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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  91 reviews
After a terrible argument with her father over their family property, 'Waters Meeting', Rebecca Saunders throws her swag in the ute and heads north with her three dogs. A job as a jillaroo takes her into the rowdy world of B&S balls, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last settles down to a bit of study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the very hands ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Over the last couple of days I’ve tried to think about when I first learnt about Rachael Treasure and the type of books she wrote. Although my mind still draws a blank as to the exact time frame, I do remember almost unconsciously always understanding that she wrote rural fiction and was one of the, if not arguably the fore runner, dominators of Australia rural fiction. For years it seems, I’ve understood that she is driving force behind the thriving genre without ever having read her work. When ...more
Chelsey Connor
This book was up and down with emotion. Few really sad things happened and the family was so troubled, even though it’s only a story, it broke my heart. In the end though the family came together which was lovely
Angelique Simonsen
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
An easy read. Another happy ending book which managed to hold my interest long enough but I wouldn't call it amazing!
Lauren K
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure is one of the books on my TBR shelf I really wanted to read this year and I’m so glad I made the time to pick this one up. It’s quite a moving story about a country girl who is passionate about farming and determined to see her family farm succeed.

The opening scene sparks immediate empathy for the protagonist Rebecca, with a big blow up with her cranky old man she leaves behind her family farm in a fit of rage with her Ute, swag and three beloved dogs. With her pare
Clare O'Beara
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, australia
Warning that this is also published as 'River Run Deep'.
Mixed feelings here for a brave Aussie romance. The author lives in Tasmania but the book is set in southeastern Australia. I'm in no doubt that she's doing a great job of depicting the lifestyle and people, the drought, landscape and changing times. The tale follows mainly Rebecca or Bec as her bullying, alcoholic father drives her off the station with her kelpie sheepdogs. Her brothers remain to do the farmwork, since they are going to i
Moon Love
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I recently read one of Rachael Treasure's books and I absolutely loved it. So I thought I'd read another to see if I enjoyed it just as much, and lo and behold I did. The descriptive and vivid way Ms. treasure described the beauty and wildness of Australia makes me want to hop on a plane and go there right away. This book made me cry, laugh, and smile. This book is an excellent example of how everyone has their own failings and what happens when we don't deal with them. Ms. Treasure has two more ...more
Heidi Kennedy
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
In fairness I only read Jillaroo as part of a project to read books that were popular but I wouldn't normally read. However, I did think it would be more engaging than it was. It turns out to essentially be a book about stereotypical characters getting drunk and throwing up in various different settings. That's about it.
Kat at Book Thingo
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kat at Book Thingo by: Zosia
This is the book I have dubbed The Vomit Book. In summary: They fight, they drink, they puke, they save the farm. If you’re thinking of trying this author, start with a different book.

You can read my full review at Book Thingo.
3-1/2 *'s.
Susan Austin
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
So I sneakily read this when I was meant to be reading Obama's book, because I just felt like a light frolicking yarn. It gets three stars for being a good yarn or a beach read when you don't want to think and are happy to roll with some cliches and some predictable plot lines.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started crying when Tom died at 11:30pm
A truly touching story that has very good romance and story line. I automatically connected with Bec just from the way treasure has described her personality an her situation. I don't even live on a farm. I'm a city girl, but just reading it made me ache for a rushing river. Great book!!
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! It's just rehashed my dream of living on a farm!

I loved reading about the animals, and Becs life, crying and laughing at the things that get thrown at her.

A wonderful Aussie book!
Leigh Hutton
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Classic Aussie rural romance, at its best! Loved the 'go girl' vibe and have drawn a lot of inspiration for my own writing from this book.
Stacey Potter
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it from start to finish !
Kelly-anne Mellor
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for outback (rural) romance
Tracey Charlton
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I had not read a novel for a long time, for a born book worm, that is torture. I picked this up in Big W, unable to ignore wanting to fall into another world for a little while. From cover to cover I was caught...unable to stop reading till it was finished. Thank you for writing this, it has brought me back to my love of reading, and got me hooked again. Easy to read, descriptive but not too heavy, I love the way you weave a picture of a place, making it real and able to be felt. Your characters ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-this-one
I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. It was not written the way I expected and to be honest, I found it was probably written in a more realistic manner than other books of its genre.
A recommended read for me and I will be keeping a eye out for more of this author's work
Dianne Gary
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - set in the high country with characters that struggle to get along with each other and also the changing environment in which they live
Had me not wanting to stop reading but also not wanting to read it too fast as I was enjoying it so much!
Paula Clark
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I did draw a few similarities between this book and "The Rouseabout" - in particular with the father/daughter relationship and again with the brother, also to a lesser degree the mother figure (or lack thereof).
Kylie Abecca
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliantly written. Well rounded characters that you can really fall in love with. Not the sort of book I would usually read and only read it because someone gifted me a copy. I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed it and found it hard to put down.
Pip Snort
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
A love stories with a an Australian voice. You can feel the eucalyptus trees and laid back attitude in every page, even if they are not set here. This story is very Australian. Even the ugly bits: the messy drinking, family breakdown, drought and suicide.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice Australian farming backdrop with stunning emotions love sadness anger...must read
Maddy Smith
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn’t finish this book, it wasn’t the type of book that I enjoy reading.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book as it took me back to the days I spent on cattle properties as a youngster. Made me want to get back to that lifestyle.
Chrystal Hansen
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luuurrrrrved it!
This book had me laughing and crying. Couldn't put it down!
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author and I loved the story about farming and animals. However I struggled with the characters and didn’t enjoy reading about getting drunk, vomiting and one night stands. Some sad themes and issues but I didn’t enjoy novel at all.
Gemma Nugent
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: uni, aww2017
Not the kind of thing I'd usually pick up but read it for a uni course and have to admit I kind of enjoyed it! Mind you, while I was definitely no shirker on the binge drinking front in my younger days, I did find all the boozing a little troubling.
Anne Ruprecht
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The Beginning and throughout were not my type of reading but I did finish the book, just to see what happened with the families farm.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Rachael Treasure’s first and bestselling novel Jillaroo is the book that kick started the phenomenon that is the Australian rural romance genre. Jillaroo features the feisty Rebecca Saunders, a country girl who after a huge argument with her Father, leaves her beloved family property to work as a jillaroo. Taking her dogs with her for the ride, Rebecca makes a success of her new position. The novel also covers Rebecca’s time at Agricultural College, where she meets scoundrel and love interest Ch ...more
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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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