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A powerful and sweeping historical novel of love, loss, and hope, set against Australia's vast sugarcane fields in the turbulent days after World War II.

1948: Change has come to every corner of the globe--and Rosie Stanton, returning home to northern Queensland after serving the war effort in Brisbane, plans to rescue her family's foundering sugarcane farm with her unstop
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Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Kylie D
A wonderful book that sees Rosie returning to her family home, a cane farm in far north Queensland, after spending the years of the WW2, and those just after it, in Brisbane. Even though both of her brothers were lost during the war her parents don't seem too thrilled to have her back home. However, after her father becomes incapacitated after suffering from a stroke, Rosie steps up to start to run the farm, much to her father's dismay. He doesn't see it as "women's work", even though Rosie is a ...more
Katie B
3.5 stars

I'll admit I decided to read this book because it sounded like it would be a nice, little romance taking place in Australia a few years after World War 2. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see there was so much more going on with the story and it had some substance.

Rosie Stanton has returned home to her family's sugar cane farm in Queensland. She wants to help her father out by doing the books, but he seems to think a woman doesn't have any business working on the farm. He also is
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Sharon
This brilliantly written story takes place in 1948 not long after the Second World War. After many years of working for the Australian Women's Army Service Rosie Stanton heads home to the family farm.

Rosie knew it was never going to be easy to return home after losing her brothers in the war. Home as she knew it would never be the same and when her father takes ill, Rosie has to take over the running of the farm. Having a female take on these duties was frowned upon by many and they were just w
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Brenda
Rosie Stanton was heading home from Brisbane to her family’s cane farm, Tulpil in Piri River, northern Queensland. Her thoughts were in turmoil – she knew her parents, especially her father would be against her returning home to stay, but that’s what she wanted to do. The Sicilian passenger on the bus whom she was seated beside was an interesting companion, but when she discovered Tomas Conti was also disembarking in Piri River she was surprised; learning his family owned the property adjoining ...more
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Burning Fields, the latest novel from Australian author Alli Sinclair, melds together love, the past, war and sacrifice, all within the one involving tale. Sinclair takes her novel to the sugar cane fields of Queensland, just after the close of World War II. The tale that emerges is a powerful one that echoes Australia of times past.

Burning Fields takes the reader to a time of great flux, the year 1948. The action of this novel is set in the sugar cane field
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Veronica ⭐️
3.5 Stars

I love Alli Sinclair’s books and was excited to read a book where one of my favourite authors joined one of my favourite genres, Australian Historical Fiction. However this book just didn’t do it for me. It was well written and the story-line was good but somewhere along the line the delivery fell flat.
The story revolves around Rosie, a third generation cane grower, and Tomas, newly immigrated from Italy.
The story touches on issues of racism, women’s worth, the effects of the war on f
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Janine
A really interesting, well written story.
Shomeret
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was approached by author Alli Sinclair to review her latest novel, Burning Fields. I was interested in reading about Rosie, Alli Sinclair's independent heroine. So I requested an ARC which was sent to me by the publisher via Net Galley.

As the novel opens in the post-WWII era, Australian Rosie Stanton has been living on her own in Brisbane and is accustomed to making her own decisions, but harassment at her job has forced her to return to the family farm. I found her situation very relatable fr
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Theresa Smith
I enjoyed Burning Fields so much, it really was such a treat to read. Alli Sinclair is a writer who never fails to deliver a great story, and while this newest release of hers is a little different to her previous novels, established fans can rest assured that it contains all of the usual Alli magic. For those who have not read any of Alli’s novels, this is a great one to start with.

I always feel a connection to the stories Alli writes. In this instance, it was the setting. I spent my teenage ye
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Lee
I enjoyed probably the first half of Burning Fields but unfortunately the book started to grate on my nerves from about the 50% mark.

