BOOK CLUB: The Homestead on the River

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Author: Rosie MacKenzie
ISBN: 9781489250421
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 21 January 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Homestead on the River is the debut novel of Rosie MacKenzie, spanning continents and generations in an historical family saga.

I’m still waiting on my copy but our members have been getting lost in the pages of theirs so I look forward to hearing what they have to say about the book.

Synopsis from the Publishers website:

An unforgettable tale of love, loss and betrayal from an exciting new Australian voice in historical fiction.

In stark contrast to her own childhood during the last days of the Raj in India, the spectacular beauty surrounding their home, Rathgarven in Ireland has proven to be a happy place for Kathleen O’Sullivan and her husband, James, to raise their four children. But Kathleen is no stranger to heartbreak, and when the family is faced with losing everything, she knows they will need to adapt to survive. Even if that means leaving their beloved home and moving to Australia to start afresh.

Lillie O’Sullivan knows that her mother and father haven’t been entirely truthful about the reasons for their move to Australia. But as they settle into their new home in rural New South Wales she is willing to give it a chance. That is, until the secrets her parents have kept for so long finally catch up with them.

Secrets that have the power to destroy their family and ruin their future.

The Homestead on the River is published by Harlequin Mira and is available now where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin Mira 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading The Homestead on the River so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.



16 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Homestead on the River

  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I loved this book so much and feel it would make the most amazing tv mini series as it has everything you could want. There is a great family to draw you and make you feel like you are a part of the gang. There is romance, coming of age, several twists and turns, some mystery, good times, heartbreak and many wonderful locations.

    We join the O’Sullivan family at their wonderful home in Ireland. Rathgarven, A home that has been in their family for generations. Their life seems to be true perfection but as life goes things do not always flow smoothly and they end up moving from Ireland to Australia after Uncle Finn makes them an offer that at the time was too hard to refuse and seemed to be their only option. They are unimpressed when they first arrive by ship to find that Uncle Finn is not there at the wharf to collect them as he said he would be. They end up making their own way to the homestead, Eureka. They struggle at first to find their feet and to feel like Eureka is their home but in time they grow to love Eureka as much as they did Rathgarven. As the children grow there is teenage love and heartbreak and some of the heartbreaks are life changing. Some secrets from the past are thrown into the ring and the fallout from these secrets changes lives forever.

    This is a good sized book that you can really dive into and be totally absorbed by. I reached the end and felt so sad that there was no more to read. I really didnt want it to end.
    I would very much recommend this book and I really think that if it was to become a tv mini series that people would become addicted after the first half hour.

  2. Wow, what a fantastic book. I loved the way conected Kathleen’s time in India, to an engagement in Australia. With the lies that were told and the secrets kept, it made it hard to put down. As a teenaged in the 1970’s, I remember well the discent about the Vietnam War, Harold Holt and the easier way of life. The use of the river, both in Ireland and here in Australia, binds the story together. Not giving away spoilers but do read it.

  3. i though the author went a little over board describing the weather, it is an interesting read about the O’Sullivan family from Raj India to her childhood home of Rathgarven in Ireland and finally Australia where Lilly learns her parents weren’t truthfully about there move to Australia
    over all it was not an easy book to get into, but it did make me think of how we arrived in Australia in the 60’s
    .

  4. I really enjoyed this book, a little of everything, secrets,lies and great loves. From India then Ireland and lastly Australia the description of the animals and the landscape was very well done. Being set in my area and even mentioning my home town made it more special. I loved the characters of Kathleen.Lillie ,Ronan and the extended O Sullivan family,strong people with a love of home wherever it can be made. Thankyou Beautyandlace for giving me the opportunity to read this great Australian book.. Definitely recommend a look.

  5. Rosie Mackenzie’s debut novel, :The Homestead on the River.” is a good book without rising to greatness, in my opinion. It is quite long, 501 pages but the reading is easy. My problem with the book not rising to greatness is in the way I felt everything was made to fit in and be tied up. It almost felt like it was contrived, rather than completely natural. It was very interesting with the O’Sullivan family needing to let their home in Ireland, which had been in the family for generations be sold and them then emigrating to Australia. The way they settled and made the best of their lot and then thrived was interesting but the way the details of the different members fitted so perfectly in the long run just didn’t quite ring true to me. There were many trials and tribulations along the way but in the long run everything worked out almost as though all the ends needed to be tied up neatly without any loose ends whatever. I think it’s good when a story ends without loose ends but it unfortunately lost something for me when it was as neat as it was.
    I will definitely look for Rosie Mackenzie’s next work as I did enjoy her debut novel but for me, it was a good book without being great.
    Thank you for the opportunity, Beauty and Lace and thank you to Harlequin for my copy.

