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The Farmer's Wife

(Jillaroo #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  645 ratings  ·  77 reviews
She got her fairytale ending -- but life had other plans ...

The Deniliquin Ute Muster had always been on Rebecca’s wish list, but with the farm and babies, she’d never managed to make it. Tonight, she decided to reclaim herself.

After ten years being married to larrikin Charlie Lewis and living on her beloved property, Waters Meeting, Rebecca is confronted by a wife’s
Published April 1st 2013 by Bolinda Audio
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Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wholly disappointing.

Rachael Treasure's first book is still one of my favourites; Jillaroo was smart, funny, haunting and a brilliant recreation of country life that had never been seen before. Rebecca was a loveable and gutsy heroine and I told all my friends to read this book. I then proceeded to read Treasure's second book - loved it - third book - still loved it - fourth book... getting a bit weird... Fifth book? Ugh! This "sequel" to Jillaroo does the characters and previous story
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-bookshelf
Depressing... Jillaroo wasn't all happy either, don't get me wrong! But this story was a downer nearly til the very end. It was only for the fact that I wanted to know how it ended, that I even kept reading. Def my least favourite of Rachael's books.
Chelsey Ellice
This was very much up and down like the first book to the series. It was pretty full on compared to what I usually read. I’m glad Rebecca ended up finding her way and seeing the community support her was lovely. I would have liked to see her end up with Sol though. He seemed like the perfect block and everything he did for her was amazing!!! I feel like there could be a third book
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disipointed. Jillaroo was one if my fave love stories and I hate how she made Charlie Lewis :(
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
A couple of kids and a lifetime later, Bec and husband Charlie are stuck in a rut, the romance has completely dissipated. Bec still has ideas for the farm but Charlie won't listen to them. The neighbourhood is beginning to change, there are rich neighbours on a beautiful horse stud, and rumours of a mining boom. These features add to tensions between the two, and the future looks grim.

The book tells the story of a really horrid husband, everytime I hear him mentioned I can't believe that the
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, australian
On dear.... What a disappointment . I have read previous books written by Treasure and thoroughly enjoyed them....alas this was not the case with The Farmers Wife. I hate reading a book where the author has an obvious agenda. If I want to know about environmentally friendly farming practices I will seek that information via the appropriate channels. I chose this book as I thought it would explore the struggles facing farming families intertwined with a relationship breakdown. I was wrong. There ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointing on so many levels. I can't believe the sequeal to Jillaroo has taken 10 years, and ends up like this.I have loved all of Treasure's earlier novels, and was sooo looking forward to reading this that I re-read the Jillaroo so the storyline was fresh in my mind, and went staright onto this book.Its a really depressing story, with frustrating characters, and sounds like a really bitter person has written this book that has gone through a divorce or something similar hersolf in ...more
Lyn Schneider
There is no doubt that this is a well written book in the usual Treasure manner. It is the content of the book which is really disappointing. To find out that the perfect relationship between Charlie and Rebecca ends on this note is very sad and a huge let-down. I'm well aware that the situations in this book are very real and happen on a regular basis in the real world, but some people pick up a book to escape the depressing moods and situations that surround them. This book wasn't all that ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really enjoy this book, maybe because I didn't warm to any of the characters. It seemed to be written in a different style to her usual books.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book as much as her previous titles. The marriage breakdown was not nice and this is reflected in the style of writing. I did not find myself warming to many of the characters.
Rana Catlow
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading The Jillaroo, it was the first Rachael Treasure book I read and have loved her novels ever since. However I did not enjoy The Farmer's Wife at all. I struggled to read it and found it was going all over the place. I was really disappointed that she made Charlie out to be so horrible and that their relationship was beyond repair (and I do realise that in reality this can be the case). But in the "world of novels" it's always nice to have in the back of your mind that there is some ...more
Deb Bodinnar
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A follow on story to Jillaroo, I loved it. This author has the gift of being able to grab her readers attention to hold on to it, chapter after chapter. Having been a country girl myself, I can identify with the trials and tribulations of farm life. Bec's confidence and self esteem has taken a real battering over the years since becoming "The Farmers Wife" and finds it difficult when not one but three different men start to show interest in her. When Charlie asks for a divorce and decides its ...more
Stacey Potter
After only just finishing Jillaroo I decided to read the sequel straight away.

