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Description - Blue Skies by Fleur McDonald

In the tradition of Rachael Treasure and from the bestselling author of Red Dust, Blue Skies tells the inspirational story of a young woman battling to save the family farm no matter what it takes.

Armed with an honours degree in Agribusiness, Amanda Greenfield dreams of employing all the skills she's learnt at college to help her father turn the family farm from a debt-ridden, run-down basket case into a thriving enterprise.

Then tragedy strikes with the death of Amanda's mother in a car accident. Wracked by grief and guilt, and wearied by the long struggle to keep Kyleena a going concern, Amanda's father argues that they should sell up and get on with their lives away from the vagaries of drought and fluctuating stock and crop yields.

Having inherited half the farm from her beloved mother, whom she also grieves for, Amanda determines to summon all her strength, grit and know how to save Kyleena. Along the way she faces mixed fortunes in both love and life .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742370088
ISBN-10: 174237008X
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 130mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Blue Skies by Fleur McDonald - Reviewed by (14 Jan 2012)

The story spans over several years and for me, it seemed a bit disjointed at times, jumping into the past and moving years into the future. Amanda’s relationship with Aiden, her neighbour who is 20 years older than her seemed quite strange. It was supposedly a platonic relationship, even though he wanted to marry her but he just seemed more like a father figure to her. Amanda’s undying love for best friend Jonno was evident but he was largely absent from the story. So, I didn’t really feel vested in the success of either relationship in the story. Blue Skies is marked by a strong protagonist who persisted to make a success of her farm despite all the setbacks, and this is what made the story stand out as a rural suspense in Australia. I love the country feel and the setting is always well presented in Fleur’s stories. Blue Skies is an enjoyable Aussie read and worth adding to your Aussie fiction shelf.

Author Biography - Fleur McDonald

Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she went jillarooing, eventually co-owning an 8000-acre property in regional Western Australia. Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She is the best-selling author of Red Dust, Blue Skies, Purple Roads, Silver Clouds and Crimson Dawn. She has two children and a Jack Russell terrier.

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