I loved Margareta Osborn’s last rural romance Mountain Ash. It was so refreshing and funny … and was one of my favourite romance reads of 2014. I started Rose River while sitting in a waiting room earlier today and found myself red-faced after laughing aloud a couple of times. The chemistry builds up right from the start ... Write Note Reviews
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Rose River what can I say but 10 out of 10 great story
I’m loving Rose River at the moment! As with all your other books, they suck me in with such a great story and fabulous self-deprecating humour! Makes me excited to go to bed at night as this is when I get my reading fix… I know, I’m tragic!
Great news have finished rose river. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is a wonderful story, full of warmth and humour that celebrates all that is good about rural communities. I loved it.
Congratulations, but I took it [Rose River] to bed and never slept! Couldn't put it down. Thanks for another great read
This is a standout rural romantic comedy that left me bubbling with happiness. ... And boy was this book funny. It will have you laughing out loud. It had three of my favourite things in a contemporary: romance, rural setting, humor. And all things were done so well. Osborn is a fantastic author. Her characters just leapt off the page. I cannot recommend Rose River enough.
... thats how your books make me feel - like I actually know the characters - Thank you for another brilliant read.
What can I say-truly loved it- was a great read- you write so perfectly- two days - now I have the post book depression so you better keep writing
I really enjoyed Osborn's portrayal of the Burdekin's Gap community, from Stirling's immediate family to pub owners Bluey and Jean, and the fundraising events, including Buck (naked) Cricket, and Cow (poo) Lotto, that unites the residents. The setting is also wonderfully drawn from the town itself, to the surrounding country landscape.
Started Tuesday night just finished ... I have laughed out loud and cried..... and felt like I was there in the book as always ... thank you for the little trip away from my sometimes mundane life
Rose River was such a laugh out loud read, but had intense emotion from Jaime that I was crying with heartache too. This is definitely a must read for all romance readers after humour and fun.
I finished Rose River last night (12:20am) after two nights of big reading... I LOVED it! You have a way of really drawing us in, I laughed out loud several times!!
... finished Rose River last night around midnight, couldn't put it down! Too funny! Really enjoyed this, hadn't read the novella, so was chocolate cake from start to finish. Laughed out loud so many times and could really see this in my head as a lovely Aussie rom/com.
I started it yesterday and finished it today. I loved it. It was so funny i just loved your characters, i didn't want it to end.
I have just finished [Rose River]and it was fantastic. Keep up the great work I am patiently waiting for your next book.
Just finished Rose River, and what can I say, loved it. Absolutely loved it.
Absolutely fabulous book love marble man & Jamie a beautifully written book love how it has followed on from the bush Christmas e-novella you get to see what happens to them just couldn't put it down a must read!!
This book has moments where I lol. Do yourself a favour and read this book.
This is definitely a must read for all romance readers after humour and fun.
You have to read this book it is awesome some many LOL moments. It a well written story that any age will enjoy
... I DID enjoy the rest of Jaime’s story; as well as the beauty of the Australian bush and the friendliness of the country people, which of course is very Australian.
WOW! What can I say, I am at an absolute loss of words for the experience I have just had reading Mountain Ash. By far the best book I have ever read! Magnificent & captivating by all accounts. I'm so disappointed that there is no more to read & the book is finished. Thank you for writing this magical book & I can't wait for the next! Tanya / Website
I just finished reading Mountain Ash this morning. ... I have enjoyed all your books but I think I have loved this one the most.
