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After an argument with her father over their family property, Rebecca heads north with her sheepdogs. A job as a trainee farmhand takes her into the world of country dances, rum and boys. When she at last settles down to study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the handsome, but very drunken party animal, Charlie Lewis....

Title : River Run Deep
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ISBN : 9781848090859
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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River Run Deep Reviews

  • Jess
    2019-01-31 00:36

    Over the last couple of days I’ve tried to think about when I first learnt about Rachael Treasure and the type of books she wrote. Although my mind still draws a blank as to the exact time frame, I do remember almost unconsciously always understanding that she wrote rural fiction and was one of the, if not arguably the fore runner, dominators of Australia rural fiction. For years it seems, I’ve understood that she is driving force behind the thriving genre without ever having read her work. When an author’s reputation precedes your encounter with their work in such a way, you can rest assure you’re in good hands. Just as you expect it too, Jillaroo delivers with the promise of awe-inspiring narration and realistic and down-to-earth characters. Jillaroo tells the story of Rebecca Saunders a feisty woman of the land who after an argument with her father is kicked off the family farm. Forced to find her own way, she takes up a position as a Jillaroo on a property hours away from her home and begins her new life, albeit dreaming of the rolling hill and her Rebecca River (aka Home). Living a rowdy life, Rebecca has no trouble fitting in with the men, in fact with her drunken ways and no-bullshit antics she seems to fit in better with the men than the ‘farming women’. One night during a B&S ball she meets a somewhat hammered and naked Charlie Lewis and she is immediately hooked. Although their unexpected meeting is short lived, Rebecca spends a fair bit of time thinking about him and receives the biggest shock of her life when Charlie follows her to agricultural college a year later. From there their relationship snowballs, as does their family dramas it seems.What I loved about this novel was that it is what it is. Treasure holds nothing back and gives little away at the same time. Her characters are frank, country loving and true blue Aussies who know the land like the back of their hand. The male characters are powerful and engaging making them seem larger than life, while her female characters are full of intrigue and unspent potential. Rebecca in particular was such a strong protagonist that I instantly feel in love with her character. She was smart and outspoken, while all the while knowing exactly what she wanted and needed from life, even if she couldn’t work out how to get there most of the time. She was hardworking and she demanded respect from her family, her friends, and the reader. Her tough mentality and the issues she overcomes position her as the perfect battler/underdog that Australia loves to root for.Having lived in the ‘country’ for a bit, and with family members who still do, I really appreciated Treasure’s spot on narration and representation of small country towns and the people who inhabit them. The atmosphere of the narrative and the characters who inhabit these towns are people you would come across any where in rural Australia and because of this I often found myself nodding my head when new comers were introduced and described in the story. Treasure’s use of imagery, description, setting and dialogue was both uniquely Australian and spot on. The narrative itself was well paced, with the rawness of the writing provoking physical reactions from the reader. I laughed with these characters, I cried for them, I smiled and hoped for a better future alongside them.Although Charlie Lewis demands a bit of fun and attention, Treasure brings to light a number of issues facing country families, farms, and small towns. She touches on a number of ‘country taboo’ subjects and forces the reader into a headspace they might never have considered going through before. Through characters such as Rebecca’s sensitive brother, Tom, we glimpse issues of severe unspoken and undiagnosed depression and the way it affects not only those involved but the bigger community as well. The issue of alcoholism is dealt with in a lesser extent through the characterisation of Rebecca, Charlie and Rebecca’s father. But at the heart of the narrative the issue of family and its tragic breakdown is explored and pitted against the harsh and unforgiving background of the outback. In the country there are no second chances, but what Treasure points out in the novel, is that in family there may just be one if you are willing to work hard, look harder and fighter long enough to find and achieve it. After reading Jillaroo there’s no doubt in my mind why Treasure was able to inspire an entire new genre and continues to reign some eleven years on. I very much look forward to reading more of her work in the future.Read as part of the Australian Women Writer's Challenge 2013This review originally appeared on my blog - The Never Ending Bookshelf and can be found here: It was originally posted 16th April 2013

  • Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
    2019-01-25 03:44

    TRAVELLING BOOK NO 8. Chosen by Amanda, Tasmania, Australia.

