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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  53 reviews
When Kate escapes to the vast but rundown property of North Star after a bitter divorce, it doesn't take long for her realize that she's going to need every ounce of determination to restore the homestead to its former glory

Since her divorce a year ago, Kate Thurston feels like she's lurched from one disaster to another. Her teenage daughter, Georgia, seems to have morphed
Paperback, C format, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Arena (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Having recently been divorced from her husband, Kate Thurston feels it's time to have a break. Kate and her two children, Georgia aged fourteen and Liam aged eight have been having a hard time since the divorce. So when, Kate discovers she has inherited her grandfather's homestead she decides it's time to have that break even though the children are not happy about going.

It had been sixteen years since, Kate had been in Widgerry, but still she knew that North Star was only about half an hour awa
North Star is about Kate Thurston divorcee and mother of two. After her divorce, Kate Thurston did not know what to do and was wondering aimlessly. However, this change when Kate inherited her family farm. To Kate, this was an opportunity to improve her families lives for the better. Kate Thurston moves to the small community of Widgerry. However, everything was fine until a body was found on North Star. The readers of North Star will follow Kate and her family to see what happens.

I enjoy readin
Dale Harcombe
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.If it hadn’t been for the good reviews of others here who opinions I value, I would never have picked up this novel, since I hate covers with girls in the bushy hats.
After leaving her husband who is a gambling addict, Kate takes the family back to the property North Star she inherited from her grandfather who she despised and with good reason. Though the place has been let go and also has many negative memories, she still figures the children 8 year old Liam and 14 year ol
With the fourteen-year-old teenage hormones well and truly working overtime, Kate Thurston was struggling to stay calm in the face of daughter Georgia’s sulky bad temper. Eight-year-old Liam was finding their life changing circumstances a little hard too, but he was easier to control. As the three of them neared the end of their long journey from the city to the country, and the little town of Widgerry near North Star, the property Kate had just inherited from her grandfather, she was looking fo ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
North Star is an entertaining contemporary novel from author Karly Lane that combines elements of suspense and romance in the Australian bush. Kate Thurston has left a disastrous marriage and returned to her home town to raise her children on the inherited property on which she grew up. North Star holds few good memories for Kate but with little choice other than to make a go of it, she sets out to restore the house and land and create a stable home for her rebellious teenage daughter and reserv ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
North Star is the first book by Australian author Karly Lane and it's the first book I've read by her. It was a quick, easy read that I flew through in two days as it was really enjoyable. Set in the Australian outback, the story follows divorcee Kate Thurston as she and her two children head to the family farm to start a new life. Kate was a likeable woman with enough skeletons in her closest that made her journey better then average. Her little boy was adorable but her teenage daughter Georgia ...more
The cool thing about this little Aussie Rural Romance read was the reality of teenage girls! “Only someone who hadn’t gone throughout the hell of living with teenage girl could possible believe that, thought Kate. It was becoming easy to identity other parents of teenage daughters. If they still sounded positive and encouraging, they didn’t have a teenager yet.” The author also in her acknowledgement section offered words of positivity to parents of teenage girls. What a nice lady! (I’m struggli ...more
Tessa Baker
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read of Karly Lane's and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. I loved the action packed story line, the way in which you can connect and sympathise with the realistic characters and the passion with which Karly has obviously poured into this novel. I found that every time I picked this book up I didn't want to put it down. I was so drawn to the characters and the situations that were unfolding I just wanted to keep reading to find out how the current situation was g ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting story.I think this the first book I could finish so fast.The story line includes the concepts such as trust,Second chances,starting a new life in the outback, love between a daughter and mother,ability to forget the past and move on in life,true friendship etc. You must read this book to enjoy it.I loved it.It does bring a tear to your eye. Happy ending.
Ann Harrison
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this story. It has all the things that make me fall in love with the story, australian theme, strong heroine up against the odds and s strong man who manages to make the grade against the odds. A real feel good book.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-read
North star is the third ever ebook I read and I loved it.

North Star is the name of the property that Kate and her two kids Liam and Georgia inherit after Kate's grandfather passes away.