A powerhouse of emotion with an exceptionally strong plot, Mountain Ash is a lovely book celebrating the Aussie bush.Full Review
By the time I came up for air, I was convinced of several things. Osborn is an author of prowess, pulling the father v son conflict off with ease and in a way that didn’t damage our respect for Jodie. And the other thing? I think I may have fallen in love with a cowboy for the first time in my life. Not sure how my husband will take that one… Full Review
"I think Mountain Ash is Margareta Osborn’s best book yet. Packed full of twists, turns, action and awkward situations, it’s a real page turner." Sam Still Reading @ Goodreads
Oh my goodness Margareta, once again you captivated me entirely! Congratulations on yet another fantastic book that I could relate to in so many ways
It is well written with complex characters and provides an interesting story of betrayal, family and love. Full Review
Another wonderful book, great characters that made me laugh ..., captivating story that I couldn't put down thank you looking forward to your next book - Corinne, Facebook
Well I read Mountain Ash in one sitting!! Thanks Margareta it was great - Rachel, Facebook
I have just finished reading Mountain Ash . Another fantastic book I could not put it down - Donna, Facebook
I finished Mountain Ash two days ago and thoroughly loved it! I found it to be humorous, touching, poignant, confronting and everything as per happens in real life. - Noel via Email
Loved to read about the great Gippsland High Country and this book didn't disappoint - (5 stars) Andrea on Goodreads
Dear Margareta, I have just finished reading Bella's Run (mind you only in 2 days) and I absolutely loved it. I am an avid reader but more so in the past few years, books by Australian women set in the Australian country / outback. ... It has been very exciting of late to see all the new books popping up in the shops from my favourite authors and yes they are all Australian women. You are now a new one I can add to my list and I eagerly look forward to your new book. Kindest regards Felicity
"I hope Aussie author Margareta Osborn continues in this vein. I have no hesitation in recommending this novel highly." Goodreads
Hi, I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your novel. Having finished Bella's Run in 2 days lol, it was thoroughly enjoyable. I haven't read a novel that can keep me so enthralled in awhile. Keep writing Margareta and I hope you find lots of inspriration in the surrounding area's and the people of the country.... Toni on the Website
I love the book, I have lived in Sydney for the last 36 years but grew up in various country towns in NSW This book brought back all those country memories, you are so spot on about the clothes,music bundie rum. On looking on your web site I have found out that I have to wait a whole year for your next one, I can't wait I am sure it will be great Keep up the good work. Liz
Hi Margareta, Just finished Hope's Road & loved it. I'm not a great "chick lit" fan (although who wouldn't want a Trav or a Will...) however, both Bella's Run & Hope's Road are so much more. You have portrayed country life, the places & the people in them with a refreshing honesty, warts & all, with passion, respect & a pinch of ambivalence. Growing up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria and now living in Gippsland after a long stint in the "big smoke", I am thankful that your genuine, contemporary, female "bush" voice can be heard far & wide. Thank you for Tammy who makes dairying sexy - although she must have a rotary or a herringbone, because it is too hard to squat in bum hugging jeans! I can't wait for "Mountain Ash". See you around. Jo
'Have just turned the final page of Bella's Run :( encore please! Congratulations Margareta!! So amazing to read a novel where our love for Australian country and way of life is so clearly understood and passionately written. My favourite passage? "it sucked you in, made you become part of it, like a parasite feasting on your soul. ....it had you utterly bewitched and you felt like you could never live anywhere else in the world." Jackie, Vic, on FB
Congratulations Margareta on an awesome book - I loved it! I laughted my way through it remembering the bush of Gippsland (bit of a shock to see Bairnsdale suddenly mentioned!). It was a great way to start my long weekend - curled up under my quilt on Friday night and then finishing it in my hammock yesterday afternoon! It is going to be a long wait for the next one... Love to all, Juliana x - Bunbury WA
Hope’s Road is a rural romance, but it is so much more than that. It is a story of a family saga, domestic violence, whilst also addressing issues of aged care and custody of children after a marriage breakdown. http://www.4ravensreadingroom.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/blog-tour-hopes-r...
Hi Margareta, After hearing you speak ... I was very keen to begin reading your story. And I was not disappointed - a wonderful story that had me captivated and not wanting to put the book down. Completed in 2 days - a miracle for me. Well done, and I am off to purchase Bella's Run now.
Hi, have just finished reading Hope's Road and just loved it. Couldn't put it down. I loved all the characters. Bella's Run was just as good. Can't wait for your next novel. Kayleen
... one to take your time with rather than a page-turner. It is, of course, romantic – both in the boy-meets-girl sense and in its celebration of rural life, but it also has something to say about contemporary Australian society. ... The addition of these more substantial subplots make this a meaty sort of romance novel – and probably serve to make the story’s actual central romance, when it finally takes shape, all the more satisfying. http://thischarmingmum.com/2013/03/16/review-hopes-road-by-margareta-osb...
... I found it believable and ultimately heart-warming, restoring my faith in the goodness of people (there’s not much goodness in peak hour rush, where most of my reading was conducted!). It reminded me of an Australia we don’t see much of anymore – mate helping mate and caring beyond what’s reasonably expected. http://samstillreading.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/blog-tour-hopes-road-by-...
Hope’s Road is a fine example of contemporary rural fiction. It’s no wonder the genre is enjoying a surge in popularity with such appealing characters and engaging stories capturing the readers imagination. Hope’s Road will definitely be on my favourites list for 2013 and I am happy to endorse it. http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/blog-tour-review-hopes-road-by-...
Ms Osborn has crafted an engaging and entertaining read with great characters and an interesting storyline. Hope’s Road is a rural romance with a whole lot more depth to the story and I highly recommend it. http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/blog-tour-hopes-road-by-margare...
