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Reach For the Dream

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Sometimes life takes you on a journey you never expected . . .

Alice Ferguson is eight years old when a savage bushfire tears her family apart and she is sent to live with her aunt in the tiny town of Billabrin. Lost and lonely, Alice finds comfort in the beauty of the outback. As her confidence grows she dreams of creating her own home and of one day breeding the best wool
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Paperback, 474 pages
Published February 26th 2014 by Michael Joseph: Penguin Australia (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bree T
Mar 04, 2014 Bree T rated it liked it
Alice is only 8 when her life changes forever. A bushfire takes not only her family home but also part of her family and not long after Alice and her 5yo brother Ben are sent to live with their father’s sister, their Aunt Bea in the small farming town of Billabrin. Although lonely and missing her parents and her old life, Alice falls in love with rural life. She cares for her aunt and uncle’s goats and dreams of one day owning her own property and breeding the best wool sheep in the country.

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Lauren K
Reach for the Dream is a saga set in the 1950′s- 1960′s that spans the life of (fictional) rural girl Alice Ferguson from aged eight years until her late twenties. After a tragic event leaves her motherless, Alice and her brother Ben are sent off to live with their Aunt, Uncle and cousins while their father grieves the loss of his wife. While Alice develops a strong bond with her Aunt Bea, the relationship with her cousin Katie is far from affectionate. Katie is jealous of Alice’s relationship ...more
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How far would you go to keep your dream alive? As an eight year old girl, Alice Ferguson is struck down by tragedy when her family is torn from her by a bushfire. As a young girl, she rises above the heartbreak and resolves to fulfil her dream - of owning an outback property and to produce the best quality wool in the country. Achieving this dream, full of triumphs and further tragedies, is what drives the storyline in Anne McCullagh Rennie’s latest book, Reach for the Dream. It emotional ...more
Ash Leonard
Nov 07, 2015 Ash Leonard rated it it was ok
I don't know how I feel about this book... Perhaps if the author had taken one storyline to run with, instead of what felt like a hundred different sub plots, I would have found it a better read. EVERYTHING happens to poor Alice. I would have liked to see her meet these challenges in a more spirited fashion, and to have some sort of reaction, instead of taking it in her stride every time - it made her character seem quite flat and one dimensional, even though the traits she exhibited were ...more
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Loved this book from the very first page right until the last. I shed many tears in the beginning and couldn't put this book down.
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