Book Review | Monique McDonell - Something of a Spark

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Book Review | Monique McDonell – Something of a SparkSomething of a Spark by Monique McDonell
Series: A Jewel Sisters Romance #1
Published by Redfish Publishing on October 31, 2017
Genres: Chick Lit

Sometimes keeping a secret is more trouble than it’s worth.

Growing up as one of the Jewel Sisters of Caudal Bay has never been easy for Sapphire Smith. As far as her friend’s and family are concerned she’s now a struggling radio DJ living in Sydney and working part-time as a PA for her best friend country music star Ryan Storm.

But that’s only part of the story.

When an accident in her home town brings real-life hero and firefighter Campbell into her world their relationship starts with a smoulder and slowly begins to spark. Campbell has given up his career as a corporate lawyer for a quieter, more rewarding life. He loves his new town and the welcoming atmosphere as much as Saffy loves the anonymity of the city.

As their relationship begins to heat up one thing is clear – Cam is all about honesty while Saffy has something to hide: her work partnership with Ryan involves more than social media and if the truth comes out it could be a disaster for them both.

Will Saffy come clean before their secret gets out? Or will her desire to keep people at arm’s length see her relationship with Ryan fizzle out before it has a chance to catch fire.

SOMETHING OF A SPARK is the first book I’ve read by the lovely Monique McDonell. I loved meeting Saffy and her sisters and could see a bit of myself in each of them, which is always fun.It’s no secret that I’m a Country music girl so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I really enjoyed that part of the story. Without sharing any spoilers (say NO to spoilers!!), I liked the way Monique set up the next three books in the series, and I’m curious how each of those stories play out. She might have made me slightly impatient for their releases.

About Monique McDonell

I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction, including chick lit and romance. When I began to write again, I noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.

I am the author of five standalone novels, including Mr. Right and Other Mongrels and Hearts Afire and the Upper Crust Series. Many of my novels focus on Australian characters meeting and visiting US characters.

I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for ten years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia. In 2015, I had a piece on writing chick lit featured in the successful Australian non-fiction book Copyfight.

To learn more about my books, my writing, my caffeine obsession and my upcoming books please visit