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Zoe's Muster

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  343 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
When Zoe, restless black sheep of the Porter family, discovers that her biological father is a North Queensland cattleman, Peter Fairburn, her deep desire to meet him takes her from inner-city Brisbane to a job as a stockcamp cook.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Michael Joseph (Penguin Australia)
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The unexpected discovery that the man she’d thought of as her father, politician Rex Porter was not her biological father had Zoe in a mess. Her mother Claire swore Zoe to secrecy – the upset to Rex as a politician just wasn’t allowed to happen. But when the job of camp-muster cook at Mullinjim Station became available, and Zoe knew her biological father and family lived there, Zoe was determined to meet them all. With no thought to the can of worms she could unearth, Zoe was soon on her way to ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

An engaging story, Zoe's Muster doesn't stray far from familiar ground for Barbara Hannay, the award winning author of over 40 category romance novels published by Harlequin, blending romance and an Australian rural setting.

Zoe Porter is stunned to learn that a North Queensland cattleman, Peter Fairburn, is her biological father, not the high profile Brisbane politician who raised her. Against her mothers wishes, but agreeing to keep her secret, Zoe abandons her cupcake business and takes a tem
Rachael Johns
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED Zoe's Muster!! A really well-developed storyline, with fab characters and some laugh out loud moments. Can't wait for Barbara Hannay's next book!
Lauren K
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Barbara Hannay is a well-established romance author for Harlequin and despite many of her stories featuring the Australian outback; Zoe’s Muster is the first of her novels to be marketed purely in the rural romance domain.

In Zoe’s Muster, Hannay clearly displays how proficiently she creates a steamy love story amidst the backdrop of Australian’s rugged land. This story explores various character viewpoints: Zoe, her love interest, Mac, her mother Claire and her biological father’s wife
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars

What could be more uplifting than beginning the new year with a rural romance that takes ones breath away with its landscape, its wonderful cast of characters and its superb storyline. I’m just sorry that this novel has been sitting on my shelf for years and with me repeatedly running my hands across the book only to pick up something else, that will not occur with the sequel to Zoe’s Muster, it’s sitting nicely a few books down from the top of my TBR pile.

I can’t help but fall in love
Jenn J McLeod
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: rural romance readers and contemporary women's fiction lovers
I loved everything about Zoe’s Muster. Barbara Hannay brings a maturity and complexity to what the publisher (Penguin) has clearly branded – by the title and the cover image – a rural romance. But I have to stress that this savvy author’s venture into the farm-lit genre really offers readers so much more. Yes there’s a love triangle (well, a kind of triangle) and all the emotional angst you’d expect from a ru-ro, but what I wasn’t expecting was the depth the author brought to the story and the c ...more
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted here.

I don’t know why I was surprised to see Barbara Hannay jumping in on the Rural Lit craze. After all, she was writing shorter rural romances years before the trend took off, and I’ve enjoyed everything of hers I’ve read. I knew she’d deliver a good story, and I knew she’d come up with something original in a completely saturated field.

As I’ve said before, it’s hard to know what to pick from the current sea of book covers featuring twenty-something women in Akubras. I’ve bee
Diana Hockley

Zoe's Muster has elements of the traditional, "girl looking for her "real" father" but the way Barbara Hannay has written this story makes those elements take on a new perspective.