  • Lauren K
    2019-02-07 23:51

    Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure is one of the books on my TBR shelf I really wanted to read this year and I’m so glad I made the time to pick this one up. It’s quite a moving story about a country girl who is passionate about farming and determined to see her family farm succeed.The opening scene sparks immediate empathy for the protagonist Rebecca, with a big blow up with her cranky old man she leaves behind her family farm in a fit of rage with her Ute, swag and three beloved dogs. With her parents separated, Rebecca has been working hard her whole life to prove to her father that the farm is where she belongs. But it’s her older brothers Mike and Tom whom her father wants to bequeath his livelihood to and he refuses to believe that Rebecca has a place on the farm- he wants her to do teaching or nursing. Desperate to follow her dream, Rebecca heads north and takes up a job as a jillaroo where she meets the party animal Charlie Lewis.Charlie likes to let loose at B&S balls and have a good time with his mates. Rebecca soon discovers it’s his escape from his stifling family situation- an overbearing mother and a critical father. Rebecca and Charlie click instantly and there’s an obvious attraction, though they don’t really become involved until after several platonic encounters due to living in different areas. Charlie was a really interesting character and I felt he complimented Rebecca well. He was always supportive and emotionally available to her and really wanted them to have a future together.Estranged from her father, missing her sensitive brother Tom and surprised by her brother Mike’s engagement, Rebecca feels her dream of running the farm slipping through her fingers. Eager to remain in the industry, Rebecca studies at University and isn’t willing to settle for life on Charlie’s small farm being away from the land and her animals. Rebecca is very strong-willed and driven and I could sense her restlessness when she moved in with Charlie. Although he knew their relationship was deteriorating he felt it was out of his control to stand up to his parents and make his own decisions. I found this quite frustrating and could understand why Rebecca needed space at this time.Jillaroo spans several years of Rebecca’s life and the story is told from her viewpoint and that of Charlie, her father’s, her mother’s and Tom’s perspective. I felt drawn into the struggles of this family and liked the added dimensions this added to the layers of the story. When a tragedy strikes the family I became a little tearful because of the emotional impact on Rebecca was portrayed very well by the author. Throughout the story, Rebecca’s personality and emotions really jumped off the page and I think this is what made the story so satisfying. I became so invested in Rebecca following her dream and finding happiness with Charlie.The story covers the very serious issues of suicide and the lingering effects on the family and I think the author dealt with this in a sensitive and believable way in how the characters responded.It’s quite a long book so it’s hard to really give a succinct summary of the plot, especially since it spans so many years. But I liked watching the characters grow and mature and overcome their struggles. There was a tendency to info dump early in the story as the family background was revealed but this tapered off as the story went on.The only criticism I have is about the ending and how the relationship problems with Charlie and Rebecca are resolved. A LOT of time passed when they were apart and even though their feelings for each other remained strong I couldn’t believe that they would just pick up where they left off so easily- especially with both hurting so much. Nevertheless, I was happy that the conflict was resolved.Jillaroo falls under the rural lit genre but encompasses family drama, romance, loss, determination and passion. I’m looking forward to reading another Treasure novel, I have another one on my TBR shelf to get to soon. Plus, I recently found out that there’s a sequel coming out in April titled The Farmer’s Wife- can’t wait for this one!

