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The Cattleman's Daughter

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  596 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Born on the rugged Dargo High Plains and raised by her cattleman father, Emily Flanaghan has lost her way in life.

Locked in an unhappy marriage in the suburbs, Emily misses the high country with a fierce ache. To make matters worse, her heritage is under threat. A government bill to evict the mountain cattlemen is about to be passed, and the Flanaghans could be banned from
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 2009 by Penguin Australia (first published 2009)
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Carol Preston
Nov 18, 2013 Carol Preston rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this Aussie drama set in rural town in Victorian Alps. Good insight into the life of cattle men and women. Nice love story but also good, gritty relationship issues. Well written and engaging.
Feb 23, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
This has to be the best Rachael Treasure book I have read yet. Emily is a cattleman's daughter who has lost sight of who she is and where she belongs. An almost tragic accident brings her life back into focus and she returns to the Victorian high country to heal emotionally and physically. As she reconnects with her ancestors, passion ignites with the meeting of Luke the new park ranger in town. However, cattlemen and the government have never got along - so is their relationship doomed from the ...more
M.A. McRae
Oct 16, 2014 M.A. McRae rated it really liked it
Rural Australia/romance/adventure, a theme which seems to have quite suddenly made it to 'genre.' I take little notice of what is called 'Women's Fiction' as a rule, but this book - I loved this book, and will look for more from this author. I enjoyed the background, I enjoyed that horses and dogs were also characters, and I enjoyed the scenery. A prevailing theme is the idiocy of trying to run the country from the city, and by bureaucrats who simply do not know what they are doing. Countrymen h ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 06, 2011 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it
Emily Flanagan is disillusioned in her marriage to her philandering truckie husband Clancy and after an accident in which she nearly died she decided to take her daughters and go back to the family cattle farm at Dargo, Victoria. She is ready to become a cattleman but there is trouble looming.

The Government wants to pass a bill to stop the land leases that have been place for over 100 years that has allowed the family to lease government land for cattle grazing. This is a fight the family has fo
Diana Hockley
Aug 26, 2013 Diana Hockley rated it liked it

As the daughter of an Australian sheep and cattle farmer (grazier) albeit from northern New South Wales, I appreciated the subject matter of this book - the high country graziers vs the environmentalists.

Many generations of farmers and graziers have followed the practice of cold burning off - or burning the excess grass and foliage - in the off-season (winter and autumn) so that in spring the new growth can come through and there is little or no tinder-dry fuel for bushfi
Feb 11, 2012 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with Australia and it's all thanks to Rachael Treasure and her books. I can't help but be attracted to the rugged beauty of the land as she describes it. I always thought Australia was settled as a colony by the British and that the aboriginals were maligned and mistreated, but I must admit to being unaware about the history of the land and how some families had lived on it for hundreds of years.

Ms.Treasure writes an engrossing and captivating read about a young woman who h
Jul 31, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I'm a city girl and I really felt that Rachael Treasure brought the high plains to life. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It was obvious that the author is coming from the cattlemen's perspective in the debate regarding the debate surrounding cattle in the high plains but that was okay with me as I presumed that would be the case as soon as I read the blurb on the back of the book.
Jan 17, 2016 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance, outdoors, Victorian high country, cattle, dogs and horses. What a great setting for a story of those on the land battling with those not on the land. Having spent most of my life living on the land and, at times, battling with government bureaucracies, I really enjoyed this book. However, regardless of my background, I think this, my second Rachael Treasure book, would appeal to many readers.
Nov 25, 2014 Maxine rated it did not like it
Oh dear.... This was rubbish. Predictable, cringe worthy rubbish. I have enjoyed some of Treasure's other books but this one was just too ocker for me, mate. Apparently all city folk are ignorant greenies. Too many generalisations for me and not enough depth. I was so looking forward to a nice easy read but this was just too light for my liking. I gave up half way through.
Helen Hutchings
Dec 24, 2015 Helen Hutchings rated it really liked it
As with all Rachael Treasure books, I want to give 3.5 stars but always round up to 4. The writing is clunky at times and some of the dialogue is cringeworthy but the subject matter is so compelling. Rachael Treasure has an intimate and in depth knowledge of what life is like on the land. This shines through in her novels and makes them so enjoyable to read.
Lyn Townsend
May 03, 2014 Lyn Townsend rated it it was ok
Shelves: rural-romance
Sorry Rachael, I didn't enjoy this as much as your other books. Whilst the love story was there, the underlying sadness to your story (esp Part 1) remained throughout and I think made it harder to appreciate the good parts of the tale.
Thanks for writing about the high country lifestyle though. It really resonated with my background and I enjoyed that.
Dianne Sidebottom
Mar 12, 2015 Dianne Sidebottom rated it really liked it
Lot's of struggles faced in this story. (very real threat to have your kids taken off you) Appreciate the research that went into the background history n present day policy of the high country. I wonder though does Evie's dog the same one in another book? Liked the characters in the story n seem true to life.
Jun 28, 2012 Stacey rated it it was ok
Sorry Rachael Treasure but this is my least favorite of your books - NOT that I hated it, it just didn't have the spark I have come to expect from your stories. It started out promising and there were moments that saved me from simply putting it in the bookshelf unfinished - but the constant agenda pushing just ruined the story for me. I can understand why it was done but it need not have been so...repetitive. This story really had the potential to captivate but I found myself skipping over sect ...more
Amy Rose
Jun 02, 2016 Amy Rose rated it really liked it

