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The Crossroads

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Rosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now, the outback hotel she owns is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.

Drought is impacting hard on Stephanie Bailey and her husband. They’ve already been forced to sell almost all their cattle. The rains aren’t coming and her husband is growing more and more dist
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Hachette Australia
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Rose O’Shea had lost her husband suddenly five years earlier – The Crossroads, the pub she and Mick had owned for the past twenty five years was now in Rosie’s care and she wouldn’t let Mick down. But the drought in far north Queensland had been a long one; the money for the necessary repairs to the heritage listed hotel just wasn’t there. And the council wouldn’t put money in to help her either – she had no idea how to make ends meet; how to get rid of the termites that wanted to ruin her dream ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the death of her husband Mick, Rosie O Shea is struggling with trying to keep her promise to Mick to keep the Crossroads Hotel. But the bills, expenses and repairs needed for this heritage listed building just keep piling up. Although she would like to travel Rose knows there is no hope of that. Drought is the other issue impacting on Rose’s family. Her daughter Stephanie and son in law Bryce have been forced to sell off most of their cattle. Rain is an almost forgotten experience. And so ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When city girl Faith Montgomery heads to the outback Queensland town of Birralong after a life-altering discovery, she finds herself way in over her head. Mother and daughter locals, Rosie O'Shea and Stephanie Bailey, each have their own issues that they are secretly dealing with in the drought stricken town. Now, with Faith thrown into the mix, the three women are about to watch their lives unravel in the most unexpected way.

This is my first Pamela Cook rural fiction, and I loved it! Rural fict
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crossroads is a beautiful story about three women coping with life and how it brought them to gather in the fantastic conclusion to this book. Also, entwine in Crossroads is the hardship of drought in outback Queensland and how it affects the family especially the men. The way Pamela Cook portrayal of the problems of depression in farmers make the reader think about this issue. Crossroads also provides the reader with laughs by bringing in the grumpy mother-in-law as side issue to the story. I r ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book of Pamela's that I have read and I was absolutely riveted by the story. I would class this book as a Women's Fiction title as even though it is set in rural Australia, the story-line would apply to any setting.

It tells the story of Rose who is the proprietor of a heritage listed hotel that is struggling to survive. She runs the hotel with little help and it needs major repairs that she just hasn't got the money for. Her daughter and husband and grandson live nearby on a farm that is r
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read about three different women and how their lives intersect. Entertaining and easy to read.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not normally a fan of what I thought would be romance, but couldn't put this down. It contained really relevant issues that touch all of us such as death, survival, familial relationships to name a few plus realistic characterisation. I easily liked the characters but could see how they appeared to others. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was compelled to finish once I started. Thanks, Pamela Cooke.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Pamela Cook story I have read and it won't be the last beautifully written with characters that are so engaging and alive this one had me riveted from the start till the end and had me feeling like friends with the people of Birralong.

This follows the lives of three woman linked but without knowing, when Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is riffling through her parents papers she comes across an envelope addressed to her and this envelope is going to change her life and open up a wh
Kathy Rouchelle
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started out liking this book, but ended up loving it so much. The characters are so well defined and so likable that you find yourself wanting to be friends with them. The townsfolk are in a class all of their own but you find that you would like to be a part of that town, a part of their lives. The story is well written and even with each chapter being told my a different character, it all surrounds three women, all linked to one another but only one knows what that link is. The story may be ...more
Sam Still Reading
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of solid Aussie fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: from the publisher - thank you
I think I’ve said this many times on the blog, but I have a strange aversion to book covers with horses. Over the last few years, I’ve found that these books are quite often gems and the horse not a major part of the story. This is true of The Crossroads – only one of the main characters has a horse, and she doesn’t spend all her time talking about it. (I like horsepower, over the real thing). Whether you’re a fan of horses or not, I recommend The Crossroads as a lovely Aussie rural fiction read ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This story is about three women with life troubles; Rosie, owner of the Crossroads, a decrepit heritage listed outback hotel, is guarding a secret which she has never revealed to a single soul. A widow, she is bearing the stress of her financial worries alone. Rosie also has a dream, to travel overseas to build on her culinary skills.

Stephanie is Rosies' daughter, married to Bryce, they live on their station where they ought to be growing beef but the prolonged drought is bringing them t
Julia Mckenzie
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another gem from Pamela Cook which I think may be her best yet.

This is a story of three women that engages you from the start. Cleverly and tightly written, the story is presented from the perspective of each woman which ensures that the story is engaging and never dull or slow. These are strong women, each with personalities that you can easily relate to, but as in real life, each have their own flaws. And it is the blending of all of this that keeps you wanting more.

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‘Rosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now, the outback hotel she inherited from her husband is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.

The only thing keeping Stephanie Bailey sane are the rides she takes on their sprawling property, even if the earth is red and barren as far as her eye can see. Drought has forced the sale of almost all their cattle and her husband is getting more and more distant. The last thing she needs is t
Grace Ann
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? This book is so full of new secrets... Its interesting how its written.

Each chapter focusing on three ladies: Rose, Stephanie and Faith.. Your journey will take you on a whirlwind adventure..

I recommend as it is brilliantly writted and has such a great flow from the beginning to the end.. It gets you hooked from the beginning..

Waiting for another book similar to this by Pamela Cook! Please if yoi see this Pamela can we have another book which is as brilliant as this.. Love your b
Talking Books
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming read full of likeable characters depicted against a backdrop of sweeping, arid landscape that is both beautiful and harsh. The story held a couple of surprises with a finish that wrapt up each of the character's challenges in the story.
Review copy received from Hachette Australia via Netgalley
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Initially I found this story a bit hard to get into, but once I worked out the relationship between the three main characters it was much easier to read. The story was predictable, but still enjoyable.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another interesting book by Pamela.
Renée Dahlia
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of three women whose lives cross paths in outback Australia. An evocatively written tale, focused on the female perspective.

I really enjoyed this story, particularly the way it dealt with adoption and the issues around that. The key relationship felt a little odd at the start - the heroine went from 'you are an annoying, self-important person' to 'oh my god, you are so amazing' too fast. And one of the HEA for two of the secondary characters was a bit forced. It seemed like the author
Carrie Green
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Another great read by Pamela. Interesting characters, intriguing plot, laughs and tears, all set against the fabulous backdrop of rural Northern Queensland.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars!!

A heartfelt, emotional story of three women whose lives are intertwined in ways they didn't even know. This is a three hanky read that will have you feeling every emotion as you turn the pages of the fantastic story!
Jennifer Oloughlin
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Crossroads has a ton of heart. Its centered around 1 family. Each member has their own set of individual struggles, as well as struggles as couples and as members of a family. It was emotional.
****I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book *****
Karen Oliver
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having lived a part of my childhood in Hughenden, I was convinced this story was based on this town. Glad to see the author confirm this at the end!
Very easy read with a good story. Enjoyed it a lot.
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Pamela Cook is the author of five page-turning women’s fiction novels. Her stories feature flawed but strong women, tangled family relationships and deal with the complications of life. Her most recent novel, Cross My Heart (September 2019) is a haunting story of friendship, guilt and redemption set in the beautiful central west of New South Wales. Pamela's previous novels are Blackwattle Lake (20 ...more

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