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-02-15 04:54

    Warning that this is also published as 'River Run Deep'. Mixed feelings here for a brave Aussie romance. The author lives in Tasmania but the book is set in southeastern Australia. I'm in no doubt that she's doing a great job of depicting the lifestyle and people, the drought, landscape and changing times. The tale follows mainly Rebecca or Bec as her bullying, alcoholic father drives her off the station with her kelpie sheepdogs. Her brothers remain to do the farmwork, since they are going to inherit. Bec stubbornly looks for work and signs up for agri college, mainly to prove that she can do as good a job as a man. When she does, though, is that what a young man wants in a girlfriend?We can't help despising many of the characters for much of the book. Alcohol and isolation are shown to be a destructive combination. Everyone, male and female, drinks at home, drinks in town, drives drunk, sleeps around drunk, bullies the family drunk, uses drink as a crutch. Clearly the people making money in Australia are the beer makers and sellers. You may say, but isn't it the drinkers' money and lives? Not when the family farm is going downhill fast, to the full knowledge of all concerned, and is about to be sold by the bank. I had to think that if the characters cut back their continual and excessive drinking they could afford to employ staff - something almost nobody does on these massive stations - buy better livestock and equipment, get into the computer age. Tellingly, only when the patriarch is totally abandoned does he decide to fight his depression and addiction, and at that point matters start to improve for the family, with our heroine / antiheroine Bec deciding to grow up and put work before drink for once as well. We also see that overstocking and bad cultivation choices are ruining a lot of useable land, with improvements again at the end. This is worth a read before heading off to Oz backpacking but don't feel you have to waste your year in Oz too drunk to remember what you did. Definitely an adult read, with strong language, though the worst has been fudged, and some distressing scenes.

  • Chanpreet
    2019-01-28 04:33

    I recently read one of Rachael Treasure's books and I absolutely loved it. So I thought I'd read another to see if I enjoyed it just as much, and lo and behold I did. The descriptive and vivid way Ms. treasure described the beauty and wildness of Australia makes me want to hop on a plane and go there right away. This book made me cry, laugh, and smile. This book is an excellent example of how everyone has their own failings and what happens when we don't deal with them. Ms. Treasure has two more books and hopefully I'll have gotten my hands on them and read them sooner than later.

  • Heidi Kennedy
    2019-01-23 00:45

    In fairness I only read Jillaroo as part of a project to read books that were popular but I wouldn't normally read. However, I did think it would be more engaging than it was. It turns out to essentially be a book about stereotypical characters getting drunk and throwing up in various different settings. That's about it.

  • Kat at Book Thingo
    2019-02-05 01:38

    This is the book I have dubbed The Vomit Book. In summary: They fight, they drink, they puke, they save the farm. If you’re thinking of trying this author, start with a different book.You can read my full review at Book Thingo.

  • Penni
    2019-02-18 23:42

    3-1/2 *'s.

  • Susan Austin
    2019-02-09 05:53

    So I sneakily read this when I was meant to be reading Obama's book, because I just felt like a light frolicking yarn. It gets three stars for being a good yarn or a beach read when you don't want to think and are happy to roll with some cliches and some predictable plot lines.

  • Caity
    2019-02-09 06:34

    I started crying when Tom died at 11:30pmA truly touching story that has very good romance and story line. I automatically connected with Bec just from the way treasure has described her personality an her situation. I don't even live on a farm. I'm a city girl, but just reading it made me ache for a rushing river. Great book!!

  • Leigh Hutton
    2019-01-29 04:50

    Classic Aussie rural romance, at its best! Loved the 'go girl' vibe and have drawn a lot of inspiration for my own writing from this book.

  • Metalprincess
    2019-02-20 00:48

    Loved it!! It's just rehashed my dream of living on a farm! I loved reading about the animals, and Becs life, crying and laughing at the things that get thrown at her.A wonderful Aussie book!

  • Stacey Potter
    2019-02-03 22:36

    Loved it from start to finish !

  • Kelly-anne Mellor
    2019-02-03 06:45

    I am a sucker for outback (rural) romance

  • Kaz.
    2019-02-09 05:55

    I didn’t finish this book, it wasn’t the type of book that I enjoy reading.

  • Indira
    2019-01-22 22:27

    Nice Australian farming backdrop with stunning emotions love sadness anger...must read

  • Maddy Smith
    2019-02-16 06:41

    yess yess yess

  • Gemma Nugent
    2019-02-09 01:48

    Not the kind of thing I'd usually pick up but read it for a uni course and have to admit I kind of enjoyed it! Mind you, while I was definitely no shirker on the binge drinking front in my younger days, I did find all the boozing a little troubling.

