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Bella's Run

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Bella Vermaelon and her best friend Patty are two fun-loving country girls bonded in sisterhood no blood could ever beat. Now they are coming to the end of a road trip which has taken them from their family farms in the rugged Victorian high country to the red dust of the Queensland Outback.

For almost a year they have mustered cattle stations, cooked for weary stockmen, p
Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Random House Australia
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Bella's Run is about how two childhood friends Bella Vermaelon and Will O'Hare who had a second chance of finding love. After and working in the Australian Outback Bella Vermaelon and Patty O'Hare decided to come home to East Gippsland. Will O'Hare was Patty O'Hare brother, and Bella had a crush on him. However, before romance could bloom for Will and Bella Patty was killed in a road accident. The readers of Bella's Run will continue to follow the twist and turns in Will's and Bella's relationsh ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through my work. Once read, I will pass it on to others from work who also love to read:)

When best friends Bella and Patty decide to take a year off from their jobs in rural Victoria, they head for Queensland, for an outback trip of a lifetime! Along the way they mustered on cattle stations, cooked for weary stockmen and laughed, danced and played hard all the time.
They had a wonderful year, and in the last weeks, when Patty’s brother, Will, an
Bree T
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bella Vermaelon is in her early twenties, a farm girl who grew up on a dairy farm deep in the Gippsland area in south east Victoria. She and her best friend Patty, also a farm girl but trained as a nurse are taking a year off from their respective jobs and travelling around Australia, working and sightseeing. They’ve worked cattle and grain farms in outback Queensland and traveled down the east coast of Australia, inland to Tamworth for the country music festival and now it’s time to go home. Ev ...more
Lisa Chappel
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read Bella`s Run yesterday - I was moved and riveted, but perhaps the most wonderful thing for me about Bella`s Run was Margareta Osborn handing me back the experience of complete immersion. For some time, in this jagged electronic world, I have wondered if I''d ever get my reading mojo back. My time feels jangled, charged just like the static in the city air, and as divided as the bytes I digest most information in. In the slipsteam of this digital life, of late, my soul has been feeling dimi ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a fast reader because i ended up starting it last night and finished 4 hours later (at 4.30am!)- couldn't put it down (starting at midnight probally not a good idea as i'm now falling asleep at work) I really enjoyed it, Bella is such a great girl - I can relate to a lot of it - especially being in the city but not really fitting in - and Geelong got a mentioned in chapter 4!lol - This book made me laugh (Taylor Swift on Will's car cd player) and cry, and I was sin ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
At it's heart, Bella's Run is a contemporary romance but it is also a wonderful story set against the rugged Victorian highlands. Osborn captures the spirit of the people who call the land 'home' with warmth and humour.

Bella and Patty are two capable, fun loving young women, enjoying a year traveling and working in the Queensland outback, but happy to return home when it comes to an end, especially with Will and Macca waiting for them. Osborn paints a delightful picture of these high spirited be
Nicola Marsh
It has been too long since I've read any rural-lit. I love Rachel Treasure's books but has been years since I've read one.

Then I picked up Bella's Run this week and was hooked all over again.

It's a cracking book filled with real characters and real emotion.

It's poignant, romantic and funny, seamlessly weaving rural Australia and its lifestyle into an emotional story.

I loved it!
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in ages that has actually made me cry! I laughed and cried through out this whole novel. A lovely first novel by this author. Can't wait to read more of her books in the future.
Susan Dawson
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely adored this book!!! Such a wonderful story... What a story with twists and turns! Love, love, loved this soooo much!!!!!!
Charming Language
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bella’s Run is not what you might expect when you think ‘rural romance’. The cover places it firmly in the tradition of formulaic romance fiction – a sort of Mills and Boon meets McLeod’s Daughters, where vast blue skies match the yearning blue eyes of a good looking country girl and her Wrangler-clad intended. But far from being just another cookie-cutter romance, Margareta Osborn’s novel explodes with energy from the first page, offering empowered, anarchic protagonists and a contagious affect ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book took a little bit for me to get into but once I did I really enjoyed the story of Bella,Patty, Will & Macca. This book has so much to offer, adventure, youth, love, lust, grief and betrayal. I laughed at so many of the girls antics, admired their love of life, family, friends and home. When their lives were changed by tradgedy I cried along with them. It is so true that people handle grief in so many different ways, some turn to those who will love and support them, others run like ...more
Suzanne Brandyn
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A great story of love, loss, and the life of two young girls who are inseparable. The settings in the Gippsland area and in Queensland were so real, descriptions so true.

