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The Cattleman's Daughter

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  498 ratings  ·  36 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
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 2009 by Penguin Australia (first published 2009)
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Carol Preston
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.
Sharon
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
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
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
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Diana Hockley
THE CATTLEMAN’S DAUGHTER

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
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Chanpreet
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
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Faith
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.
Maxine
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.
Lyn Townsend
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
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.
Stacey
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
Kiwileese
I absolutely LOVED this story. I adore Rachael Treasures books. And this one definitely didnt disappoint.
Alison
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).
Claire
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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!
Denise
Feb 03, 2011 Denise rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Jeannie
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
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
Mish
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
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.
Wizzfizz
Ho hum and predictable.
Saved by the final chapters - brought tears to my eyes!
And the imagery of the highlands - just breathtaking.
Angela Petty
Love the twists and turns this book took me on
Pam
This is the first book of Rachael Treasures that I have read. It was ok, an easy read but have read better Australian novels
Aj
just finished it loved it to bits.. got teary eyed at the end of the book so happy that luke and emily are together
Jo
Aussie bodice ripper - great for summer reading at farm holiday. Not too strenuous, fun, good messages.
Gillian Milne
A thoroughly readable book! Enjoyed the characters, the plot and the suspense at the end! Loved it!
Christine
Amazing book - I absolutely loved it!! I hope she releases another book soon.
Anita-maree
loved this story line....
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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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