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The Road Home

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Lara Turner has a boyfriend, a nice house in the city and a chance at a big promotion. So when her brother calls asking her to come home, she hesitates. Can she face the memories that inhabit the beloved place of her childhood? And how does she feel with the news it's to be sold? Could she be the answer to saving the family farm?

Jack Morgan has memories of his own to cont
Paperback, First, 358 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Penguin Australia (first published March 12th 2012)
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Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Growing up on their parents farm Erindale in Western Australia Lara and Noah Turner had the best childhood. But Lara's mum wanted more for her daughter and insisted Lara be sent to a boarding school whilst Noah worked on the farm.

At every opportunity Lara would drive from Perth back to the farm to catch up with her family. Then suddenly something terrible happened and Lara couldn't face going back. Dealing with all her childhood memories is more than she can manage.

Then one day Lara gets a tel
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-authors
Lara and Noah Turner had a wonderful childhood, growing up on their parents’ farm, ‘Erindale’ in Western Australia. They both loved farm life, and couldn’t imagine anything else. But Lara’s Mum was adamant they wanted more for Lara, and she was forced to go to Perth to boarding school, to study and make something special of herself. All the while, Noah got to remain at the farm, and go to the local school.

And so she settled into Perth, and began to do what her parents wished for her. She would
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Road Home is an enjoyable story about love – love for family, for the land and for the right guy. After the tragic death of her parents, Lara couldn’t bear to return to the family farm and remained in the city, fulfilling her parents wish to succeed in her career as a financial planner. But when her brother reveals his intent to sell the farm Lara is horrified and at a crossroads in her own life, decides to return home to run it herself.

Fiona Palmer’s familiarity with farming in country West
Lauren K
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lara Turner is a country girl at heart and after leaving behind the city where she’s lived most of her life, she takes the road home to Erindale, her family farm. Leaving behind a lying boyfriend and a corporate promotion, Lara takes up the challenge of running Erindale to keep the farm in the family. Until then, her brother Noah has been working the land, but now he is getting married he will be moving into his fiancé’s home to follow his dream of working with cattle.

Lara is hesitant to take o
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I loved Lara's story. To know what she wanted and then to stick st it despite expectations of failure, just showed what a strong gutsy girl she is. The development of her relationship with Jack was really sweet. Both going through so much but see so much in each other. It didn't seem predictable in some ways which is why i think i enjoyed it even more.Read it everyone. ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm new to Rural Romance but I fell in love with this book, and this author and I can't wait to see what she writes next
My full thoughts are over here
This was SO Aussie, to the point of being over done.
Whilst I can appreciate the familiarity that was the landscapes, townsfolk, and farming situations; it was like every single damn Aussie thing that could happen, did happen.

Lara's parents wanted more for their daughter, shipping her off to boarding school in Perth as a teen. After their deaths, the farm was left to her brother Noah. Now getting married, Noah no longer wants the family farm. Lara decides she wants it.

There's the usual nosy to
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick, rural, fiction
This wasn't as good as others I've read by this author but it was still a nice easy read with a predictable storyline. I read the bulk of it sitting in my hammock with a glass or two of wine on a beautiful sunny Sunday arvo. ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. Another boring cliche-ique book. Badly written too.
Karen Neale
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Difficult to get into a the start but great at the end. Great holiday read.
Bree T
Lara Turner grew up on a farm in rural Western Australia until she went to high school. Although she wanted to stay on the farm, her parents had other plans for their girl and she went to the city for boarding school, stayed for university and then got herself a job with a finance company. When her parents died, their assets were split between Lara and her brother Noah, with Noah getting the farm and Lara getting the Perth house. Lara worked in the city for a couple of years, returning home rare ...more
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Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Road Home to the family farm beckons city girl Lara Turner, when out of the blue her brother Noah, who has been running the farm decides to sell up. Lara cannot bear to see her beloved Erindale, which is all that is left of her parents who passed away tragically, fall into new hands. Torn between her high climbing city job and her love for the family farm, Lara decides to cut her losses and have a go at running the fledgling family property. It is tough work for Lara, doing it on her own aft ...more
Stacey Houllis
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rural-romance
I thought this book was great I have enjoyed reading books about rural Australia and life living on the farm. This book is about a sister and brother who grew up on Erindale a family farm in Western Australia. Lara is sent to Perth to gain an education while her brother Noah is raised to work on the farm.
Their parents had died six years before and the farm was left to the both of them. Her brother calls her one day to tell her he want to sell the farm as he can not run the farm anymore as he is
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am not a huge reader of rural romance fiction, however being the owner of a Pre loved book store in the Clare Valley SA does have its advantages. "The Road Home"came through my doors the other day, and I thought well I will just give it a go, well I did. I was unable to put it down and was rushing to finish its, loved the depth of this book and what it had to offer me as a reader. This book just make me laugh and cry and cheer on Lara. I am a city girl who is now living in the country but I am ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read much outback fiction so I didn't know what to expect. To be truthful I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I was wrong. I loved it! I couldn't stop reading Fiona's book. Her novel was about the struggle of a country girl who was sent to the city as a teenager who now returns to run the family farm. Lara Turner faces opposition as she struggles to learn how to run a farm. Jack Morgan - a man with past is best friends with Lara's brother and tries to deny his attraction to Lara.

Dianne Sidebottom
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
yes another home grown book in the library n fabulous read. Covered a couple of issues like gambling which was hidden well by Noah the attitude of nobody's business kept it so except those who wanted their money. Inheritance can be a pain in the behind depending on when you were born or gender. It was along night read but worthwhile. Have to respect those who live out in the bush n community support in wonderful. ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this modern Australian outback story. About a city girl who returns home to the bush to run the farm she's always loved. Really liked Lara's character - her free spirit and determination, and of course Jack :) Felt some of the writing needed some editing (a bit corny at times! Lol) but nevertheless an enjoyable read. ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good story set on a farm in Western Australia and the struggles that Lara has to make and of course the pull between Jack the hero with the great caring nature but who needs to learn to love again.
I really enjoyed this one
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book, could not put it down. Makes me wish I was still living on my farm. Didn't want this story to end, wish it could have gone on forever. Hurry up and write more books please Fiona! :) ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the books I have read this year, definitely one of my fav's :) ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't go wrong with any of Fiona Palmer's books i just love reading them!!
Always interesting characters and stunning settings.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice aussie romance, good for a rainy afternoon.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rural-romance
ANother great read from Fiona Palmer!!
Gillian Milne
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming story about a woman lost to the family farm due to her gender initially but found due to circumstance. Covers lots of issues. Very readable. Loved it!
Brianna Hite
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
Another awesome Australian story!
Sandy May
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story loved it loved it didn't want it to end. Thanks again Fiona love your work. ...more
Lyn Barton
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rural-romance
Another great rural romance from Fiona Palmer. Loved the story, the characters and the descriptions of the landscape, the issues and the 'best bits' of rural life. I love this author! ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deb Bodinnar
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable Aussie rural read!! I do like reading about farm can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl!! ...more
Robyn Coyle
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Again, after the start wasn't expecting too much, but didn't take long to change my mind and thoroughly enjoyed this book ...more
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