I live in Cairns, so I was expecting to be captivated by the setting, a fictional sugar cane farming town of north Queensland (Sinclair does thank the Cairns historical society in her end notes).
However, the book was very dialogue driven and lacked the descriptive style to bring the beauty of the area to life on the page. This style caused the scenes set in Italy
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Kathy
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this beautiful, captivating read hard to put down! Set after the Second World War in North Queensland – a time of change and hard work, Burning Fields was able to effortlessly take me to another time and place. Connecting with the characters in books these days I sometimes feel is lacking, but with this book I loved them all from the very start. Loved the story of Rosalie and Tomas and also Tomas’ back story during the war. What a treat this book was, devouring in a couple of days, and l ...more
Carolyn
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair is a new story set in the era of 1948 in the sugar-cane fields and farming area of North Queensland.

I really enjoyed this story, hearing about sugar-cane, the work involved in this type of farming, it's dilemmas and setbacks.

This is historical fiction filled with adventure for all involved.

It'll touch your heart and you'll fall in love with most of the characters; and some who you'll dislike.

The novel talks about fascism, our history of when the Italians first ca
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Helen
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is set in times of change the second world war has not long ended and there are big changes, men returning home from things that no one should have had to go through woman who have worked tirelessly keeping their countries going are now sent back to the kitchens and Rosie Stanton is on her way home from Brisbane to the family’s cane farm in Piri River Northern Queensland and there will be many upheavals to come. This is a compelling, moving story that had me hooked from page one, this i ...more
Scatterbooker
Set in the northern Queensland sugar cane fields in 1948 BURNING FIELDS by Alli Sinclair beautifully tells the love story of Rosie Stanton and Tomas Conti. Rosie is struggling to settle back into to life in Australia after serving during World War II, and trying to convince her father to allow her to help out on the family sugar cane field is next to impossible. Tomas is trying to become accustomed to life in Australia after suffering through Mussolini's terror of Italy and Tomas' hometown of Si ...more
Bree T
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Alli Sinclair’s books and this one is no exception. In some ways quite a lot of this story is not unfamiliar to me, even though I’ve never lived on a cane farm or in northern Queensland. But I grew up in northern NSW and holidays we took were often to southern QLD. Up around the border is a huge cane growing area and the fields and smell of the burning cane are really familiar to me. Also, as I’ve mentioned many times before, my husband is a first-generation born Australian. Like ...more
Helen
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘Sometimes the biggest battles are the ones we have inside us.’

Burning Fields is a historical fiction novel by Aussie author Alli Sinclair. Having previously enjoyed Alli’s other books (HERE) it was a fresh change to find her delve into the sugar cane fields of far north Queensland just after the conclusion of WWII. Although there is a love story here, I would suggest that the stronger plot is that of Australia’s multicultural history and the backgro
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AusRomToday
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in north Queensland post WWII, Alli Sinclair's Burning Fields is a stunning, evocative novel that rewrites the narrative for Australian themed historical romance.

As with her previous novels, Burning Fields dives deeply into the historical setting, in this case of both the north QLD cane fields and war-torn Italy, while maintaining strong characterisation, and steady plot development. A Sinclair novel isn't complete without what is becoming in my opinion Alli's trademark focus on woman-led na
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AusRomToday
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in north Queensland post WWII, Alli Sinclair's Burning Fields is a stunning, evocative novel that rewrites the narrative for Australian themed historical romance.

As with her previous novels, Burning Fields dives deeply into the historical setting, in this case of both the north QLD cane fields and war-torn Italy, while maintaining strong characterisation, and steady plot development. A Sinclair novel isn't complete without what is becoming in my opinion Alli's trademark focus on woman-led na
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Nicole Laverdure
A poignant story hope and determination!

I really enjoyed Alli Sinclair's amazing story 'Burning Fields'. It's truly a powerful and sweeping historical novel of love, loss, and hope, set against Australia’s vast sugarcane fields in the turbulent days after World War II.

Rosie Stanton, is returning home to northern Queensland after serving the war. She now plans to rescue her family’s foundering sugarcane farm! Her two brothers have died during the war and her father suffers a stroke, she will ha
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Michelle
Full review at: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/boo...

Burning Fields is a bit of a change of direction for Australian author Alli Sinclair in that it is set right here in Australia, in the time following World War II.