  • Anne Ruprecht
    2019-01-28 00:36

    The Beginning and throughout were not my type of reading but I did finish the book, just to see what happened with the families farm.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-02-13 00:55

    Rachael Treasure’s first and bestselling novel Jillaroo is the book that kick started the phenomenon that is the Australian rural romance genre. Jillaroo features the feisty Rebecca Saunders, a country girl who after a huge argument with her Father, leaves her beloved family property to work as a jillaroo. Taking her dogs with her for the ride, Rebecca makes a success of her new position. The novel also covers Rebecca’s time at Agricultural College, where she meets scoundrel and love interest Charlie Lewis. Eventually tragedy strikes and Rebecca is called back to save her family’s farm. Rebecca finds herself in a bind between wanting to help her family or follow her heart to be with Charlie. Jillaroo is a truly classic Australian novel. It certainly defines the rural romance genre. Jillaroo’s narrative is nicely balanced between moments that will make you laugh and cry. It also opened my eyes to farming practices in Australia and in particular the tough job of a jillaroo. Rebecca is a well rounded character, who experiences significant growth in the novel, but never loses her unique strong personality. Jillaroo is not just a romance, although Treasure handles the romance between Charlie and Rebecca in a highly engaging way. Jillaroo confronts some serious issues present in our farming communities head on. Jillaroo tackles themes of depression, suicide and alcoholism head on but a warning, these do not make for easy reading. Thankfully, Treasure applies the correct amount of sensitivity to the issues at hand. I did feel that these are important issues that readers should be made aware of and Treasure should be commended on her efforts in awareness raising. Treasure breathes life into the Australian outback in the beauty of her writing. My senses were alive with her descriptions of farm life, which I loved. I was happy to see that I didn’t have to wait at all for another dose of a winning Rachael Treasure rural romance, I had the sequel to Jillaroo, The Farmer’s Wife immediately on hand.

  • Bronwyn Rykiert
    2019-01-31 22:25

    Rebecca Saunder’s has just had another fight with her father and this time he has told her to leave and never return, she in a temper does just that, even though she had decided that she wanted to work 12 months at a Jillaroo at home. She takes her dogs and goes without even saying goodbye to her brother’s Mick and Tom. Their mother Frankie has recently left them as well. Their father Harry is very stubborn and won’t change anything with regards to running the family property.Rebecca finds herself a job as a Jillaroo a long way from home and it is at a B & S ball that she meets Charlie Lewis for the first time – he is drunk, naked and mucking with his mates and when he spies her he tells her “I think I love you”, mind you Rebecca is drunk too. She meets him again over the weekend and they have their first kiss. It is back to their normal lives after that and it is awhile before their paths cross again. Eventually Rebecca goes to Uni as she planned and after her first year Charlie joins her and he tells her he is there to be with her.Tragedy stikes and life changed for Rebecca’s family, eventually Rebecca goes home to family property to work. Charlie is needed on his own property – or is he…?I loved this story, it was fun, there were tears, and just a feeling reading it and at least it has a happy ending. I felt the same when I read Rouseabout at well. It bought back memories from my younger years.

  • Maria
    2019-01-30 02:52

    A bogan farm girl meets a Mummy's boy and spends years trying to win back the farm which by rights is not hers to own in the first place. She is obviously a raging alcoholic with father issues which when she meets the love of her life (who by the way is also a raging alcoholic, with mother issues)whilst both are drunk and kiss in a river, seems to think she can save her life by being more drunk. The easy way she has sex with anyone drunk enough, her drink driving and her barely able to scrape through Ag College made me want to throw the book against the nearest wall! Great role modelling there. (The girl, not me throwing my book.) This book made me sad to think how screwed up the girl's marriage would be to lover boy. Although it all seems to come good in the end, one does have to wonder how it would fare in real life.Unaddressed alcoholism with much needed psychotherapy characters dressed up in yeehaa and lerv. Made me want to vomit up like the characters seem to do at every turn of the page. God help their livers!