The rural lit genre is one that seems to be growing and growing here in Australia. For the most part, I have been really pleased with the books I have read. They represent a side of life that I as a city dwelling Aussie wouldn't normally see as much but I can still find the characters relatable. They also often have a really strong sense of Australia in the humour and the language and this book is no exception! http://www.theintrepidreader.com/2013/03/hopes-road-by-margareta-osborn....
Both Bella's Run and Hope's Road were fantastic,I thoroughly enjoyed them both and had many late nights and reheated baths, because I just couldn't put them down! I loved both books and found that being a country girl, I could relate and visualise clearly most of the scenes through personal experience. Well done Margareta can't wait for the next one. Jenny
The story just sweeps you along with it and I have to admit that this is my first ‘farm story’ and it has certainly left me wanting to read more rural novels so thank you, Margareta! http://readinginthebath.wordpress.com/
It was a lovely romance with some excellent drama and saga thrown in. I know more about bloat (and how to cure it) then I actually want to but these scenes only helped to build the background and plot for the story. The book was well written and had a good rhythm. There was some plot lines that could have been taken further but overall the story was well paced and thought out. http://www.mrsmichelles.wordpress.com/
Margareta has penned a warm and satisfying read in which she manages to convey her deep love of the bush – a novel I thoroughly enjoyed, although the unexpected ending had me reaching for the tissues. http://bookmusterdownunder.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/aussie-book-review-ho...
"Fun, charming and sometimes heartbreaking, I loved this book. There a little something in there for everyone and no wonder: this author has become a favourite to so many." http://confessionsfromromaholics.com/blog-tour-review-hopes-run-by-marga...
"At its very essence, Hope’s Road is a novel full of country life – the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent every day affairs. It’s true to life and doesn’t sugar coat, nor does it overlook, the more country aspects like many rural narratives tend to do. All of which makes for a refreshing read evoking honest everyday responses from its readers – " http://theneverendingbookshelf.blog.com/2013/03/06/hopes-road-by-margareta-osborn/
"I think the relationships in this book are so well done. Osborn captures perfectly the crotchety old recluse in Joe, the hopeful young boy in Billy, the slightly clueless and out of his depth father in Trav and the determined young woman in Tammy." http://1girl2manybooks.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/hopes-road-margareta-osborn/
Congratulations Margareta. Another page-turner with great characters and a tight plot. Loved it. You were so right when you said we all know someone like Joe!
I totally enjoyed the launch of Hope's Road at Collins Bookstore in Bairnsdale. The next day I started reading and apart from managing to drag myself away from Hope's Road to make myself a cuppa or two and go to the loo, (I did actually cook tea for my husband)it was suddenly 2am. I slept, woke obsessed with your characters and their world. I finished reading and absorbing your wonderful book and I want more. I am clapping for an encore. I guess I'll have to wait patiently for Mountain Ash. Margareta Well done once again. From One of your many appreciative readers, !!A HUGE THANKYOU!!...Leanne
From Heather on The Australian Romance Readers website... This was a great read for a rainy day and the characters are true to life and give the reader another perspective on rural life. http://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/feature-book-ho...
Hi, met you on Friday night at Inverloch, just wanted to say couldn't put Hope's Road down, read it all today, absolutely loved it, loved Trav and especially Joe, and adored Billy. What a wonderful ending, a box of tissues on hand. Thank you thank you. Best wishes and cheers Anne.
"I doubt I’ll ever find a piece of rural fiction that would convert me to a life of dealing with livestock (especially some of what Tammy has to go through in this one – my God, I’m too squeamish for that!), but Hope’s Road was entertaining, and makes it into my collection of better Australian rural fiction titles. Recommended for fans of women’s fiction and anyone who dreams of escaping to the bush." http://www.sonyaheaneyblog.com/2013/03/01/hopes-road-by-margareta-osborn/
I have just finished reading Bella's Run, my Grandaughter won it on Facebook, what a great book, look forward to reading more of your books. Rita via the Website
I really enjoyed this novel, with the back stories on Montmorency Downs, the struggle by Tammy to keep the farm going, keep her cattle fed. The attraction between Travis and Tammy, and their struggle for denial of their feelings .. her battle with the husband, and the help of her friends. But I particularly liked old Joe, and his interaction with Billy, along with their love of Boots. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/479157072
I just finished reading Bella's Run and oh my god I could not put it down! I loved every single word of it! So great! I devestated I'm finished it now though! Can you recommend any books I might like to read? I can't wait until your next book, next year! Rosie via the website
Thank you for Bella's run. I was previously not a reader of books but more a movie person. I had booked my first holiday overseas and wanted to take some books with me to read. When i went to the store i had no idea what i was looking for, which authors were good, etc. I looked around for about 30 minutes just feeling lost. Then the Front cover of Bella's run caught my eye. I decided to give it a go and i absolutely loved every word of it. I looked forward to reading a few chapters every night. I am now looking forward to buying a new book to read. I look forward to Hope's road. Natalie via the Website
I just wanted to say what a wonderful book Bella's Run is. I enjoyed every minute of it and could hardly put it down. Thanks for sharing the Australian bush in such a beautiful way. I grew up in country NSW and lived in Springsure for 6 years, so was excited to see it mentioned. I now live in the city and miss the outback freedom every day. Kind Regards, Michelle.
