Review: Blue Skies by Fleur McDonald

Blue Skies

by Fleur McDonald

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…

Blue Skies tells the inspirational story of a young woman battling to save the family farm no matter what it takes. It captures the essence of working on the land and the daily hard work that it entails. This is the first Fleur McDonald book that I have read and I quite enjoyed it (reading it in one afternoon), it was a fairly simple, light book to read, even though she tried to incorporate some mystery and intrigue into the story the plot still remained fairly uncomplicated.

I would recommend this book if you wanted to read about experiences from the Australian Outback and how gain an understanding of how much hard work it is to maintain a large property.

Published by: Allen and Unwin

Recommended Retail Price $32.99

Recommended Age:16+

My Rating: 3.5/5

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