  • Amira
    2019-01-25 00:39

    My sister and I love this book! It portrays Aussie country life in an easy and funny way, yet still approaching family issues and depression in country Australia. I noticed that its also published as 'River Run Deep'After a terrible argument with her father over their family property Waters Meeting, Rebecca throws her swag into the back of her ute and heads north with her sheepdogs. A job as a trainee farmhand takes her into the rowdy world of country dances, Bundy rum and boys. When she at last settles down to a bit of study at agricultural college, her life is turned upside down by the very handsome, but very drunken party animal, Charlie Lewis. Will she choose a life of wheat farming on vast open plains with Charlie? Or will she return to the mountains to fight for the land and the river that runs through her soul? It's only when a family tragedy shatters her world that Rebecca finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of adventure, dreams, fun, heartbreak and love.

  • Bron
    2019-02-19 01:33

    I listened to the audio version of Jillaroo while marking. Was really strange listening to an australian voice reading, and was even more an unreal experience listening to the very aussie okka talk that was used in the book! The book is about a girl who actually likes farming (*gasp* - I couldn't get off a hobby farm fast enough), and her attempt to make her family and everyone realise that she really is serious in wanting to be a "farmer", especially wanting to make her family's farm succeed.I loved the strength and courage of Bec, but hated the family drama that came along with the book. Her father in particular was a cold hearted bastard, and her mother was totally clueless where her family was concerned. Definitely a book I would not have sat through reading, but interesting enough to listen to while marking!

  • Jayde Bailey-Hassan
    2019-02-11 22:27

    oh god guys!This may be a round them up country stock farm girl book but ive never meet a book ive fallen in Lurv with more!! Bec's sory is one i countinue to think about even when im not reading, the loveable drunken party animal Charlie Lewis is deffently a guy you do and dont want to bring home to meet dad. while silent little Tom is finding his feet and only while drunk will voice his oppion. i dont like Trudy one little bit and i think Micks only thinking with his little head insted of his big one, there but i might cange that as i read. im haveing so much fun and just dont want to put the dam book down.

  • Dianne Sidebottom
    2019-02-03 00:55

    This book has another title called "River Run Deep". The story covers relationships of a family who run a farm which covers dreams that die for some. Marriage/divorce/separation breakdown which filters down to guilt. Some run away, others hide away hurt but eventually effects everyone n animals. The story really brings out the difficulty of farming n depending on mother nature is unpredictable. Who gets to stay n inherit gets messy. But the positive is that education is beneficial but changes need to occur to help keep people on the land. I can see from the story alcohol is used widely as in Rachael's other books. A kelpie dog is also a great companion.

  • Kaye
    2019-02-18 00:48

    ~2.5 starsWell, I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting in this book . . . but this wasn't it. I didn't realize that in contemporary Australian literature "rural fiction" means "more drinking and carousing than character development" and "no plot." Or a meandering, weak plot at best.Ah, well . . . I've expanded my reading horizons and I had a good time listening to narrator Miranda Nation for her lyrical accent and trying to figure out what all of the Aussie colloquialisms and slang and trying to figure out what they meant in context rather than having to look them up.

  • Jonathan Solomon
    2019-02-08 22:25

    Am thrilled to have finished reading Rachel Treasure's 468-page novel "Jillaroo", an agricultural family saga, which follows the ups and downs of the property "Waters Meeting". The feisty and intelligent protagonist Rebecca Saunders is a memorable character as she fights prejudice and attitude from a number of different fronts (family and society). This novel certainly has many light/funny moments but there are certainly moments where the plot and content takes a decidedly darker turn. A great Australian book!

  • Angela Maher
    2019-02-17 23:44

    I enjoyed this book. To begin with, I sometimes felt like it was a little too Australian, but it really just portrays things the way they are. It's more that there aren't enough genuine Aussie books around, so when you get one, it seems a bit strange. Some parts of the story worked out a little too neatly, but it's a good read with plenty of twists.The biggest problem - this has since been published under a different title. I ended up with two copies thinking they were different books.

  • Smokerjoerabbit Tong
    2019-02-09 02:52

    You don't have to be an ex farm girl or Australian Jillaroo to enjoy this book...but admittedly it helps. Great storyline, strong rural characters and the language is typically that of Outback Australia so it will appeal to those down under in NZ or Aussie in particular. I get a feeling of condescension towards city life which I didn't like ...but overall a great read.