In the rural town Kate discovers a new life and new love.
Dianne Sidebottom
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another Aussie book n a good read. Dealing with difficult subjects of kids handling divorce, teenage experiments with drugs n bad influences,addiction, along ago fear that was resolved by the law. Second chances that eventually has good outcomes.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read by a Macksville author. Look out for Karly Lane as her writing continues to get better and better!!
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Read. Great author. Love the Country Romance genre. Karly Lane is my favorite.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book from start to finish couldn't put it down and can't wait to read more ,keep up the great writing karly
Robyn Coyle
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable read - first book of Karly Lane I have read and will read more
Lyndall Buxton
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book, thought it was refreshing and good to read an Australian novel. There was the makings of a good story and on the whole it did not disappoint, though I think it could have gone further. In fact when I came to the end I did not realise that the book had ended, I thought there has to be more. I had a look to see if there was a Book 2, but could not find one. Thought there would have been more on the neighbour who wanted to buy the land. I ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I'm kinda kicking myself for not discovering the awesomeness of Karly Lane sooner. (Although, I guess, now that means I have lots of awesomeness to catch up on, rather than waiting for new books to come out)

North Star is the story of Kate, a single mother who has returned to her childhood home after the death of her Grandfather. They need a fresh start, and this is the perfect opportunity.

The thing I'm loving about these books is that it's the woman's story. Although the men and romance play
Bree T
Since her divorce, Kate has felt like she can’t get back on even ground. She’s been working two jobs to keep a roof over her head and the head of her two children after having to sell the lovely family home in order to pay her husband’s gambling debts. He has continued to gamble, continued to make excuses and Kate has had to take action to keep her children out of the situation. As a result, her moody teenage daughter Georgia isn’t feeling very kindly towards her at the moment and it gets even w ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining, interesting and fun read. I enjoyed the surprises that came in this book, the characters (except for a couple), the story and the read.
Thanks #KarlyLane
Alana Clough
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good light read with a good twist at the end.
Paula Clark
A quick read with a good storyline and a little intrigue which I enjoyed. It breaks my heart knowing that not everyone has a loving and carefree childhood and this story really drives this home.
It was nice to read a book set it the Australian outback. A life in a small country community has it's challenges and benefits, and most of all a feeling of belonging.

Overall it was a good story
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
*4.5 stars
North Star is Australian contemporary rural fiction author Karly Lane’s first release and although I am a big fan of Karly’s work I had not yet read it. North Star is centered on the character of Kate Thurston, a woman fleeing her rapidly downward spiralling marriage with her two children. When Kate learns she is to inherit her Grandfather’s country based property North Star, she sees it as a blessing in disguise. Taking the opportunity to start afresh in the country, away from her gam
Lauren K
Kate is the divorced mother of two, teenager Georgia and young Liam and relocates her family to the country after inheriting her grandfather’s property, North Star. Kate hopes the change of scenery will help provide a stable, safe place for her children to grow and prosper away from the influences of the demanding city.

But for Kate to return to North Star, she must face her early experiences of abuse and turbulence that still haunt her today. Kate’s method of avoidance becomes counterproductive
Mary Baldwin
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book right after reading 'Sweet Tooth' by Ian McEwan - so anything is bound to feel a little average in that position; but I don't think that's the only reason I found this book pretty underwhelming. First off, I don't know anything about the author and her background/other work - I'll have a look into that after this short review.

The story is pretty basic in that it follows a path of: single Mum, nightmare ex husband, tearaway teen, skeletons in a closet and ill timed love interest
Paula  Phillips
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been stuck in a town and then once you are old enough , you can't wait to get rid of it ? For Kate Thurston, growing up life was difficult and she didn't have the most easiest childhood ever , spending most of her time with her grandparents . When her grandfather dies , Henry Campbell leaves Kate his estate - North Star. Kate wanting to escape her life in the city as she has just gotten out of a divorce and a marriage that is no longer perfect due to his gambling problems decides t ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
My grandmother gave me this book and when my tablet was not working I decided to give this book a try. I was not impressed nor entertained in a good way. When I was entertained it was because of the lack of smart dialogues or all the stupidly annoying cliches.
This story got too many cliches, and that is probably why my grandmother liked this book. Everything is way too perfect. The most handsome and eligible man in the town is of course single and interested in Kate. And what would a book about
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved North Star. What a story! I could not put it down! Full of suspense, mystery, fun and a hint of romance. I had a few giggles at what Kate had to deal with from her teenage daughter, all the while dealing with a major family upheaval, I did feel for both her and Kate. Liam was such a typical 8 year old boy, dealing with the family changes and taking it all in his stride as best as he could. Kate's view for her property was inspirational and uplifting, the discoveries she made about her fa ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rural-lit, australia, own
I love this novel! It has all the right ingredients for me to make a great story. The rural setting, a little suspense and mystery, a heroin strong enough to face all the obstacles put in her way, with her friends standing by her and a man fighting for and with her.North Star was an easy read and I got so wrapped up in the story, that I stayed up last night to finish. Looking forward to another great book from Karly Lane!
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Karly Lane lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grand parents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. She has romantic suspense titles published under Karlene Blakemore-Mowle and her latest release, Third Time ...more

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