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Return to Roseglen

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  36 reviews
At times like these families should be coming together, not tearing each other apart.

On her remote North Queensland cattle station, Ivy Dunmore is facing the end of her days. Increasingly frail, all she holds dear is threatened not just by crippling drought, but by jealousy and greed – and that’s from within her own family.

Can Felicity, who's battling her own crisis as he
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 2nd 2018 by Penguin Random House Australia
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book was given to me by a friend who admires Helene Young's work very much so I thought I should give it a try. I am very glad I did.

Set in Australia the story moves between Brisbane and the outback cattle station of Roseglen. The author writes very convincingly about drought and the hardship it causes to these outback farmers. Our main character, Ivy, is 93 years old and still living on her own in the main house a situation which cannot last for much longer.

The book is about families and t
Wow! From one of the masters of the romantic suspense genre, Aussie author Helene Young has changed direction, producing an outstanding family/contemporary fiction novel which I devoured!

Ninety-three-year-old Ivy Dunmore was frail and needing her walker more each day. Living on her own on Roseglen since her husband Charlie had died, she had her son Ken nearby and friend Mitch close; but her daughters were further away. Georgina was a pilot and in various parts of the world while Felicity was in

Ninety three year old Ivy Dunmore lives on her own at Roseglen a cattle station in North Queensland. Her husband passed away many years ago, but she has her son, Ken and her close friend Mitch, who pop in regularly to find out how she is going and lend a helping hand if she needs it. Her two daughters Georgina and Felicity live further away and live busy lives, but they keep in contact when they can.

Feeling every bit of her age, Ivy knows her life is coming to an en
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
Helene Young is a multi award winning author for the Australian romantic suspense genre. I know I am one of a huge crowd of followers who have been eagerly awaiting her new novel, Return to Roseglen. The wait is now over and Young has blessed her readers with a wonderful new novel. Return to Roseglen is a contemporary family drama crossed with life lit novel, based in rural Australia that takes Helene Young’s writing to new heights.

Return to Rosegle
Veronica ⭐️
Return to Roseglen is a poignant story of family and ageing, sibling rivalry and entitlement, long held secrets and second chances.
I fell in love with Ivy Dunmore by page 2 and that feeling didn’t waiver throughout the book. Helene Young has written a heartfelt story filled with strong women and the most wonderful supportive men I’ve read about in a long time.
No one is perfect and Young shows through her characters that we all make mistakes but we should not let our mistakes define us.
Return to
Return to Roseglen is about abuse, greed, divorce, and families. Felicity found out a couple of weeks before her fiftieth birthday that her husband was having an affair with their neighbor's daughter. Felicity decided to move back home and look after her mother, Ivy. However, on returning saw things that she was not happy with and asked her sister Georgia to come home. The readers of Return to Roseglen will continue to follow Felicity, Georgina and Ivy to see what happens.

Return to Roseglen is
Lily Malone
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was super impressed with this story, the second I've read by Helene Young, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Australian fiction, especially those family saga-type novels with secrets handed down over generations.
I thought the characters were brilliantly drawn - I was instantly invested in Ivy, Felicity and Georgina, and the description of settings were gorgeous, but not drawn out. I felt the author had a way of summing up a setting or a person with few words, yet painting the perfect pic
Jenn J McLeod
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For any fans wondering if Helene's as good a storyteller in the general women's fiction as she is in her romantic suspense genre, rest assured. Return to Roseglen is the perfect combination of romance and page-turning plot one has come to expect and love about Helene's novels. The addition of fraught family relationships is a bonus for me. (I LOVE them!) Helene has put her heart into this story and it shows.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

Return to Roseglen by Helene Young. (2018).

93 year old Ivy lives alone on her remote cattle station in North Queensland. She is coming to the end of her life and everything she holds dear is threatened by drought, jealousy and greed. Can her daughter Felicity, who is about to turn 50, protect her mum and reunite the family? Or will sibling rivalries erupt and long kept secrets from the past break a family in crisis?

I can
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Where do I start with this amazing story, its wow, it’s fabulous and one thing I can say is, it is a must read this truly is a book not to be missed, MS Young has dug deep into the emotions and secrets of an old family from outback Queensland one that is steeped in history through the years and now the time has come for Ivy the matriarch the oldest member left from the Dunmore’s to somehow make things right, so sit back, make sure you have a box of tissues and a drink and get lost in this poigna ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Return to Roseglen by Helene Young touches on the subject of elder abuse which is a subject most people want to stay away from and keep hidden but it does exist in our aging community which Helene describes very well with great understanding.

I enjoyed hearing about the homestead of Roseglen and being taken high up in the skies by aeroplane to see the Queensland cattlestation and home from up above and seeing things from a completely different perspective.

There's darkness and mystery inside the u
Theresa Smith
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I feel incredibly lucky right now, our Australian women writers are producing so many excellent novels that I really am spoiled for choice. Return to Roseglen, the latest release by Helene Young, is no exception to this. It’s quite rare for me to read a nearly 400 page novel over the course of one afternoon and evening, but with Return to Roseglen, not only could I not put this novel down, there was no way I was going to bed without knowing how the story was going to pan out. It’s a brilliant no ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5****Helene Young has always been a author whose books I've enjoyed and when I heard that she had a new one coming out I was very excited and when I heard that it was a different genre to her previous books, I was still excited as she's such a good author that I was sure it would be a great book. Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club I was able to prove my theory correct, she has done a great job of dealing with a difficult and emotional issue of family members who abuse their elderly parents an ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a long time in the making. A huge change of direction for Helene and wow it was so worth it. From start to finish this book was brilliant. Helene just has a wonderful way with words and they just flow right off the page. Loved this story so much and its so relevant and its everything that is happening out there in this murky world right now. Helene's research has always been spot on and this book is no exception.