Zoe takes off to the north of Queensland to join a cattle muster as the camp cook, after she discovers purely by chance that the father she has always known is not her biological one. This is a surprise to her mother as well, and Claire, beset by marriage problems, begs Zoe not to tell anyone why she is at the station
Bree T
Brisbane girl Zoe is stunned when she finds out quite by accident that the man her mother is married to, the man that has raised her, is not actually her biological father. Zoe’s real father is a north-Queensland cattle station owner and suddenly the insecurities Zoe has always had about not fitting into her family, about not knowing what she wants to do with her life in a family of decision makers, seem like they might go away if she got to know her father. And almost by divine intervention, th ...more
Paula  Phillips
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wonder if it's partly because I live in New Zealand but I have always had a soft spot for rural romances. Some are better than others I have found and one of those ones that I have really enjoyed was Zoe's Muster by Barbara Hannay.
In Zoe's Muster, we meet Zoe who has always found that she is like the black sheep of her perfect family and with a peek at her dad's blood test results, she will soon discover that he is not her real father and that her perfect family is really her half-family. Wan
Zoe's Muster is a well-written romance novel that is also an excellent example of Rural Lit.
I greatly enjoyed it, almost could not put it down.
It helps to get deeply engrossed in a story when the writing is as polished as this, yet still very accessible to a wide readership.
The story has many bitter-sweet aspects, which elevate it above the sentimentality of many romance novels.
I liked the strong sense of the Queensland outback lifestyle incorporated into the story. And those hunky Aussie s
Stacey Houllis
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Barbra Hannay. Loved it even though i read the series of books in the wrong order.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great story with romance.
Recommended to Dianne by: Reviews read
First off I wanted to congratulate Ms Hannay on her 2013 RITA Awards nomination. Congratulations! I was thrilled to see you nominated - I wish you the best of luck...Zoe's Muster deserved its nomination.

I absolutely loved this book! I know being Australian I am probably biase, but there is nothing better than a well written outback romance that has a strong and interesting storyline, great character development both primary and secondary characters. The use of Australian colloquialisms was not o
Moon Love
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mar-yc-aussie
Zoe Porter's whole world has fallen apart after learning her parents blood type. She always thought she was different from the rest of her family, and now her fears have been confirmed. Claire, her mother, is also hit hard by this revelation. And she takes a hard look at herself and the state of her marriage.

Lost and looking for answers, Zoe decides to give up her high profile job, and go to Mullinjim, her birth father, Peter Fairburn's property to see him and learn more about him.

Talk about bl
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first rural book I've ever read and I was impressed! I kept thinking about it when I wasn't reading it and loved the characters. Was a tad let down at the end with all the focus on just one of the main story lines, would have liked to see more on the other as well. But overall it was a good book and I'll be reading more books like this in the future.
Merry Farmer
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zoe's Muster was a really enjoyable read. The love story between Zoe and Mac is everything that a Romance should have. But in a way the character of Zoe's mother, Claire, was even more of a treat for me. She wasn't just a support for the heroine, she was a heroine of her own. It was Claire's story and the choices she faced that kept me up way past my bed time reading. Fantastic!
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I absolutely loved it! All the time I was reading this book, I kept picturing Nikko's farm from "Farmer Wants a Wife'! :) Can't wait for the sequel to this book!! :)
Gillian Milne
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is gorgeous! A very beautiful story, complex characters, and a happy ending! Awesome!
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can i say i couldn't put it down, i was just so caught up in Zoe's emotional jounery it was fantastic!!
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story found it hard to put down
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy country based books and again I wasn't disappointed. Lots of real life issues and an outback feeling. An excellent read if you enjoy Australian rural romance.
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Loved this book. Always enjoy Barbara Hannay's Sweet line so was looking forward to this and it didn't disappoint. Would definitely recommend.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rural
Very enjoyable. Love rural stories. Easy to read
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian, chicklit
A chick-lit to start the new year. Barbara Hannay's 'Zoe's Muster' was a typical heartwarming story of girl meets boy (and some family members she hadn't known about before), set in far north Queensland, which is oh so lovingly described by Hannay. It is so evocative that you really do want to go there.
Rita Chapman
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based in the Australian outback this unusual story sees Zoe cooking for a stock camp for six weeks - six weeks that will change her life completely. Barbara Hannay brings her characters to life, transports you to the remote cattle station and adds romance. What more do you want?
Sue Zee
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Loved it! Easy reading & hard to put down
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A somewhat predictable but easy, enjoyable story.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Multi award winning author, Barbara Hannay, is a city bred girl with a yen for country life. Most of her 50 plus books are set in rural and outback Australia and they've been enjoyed by readers around the world.

Barbara has been nominated five times for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award which she won in 2007 and she has twice won Australia's Romantic Book of the Year award.

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