I loved this book! Especially how it highlighted the issues between farmers and government officials and rules. An enjoyable read.
Mar 17, 2016 Bronwyn rated it really liked it
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Nov 07, 2014 Kiwileese rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this story. I adore Rachael Treasures books. And this one definitely didnt disappoint.
Sep 20, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Kylie Eadie
Apr 29, 2014 Kylie Eadie rated it did not like it
Feb 01, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
Some parts definitely made me teary (had that in common with a person borrowing the book today), especially a scene near the end that was written as a short story by the author - the girl and the ghost-grey mare.
This was written from some of the author's own experiences on the land and it was interesting to see the two perspectives - government and farmer.
A good romance under the subheading 'love the second time around' (like Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven).
Jan 15, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it had me in its grip from the beginning. The ups and downs the characters go through, the hardships and good times. The fights for the right to farm on the land, I learnt a great deal about the challenges our farmers have to face around our country, and not surprising the bureaucratic crap that happens in offices everywhere. Rachael Treasure is a great story teller whose stories make us think and feel.
Cheryl Pierce
Feb 13, 2012 Cheryl Pierce rated it liked it
I thought I would have enjoyed reading this book but I'm finding it very slow and difficult to get into but I will reserve my final judgement until I have finished. Well I have finished reading this book and it had its moments when it captured my attention but overall it was an uninspiring book
Alicia Hope
Apr 08, 2013 Alicia Hope rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for real Aussie fiction
There is so much to love about this story, but what sticks in my mind most are the tears I couldn't hold back at the resolution of Emily's greatest and most dangerous challenge.
A well-crafted, engaging, truly Aussie read. Kudos, Rachael!
Feb 03, 2011 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
pulp. Kinda like a trashy-ish romance meets an Australian cattle farmer's political agenda. I liked all the Aussie lingo basically. And feeling like I was reading something the equivalent of watching Neighbours. That's about it.
Dec 10, 2010 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I loved this book just as much as I have loved all Rachael Treasure's other books. She mixed the country along with romance, politics, tragedy and joy. This book was a pleasure to read and I enjoyed it very much!
Bec Whyte
Sep 21, 2013 Bec Whyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember what this book is about as I read it a long time ago. But I also remember that it was quiet good and doesn't disappoint of you are a Rachael Treasure Fan
Sep 26, 2014 Mish rated it it was ok
I didn’t enjoy it as much as thought I would. Way too much politics and connection to the character just wasn’t there for me. The Aussie lingo was a bit overdone.
Bec Whyte
Sep 21, 2013 Bec Whyte rated it really liked it
Love Rachel's books! Except this one.. Lol.
I didn't hate it, I just found it a lot harder to get through than her usual books which I find hard to put down.
Dec 05, 2012 Wizzfizz rated it it was ok
Ho hum and predictable.
Saved by the final chapters - brought tears to my eyes!
And the imagery of the highlands - just breathtaking.
Angela Petty
Aug 03, 2014 Angela Petty rated it really liked it
Love the twists and turns this book took me on
Jan 02, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
This is the first book of Rachael Treasures that I have read. It was ok, an easy read but have read better Australian novels
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Rachael Treasure lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children. She is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock. She is a graduate of Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst ...more
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