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Kate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. She can't help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia's wildest rural social events - a Bachelors & Spinsters ball - to 'scalp' gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell. It's a dare that changesKate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. She can't help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia's wildest rural social events - a Bachelors & Spinsters ball - to 'scalp' gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell. It's a dare that changes everything. For just as Kate is ready to start her new life, away from her grieving father and the pressures of the family farm, she discovers she is pregnant. Now, several years later, with toddler Nell by her side, it's time for Kate to come home to face the music - and the father of her child . . .Set on the beautiful island of Tasmania, where Rachael Treasure once kicked up her own heels at B&S balls, The Rouseabout is an unforgettable story about discovering the things that truly matter, and finding love that lasts....

Title : the rouseabout
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ISBN : 6116673
Format Type : Audio Book
Number of Pages : 348 Pages
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the rouseabout Reviews

  • Sally906
    2019-02-23 06:56

    Not sure if Kate Webster is a "loveable larrikin" - it has been a long time since I have disliked a character quite as much as this one - if she was a real life person that I knew I would smile politely at her and avoid her company.Only redeeming feature was that there was terrific growth in her as a character by the end of the book.

  • Sally Williams
    2019-02-27 12:01

    Why do people love this book so much? Kate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later? I disliked her so much it was hard to finish the book. What really, really upset me was the depiction of her excessive drinking when she was pregnant. Poor thing didn't want to be up the duff, so she drank and drank and didn't give a damn about the fetus. But this is romance-land and her baby was absolutely fine. Well, many many children whose mothers drink and drink when they are pregnant are NOT fine. It's called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and it stunts fetal growth and damages neurons and brain structures, which can result in psychological or behavioural problems, and cause other physical damage. The poor little things have problems such as poor memory, attention deficits, impulsive behaviour, and poor cause-effect reasoning as well as other disabilities (for example, predispositions to mental health problems and drug addiction). It's pretty easy to spot the kids whose mums were as selfish the 'lovable larrikin' Kate Webster. They have skin folds at the edge of the eye, a small head, small eyes, a thin upper lip and no crease between the nose and the mouth.So we are supposed to believe that Kate finds true love and her selfish whiny personality changes? Suddenly she's a good mum, a loving wife? I doubt it.Rachael - authors have SOME responsibility to the readers. It is unforgivable if just one of your readers thinks that drinking the way Kate did when she was pregnant is ok and if just one baby is irredeemably injured as a result. If the book is reissued at least put in a disclaimer at the end.

  • Stacey
    2019-03-05 15:01

    This is my favorite Rachael Treasure book. When I first read this book a few years ago I didn't think I would like it all that much - the main character, Kate, had a child and I didn't think I could relate at all to her. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this story. Kate is a believable and likable character, and I was drawn into the story. Normally I find aussie rural fiction over-emphasizes the country character and setting, something which really annoys me as someone from a rural background- most of the time I think it makes the characters either annoying, boring or completely unrealistic. However I find the characters in this story easily relate-able and believable. Something that is very important (to me) when I read a book. />The story is an easy read, with a good dash of drama to keep you turning the pages. I was sympathetic to the main character and hoped for her happy ending. I definitely recommend this as a good read for anyone who enjoys books by Fiona Palmer, Tony Parsons or just your normal romance novel.

  • Kirsten
    2019-02-18 13:01

    Ok, I really wanted an easy marshmallow read and I got it. This one is romance with cliches galore, with our hero, Kate Webster described as a loveable larrikin who among other things get's involved in 'one of Australia's wildest rural social events - a Bachelors & Spinsters ball'. Good little page turner, although I suspect it will be quickly forgotten.

  • Sianne Morrison
    2019-02-25 06:50

    I loved this. Everyone knows these characters from somewhere or at sometime. Great read.

  • Angela Maher
    2019-03-08 06:55

    This is a good story and it's always nice to read something set in my home state of Tasmania. The main character goes through some major, but fairly realistic, changes, which is set nicely against the events of the book.What I didn't like was the number of similarities with the one other book of the author's I've read. It felt like deja vu a number of times, and the main character felt like the same person, especially in the beginning. This might be somewhat explained by this story originally being a screenplay, and therefore intended for a different medium. It certainly feels like an alternate version of the same basic idea as the other book (Jillaroo, aka River Run Deep).Overall it's still a good book, and a good choice if you like Aussie rural tales.

  • Dzintra aka Ingrid
    2019-02-26 10:47

    I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did.....a very shallow character but she learnt so much 'life stuff' that actually I started to like her! A good read with a dreamy setting in Tasmania! I get the feeling Rachel Treasure tells it as it is!

