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Wattle Creek

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Damien McAllister is a man on the brink. Spending long, hard days on a farm he has no affection for, and nights ignoring the criticisms of his mother, Damien can no longer remember what he's living for. But in a small town like Wattle Creek, there are few people to turn to - and Damien learned long ago to keep his problems to himself.

Until Jacqueline Havelock, a young psyc
Paperback, 335 pages
Published April 2012 by Mira Harlequin Australia
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Damien McAllister knew people were staring at him as he entered the doctor's surgery. The only time he went to see the doctor was when he injured himself on the farm, but this visit wouldn't require any bandages or stitches. Damien hadn't been himself for awhile, but men never spoke about their problems. Damien knew it was time to push all that aside and get some help. Damien thought the doctor would just give him a prescription for some tablets and he would be on his way. He never thought he wo ...more

Jacqueline Havelock arrived in the little town of Wattle Creek tired but pleased to be there. Having driven five hours from Adelaide in South Australia to her new position as psychologist within the local doctor’s surgery, she felt her future looked much better than it had been. As she settled into the little cottage which would be hers, at least until she proved herself a capable addition to Dr Squire’s practice, she was a little disconcerted by the friendliness of the locals, especially E
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Opening Line:‘…Damien had suicide in his sights …’

As you can see from the opening line, WATTLE CREEK starts off with a very emotionally confronting scene of a man staring down the barrel of gun wanting to end it all. This is not how you would normally expect a romance to open. From this heart in your mouth opening though, author Fiona McCallum takes us into the lives of the small farming community of Wattle Creek in outback Australia. He is a ‘typical’ Aussie bloke in that he doesn’t talk much a
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While the first half of this book grabbed me and made it very easy to get into, and incredibly hard to put down, it seemed to lose its way about half way through. Some of the plot twists were rather out of left field, but the most jarring thing for me was the abrupt changes characters would go through for the sake of the story, which rather disappointed me. I think I may have to keep my eye out for more work by this author.
Angela Maher
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian
3.5 * A good Aussie tale, which is an easy read, despite touching on some very deep and serious issues. It's good to see those issues addressed in a respectful manner, although the solution for the male main character was too quick and easy to be fully plausible. A more realistic portrayal would have dampened the lighter moments and lengthened the book considerably, however.
If you enjoy rural tales, you will like this book.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
As I think I have mentioned before, I do tend to avoid the rural lit’s a bit only because I also live on the land and sometimes find I just cannot read more about the land and prefer to venture elsewhere on my reads! But I must say that I have come to really like Fiona MacCallum - she is a very talented writer that I enjoy and if you like the rural reads and haven’t tried any of Fiona’s books before, I do recommend. I did enjoy her previous novel Nowhere Else a little better though – this one wa ...more
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for honest review.

Initial thoughts - this one might take a while to get into.

50% - Still not the best writing style, or maybe I should say not the writing style I like the most. Is anything remotely interesting going to happen in this book?

60-65% - All of a sudden they're in love? Wait, what?!? The storyline is too jumpy in this one.

90% - Some good things happening but there's still no proper structure or exploration for some of the things happening in the sto
Lauren K
Although this book turned up unexpectedly for review, i was excited to review it as i’ve become a big fan of rural lit. I also share the same profession as the protagonist, Jacqueline Havelock, a young psychologist.

Jacqueline moves to Wattle Creek for a twelve month contract as a private psychologist in the local medical practice. She is immediately intrigued by one of her first patients, Damien a shy farmer with depression. Jacqueline works hard to fight the barriers of people seeking professio
Bookish Enchantment (Katherine Quirke)
I would give this book 3.5 stars but the fact that I think this writer needs a thesaurus stops me. She uses the same descriptive of "steaming" far far too much for me and made me want to scream. Other than that the story was very good. Covering people in a country town was interesting and a good and enjoyable read. I can only hope that the books this writer published after this one developed in style.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Liked how the author discussed depression in rural areas in depth and also gave us an insight into the psychologists view point too. Depression is a common illness that a lot of people are not aware of.
Anne Cassar
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Aussie fiction
Recommended to Caroline by: Same author as Nowhere Else
Just kept reading, ignored the family!
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Qantas freebee, handbag size, perfect for travelling :)
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*3.5 stars
Read in preparation for the sequel and McCallum's latest book, Standing Strong.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiona-mccallum
Another great story. Thanks Fiona x
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I really have enjoyed reading these outback romance books since discovering several writers in the last year.
Abby Nancarrow grimshaw
This was a nice pleasant read. It tackles the subject of depression and suicide and how to overcome it.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd say this was more a 3.5 star book. I enjoyed it and liked the characters way more than the last of her books Kos that I read - Leap of Faith.
Maddy Smith
all wraped up in a nice little bow.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Wattle Creek is a contemporary Australian novel that explores the sensitive subject of depression amongst men in rural areas. Damien is a third generation farmer doing it tough. The sheep are stupid, something always needs fixing and he is single and lonely. After finding himself cradling a rifle and contemplating suicide he reaches out for help. Jacqueline is establishing her psychologist practice in Wattle Creek after fleeing an awkward situation in the city arising from her work in prisons. S ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A book that tackles depression, suicide, and the complex issues faced by small farming communities, with dignity and compassion.

