"I'm not a man, but that won't stop me. Just you wait and see."
It's 1850 and the Noble family have travelled to the other side of the world to start a new life after scandal drove them from their native England. Pippa Noble is determined to reclaim their honour by making her father's plan for an outback farm reality, although her ambition is frowned upon by a society that has very set ideas about a woman's place ...
Pippa learns the hard way about the unforgiving nature of the bush, sometimes with devastating consequences. And when unfortunate circumstance leads to Pippa tending the farm alone, it is the friendship of neighbouring estate owner Gil Ashford-Smith that helps her through.
Then an unexpected visitor from England arrives, putting Pippa's dreams in jeopardy. But she refuses to let go. She will hold onto her family's land, even if it means losing everything else ...
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It's 1850 and even though it isn't what women in that time usually do, Pippa knows she has to help her father with his new business venture. They lost everything and have moved to Australia for a fresh start. Pippa's father has purchased some land and Pippa is determined to make their outback farm a success. While Pippa loves the bush she also soon learns about its dangers. Making friends is very important and without the help of her neighbor Gil Pippa's life would have been a lot harder. When she has to manage the farm on her own her capabilities are truly being tested, will she be able to pull it off? Where Rainbows End is a terrific story about an impressive young woman. Pippa is smart, hardworking and fearless. I immediately loved her spirit, she has a positive attitude, thinks in solutions instead of problems and knows how to do business. She's an admirable woman, a fierce main character who fights for what she believes in. That makes her story a joy to read. It was amazing to see her grow and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to see if she'd reach her goals and make her dreams come true. Where Rainbows End has a gorgeous setting. I fell in love with the Australian landscape straight away and AnneMarie Brear's colorful and vibrant descriptions of Pippa's surroundings are making it come to life incredibly well. She writes about the dangers as well as the exceptional beauty in a fantastic way. I could easily understand Pippa's excitement and seeing the development of the farm through her eyes regularly made me smile. Pippa is proud and stubborn. She needs those character traits to make it in a world that's mainly being dominated by men. AnneMarie Brear approaches the subject of prejudice in a realistic way and sometimes people's attitudes managed to shock me. I loved how Pippa handles these situations though and how she constantly proves herself to be just as capable as the men around her. She never gives up, which is a large part of the charm of her story. I enjoyed wondering if she'd find her happily ever after in Australia and read Where Rainbows End in one sitting. I love stories about strong women and this is definitely a good one.
I always crave reading a good Australian historical novel. Being Canadian, I have always been fascinated with this continent on the opposite side of the world. Anne Marie Brear, having lived in Australia for numerous years, was able to write an authentic feeling tale that truly thrust me into the era and continent. She successfully recounted the hardships faced by the new colonists while breathing life into memorable fictional characters. Strong heroines, impossible conflicts, and lovely descriptions grace each page. Anne Marie is one of my favourite authors, evoking emotion and realism into each and every one of her books. Read one of her two books, especially this one and I promise you will never be disappointed.
I was given this book to review and was so glad I was. It is fabulous, I loved it from page one right through to the end. Full of strong characters I could empathise with and more importantly love, to a fascinating plot line that had me gripped in a really engaging location which was beautifully described. I couldn’t put it down. The writer created such vivid scenes I was transported back to the mid-nineteenth century Australian outback and could practically smell the bush fires. I was behind Philippa, willing her to succeed, every step of the way. Don’t stop writing AnneMarie I can’t wait for your next book.