I met you at Batemans Bay a couple of weeks ago and since have read Bella's Run. I absolutely loved it, just couldn't put it down. It brought back so many memories from my younger B&S going days. I can't wait for Hope's Road. -- Alison
Loved your book, not many reads keep me awake till after midnight, just couldn't put it down, what can I read now? I thought, guess I could relate to it! Waiting for Hope's Road, how long to March? Great work & wish you much success, Helen.
Congrats!!!!! It is the BEST book I have read in years. I thank my daughter for giving it to me. I cant wait for your next book. GOOD LUCK and keep writing. cheers Anne
We both finished reading Bella's Run recently, Jan first, me second, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We are avid readers of Australian books and dearly love the local content. What we love most about all you great "chick writers", is being able to relate to areas, towns and life styles we've either lived in, been through, or known of. Congratulations for a job well done. And thanks for adding one of our favourite Country singers, Sara Storer, to the book. ... Anyway, just thought you may like a 'Man's' point of view on BELLA'S RUN. Well done. With regards, Noel and Jan
Well I finished the book - it didn't take me very long. Absolutely loved it!! I didn't want it to end and I'm a little sad that I've finished it, I could just keep reading and reading about their lives. Beautiful story and yes I did shed a little tear. I'm about to start Purple Roads by Fleur McDonald - can't wait for your next one to come out!! Keep writing!! Michelle
I literally just finished Bellas Run and just had to let you know how much much I thoroughly enjoyed your book !!! Thank you Julie
Hi I just read Bella's Run and it is one of the best books I have read . I loved it didnt want it to end Just wanted to tell you , you are a great author.. Can't wait for another book from you.. :) Donna on the Website
Dear Margareta, I just wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoyed your book (which I borrowed from City of Sydney Library). My 2 1/2 year old often randomly picks books off the shelf for me and I was pleased that she picked your book for me. I read it in a day and a half, I couldn't put it down. I am really looking forward to your next book and I wish you every success in your writing career! Thank you for helping this country girl (who lives in the city) feel like she was back in the bush for a while :) - Sarah on the website
Just a quick note to congratulate you on your book bella's run, I couldnt put it down.. loved every page sarah on the website
I met you at Farm World last Sunday and purchased Bella's Run as I had seen a press release about a launch at Sale and not been able to attend. It is now Tuesday and I have finished the book and thoroughly loved it. Couldn't put it down so to speak. Looking forward to your next book eagerly. Lovely to have met you ... Kelly
Brought your book at Farmworld and have already read it - had trouble putting it down. Great read and I look forward with anticipation to the next book. Nadine via the Website
Hi Margareta. I met u yesterday at farmworld, and got ur book "bellas run" I have just finished reading it and just wanted to let u know How much I enjoyed it. Really looking forward to the next book. Jane via the website
My names Sarah, im 14 years old. i read your book fast. i bought it on Friday night and i Finished Saturday afternoon. i am a very avid reader and i LOVED your book. I love the way it made me feel when you described her feelings out in the bush riding her horse and so on. ... In the end my favourite character was Will. At the start though it was Patty, through the middle of the book i did love Bella but i just didnt understand why she would tease Will for so long. Thank you so much for writing such an amazing and inspiring book. I will treasure this book. Thanks again Regards Sarah / via the Website
Donna wrote on F/B: "I have just finished reading Bella's Run. If I was not laughing I was crying it was a fantastic book and cannot wait for more of yours books :)"
Hi my name is Tessa, i am 13 years old. i only just bought your book Bella's run a few days ago at the sturt mall in Wagga Wagga, just after you left. i like to read alot of books but so far nothing can beat this book!its mad me cry and made me laugh. Its the BEST book in the entire world! From Tess / on the website
"Love love love bella's run. I finished tonight, it was so hard to put it down at 5:30 this morning to go to work. I can't wait for the next one" - Amy on F/B
Just finished Bella's Run and had to tell you how fantastic it was - I couldn't put it down! Such a beautiful story, I cried, laughed, then cried some more, can't wait for the next one, but do we have to wait so long?!?! Thanks for sharing your story with us, look forward to seeing you back in Griffith on your next tour! Rina on F/B
