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Redstone Station
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 28, 2013
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Debut rural fiction author Therese Creed writes from experience. She married a farmer and lives and works on the family's 17,000 acre cattle station in central Queensland.
In Redstone Station, Sam and Olive Day, struggling with failing health and growing debt, welcome the return of the grand daughter, who was essentially abandoned by her young unwed mother, that they raised. Eighteen year old Alice has finished Ag college and is ready to devote herself to reviving her grandparents farm, desperate to repay their love and faith in her. Willing to work hard, with a natural aptitude for stock handling and farm management, Alice refuses to be distracted from her goals, especially by troublemaker Jeremy O'Donnell.

The strength of Redstone Station definitely lies within its accurate depiction of everyday life on a cattle station. Fencing, mustering and maintenance are all daily chores punctuated by seasonal work such as calving, weaning and branding. It's hard, physical work that requires both brute force and an intimate knowledge of a farm's operational needs. The work ethic is something to be admired and I think Creed does an excellent job of creating an authentic setting for her story and characters.

I'm not entirely sure about the plot of Redstone Station as I thought there seemed to be a lack of focus. Alice's day to day life on the station is the strongest feature along with brief encounters with the challenges farmers face such as drought, feral animal attacks, bushfire, mining threats and the ever present financial strain, but there is no real sense of Alice ever really being in danger of losing Redstone. There is a subplot of sorts regarding her relationship with her biological parents, and her part aboriginal heritage. Though there is a development of a romantic relationship between Alice and Jeremy it is very low key for most of the novel, culminating in a rushed resolution that seems strangely old-fashioned. I just didn't think any of these ideas provided a strong enough direction or anchor for the story.

I don't think it helped that I had a hard time relating to Alice as I found her reserved nature to be off putting and awkward in someone so young. There are rare glimpses of a sense of humour, and there is no doubting her passion for the land, but otherwise Alice was far too self contained for me to develop an affinity with.
In contrast, Jeremy is open and 'out there'. Though I thought perhaps his personality was just a touch too exaggerated, I did enjoy his cheeky irreverence and his lack of 'filter' but I felt that in many ways he overwhelmed Alice as the primary protagonist.

Despite having a few issues with plot and character, I did enjoy Redstone Station. It is well written with natural dialogue and a strong Australian identity. Fans of rural fiction should particularly appreciate the genuine portrayal of life on a cattle station enjoy this new addition to the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
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Fantastic Aussie read couldn't put it away Mum had it on her kindle the story was so good I bought it myself for my kindle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
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Enjoyable reading with positive and realistic STORY line.
Good mix of one liners, community spirit and challenges that rural communities face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
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This book was well written in a beautiful Australian way.
The words and expressions, the feelings , all so touching to my soul.
I had to buy this book for my daughter to read, and she was as moved as I was.
Please keep writing Therese
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on August 17, 2013
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I loved this independent girl or origin and her determination not to be disrespected. She gets her guy in the end after a frustrating length of time. I would have snapped him up in the first couple of chapters, but then there wouldn't have been this excellent novel to read.
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on July 10, 2014
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As with Charletts Creek this author knows how to tell a yarn that is believable and heart warming, Is am sure these stories happen in real life. loved the read
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on July 3, 2014
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I loved this story, the charactors, the setting which is close to where i live and grew up. I can see and feel this property so easily and i just loved reading the book from start to finish. The charactors are so real you feel you know them yourself. The love interest male is such a larakin Aussie Lad, and he matches up exactly with a few friends of my daughters, but a true blue mate and you can depend on him through thick or thin.
I like how Therese incorporates a current issue in her novels, I think it has more impact to read about it in different setting , and perhaps view the issue from a new angle.. However, by no means does this detract from the story.
Great work Therese, and I know you have a young growing family to care for, but please write more of your wonderful novels.
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on June 16, 2014
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I enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author. The outback is tough and she portrayed it well.
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on June 14, 2014
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Enjoyed the rural setting and the relationships developed throughout the novel.The abandonment of the part aboriginal daughter by her mother and the grandfather/grandchild special kinship was very touching. Liked the emphasis on gender issues and the competency portrayed in the very young girl with learned and developed new ways tenderly accepted by her granddad. Welcome into the aboriginal side of her family was well done. Highly recommended as a general read for all.
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on May 14, 2014
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I found this story dragged on a bit long, kept waiting for something to happen ....but it never eventualitied into anything!!!
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