  • Maddy Smith
    2019-03-06 11:57

    ok. I love Miranda Nations readings.Rachel treasure loves a B&S ball, brotherly sacrifice and Ag college. Loved nelly, didn’t much care for Kate. Mostly i enjoyed her descriptions of the landscape. Solid car and brushing teeth readings.

  • Anne Ruprecht
    2019-02-21 14:44

    I only finished it for the story line. Could have done without so much language and sexuality in the book.

  • Rowlie
    2019-03-17 11:00

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in Country Tasmania. The writer has a real way with words and I look forward to reading more of her books.

  • Jodeane Anderson taylor
    2019-02-25 07:53

    Loved it!!!!! You know a book has you hooked when you are actually crying reading it.

  • Bronwyn Rykiert
    2019-02-20 13:58

    Kate Webster is having trouble coming to terms with the recent death of her mother when she goes off to the local Rouseabout B & S Ball with her brother Will with the intention of getting rotten drunk and have a great time. While watching a mechanical bull and checking out the talent her best friend Janie dares Kate to take the virgin of gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell, who is only 17 to Kate’s 19. Kate dares Janie to make a move on Dave another guy they see. It’s a dare that changes Kate life forever.Not long after that she off to NSW to go to Uni when she discovers she is pregnant, she is living with her aunt and manages to finish Uni. Kate is a good time girl with a quick temper and she often does not think of the consequences to her actions. She is lucky to have Janie as a friend.Her boss takes her aside one day after she arrives at work late again and tells her he has arranged her to transfer back to Tasmania. Kate takes her 3 year old daughter Nell with her and goes home. Her father and her have not been close since her mother died and now there is a stepmother in her family home, Kate finds this hard to accept.Tragedy befalls Kate & her family yet again, it was really sad. She meets Nell’s father again, but now he is engaged, and she is reluctant to tell him about Nell. With all the ups and downs it has a good ending.Nick was gorgeous and Kate was nice though at times her antics were trying. This was a good book to listen to, I found it hard to put down and I loved the Australian accent.

  • Goddess Of Blah
    2019-03-13 13:07

    Rachael Treasure's books are really good (although they have different names in the UK, which was puzzling). I love the detail involved, I've never really understood farming or the outback, etc. And her books offer a brilliant depiction of life so different from London. I loved it. The books are well written, gripping and very realistic. If you want something different, but from a female narrator's point of view than these are the books. Not quite “chick lit” but almost within the genre, these story's are about character building, emotional family drama, struggle, achieving one's dreams, facing/ confronting life and adversaries with a touch of romance. The heroine's are real women confronting their vulnerabilities and working on their strength. They're not sweet shopaholic fashion trend setters or silly women who dream about being beautiful and falling in love with the typical tall, dark handsome cliché. These aren't fluff books, so if you're looking for that you won't find it here.

  • Karen
    2019-02-26 10:00

    I went into this book cringing a bit about the basic premise (getting drunk at a B&S) but it had such beautiful and seamless flow and the characters were so sensitively drawn. I adored Nick and even though Kate was such a prat, I loved her too. I thought RT did such a great job exploring the friendships between women. The bit about the dogs getting tied was hilarious. Her love of the Tasmanian land shone through much more convincingly than for the Victorian Alps in 'Cattleman's daughter'. I really loved it. A fun and heart-warming book. But I had to agree with another reviewer's comments about RT's superiority complex about country / city people. Also the idea that all horsey girls are land grabbers.(a theme common in a couple of her books). Being a city dwelling, horse riding girl, born to organic farmers, who married into a sheep farming family, I found it mildly irritating. :-)But that said, it was a gorgeous book, the kind I will read over and gain.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-01 10:50

    I wasn't going to write a review but I can't shake the desire to. If only to vent. As someone who knows people with FASD the inclusion of a pregnant woman binge drinking with no educational moment is reckless. Coming from a small rural community I see kids with FASD every day. The throw away line about city people being PC? As a country person I can tell you there is nothing wrong with being PC, caring about others and making sure not to alienate them? That's a good thing. The phone call when she 'pranks' someone by pretending to be a Chinese person? Racism. Oh and the scene in which felicity is sexually harassed at the B&S? That's not ok. That's 1980s bodice ripper material. Having another woman basically defend that behaviour? Not ok. Seriously. Good work painting country people as backward.

  • Mahalia
    2019-03-14 06:56

    Love love love

  • Chanpreet
    2019-02-25 08:51

    Besides saying I really enjoyed and loved this book, there isn't much more I can say about it. There was more than one time when I had tears streaming down my face as I read. And forget about putting it down before it's over. Rachael Treasure has done an amazing job at describing the wildness and raw beauty of Tasmania and Australia. Her characters are also written beautifully. Even when you're frustrated with Kate, Nick, and Henry, you can't help but root for them and hope that things will work out for the best.I can not believe I have not read anything by her before, but I can tell you I will be hunting down the rest of her back list and putting her on all lists to come. I did not want this book to be over. I am confident that you will like it as much as I did.