Having already loved reading Paycheque and Nowhere Else by the talented Australian Author Fiona McCallum, I was looking forward to devouring Wattle Creek and was not disappointed.

Wattle Creek starts off with a somewhat confronting scene of Damien attempting suicide, but then Fiona lets you into the lives of Damien and the farming community of Wattle Creek, who like most
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A fairly formulaic rural read, but the one aspect I particularly enjoyed was the author bringing the subject of depression in rural communities, especially young men into the story.
Liz Willing
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Lovely light hearted read. I enjoyed it. Recommend to someone who likes a nice easy read story. Story flows well.
Stacey Houllis
I liked the story it opened me to view relationship between family and people around us effect us in many ways not only love but our thoughts in head can sometimes effect how we feel and act. Jacqueline moved to the Wattle Creek as the new Physiologist. Damien a young farmer battling with depression cames to see Jacqueline to see if she help him. Like all men has second thoughts of opening up to a woman. But eventually he does even though his disagree with this but he still goes . Jacqueline hel ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh dear…what a disappointment this book was. This is very very light reading. There is no depth to it at all. The characters are stereotypical and appear to be able to change their personality to suit the very basic storyline. This rural romance seems to be written as an instruction booklet for all the city folk, so that they understand how quaint rural life is. It was full of detail such as the bedspread was navy , the bathroom was down the hall hard left, hard right and she was wearing a blue ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Probably 3.5 stars. I didn't think I'd like the rural Australia setting but I actually did. I also liked that the author chose to have the theme of depression (actual, clinical depression) as part of the storyline. It's a huge and very real issue and it was handled relatively well. Since I work in health, I know the way it was portrayed wasn't 100% realistic in my opinion but it was believable.
One criticism is that I wish we were shown what the main characters actually said when they revealed t
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wasn't bad to start off with, but unfortunately was increasingly a bit of work to read through. I think part of the problem was that I didn't find Jacqueline to be convincing as a psychologist. I am by no means an expert in the profession, but the scenes with her acting in he professional capacity really didn't resonate for me.

I also found the writing style not to my taste. The plot jumped around a bit, as did the pacing, and there were scenes in the story which I didn't see the point of (one ex
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I finished listening to this book today and found it to be extremely light reading. I thought the characters were very stereotyped but I did like the descriptions of depression suffered by the main male character.

It was a very shallow book with too much detail in parts of the book that didn't really add to the overall story.

I listened to the book as an audio book and it sounded very sing song to me. I'm not sure if this was because of the style of the writing or because of the narrator.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most interesting and essentially believable rural Australian romances that I've read. The characters are real and it touches on depression which is a different angle to most in this genre. I also liked that there was more to the story than just a romance and the hooking up. I think there is a bit of a gap where it skipped over some development of the characters, but on a whole I would seek out other books by Fiona McCall um.
Dianne Sidebottom
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I learnt something from this book. I didn't realise "Esperance" meant hope in Latin. The theme in this book would have been hard to put together but has been done well. The whole idea of getting out of bed in the mornings can be foggy with no purpose or reason. The time period of medication to shift this thinking can be long also. The story was very real written n believable n dog therapy should be promoted more.
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Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside the small town of Cleve on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Fiona now lives in Adelaide and works full-time as a novelist. She writes "heart-warming journey of self-discovery stories" - often with a rural setting, sometimes with a romantic thread and sometimes without. Her tales tie together her love of animals an
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