The characters came to life, and completely immersed me in the story for hours. I couldn't put it down.

With twists along the way, there was a lump in my throat, and tears in my eyes.

Loved it. One of the best reads I have had this year.
Madeleine Mccomas
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do love a bit of chick lit and havent read too many 'country' versions, particularly not aussie ones, so this was fun and refreshing. Osborn writes well and engages you but stayed off the predictable beaten track. I enjoyed this book as a light read and recommend it as a summer beach book or winter warmer.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! I read it very quickly because I couldn't put it down. Beautiful descriptions of the Queensland and Victorian outbacks, in contrast to the city life Bella runs away to. It had a good balance between fun times out and more serious issues and I really loved the main characters. Can't wait for her next book!
Deb Bodinnar
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. Think being a country girl I can relate to the background of these stories so easily. Margareta captures the essence of the high country and makes the reader want to visit this spectacular part of our great State and Country.
Nicki Edwards
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very Australian, dramatic cheeky and lovely read!
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, but I'm a sucker for an outback Aussie lovestory. Couldn't stop reading.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian, rural
BELLA'S RUN is definitely not the sort of thing that I would normally read, but working with Margareta Osborn on her website made it nearly impossible not to notice a certain buzz around this book, which frankly, intrigued me. And every now and then, a little step away from the well worn path isn't going to kill me. Is it?

Starting BELLA'S RUN, I had no idea what to expect, and a combination of my personal disinterest in romance themes, and the amount of acclaim for the book did have me a little
I loved Bella and Patty. Truely wild Aussie country girls. My first Margareta Osborn read, she nailed outback Australia, B&S Balls, and the shenanigans these fun-loving larrikins get up to.
Macca and Will are not unlike many of the blokes I know and love.

After the fatal accident, Bella and Will will break your heart. And Patty.. I want one of her whispering in my ear. Work to live, not live to work.

Will be looking for more M.O books to devour.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow!! I started reading this book and was so dissapointed but decided to give it a chance- so glad I did because it was such a great read!! I actually finished it all in one night I was that hooked on it!
I really felt connected with the characters and I kept thinking about the story all the next day.
Kelly Dawson
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rural-romance
I loved this book!!
The author is a master at creating emotional tension and had me in tears in several emotional points in the story.
Jodie Maree
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!!!!
Lauren K
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I nearly didn't finish reading this book but I'm glad I persisted because I loved the story. I really understood the main character, Bella and enjoyed the storyline immensely. I will be reading more by Margareta Osborn.
Abby Nancarrow grimshaw
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! A great debut book by an Australian author. Made me think about the good times I had at B & S balls which were quite a few years ago!
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Bella and Patty are best friends who have each other’s backs. They have been on a road trip of a lifetime together across the Victorian high country region right through to Queensland. The girls have had a breadth of experience from cooking and mustering on family farms, attending rodeos and fighting off the advances of more than one love interest. When Bella’s cousin Macca and Patty’s brother Will cross their paths, Bella in particular feels the pull of love and home simultaneously. Just as she ...more
Stacey Houllis
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartwarming story of two friends Emma and Patty who take a year off work to travel and work around rural Queensland before returning home. While away Patty brother Will and Emma's cousin Macca visit them on their way back home. Emma finds she is attracted to Will and so is Will to her. In the life, there are many roads we have to travel as Emma and Will find that love is sometimes not strong enough to hold people together after a tragic accident involving Emma, Patty, and Emma's mothe ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aussie story written about Bella's experiences over a 12 year period where second chances helped cement a future relationship. Circumstances that affected families all differently. How to deal with grief, disability, decisions n choices how to cope with life that's thrown you. We all run but some keep running. Had a little cry as I had a dog called Kelly n Rusty familiar names for dogs I guess. Not wanting to have children must be a hard discussion to have or keep secret from sharing as Bella fo ...more
Jowellyn Neville
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
If you are easily offended by profanity or explicit sexual references then this is not the book for you.
The characters are likable and while some of the swearing is in line with the character's reactions, it is somewhat excessive at times.
Set in rural Australia, it is a good representation of the landscape and lifestyle. The plot is well thought out and the dramas faced by the characters' helps to push the plot forward.
I have to say that the opening paragraphs are by far the best I've read in te
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