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River Run by [Alexander, Nicole]
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Taking place over just one week, River Run is an unputdownable rural drama from the bestselling author of The Bark Cutters and Wild Lands.

It is January 1951, and after a year away Eleanor Webber has returned home to River Run, her family's sprawling sheep property in western New South Wales. Fleeing a failed love affair back in Sydney, she hopes for some time and space to heal.

But with shearing of over 25,000 sheep about to commence, and the infamous and moneyed Margaret Winslow and her husband Keith staying in the main house as her mother's guests, that dream is quickly dashed.

More worryingly, her half-brother Robbie is increasingly running wild, playing tricks on his governess, antagonising the jackeroos and obsessing about a communist invasion. Though only eleven, Robbie has appointed himself guardian of the property and, in his treehouse by the river, he readies for an imminent attack. Armed with a gun.

Then, with a storm looming and tensions rising in the shearing shed, a mysterious stranger appears on the horizon.

And in one disastrous moment young Robbie entangles Eleanor in a situation that will have serious repercussions for every member of the Webber family . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1531 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (29 August 2016)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01E96DQAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Jools TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 September 2016
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The year is 1951 in post war Australia, and Eleanor Webber has been away from her family home on a huge sheep station in Western New South Wales for a year now.
She has been living a carefree life sharing a flat in Sydney with two of her best friends, and enjoying a lifestyle which is far removed from the one she was brought up to back home.

Eleanor is shattered when her love affair with a handsome Italian lothario comes to a sudden end after she discovers his ultimate betrayal, he has stolen the book she wrote and claimed it as his own, having a publisher sign him up as the author.
She flees to her family home in the country to find solace and healing for her broken heart, her pain being twofold because she can't share it with her family who wouldn't understand.

Eleanor's parents have never condoned her love of writing and so she kept secret from them the fact that she had published articles. Also they would be mortified to learn of her relationship with an Italian man, not to mention her bohemian lifestyle in the city.

So it is with an aching heart that she returns home for a couple of weeks to recover, though she soon discovers that things back home are not all that they are made out to be either.
It appears that the complicated relationship between her mother and step father is also on a rocky slope, her 11 year old half brother is running amok and her eldest sister seems content to spend the rest of her days cloistered in a convent after suffering a breakdown.
As the days go by Eleanor's problems are forced into the background as existing family issues escalate and a series of unfortunate events begin to unfold with potentially serious consequences, subjecting the family to an awkward, unwanted scrutiny and threatening the status quo.
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By Jo-Ann on 27 August 2016
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I started reading and wondered how you write a story within a week, then I couldn't stop reading. I too grew up on a sheep station and it was like being a young girl again during shearing. I so enjoyed this book and think it would make a great aussie movie.
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It’s great to hear an authentic voice in a story that takes place on an Australian property. This is January, 1951, and it’s hot. Eleanor has returned home from Sydney to mend a broken heart. Her uncle, (who is now her step-father), asks what brings her “back to the family farm”.

“Eleanor noted the line that briefly furrowed her mother’s brow. Georgia hated River Run being called a farm, as did she. It was far more than that.”

My rural experience was 30 years later than this story, but in a similar area, and even then I don’t recall people referring to “farms”. They were properties, possibly a “farming property” if they were mostly cropped.

A property is more or less what Americans would call a ranch. And ranchers, or property owners, generally aren’t called farmers. Not to their face, anyway. Except in drought, of course, when we all worry about the nation’s farmers and farm families, because we don’t really know what else to call them!

But I digress. This was just to point out why I appreciated Nicole Alexander’s authentic voice.

“Beyond the manicured vegetation and the iron-roofed outbuildings, an irregular tree line marked where the river flowed through the property. And still their land stretched on. Into distant paddocks she’d never been to. Across a country marked by fire and drought, rootless drovers and torrential rain, war-made swagmen and blacks on walkabout. This was a big land.”

This is sheep country, it’s hot, and shearing is about to take place when Eleanor comes home. Her little half-brother, Robbie is a tearaway 11-year-old, full of beans, mischief and half-understood information from the news about Reds Under the Bed.
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Set in the early 1950's this book unfurled as an old Australian movie in my head...and I loved it.

Eleanor has come home to River Run after disastrous relationship, with an Italian who has double crossed her. Her 11 year old half brother Robbie as the run of the station and his actions are causing concern for his parents, like terrorising the governess (many have pasted through due to his actions). Now he thinks that the communists are coming to attack the station, lucky he's secreted some stocks in his tree hideaway to help protect the property.
Set over one week when shearing is about to start, visitors are at the station and now a stranger is in the midst due to Robbie's actions. What will it lead to and what do the Warrigal Winds mean for them all?

In a time of progression, European migrants and the threat of a communist invasion, this is a look at a conservative family living in the Australian bush.

This book was so easy to read and I was swept up in the movie in my head. I could picture every one of the characters and while I got so angry at Robbie and his behaviour at times, I could also imagine how he just did is own thing because no one really cared. His parents were so wrapped up in their own world and keeping up appearances. I really enjoyed Eleanor's character and how she was trying to push against what was expected of her. In fact I'd love to see more of the characters of River Run.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a couple to read and review
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