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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  18 reviews
'You should come to the drought-relief fundraiser,' Kaydon said to Holly. 'It's a big fancy ball, heaps of fun.' Boy, could this girl use some fun. And some rump steak.

Holly shook her head.

Kaydon gave up. Trying to make her smile was like doing a rain dance. There were clouds and rumblings, and a sprinkle here and there. But no amount of fancy footwork was going to make it
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2014 by Allen and Unwin
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Rain Dance is an enjoyable Australian rural romance for an young adult audience from accomplished author, Karen Wood.

When the Harvey family loses their house to the bank, they are forced to relocate from their coastal home to an isolated property in Gunnedah to fulfil a temporary building contract. Fifteen year old Holly, along with her two older brothers, Brandon and Jake, and younger sister, Eva, have no option but to make the best of the situation but she can't imagine ever considering the ar
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The country is in Kaydon's blood. As a fifth generation cattle farmer, he was born knowing that some day he would be expected to run the property. But his lack of say in his own future has him feeling trapped. When his father finds a business partner and buys a new property, Kaydon is sceptical. The drought has been making farming more difficult and Kaydon can't quite work out why they are expanding when the rains still haven't come and there is less food than ever for the cattle.

Holly's family
Leigh Hutton
A clean, enjoyable YA rural romance with authentic station-life detail and an exciting storyline. I have to say that Kaydon was the standout character for me; I think Wood did a brilliant job describing and developing him. I would have loved to see more strength from Holly, and direction in terms of her future goals. Her sassy little sister, Eva, overshadows her in a few crucial scenes. All-in-all I enjoyed this book and will definitely be checking out more of Wood's works, especially her Diamon ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holly wan't ready for the lights to come back on. She wiped furiously at her eyes. This girl's reality tore her heart apart as much as her own. She knew what it was to lose everything. The sound of Rocket whinnying as he was driven away on someone else's float, her sister screaming Gidget's name. Dad shut away in his office for days on end. — Holly Harvey

I need to state two things. Firstly, I am not in the intended age bracket for Rain Dance, which I would say is probably late high school. Seco

Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Review: Rain Dance by Karen Wood⁣
“It reminded holly of a crystal chandelier she had once loved, dancing little rainbows of happiness around her home.”⁣
Holly Harvey is a city girl with friends and a home she loves near the beach. She then has to move away from her life and to a place called Gunnedah in the country. Being a vegetarian makes it much harder when trying to adjust to living on a beef property, with cattle yards, polo ponies and pig-shooting. When she crosses paths with the co
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s not often hat you see a young adult book set in rural Australia but Wood handles the setting with a mix of romance and overcoming challenges well. Holly Harvey is a city girl who never wanted to move to the country- in fact she lives near the beach and is a vegetarian! But when she moves to Gunnedah, country boy Kayden who enjoys polo and pig shooting cross paths. There is one night that brings them together but causes some conflict as well.
Carol Lynn
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an education

About life in the cattle country of Australia . And good lessons about life being "hard" - it's relative, and each person's "hard" is differnt.
Loved these three books and your Diamond Spirit series, Karen.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good.
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Laura Rittenhouse
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Holly is a city girl, a vegetarian and very reluctant to move onto the station when her father gets a job working on restoring an old house there. Enter the rich farmer's son, a drought, a bushfire and you've got a pleasantly told but rather predictable story. I liked this probably more than the basic plot would warrant because it's well written and does give a feel of what it's like to live on the land in outback Australia. ...more
Caitlin Heppner
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just fell in love with this book! I fell in love with the characters and at times wished I was actually there with them! I found that this book is written with the same love and passion as all of Karen's other books! I definitely recommend it! I only had one problem....that i really didn't like about it; it was to short! I wanted to hear more about Holly and Kaydon, more about Dan, more about their families, everything! ...more
Steve Woodhead
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
So , I picked this up after it had been given to one of my daughters, started reading a few pages and in short I was hooked.. read it in an afternoon and found it to be entertaining, really well researched and a great light read.. no sure what the demographic is supposed to be but it appealed to a 48 year old bloke
Catherine J Page
A page turner with some substance

I was very happy to find another book by this author. Once again a great read, hard to put down. This one gets into some hard issues as well ... rural depression, environmental issues, gender issues. Believable, complex characters. Eva is a lot like someone I know.
Ella Rose Brunton
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice light read. Loved it.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
other brilliant book from Karen!
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 13+
It was absolutely fabulous. I can’t wait for Karen Wood to try another book. I would recommend it to 13+ year old.
Debbie Tink
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a fun rural romance. ...more
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Karen Wood is the author of the five Diamond Spirit books. She has an Arts degree majoring in communications and a diploma in horticulture. She has syndicated a gardening column in several newspapers throughout Australia, has published feature articles in various magazines and has published photographs in bushwalking guides. She is married with two children, a few horses, some dogs, chooks and a v ...more

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