Dear Margareta, We met at your launch at Collins Bairnsdale. I just finished your book today. It's had me hooked all weekend. I love the way you weaved the story, what an epic! You bought back some wonderful memories of the Cattleman's Cup at Sheep Yard Flat and the B & S Balls of my own youth! What great characters! I can't wait till the next one is out now. You have yourself a folllower! Love your work! Thanks for your inspiration! - Jessica via the website
I have just finished reading Bella's Run and absolutely loved it!! I want to congratulate you on the marvellous tale you have told. I even loved reading your thank you's and recognising the names of so many locals. You first of all got me drawn in with your dedication. Three wonderful women who were so well known and such shining examples to all who knew them; and your lovely father - such a gentleman still. Once again congratulations, thankyou and keep writing. I will be waiting for your next publication with much anticipation. Jenny via the website
I just finished Bella's Run. It was fantastic . I laughed & cried I could relate to alot of the book especially the grief . I was glued to it , could'nt put it down . Can't wait for your next one . Your a very talented writer Thankyou . Di - via the Contact Page
Have just finished reading Bella's Run and had to let you know I loved it. I loved the story line, the highs and the lows, the down to earth way you wrote it, every thing. A wonderful and enjoyable read, thank you. Please keep writing :) - Gayle, FB
Margareta, I have just finished Bella's Run tonight it is a fantatic read, just loved it. :) Fiona Wigg Barry on F/B
OMG I started reading Bella's Run on Sunday night and finished it tis morning at 1am. I could not put it down. Thank you so much for writing this book it was the best read I have had in ages. Can't wait for your next book? Now I a different note where can I find a Will? lol. Thank you Cheers Valonia, Nth Qld :) F/B
Wow...well done, I got the novel in the mail yesterday and read it until I finished and then re-read my favourite bits again!!! I loved your characters, I loved the story line and I laughed and I cried......now I know I have to come and visit Gippsland!!! Thank you so much, I can hardly wait for your next book, until then I will re-visit Bella and her family.... Jen on F/B
'Loved bellas run. Couldnt put it down. Cant wait for your one' from Jessica on FB
I couldn't put it down and read it in a day and a half. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one! Sheryl, Vic
'Just finished Bella's Run ........what a great way to spent this day, the whole 387 pages were well worth it! Well done Margareta, loved it & cant wait to read your next book. :)' - Janine, Vic on FB
'fantastic, I read Bella's Run yesterday and loved it.' Ann, Vic on FB
I have just read Bella's Run. I loved every page of it!! Could not put it down. So cant wait for the next book. Nat
Congrats on you on bella's run, We bought the last copy from collin's book shop in wang this morning, and I purchased it yesterday on my kindle. I really want to go to bed and start reading but there is the slight problems that the children can not look after themselves. - Anne on FB
WOW.....I have just finished the book and my full congratulations go out to you for such a fantastic read. It made me homesick but also grateful to be returning back to the land we love!! My favourite quote in 'Bella's Run'.....'A person didn't need a university degree, loads of money and material possessions to have a wonderful life'....so very true!! - Simone on FB
Finished 'Bella's Run' 2day, it was awesome. Congratulations on such a great book. - Nicole on FB
"Bella’s Run is an enjoyable read overall, and Osborn in it does a beautiful job of rendering her love of rural living and of depicting close female relationships." Single Sitting Reads
Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a fast reader because i ended up starting it last night and finished 4 hours later - couldn't put it down (starting at midnight probally not a good idea zzzzz) I really enjoyed it, Bella is such a great girl -... Bec on FB
Bella Run to Katherine NT. Good Aussie read. Loved it!! Could relate to the characters!! Sue on FB
"Well i finished it in 4 hours but thats normal for me and i cried i laughed i smiled and i shook my head when things were going wrong so i can honestly say that your book is now my fav it tops rachael treasure and all my other books and finally someone understands the arguement of ABC and 3TR in the dairy as it a regular in ours!! we all are proud and say congratulaions you have done an amazing job :) - Lucy on FB
'Bella's Run is a fun read for women.' (Bookseller&Publisher)
'An outback story of life, friendships and undeniable love. A great read.' (Sara Storer)
Bella's Run bursts with energy and vitality. I loved every word.' (Fleur McDonald)
'This debut novel proves Margareta Osborn a wonderful storyteller whose exuberant passion for rural Australia is evident on every page. BELLA'S RUN is a delightful and engaging read that I very much enjoyed.' shelleyrae @ Book'd Out