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Currawong Creek

(The Wild Australia Stories #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  785 ratings  ·  81 reviews

From the bestselling author of Brumby’s Run comes a heart-warming story of hope, sacrifice and the ultimate triumph of love.

Finalist in the RWA Romantic Book Of The Year Award.

Call it intuition, call it magic – call it love. Something is calling Clare home.

Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell leads a structured, ord

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published September 16th 2018 by Pilyara Press
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Clare Mitchell was an ambitious lawyer, working her way up the ladder; the day she saw young four-year-old Jack and his mother Taylor was a day which would see Clare’s life change forever. With the courts deciding Jack’s future, Clare volunteered to care for Jack for a short time – how hard could it be? Jack was violent, didn’t talk, and for all intents and purposes a disabled child. So the hurricane which hit her apartment should have been expected. Samson, her dog, was a saviour – Jack idolise ...more
Paula Clark
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book - very likeable characters (especially grandad). The storyline revolved around Clare and her struggles finding her way raising a 4yo autistic boy who she became temporary carer for on the spur of the moment.

The reader was given an insight into the inadequacies of the foster care system and especially the lack of care available for children with special needs. The reader was also given an insight into coal seam gas exploration, along with the threat and disastrous conse
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Call it intuition, call it magic – call it love. Something is calling Clare home.

Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell leads a structured, orderly life. That is, until she finds herself the unlikely guardian of a small, troubled boy. In desperation, Clare takes Jack to stay at Currawong Creek, her grandfather’s horse stud in the foothills of the beautiful Bunya Mountains.

Here life moves at a different pace, and for Clare it feels like coming home. Her granddad ad
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clare Mitchell is a Brisbane lawyer working for legal aid.
She finds herself being a temporary carer of a four year old boy named Jack.
Jack's mother and boyfriend who are clients of Clare's nick out for a cigarette one day and never return.

Jack is autistic and quite high on the spectrum and there is no disability placement available.
So Clare decides to care for Jack until his mother returns.

Life becomes hectic as Clare not only has Jack to looks after but she also has Samson. Samson is a German S
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Currawong Creek is Jennifer Scoullar's second successful foray into the rural fiction market. Set primarily in Queensland's Darling Downs, and its beautiful Bunya Mountains, this lovely novel sees Brisbane lawyer, Clare Mitchell, seeking refuge at her grandparent's property when she unexpectedly becomes a temporary foster parent to a troubled, young boy, Jack. While Jack thrives in the company of Clare's grandfather and the animals at Merriang, Clare begins to envision a new future - a life on t
Currawong Creek is book two in the Wild Australia Stories by Jennifer Scoullar. Lawyer Clare Mitchell was happy with her life in Brisbane until she became the guardian of a young boy Jack. Not knowing what to do for Jack Clara decided to take him back to her grandfather's horse stud in the foothills of Bunya Mountains. However, the quiet, peaceful life that Clara wanted for her and Jack going to be threatened by Pyramid Mining. The readers of Currawong Creek will continue to follow Clara to see ...more
3.5★ The setting (Brisbane and the Bunya Mountains) was great. I enjoyed the story of Jack and Clare. It was very readable, the romance was fairly well done, although a bit overdone at times.
Monique Mulligan
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the aspects of rural fiction I love the most is the deep appreciation of the land that shines through much of the writing in this genre. Currawong Creek, the latest of Jennifer Scoullar's novels and the first I've read, is an excellent example of a book in which the beauty of Australia's landscape serves as a magnificent backdrop for a story about love, family, choices, self-discovery and 'coming home'.

It's funny how lives can change in the blink of an eye ... whether by chance, fate or g
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mills and Boon Very little substance to this book
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When Brisbane-based legal aid lawyer Clare Mitchell is left “holding the baby” so to speak, in this case four year old Jack who has been deserted by his mother, Taylor, when she walks out of a consultation under the pretence of going for a cigarette, Clare’s life is thrown into turmoil.

After the Department of Human Services arranges for Jack to be placed in a Contingency Unit due to the lack of available foster carers and once Jack takes an instinctive dislike to everyone bar Clare, she makes an
I am trying to think of whether I’ve ever read any Aussie rural romance type of books prior to Currawong Creek and I can’t think of even one title! I think I’ve a number of them on my to-read list on GR but for one reason or another I’ve not read any of them. I have to thank Anna from The Reading Room for her generous offers to date , including this book. Sometimes, I decided to take the plunge (like this time) and enjoyed the read enormously.

The appeal was twofolds. The cover which depicts a wo
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I found very hard to put down
An emotional and engaging rural fiction that delves into many important issues and packs a massive punch.

Clare Mitchell is a driven and passionate Brisbane lawyer working for legal aid, she has a sophisticated ambitious lawyer boyfriend and lives in a suburban apartment. She is focused on her goals and aims to be a trail lawyer. Working for legal aid sees her representing many cases involving drug abuse, theft, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and at times fighting for a second chance for parent
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to a 4 1/2 from me - i really enjoyed Currawong Creek by Jennifer Scoullar. I sometimes avoid the Aussie/Country reads as i live in the country and often feel a bit 'put down' by some of the language and colloquialisms in them, but this book was recommended to me and i'm glad it was. Loved the characters, the storyline, and the environmental issues really touched home because we have been going through the same issues with coal seam gas companies here on the land where i live - i loved ho ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An amazing story of the varied battles faced by many in their lives.
This beautiful, heart wrenching story had the perfect combination of love, loss, laughter, frustration... and many other emotions.
The more I read Currawong Creek, the more I found myself longing for the peace and beauty of the Australian outback, and small town community spirit.
Beautifully written, Currawong Creek is a book I would thoroughly recom
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wild Australia Stories Series:
Brumby’s Run #1 – This is my first read by this author and I love it. I felt like I was there in those areas of AU. The vivid descriptions, the variety of everyday characters, the horses and all the background information just kept me glued to the pages. I could not put the book down and I had another book to review: this book came from my library. I took my time savoring every word and the storylines and was happy the author stayed home, instead of writing abou
Bree T
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell is cutting her teeth in Legal Aid, knowing that the time she puts in here will be rewarded down the track. She does have a habit of getting a bit close to her clients, of getting a bit involved but Clare also gets results. When one of her clients Taylor disappears out the front for a cigarette, Clare is happy to watch Taylor’s 4yo son Jack for a few minutes. But then Taylor doesn’t come back. A suitable place cannot be found for Jack, who is believed to be severely ...more
Sarah B White
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Lawyer, an Out of Control Little Boy, and an Unconcerned Mother