Whilst the writing was of Rachel's normal high quality I must admit the book made me very sad from start to finish. I felt the characters were so vastly different from themselves in the first novel and whilst I know 10 years can drastically change a person it was heartbreaking for Charlie to be the evil selfish person he had become. I missed the larakin of his youth! And Bec ? I felt her strength was gone which
Katrina Clark
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed with how this second book was. Definitely don't recommend it. The first one was excellent but this was just really terrible.
Amber Graham
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit of a downer, I actually skipped through this one and only read the highlights, the characters were not very nice and difficult to relate to.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The most predictable, boring, frustrating story I have ever read, the female protagonist was weak, and had heaps of different ways open to her in her predicament.. She not only ran away from her problems but a male also had to come along and rescue her....
Linda Joy
‘Let’s grab a lettuce out of the garden for lunch’
Listened to audio book and rolled my eyes through most of this...
I did enjoy the insightful messages of the environmental impact of ignorant farming in Australia! There’s many more stars on that account.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't a fav book of hers.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this changes from my usual readings : read just after finishing Tokyo Vice, I needed something light and rural :-)
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Nice easy story. Lost a bit of depth in the middle. Not as good as some of Rachel Treasure's others read so far.
Becky Peters
Humm. Not sure...easy holiday read. I don't feel like there was a clearly defined message. This was a book club pick so I finished it. Will be interesting to hear other's thoughts.
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
I leapt into The Farmer's Wife after reading Jillaroo and I am so sorry that I did because it ruined everything that made Jillaroo wonderful. I listened to the audio book while I was driving which was great because I think I would have thrown the book at a wall more often than turning the pages.

I was warned that Treasure changes the personality of Charlie, does a complete 180 on him; but after finishing this book it was more than a 180, it was a completely new person. It was disgusting, really,
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The Farmer’s Wife is the sequel to the hugely successful debut novel by the queen of Australian rural romance, Rachael Treasure. The book is set ten years on from the events of Jillaroo. Rebecca Saunders, Treasure’s heroine, is still married to larrikin Charlie Lewis, but their marriage is now a deeply unhappy one. Rebecca, once a fiercely strong and independent woman, is lacking in confidence, her self esteem is at rock bottom. She is a harassed mother of two young children and is struggling to ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This read started a bit slow so I'll start at the ending and work back. It ends, “In that moment she knew she LOVED THIS MAN” Oh bull, it was her loins speaking! Unfortunately I found this novel too cheesy with a sucky ending. A crock of cow dung. The story started slowly and I almost put it away but decided to keep reading. I hate being beaten by a bad book and so read on.

The plot was a mixture of romance, enlightenment training and farming techniques all meshed into a far too romantic plot.
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Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because of it's richness. The outback living, the wide variety of characters, who were well developed and stayed true to themselves, the feelings and thoughts described. It felt really authentic. The "farmer's wife" deals with so many issues farming women have to deal with, the harshness and yet the beauty of the land. The brutatlity of it, yet it's nurturing calmness.
Rebecca's journey through several months of life changing experiences and how she deals with them. The
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the surface didn't really grab me but sometimes it is what lies beneath that matters. Positive, affirmative 'pick you up and keep going' messages really shine throughout. Sometimes gritty and a bit cringe worthy the main character just keeps persevering and learns how to turn her life around. The reader is also given some key learnings about good agricultural practices that are proving a success and leads the main character to perhaps solving a problem or two! Not my favourite Treasure novel ...more
Bec Whyte
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved in, it was my all time fave book and I wanted to be just like Bec. But then I read this book, and I hated both characters. I hated Charlie for the way he turned out, but I also hated Bec for how weak she had become.
When I was searching treasure titles on good reads I actually forgot she wrote this book, which is weird because as I have previously said, she's my fave author.
I don't think this book is horrible, I just think that a lot of readers had a strong connection to
Paula Clark
This book really shattered the "happily ever after" fairy-tale ending that "The Jillaroo" finished on, however it also highlighted how "change" can change people.

I enjoyed this follow-on chapter in Bec and Charlie's lives. I didn't quite like how drastically Charlie's character had changed, although this is certainly how real-life is played out time and time again.

This was very much a deep, soul searching storyline with wisdom and solace found in unusual places/people. If you open your mind, you
Hannah Dadsey
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Monks
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book I have read by Rachael Treasure and I enjoyed it as much as the other one!
Set on an Australian farm, the reader is shown how hard life on a farm can be. Rebecca has to deal with the farm, children and a cheating husband who is not open to changes that may make the farm more productive.
Even though this storyline may sound very "ho-hum", it is in fact a fast paced exciting story.
It shows the inner strength of Rachael and one gets to be fond of her indeed!
Give it a go ....
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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, ...more

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