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Rose River by [Osborn, Margareta]
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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Adapted from Margareta Osborn's bestselling ebook novella A Bush Christmas, Rose River is a gloriously funny romantic comedy set in the beautiful Australian outback.

Take one city girl - and drop her into the back of beyond...

Housesitting in rural Burdekin's Gap, high up in the East Gippsland Mountains, is not an obvious career move for a PR executive like Jaime Hanrahan. But, hey, retrenchment is a kicker.

Plus she's determined not to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her friends, who still have company cars and six-figure salaries, or with her mother, Blanche, who has remarried too soon after her father's death.

However, it turns out that Burdekin's Gap is a little more remote than Jaime had anticipated, the house is in the middle of a cattle station, and the handsome manager, Stirling McEvoy, doesn't appreciate a new farmhand in Jimmy Choos and Sass & Bide cut-offs.

Soon Jaime is fending off stampeding cows, town ladies wielding clipboards, sheep that think they are goats, nude sportsmen and one very neurotic cat. So why does she feel like she's falling in love . . . with the life, with the breathtaking landscape, and with one infuriating cowboy .?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (2 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PI46SSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Rose River is a lighthearted contemporary rural romance from Margareta Osborn, expanded from her 2012 novella, A Bush Christmas.

Jamie Hanrahan can't see any reason to celebrate Christmas, a year ago her beloved father suddenly passed away and now she has been unceremoniously retrenched from her high-paying executive PR job. Eager to escape the festive season in Melbourne, Jamie impulsively accepts an offer to housesit in Burdekin's Gap, high up in the East Gippsland Mountains. Jamie is looking forward to peace and quiet, but then Polly Plains House manager, Stirling McEvoy roars into her life on his gleaming Yamaha and suddenly Jamie may be able to find a few reasons to celebrate the season after all.

It took me a little while to warm up to Jamie but she surprised me when she willingly helped Stirling draft cattle, despite being clueless, and quickly, if a touch reluctantly, involved herself in the Burdekin's Gap community. Emotionally Jamie is a bit of a mess, still grieving for her father and angry at her mother for her quick remarriage, but Burdekin's Gap, and the friends she makes, reveals a strength she never knew she had.

Stirling isn't terribly happy to make Jamie's acquaintance, he had been expecting a housesitter who could help around the station, not a Sass and Bide, Jimmy Choo wearing city slicker 'Princess'. I liked Stirling, whom Jamie nicknames 'Marble Man' due in part to his impressive physique, though I felt there were some inconsistencies in what I expected of his character in the second half of the novel, after his ex girlfriend shows up.
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I have heard a lot of fabulous things about this wonderful Aussie author, Margaret Osborn and was excited to read Rose River. I lived in Melbourne for a few years and Rose River was set not far from there. Ms Osborn has such an extraordinary writing style that I was addicted from the get go. The characters were fun and the overall story was so entertaining that everybody needs to read this book.

Jaime Hanrahan is twenty-six and currently unemployed. She was retrenched as a marketing executive and with Christmas approaching, she is looking for somewhere to escape the festive season. Her manicurist mentioned something about house-sitting in the country while the owner travelled.

There are three things Jaime can’t stand:
1. her name
2. public transport, and
3. muscle bound men riding Harley Davidsons.

With no six figure salary, no South Bank flat, no car, no iPad, no iPhone, Jaime was without technology and without independence.

Travelling to Polly’s Plains House, Jaime is in a bit of a pickle. Her bus doesn’t go up the mountain and unless she wants to wait until Wednesday for the next truck, Jaime has to get behind the muscle bound man on his motorbike. She calls him Marbleman for his icy exterior.

Marbleman gave her two minutes to pack some things to fit on the bike while the rest of her belongings would be delivered Wednesday. It appears Marbleman has a history with posh city chics and he seems to be taking his intolerance out on her.

Once inside the mansion in the country, Jaime was greeted with a note from the stockman, who obviously thought Jaime was a bloke. He was expecting Jaime to help with the cattle the next morning bright and early.
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Jaime Hanrahan, high-falutin’ designer label queen and ex-PR executive finds herself in some memorable and laugh-out-loud moments after she decides to take on a house-sitting job in Burdekin’s Gap – rather that than spend Christmas with her gainfully employed friends whilst still trying to come to terms with the death of her father.

Only problem is, she didn’t realise how remote it would turn out to be!

When Stirling McEvoy discovers that Jaime is in fact the new farmhand, he is not impressed. This, of course, all begins to change when Jaime shows persistence and determination, even venturing to participate (sometimes not through any choice of her own) in the community’s activities.

However, as is usual in these stories, nothing is smooth sailing and these two characters soon find themselves having to overcome a number of hurdles before they get their happily ever after, including the re-appearance of Tiffany, Stirling’s awful ex-girlfriend and Marty, Jaime’s step-father’s nephew who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer.

This novel was, for me, somewhat of a comedy of errors as Jaime finds herself in some humorous (and embarrassing) situations including being almost over-run when helping Stirling with the cattle, finding herself taking part in some nude cricket, being bucked right off a horse and trying to trick the goats (and the sheep who thinks it’s a goat) as well as the dogs out of the kitchen after they display some “naughty” behavior.

Even though I would have loved Margareta to included Stirling’s viewpoint, which would have just rounded him off that much more, this is a fresh, upbeat and light-hearted romance from our very own Voice of the Bush which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
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