  • Joan
    2019-03-10 15:02

    A rollicking country romance.Kate, a born and bred country girl, with anger issues after the death of her mother. She finds herself pregnant after the B & S Ball, runs away to the mainline and attempts to build a life for herself and Nell. Completely undisciplined, erratic and hard drinking she loses her job but is offered a transfer back to Tasmania. She has no choice but to accept she has a young child to care for and hopes for conciliation with her father. She struggles with her family, her anger with her stepmother and the feelings she has when she meets the father of her child again. Much anger, heartache and tears will result and maybe some hope.

  • Steph Taylor
    2019-03-16 14:59

    I enjoyed it. It was the third time I have read this book. One thing that annoyed me about her character was that she just end off and got drunk at the drop of a hat. I understand that she had pain. But she cause alot of it herself. But her journey is wonderful. Nell is a cutie and you just want to know what happened to Nick through out the book. Love Kate and Jane's friendship. That they could go through all of what they said to one another and what they didn't say or didn't do. I sincerley hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did!

  • Kelly Gleeson
    2019-03-08 11:07

    I re-read this last night for a quick pick me up read whilst I am waiting for a final book in a Sci Fi Series to arrive (currently in the post).I liked it just as much as I did the first time. True to the RT style she is known for - this was a classic country romance set in beautiful Australia. Got a bit of a giggle out of B&S's in the Golden West area - I have been to most of those - LOL.A must read for all true RT diehards out there.

  • Melissa Burtt
    2019-03-15 10:01

    So not my usual genre - by a long shot - but not only is Rachael Australian, she is Tasmanian. I am pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Rouseabout. It was a little predictable - but not in a bad way, the storyline flowed as I expected which made this a fantastic light read that had me laughing and crying in equal measure. I think I will read some more Rachael Treasure as part of my mission this year.

  • Dianne Sidebottom
    2019-03-04 11:50

    My first book of Rachael's. A story coping with what life dishes out. Kate ended up with a pattern of running away which she needed to address. When communication breaks down n the road seems hard to mend when dealing with loss. Seems to be an Aussie cultural behaviour of drinking to excess n thinking it is fun n the norm. A perspective that is not my own but hear of plenty.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-20 06:46

    I really enjoy reading Rachael Treasure's books and The Rouseabout did not disappoint. Giving you an insight to farm life but not boring you with farming lingo, Rachael adds some good drama and a few twists to make it an enjoyable read. If you like Rachael's work then you might also like Fiona Palmer and Fleur McDonald. It's great to see some Aussie women producing some great reads!

  • Jenbes
    2019-03-11 13:05

    Great Listen. This is a very believable story. As a single parent I understood exactly how Kate felt. Her messy life seemed to be that of a real person. For those who criticised the author's portrayal of Kate's drinking remember it's just a story and yes real people do that. Great portrayal of grief and of the amazing Tassie scenery. I'll read and listen to more of her books.

  • Alison
    2019-02-21 11:57

    The Dare is almost as good as Jillaroo, but not quite. I didn't believe in Nick as a character. He ages from 17 to 21 in the story - still very young. He acts like a man a few years older, which could be attributed to his responsibilities but I just didn't find him believable. I like Kate's character, and I like the earthiness of the story. Still amazed at the agricultural openness...

  • MissNorth
    2019-02-23 11:59

    I loved this book. The story was believable, the tension between the main character and her Beau was palpable and the scenery was to die for (Being an Aussie, I may be a little biased on the scenery). Rachel Treasure has a knack for describing the Australian landscape and bringing the harshness of our climate to a beautiful stand-still. Brilliant, this is the book I take on holidays!

  • Jessica Mclauchlan
    2019-02-27 07:05

    My Favourite Rachael Treasure book. It feels so real and the writing is brilliant. Really drawing in the reader. I connected with the characters and the location of the book. As with all Rachael Treasure's books, The female lead has many challenges she needs to face but Comes out the other side as a true Australian woman. Such an empowering read

  • Anita-maree
    2019-03-14 10:03

    I loved this story, it felt like home seeing im from tassie to, i feel like going out to meet the people and see the place you talk about.. it was great and i loved how it finished off.. a wonderful love story.. thank you

  • Jill
    2019-03-10 07:46

    Love love loved this book. Great easy reading fantastic story. Love how it is based in country Australia. Living in Australia I liked reading a book that I felt really got the Australian country mentality. Work hard play hard.

  • Candice
    2019-02-18 10:57

    If I put aside the rocky start of the main character abusing her child by being happily drunk while pregnant, the horrific mothering, and the exaggerated 'australianism' - this surprisingly turned about 40% of the way through to a enjoyable read.