Bookstr’s Three to Read: Spicy Westerns, Murder, and Development, Oh My!

Hello book lovers! Welcome back to Bookstr’s Three to Read! If your TBR has been dwindling, your Amazon Wishlist emptying out, or you’re clean out of reading inspiration, you have come to the right place. From self help and development, to western romances, to Communist mystery deaths, we really have it all this week. Settle down and let’s get into it! You can catch the video in full down below, if you’d like to see the watery Irish light in my eyes.



Perception: Seeing is Not Believing

by James and Steph Purpura


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When James and Steph Purpura first met, both of their lives were at rock bottom financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The story of how they dedicated themselves to transforming their inner and outer experience of life, creating a fortune in the meantime, is an inspiring journey with practical lessons of self-transformation for anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a better and more successful person.



Avid Bookstr fans will have already been introduced to James, Steph, and their inspiring story, as we got to speak with James at a recent Bookstr Talks live event. Their book, Perception, upends many conventional ways of thinking upon which we rely. If we don’t see something, we don’t believe it. This book will have you questioning your own belief systems, and changing how you engage with your own trauma, memories, and life’s difficulties. Going from rock bottom to success themselves, the Purpuras want everyone to have the transformative experience they believe Perception provides, and we at Bookstr want the same! Lockdown has proved for many to be the perfect time for reflection and self-development, and the Purpuras can hold your hand throughout.




The Outlaw’s Daughter

by Margaret Brownley


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Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May’s late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he’s here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero…and his beautiful, young widow isn’t too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family’s newly spotless reputation.

Ellie-May’s shaken by her encounter with the Ranger. Having grown up an outlaw’s daughter, she’ll do anything to keep her children safe―and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman’s smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn’t about to give up his search. He’s out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May’s husband wasn’t the saint everyone claims…even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.


While this is the third book in the ‘Haywire Bride’ series, you can jump straight in with this one no sweat, since the stories can be read separately. That said, if you’re like me and crave the continuity, we definitely recommend the previous ones. Brownley has penned over forty novels and has won many a romance award, so you know you’re in good hands with her latest western romance. The danger and mystery give the story juuuust enough spice and drama, while it remains a sweet romance that will warm your heart!




A Dangerous Language

by Sulari Gentill


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When Rowland Sinclair offers to fly internationally renowned Czech novelist and peace advocate Egon Kisch to Melbourne to kick off a speaking tour, he has no clue that the government has charged the Attorney General with preventing Kisch from stepping foot on Australian soil. Then Jim Kelly, a known Communist, is ruthlessly murdered on the Parliament House steps. It’s soon evident that an extreme fascist group is also intent on keeping Kisch’s words from ever reaching their countrymen’s ears—even if they have to kill him, or anyone helping him gain entry.

Rowland, meanwhile, reconnects with his first love, who has returned after years abroad and seeks him out. When the two are photographed in flagrante delicto by reporters, Rowland fears he has ruined her reputation, and proposes marriage—despite the fact that his heart belongs to someone else…

Blending historical facts and figures with rollicking adventure, A Dangerous Language shows how far fanatics are willing to go to ensure that their side of the story is the only story people hear.


I know what you’re thinking; Saoirse!! Another mid-series rec, are you SERIOUS? I am as serious as Rowland Sinclair is lovable and cunning, my friends! This is the eighth (!!) book in the Sinclair detective series, but longtime fans and new readers alike will fall for his charm and the suspense of the story. The novel’s plot is a rollercoaster on a track made up of historical and mysterious drama, with plenty of characters to keep all kinds entertained. The little glimpses of current affairs and historical figures really tie the narrative together, to keep the story engaging and suspenseful, but very much down to earth.



And there you have it! Three new books to add to your list. As promised, here’s this week’s video to boot. Happy reading!!

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