you coming back as she tackles mystery after mystery, builds relationships, grows to know herself and learns to reconcile with her past.

This book is available at Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang. Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

Star Observer Magazine Review by Ali

Star Observer Magazine.

The Star Observer is a free monthly magazine and online newspaper with social media channels that caters to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in Australia. 

This month check out articles from leading voices in the Australian LGBTIQ community and get the update on upcoming events, concerts and social highlights.

You can pick up your own copy of Star Observer to take home at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Membership is free at Lithgow Library, and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang.

Please contact us on 6352 9100 for more information.

The Restorier

The Restorer Written by Michael Sala


The Restorier

After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together.

But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start—she just wants out—and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made.

Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured—with devastating consequences.

This book has been nominated for several awards:

  • Longlisted, ABIA Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, 2018
  • Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2017

A beautiful and heartbreaking novel exploring with insight and compassion the intimacy of a family locked in patterns of domestic violence.

This title is available for loan, or for free reservation, at Lithgow Library and our branches at Portland and Wallerawang.

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.

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“Hardcore 24” by Janet Evanovich

“Hardcore 24” by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Miriam Scott.

Stephanie and her entourage of eccentrics and hunks is back! And this time Diesel makes a reappearance. Heaven help us all, or maybe not heaven.
There are headless corpses turning up everywhere, zombies roaming the streets of Trenton and more passes and innuendoes than a girl can take, almost. Grandma provides her usual dose of insanity and tension driving Stephanie’s mother to hard drink and ironing.
A laugh out loud read, full of craziness that somehow works out fine for everyone.
This book is available at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.
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Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Small country towns hold their secrets but they often come back to haunt them in ways that are unexpected and sometimes devastating. This well written debut crime novel will keep you wondering about what if, as it moves from the present to the past and back again.

In the summer of 1989 a stranger comes to town whose presence changes the relationship of two best mates; Ben and Fab in ways they never expected. The sinister events have lifelong repercussions for both of them and their lives are forever affected by not just by one horrific crime, but many of the events that took place in the town, and their lives during that time. Their friendship exceeded bounds as each tried to protect the other in the best way they could to the point they were willing to sacrifice everything to protect one another.

This book is not written as a typical crime novel but is an insight into the legacy that crime such as incest; domestic violence and child abuse have, not just on the victims but entire communities.

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This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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This is How it Always Is.
By Laurie Frankel
Recommended by Ali.
A beautiful book about family and change and secrets.
It follows a family across country to start a new life

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.