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The Dairy Queen

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The author of It's Not You, It's Me offers the quintessential chick-lit novel about a woman who loses everything and returns to her cow-obsessed hometown in Australia. Original.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Red Dress Ink (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 23, 2007 Hope added it
This is one of the Red Dress Ink books that is not about a woman in her twenties who works in New York and wants a boyfriend. The narrator is a woman in her thirties in Australia who has an estranged husband. I enjoyed it. It was an easy read that was entertaining - no philosophical treasure, but a nice read. This publisher is a division of Harlequin, I am almost embarrassed to say, but I decided I need some light reading this year and it has been provided by my sister and Red Dress Ink.

Jul 05, 2008 Jadine rated it liked it
The story was very sweet and I appreciated the relationship between the sisters and the relationship of best friends. The descriptions of the small Australian town and it's inhabitants didn't seem that far off from any small town in America. The only issue I had was the length of time between alluding topics to the explanation.
Jun 23, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
I am actually in the middle of this and I'm really enjoying it. I love this idea of being able to escape from your problems for a bit, even though the character's quickly prove that no matter where you go...there you are. The humor in this book is fantastic and the personality of the dog is just as sharp as the three women. My favorite character is Sally, and her ability to be sharply blunt (definitely a friend I'd want!). So, this book is worth the read, especially if you are needing an escape ...more
Barbara ★
Two sisters and their childhood friend return to their small hometown in Australia after experiencing life that suddenly turned difficult and threw all three of them individually for a loop. This is typical chick lit where the characters have to "find themselves" in order to move on with their lives.

I did find it a bit rambling and going nowhere and the ending was a little too pat but I guess to be expected after all.

My favorite character was Fergus, the Irish wolfhound who was always funny an
Aug 08, 2009 Daneen rated it it was ok
I think I've read this before....unfortunately, I had already started the book and was into a bit when I realized I had read previously read it. However, I could not recall the story so I continued. I don't think it was any better the second time around.

It is a good, easy-read story. A story of two sisters and a friend who go through some bad, work through the bad, and get to the good on the other side--and that doesn't always mean a is about the women.
Sep 28, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok
Halfway through and it's still not doin' much for me. Fergus the dog seems to be the only truly interesting character. I think this premise and these characters had a lot of potential, but I found it to be alot of rambling with no direction. Every time I thought it was going to get interesting...nope, just more rambling. The setting was nice, but a little too familiar. To quote Jeanne, "Life's too short".
Jul 10, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it
Very light reading, (its published by a subsidiary of Harlequin, i am embarrassed to say)and its not one of those books you just cant put down. It is about 3 women in their 30's who for various reasons return home (to a small town in Australia) and work out some of their problems. An additional "character" is Fergus the wolfhound who i found to be delightful.
Jul 21, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
I just like sisters & friends books. We all have hidden problems or things that scare us, but if we just learn to bring it out and talk to someone we love maybe it won't seem so bad or maybe they can even help us resolve it.
Dec 02, 2012 Tiah added it
I picked this up expecting an easy light romance read. Instead it was a rather sombre women's comic lit, heavier than anticipated. I'm not sure I did enjoy reading it. But the overall read left me ponderous. Which is why I decided to add it to the goodreads list.
Jan 26, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok
Shelves: chic-lit
Not one of my favorite chick lit books, seemed like there were some great issues but they kind of got lost.
Apr 16, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chick lit lovers
Worth reading, although it was a bit hard to get into at first. There are some good lessons to be learned from reading it.
Oct 13, 2008 Jessi rated it liked it
Takes you out of the normal chick-lit setting of Manhattan or London, and out to the farm. Very cute and quick read!
Oct 04, 2008 Leah rated it it was ok
Um, OK, the cover gave it too much justice. Not bad while I was reading it but when it was over I felt I had wasted my time.
Mar 01, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
Very good. Only thing I would like to say is that I think the characters made a big deal about the answers to the smallest problems.
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Fun book. Easy to read!
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Allison Rushby is an Australian author of a whole lot of books. She is crazy about Mini Coopers, Devon Rex cats and Downton Abbey. You can find her at, procrastinating on Facebook, or on Twitter at @Allison_Rushby.
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