Sinclair has taken a time of great upheaval for women and explored what this period meant, the war was over and many men were returning home; needing to adjust to life away from the war and often take back their pre-war jobs. Women who had stepped up during the war effort and work
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Diane
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another great read by Alli Sinclair giving a 1948 insight into the North Queensland cane fields, the variety of nationalities who worked them, some of whom had fled the war in Europe and their own countries. The Romeo/Juliet romance which brings to mind the question once again: why can't we celebrate our similarities instead of marking our differences. With my local cane fields beginning just a street or two away from me, this story had a significance to me and the amazing history I have learned ...more
Claire
I really enjoyed this historical fiction set in Australia after WWII, it explores the treatment of immigrants, especially Italians who suddenly became the enemy during the war. It also explores small town behaviour and what is real in times of trouble. I loved the dual timeline of Tomas and what he had been through during the war, and I enjoyed the relationship between him and Rosie that emerged despite her father's distaste for Italians. I definitely recommend this great book by Australian auth ...more
Julia
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first half of the book much more than the second half, which started to have way too many things happening and character development that I didn't believe. While the love story was interesting, the dialogue was terrible, e.g. "Love me...love me now."
Julie Garner
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction
I received an advanced reading copy of this book. Thanks Alli!!!
One of the things I really loved about this book is that it was way more than just a romance. As per all of Alli's books, we slip back in time to understand more of the current story. This time, however, her book is set in Australia - far north Queensland in the sugar cane fields. It is just after WWII when the women are all returned to their normal lives after being part of something important with the War Effort.
Rosie has returne
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Lynda
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira for my copy of Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair in return for an honest review.

I must admit, I'm conflicted by this book. It was a wonderful story and the author has very obviously put in a LOT of research. The characters were authentic and believable and the story takes the reader back to a by-gone era and makes you really feel as if you are there. However, the story seemed to come off a bit 'preach-y' in places as if the author was trying to instru
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Yvette - Bookworlder
When a female war worker returns to a rural hometown in the aftermath of World War II, there is bound to be conflict between her new outlook and the older, more traditional ways. In Alli Sinclair’s Burning Fields, there is that and more. Part homecoming story, part coming of age, with a family secret revealed.

With her brothers lost to the war, Rosie Stanton is determined to help her family’s farm thrive. Soon meeting and feeling a pull towards a new neighbor, Tomas Conti, Rosie finds herself com
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Jaylee Neal
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alli always gets me in the feels, I fell in love with Tomas's past and the way rosie and Tomas connected with each other everything was so well written. Everything about this novel had me in awe including the way Tomas confessed his love to rosie. Alli you did not disappoint me at all 10/10!
Ekta
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman returns to the family farm after a stint in the big city. As she works through the challenges that threaten her family’s livelihood, she learns to trust her instincts and stand up for herself in a male-dominated world. Author Alli Sinclair brings the Australian sugarcane farming community to life in the somewhat uneven but fairly enjoyable book Burning Fields.

In the northern Queensland community of Piri River, Rosie Stanton comes home to regain her composure. After serving the effo
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Nicole
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burning Fields is the sixth novel by Australian author Ali Sinclair. Set during the post war year of 1948, this historical fiction story captures both the tension and change that permeates Australian society. Told in the third person, it follows two young protagonists, Rosie in 1948 and Tomas in 1943. The narrative seamlessly alternates between the two timelines to give the reader a true sense of life during and after the war.

Rosie was an inspirational character for women of all ages. Returning
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Sam Still Reading
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: Cookie1
I have a really soft spot for Australian historical fiction. I honestly believe that I’ve learned more about our country from reading than I did in school – and of course, it’s a lot more pleasurable. One part of Aussie history I’m particularly interested in is the post-WWII era, when people from many different cultures came to Australia. Burning Fields covers the arrival of an Italian family to the sugar cane growing area of northern Queensland brilliantly and also the (slowly) changing role of ...more
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Alli Sinclair is an Australian multi-award winning author published who has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada. She’s climbed some of the world’s highest mountains and worked as a tour guide in South and Central America. Australia has always been close to Alli’s heart as she loves the diverse landscapes and the rich multicultural heritage of this wonderful land.

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