  6. ‘The Homestead on the River ‘ by Rosie Mackenzie makes for a compelling read. Centred around a close knit family ‘the O’Sullivans’ , living very happily in their Ancestral home of Rarhgarven in Ireland, find themselves having to sell up. Fortunately, a very close friend has given the family the opportunity to move to A country area in NSW. All is not as they were led to believe……
    Through constant hurdles of survival involving lies, deceitfulness and financial difficulty, the past is looming, sending the family unit into shambles, Will the family ever get through? Read on!
    Thankyou Beautyandlace and Harlequinbooks

  7. The Homestead on the River by Rosie Mackenzie is a good book. It’s very well researched and describes the times accurately. However, it just didn’t grab me and I’m not sure why as all the ingredients are there, maybe as the descriptions and weather detailing got a bit much? I agree with an earlier comment that I could see this being made into a tv mini-series. Although it’s 501 pages long it is an easy read. Thank you Beauty and Lace Book Clib and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read a new author.

  8. The Homestead on the River was a wonderful read. I was totally engrossed
    In this beautiful story from page one.

    The story of the O’Sullivan family who were forced to leave their beloved
    family home in Ireland and travel to Australia to work with a family friend
    on a horse stud in the 1960’s includes the love, heartbreak, loss and strength
    that many families did have to endure when moving to another country to
    give their children a better life.

    This story of Kathleen, James, Lillie, Ronan and others who are very
    warm and believable characters includes many twists and turns along
    the way and reveal secrets in the end that have the potential to destroy
    their family.

    I was truly lost in this intriguing family saga and did not want it end.

    Hope to read more from Rosie Mackenzie.

    Thanks to Harlequin Mira and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this.

  9. What a brilliant read.
    I was instantly captured by Rosie Mackenzie’s colourful description of people and places. The romance of Indian and the drama of circumstance.
    I found the characters fascinating and the betrayal of one particular character made me so MAD… I book should invoke emotions and this one really did for me.
    Yes some parts of the book felt a little unnecessary but it moved along at a good pace and made for excellent entertainment.
    I would highly recommend The Homestead on the River and really look forward to the next book by Rosie Mackenzie.

  10. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review The Homestead on the River. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My usual genre is historical romances. This book had romance, but it wasn’t the main focus. There was heartache, disappointment, loss, mystery, but among all of that was a family’s story of hard work and resilience.

    I was unable to put this book down. A truely uplifting read.

  11. I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. Fabulous debut novel for Rosie MacKenzie.

    There was a bit of everything in the book. Love, heartbreak, betrayal and so on. I loved how the different places were well described and I felt I was there at times. My mums family is from Ireland and it’s always somewhere I’ve wanted to go so reading about it was wonderful.

    Rathgarven and Eureka Park sound like amazing places and I would love to visit them if they were real.

    I think this book would make a great tv series and maybe one day it will.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for the opportunity to read and review The Homestead on the River.

  12. I had the pleasure of reviewing The Homestead on the River by Rosie Mackenzie. What a fabulous read-from India, to Ireland and Australia-I felt as though I was there such were the scenery and houses described.

    A book of love, lives and the aftermath of both-I read this book very quickly-I loved all the family members, their relationships and the way they dealt with their problems. Lots of hardships, but lives of love.

    Would highly recommend this book !!

  13. I really enjoyed reading The Homestead on the River. It is a long book, but as it involves 3 countries, and had many characters, It was never dull, and there was plenty of twists and turns and mysteries to keep the reader engaged.I was actually sad when I finished it! Congratulations to Rosie Mackenzie on her first novel, and I look forward to reading more novels from her soon!

  14. I absolutely loved reading The Homestead on The River by Rosie Mackenzie.
    It was for me just one of those novels that I didnt want to keep putting down as the story was so engaging. We travel from India to Ireland and finally to Australia with the O’Sullivan family.
    I truly believe that there is a little something for everyone in this novel ,including love , lies secrets and betrayal .
    A quite long read at 501 pages but that certainly didnt faze me as I was engrosed in the amazing descriptions of the scenery and homes and the happenings of the timesthe book is set it.
    I would highly recommend this novel .
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin for allowing me to read and review this novel.

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed The Homestead On The River by Rosie McKenzie.
    This novel has it all to keep the reader turning page after page.
    There is lies, secrets and romance to keep you interested and wondering what will happen next to the O’Sullivan family.
    Thanks Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read another great book

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