Claire is a lawyer on her way to becoming a District Attorney. Jack is a little boy who is out of control. Taylor is Jack's mother. She doesn't have time for Jack. His behaviors get on her nerves and are a danger for him. Taylor has already released custody of Jack several times because of his tantrums. He has been assessed for autism because he refuses to talk and is in danger of being put in a facility for children that cannot be
Ann Sepino
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say it. Although there was certainly a romantic element to the story, I would categorize this as more Women's Fiction or General Fiction. There was more emphasis on Clare's thoughts and decisions regarding Jack than Dan. There was more weight to the self-discovery side of things than the discovery of a romantic partner.

I do love the descriptive narrative though. Reading the book felt like going through a countryside adventure and getting to know a community of warmhearted people. The o
Vicki Robe
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare Mitchell lives in Brisbane, where she works as a lawyer, and she has a boyfriend, Adam, who is also a lawyer.

Clare is at work when one of her clients goes out for a smoke and doesn't come back. Only catch is she has left her small boy who has some problems behind. When the firm contacts Child Services they are told the boy will have to go into a group home. Clare then takes the responsibility of taking him into her care as guardian.

Things get difficult when young Jack gets kicked out of d
Claire Mitchell returns to Currawong Creek and her grandfather's farm with a special foster child, a German Shepherd dog and looking for peace. She has taken on Jack to keep him out of a dangerous placement by child services.

Between the new vet, Dan at her granddad's farm, his training in using animals to help troubled children and the success with Jack she finds peace for a short period.

Trouble comes calling in an oil company wanting to drill on her Grandfather's land, Jack's mom wanting him b
Evie V.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop

This story is truly incredible from the characters, animals, and scenes. Clare is a lawyer who's life is turned upside down after her client leaves her child in Clare's office. After realizing that she's going to need help with the boy and getting signs to visit her grandfather Clare goes back to her own true home. Things begin to change for the better once she settles into the country life. She begins to develop feelings for the vet that her grandfather has helped. Clare begins t
Susan Drago
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I couldn't put it down. Jennifer Scoullar is an excellent writer, and this book is both heart - wrenching and heartwarming. The ending was worthy of half a box of tissues, and I definitely want another in this series! I want to carry on with these wonderful, caring, dedicated characters who reminded me when I needed it that communities come together, that people are still compassionate and determined to save our planet, one small bit at a time!
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Turning a boys life around

This is about a hard working attorney saving a 4 yr old child with a bad life, who is abandoned by his mother, to an even worse life. The problems he has and then the changes he makes with a stable and safe home is wonderful. The relationships are also wonderful and very heart worming. You get to also see the changes in Clare and how she learns what is truly important in life. This story brought me smiles and tears. Well worth reading.
Pat M
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love stories set in Australia; this one is no exception set in Currawong Creek. An up and coming lawyer from Brisbane has been handed a case of the mom of a 4 year old who doesn’t speak. The mom and her boyfriend go out for a smoke and don’t come back leaving the firm in a tight spot in regards to the boy. This is a heartfelt story about the compassion this lawyer feels for him and she applies to be his caretaker until mom is located.
Janet W
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Story of a troubled boy and the attorney/caregiver who eventually provided stability.

The story had several twists and turns as a young boy abandoned in an legal aid office becomes a ward of an attorney. She reconnects with her estranged grandfather and the family station, Falls in love, and struggles to make a life for the boy. Also in the story is a back story of the greedy energy company who ruins the neighboring station by fracking for gas/oil.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have a few tissues ready

This was a very touching story of a legal aid Lawyer was helping a young woman get things together with her little boy. Claire takes a chance to help a little boy who is suppose to be Autistic. She ends up taking him off and visiting her grandfather and helping little Jack. But she also find a love. It's such a wonderful story.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this

I think I loved everything about this book - the people certainly, the landscape and lifestyle description, the differing relationships.
There’s sentiment mixed with reality, environmental issues threaded through the story and a lot of love - romance, family and of the land. A great new author find for me.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected and Gripping

I could not put this down. The author wove together several plot lines seamlessly, with the utterly believable but unexpected happening throughout the book. The marvelous characters became people I wanted to meet, and the strong sense of place has me--a person who hates to travel--wanting to visit Australia. This book has my strongest recomnendation.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Currrawong creek

Oh my gosh! Was so surprise by this book! It started off, you know, kinda usual. But then it turned. Brilliant weave of so many angles and tales. Wonderfully put together. I was rioting and crying and laughing. Hope you enjoy half as much as I did.
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Jennifer Scoullar Bio

Jennifer has always harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. Her house is on a hill-top, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash. A pair of old eagles live there too. Black-shouldered wallabies graze by the creek. Eastern Spinebills hover among the callistemon. Jennifer lives with her family on a beautiful property in the mountains, that was le

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The Wild Australia Stories (5 books)
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