I really loved reading Return to Roseglen, the characters, the settin
Bree T
Return To Roseglen is a bit of a departure for Helene Young, who has long enjoyed the title of Queen of Australian Romantic Suspense. This book revolves around the Dunmore family, championed by matriarch Ivy who still lives on the family property of Roseglen despite her advancing age. Lately Ivy has been getting a bit confused here and there which unfortunately makes her ripe for the picking by her eldest son Kenneth. He lives nearby on another property but daughters Felicity and Georgina are fu ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great, thought provoking book touching on the topic of elder abuse.
Kate Loveday
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Helene Young. In ‘Return to Roseglen’ she deviates from her former Romantic Suspense books to give us a story of a family undergoing challenges. Roseglen is an outback station in far north Queensland. It is a time of drought, and 93 year old Ivy Dunmore has been running the property by herself since the death of her husband
Charlie. She has a son, Ken, who lives nearby, and two daughters, Felicity a nurse in Brisbane and Georgina, a pilot who is on the other side of the w
Kerrie Paterson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book. I loved every page and shed a tear or two while reading.
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Ivy’s hand trembled as she drew the brush over her lips, in danger of smudging the bright colour.’

Ivy Dunmore lives at Roseglen, a remote North Queensland cattle station, currently drought-stricken. Ivy, aged in her nineties, has lived alone since her husband Charlie died. Ivy has three children: Ken who is close by, Georgina who is an international pilot and Felicity who nurses in Brisbane. Ivy is increasingly frail and concerned for the future. Not only is she concerned about the consequences
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Return to Roseglen is the first novel I've read by Helene. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which covers some very serious subjects within - Elder abuse, friendship, divorce, menopause, sibling rivalry to name a few.

Ivy is in her 90's and knows her time is coming to leave this earth and join her beloved Charlie. She has three children Ken, Georgina & Felicity who are coping with their own issues. Her property hasn't seen a drop of rain for ages and if it wasn't for her neighbour Mitch who she ref
Jodie (Sunshinejode) W
What I love about the Beauty and Lace Book Club is that I keep discovering brilliant Australian authors and my to read list grows. Return to Roseglen is a stand alone novel written by Helene Young, an author I will now look forward to reading more of. I am so lucky I now have an autographed copy to add to my ever growing collection of favourite books.

I was immediately held captive by the engaging characters - The Dunmore women, Ivy, Felicity and Georgina, Whilst we get to the know the family you
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a wonderful relevant narrative - this resonated in so many way!

My View:
This is probably the best contemporary read of the year! It resonated in some many places. Intelligent. Brilliant.

Families… (Do you hear me sigh?) We may wish for the shiny, happy, well-adjusted family circle that we see on television or in the movies but it’s often not what we get. Families are made up of individuals – with flaws and traits that are unique to themselves, with their own struggles, aspirations, weaknesses
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I didn't want it to finish. Thank you, Helene Young, for transporting me to Roseglen and introducing me to Ivy and her family.
Anne Peachey
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received Return to Roseglen from Beauty and Lace Book Club to read and do an honest review.
Return to Roseglen by Helene Young is one of the most realistic books I have read for a long time.
All of the character are real people with many faults that Helene Young doesn't sugarcoat.
The topics that are explored will have you laughing along with them but spend more time with tears in your eyes as you follow the frustration of Ivy Dunmore, the main character, starting to realise her 93 year old body
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Return To Roseglen is without doubt, one of the best books I've read, and I've read many. My copy came from Beauty and Lace with the beautiful, personal touch from the author, Helene Young, wrapping the book in lovely paper and signing it personally. The special touch is so much appreciated. Rarely have I read controversial issues like ageing, bullying and harassment in most awful terms and family relationships, good and bad, woven into the story line so well that you have no choice but to confr ...more
Renée Dahlia
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent inter-generational story about an elderly woman who suffers abuse from her family. Her daughters need to get past their own problems to solve the problem, and save the farm.

I really enjoyed this story.
Kathy Mccullough
I loved this book. It reminded me of The Thorn Birds, with the aging mom and greedy son drama. However, it was set in the Australian outback, and I was there this spring! I recognized the plants, animals, and verbiage and it was like traveling back there to visit. I like the way Helene kept certain things from us, with just hints of what was to come. That way the end was not what I expected!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every one of Helene Young’s books, and Return to Roseglen was just as fantastic as the others!! Always hard books to put down!!
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Helene and I loved this great Aussie family saga.
This was a very enjoyable read which kept me totally engrossed and one that I recommend you look out for.
Kathy Mexted
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a departure from her usual fast-paced novels, Helene gently draws the reader into the world of two sisters and their bid to protect their ailing mum from the devious brother.

Helene explores many themes that are topical -- ageing population, menopause, elder abuse, middle-aged romances and intergenerational relationships.

The twist at the end was totally out of the blue and I was rather floored by it.

Great job, Helene and I can't wait to read whatever it is you do next.
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