Me on Anzac Parade, the huge, memorial-lined road that leads up to the museum.
Today is Anzac Day, Australia and new Zealand’s biggest day for our war veterans. The national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra is televised, and before that there’s a dawn service (which I have never been to, despite coming from a family of veterans, but I always hear the neighbours getting up at about 4am!).
We usually drop by the War Memorial a little later in the day and spend some time at the Vietnam War section.
I was trying to think of romance and suspense reads that involve Australian military or veterans, and came up with a few authors.
Hélène Young writes suspense books with some romance, and featuring Australian military characters.
Barbara Hannay’s The Secret Years is set half in the Second World War and half in the present, and I really enjoyed it. The woman in the WW2 part is posted to the consulate in Canberra.
Sarah Mayberry has a really good book about a female veteran.
Joan Kilby’s Protecting her Son involves an Australian Special Forces veteran, and has a scene at the end set at the War Memorial above!
Fiona Greene’s Home For Christmas – well, the cover and title tell you what you need to know!
Karly Lane writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction, with some themes involving veterans.
And, for Kiwi veteran heroes, there is Karina Bliss’ New Zealand Special Forces series, beginning with Here Comes the Groom.