One of the aspects of rural fiction I love the most is the deep appreciation of the land that shines through much of the writing in this genre. Her grandad adores having them there. Would their peaceful existence be shattered? Loved the characters, the storyline, and the environmental issues really touched home because we have been going through the same issues with coal seam gas companies here on the land where i live - i loved how the author could just take me to a special place in a different state of Australia and i could just envisage it. Things become a bit more complicated after her boss announces that her temporary care of Jack may need to be extended due to unforeseen circumstances and, at his suggestion that she take some leave, Clare takes a long hard look at her life. In desperation, Clare takes Jack to stay at Currawong Creek, her grandfather's horse stud in the foothills of the beautiful Bunya Mountains. Claire takes a chance to help a little boy who is suppose to be Autistic.
Always a bonus, I reckon. The biggest difference is the looming threat of the Pyramid Mining Company, which has the entire community up in arms, including her grandfather. Currawong Creek, the latest of Jennifer Scoullar's novels and the first I've read, is an excellent example of a book in which the beauty of Australia's landscape serves as a magnificent backdrop for a story about love, family, choices, self-discovery and 'coming home'. Jack also builds a relationship with Clare, Her granddad, Tom and even makes friends with a local boy. Tom is a vet, leasing Merriang as a site for his practice and becomes the love interest for Clare. It's an emotive read and my reading experience included sympathy when Jack trashes a lounge and crashes a party.
But when the Judge asks her to talk the stand he says to her that Taylor will agree to Jack been in her care if she returns to live on the farm with Jack and gets to visit him on holiday's Clare agrees. The first is the state of the foster care system. She lives there with her family. The boy, named Jack, proves challenging and Claire with no parenting experience under her belt, turns to her Grandparents home in the country in an attempt to help Jack. From the moment I started this book, I was captive to Scoullar's storytelling abilities.
Eastern Spinebills hover among the callistemon. Out at Currawong Creek, Clare watches Jack blossom. I like the strong characters and their relationships. She finds herself worrying less about her career and reluctant to return to Brisbane to work. In desperation, Clare takes Jack to stay at Currawong Creek, her grandfather's horse stud in the foothills of the beautiful Bunya Mountains.
In reality, Clare and I are very different people - at least we were at the outset. After a rude shock at a work function, Clare decides to contact her grandfather, who her father refused contact with. If Clare had not volunteered to care for Jake he would have been sent to an inappropriate facility and his issues would have been compounded by his stay. I strongly believe in the idea of meeting the needs of the child in issues of custody and I was satisfied with the way in which Jack and Taylor's relationship was resolved. Perhaps it was her immaturity that made her run hot and cold with Clare. Samson is a German S Clare Mitchell is a Brisbane lawyer working for legal aid. I fell in love with Clare and her dog Samson, four year old Jack, local vet Tom and Clare's darling grandad.
The day of the hearing Tom, Clare 's grandfather arrive and she sees Tom talking to Taylor. The beautiful descriptions of the Queensland bush put my mind back there. That is, until she finds herself the unlikely guardian of a small, troubled boy. It starts in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia. Set first in Brisbane spot on descriptions and locations and then later outback at Currawong Creek it was well researched discussing both coal steam gas mining and its impact on both people and environment on the Darling Downs and other areas. I have to thank Anna from for her generous offers to date , including this book. He has spoken — to her.
I got her reaction to the news that Taylor wanted her son back - the instinctual desire to close ranks. If you read this book, like with all Jennifer's work, you'll not only fall in love with Australia's landscape, you'll learn something too. So Clare decides to care for Jack until his mother returns. Harry, Clare's grandfather, will surprise you. I really liked the characters of Currawong Creek.
After being at Currawong for some time Clare hears from Jack's mother who wants to see Jack. I admired Clare's instinct to protect Jack and her willingness to persevere with him. As such, I found Clare an authentic and well-drawn character, who, learnt a lot about herself over the course of the novel. In reality, Clare and I are very different people - at least we were at the outset. This book was an interesting read, nothing like Brumby's Run, but still insightful and interesting. She's not really sure where to start, but when it becomes clear that her place is no place for a young child needing extra attention as well as a German Shepherd dog she has also inherited , she seeks refuge at her grandfather's property several hours away in the Bunya Mountains.
Making all the logistical arrangements with her grandfather, Clare finally finds herself at Currawong Creek and, for me, gets off to a hilarious start in her new life when she finds herself in a bit of a pickle after having climbed a tree as well as a tussle between the handsome Tom, the local vet, and a python. Jack starts to settle down and loves spending time with all animals. But she also find a love. And Clare finds herself falling hard for the handsome local vet. Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell is cutting her teeth in Legal Aid, knowing that the time she puts in here will be rewarded down the track.
Additionally, the love scenes were downplayed, but this did not affect my belief in the chemistry the two had I didn't need the details to be convinced. I felt an instant connection with Claire. Beautifully written, Currawong Creek is a book I would thoroughly recommend. Her grandad was thrilled to see them. I was first intrigued by the lovely cover of Currawong Creek I know the old saying, but the winding road, low cloud and mysterious mountains got to me. .