Both Heart-Wrenching and Hopeful: Read an Extract of Rachael Treasure’s White Horses

Both Heart-Wrenching and Hopeful: Read an Extract of Rachael Treasure’s White Horses

Start reading now

Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Melody ‘Drift’ Wood has been raised by her father. He still grieves for his lost wife and often loses himself in a bottle. Drift has grown up to work alongside her father, as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It’s a tough life, and as she blows out the candles on her twenty-first birthday cake, she is desperately yearning for change.

But the world Drift lives in can be ugly and brutal. She suffers a life-changing event – a horrific sexual assault. She is broken and no longer trusts men. Afterwards, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called The Planet, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift’s father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world.

One of the many wonderful layers of this book is the relationship Drift has with a number of well-developed secondary characters. She has been nurtured and taught by two wise women – Wilma, a gentle travelling librarian and straight-talking Charlie, the legendary mobile saddler. It’s clear to see that Drift has grown up to become a confident, idealistic young woman because of them.
Drawing upon the deep well of women’s wisdom taught her by Charlie and Wilma, Drift has to overcome heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness and pain in order to forge her path, own her truth, and create the kind of world that she wants to live in.

White Horses has a lot of heart. It is at times a difficult story, with a strong, authentic and absolutely inspiring heroine. It is timely, a novel that springs from the #metoo movement, a hashtag used by Rachael Treasure at the start of the book.

Treasure clearly has a deep connection to the land, something she writes about on her website. This connection springs from the page and the landscape, the property and the animals in White Horses are vivid and richly drawn.

This isn’t classic Rachael Treasure. This is even better. Treasure has added depth to her storytelling and her writing is more multilayered. Her previous books have been fabulous and well-received and she could have coasted on that for a career. Instead, she’s dug deeper and has produced a polished and both heart-wrenching and hopeful novel that will thrill old fans and garner many new ones.

Buy a copy of White Horses here.

About the author:

Rachael Treasure lives in Southern Tasmania with her two teenage children and partner, Daniel. Together they are restoring farming landscapes using regenerative agricultural methods. Her first novel, Jillaroo, blazed a trail in the Australian publishing industry for other rural women writers and is now considered an iconic work of contemporary Australian fiction.
Rachael is a rural business graduate of Sydney University’s Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and journalism from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. She has worked as a journalist for Rural Press and ABC Rural Radio. Her dream is to never grow up and to one day live in a shearing shed. White Horses is her seventh novel.

Related Articles

Podcast: Rachael Treasure Talks About Life, Love and Regenerative Farming

Podcast

9 December 2019

Podcast: Rachael Treasure Talks About Life, Love and Regenerative Farming

A Delight to Read: Try an Extract from The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

News

1 October 2019

A Delight to Read: Try an Extract from The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

    Brilliant and Beguiling: Read an Extract from Christian White's, The Wife and the Widow

    News

    1 October 2019

    Brilliant and Beguiling: Read an Extract from Christian White's, The Wife and the Widow

      Utterly Delightful: Read an Extract from The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell

      News

      1 October 2019

      Utterly Delightful: Read an Extract from The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell

        Redemptive and Astonishing: Read an Extract from After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

        News

        30 September 2019

        Redemptive and Astonishing: Read an Extract from After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

          The Perfect Blend of Sweeping Historical Events, and Gripping Personal tales: Read an Extract from Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

          News

          30 September 2019

          The Perfect Blend of Sweeping Historical Events, and Gripping Personal tales: Read an Extract from Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

            P.S. The Perfect Sequel: Read an Extract From Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

            News

            30 September 2019

            P.S. The Perfect Sequel: Read an Extract From Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

              Remarkable. Highly Recommended: Read an Extract From The Devil’s Grip by Neal Drinnan

              News

              24 September 2019

              Remarkable. Highly Recommended: Read an Extract From The Devil’s Grip by Neal Drinnan

                A Wonderful Love Story: Read an Extract From Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

                News

                18 September 2019

                A Wonderful Love Story: Read an Extract From Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

                  A Tapestry of Compelling Memories, Tales and Profound Lessons: Read an Extract From Sleep by Catherine Cole

                  News

                  18 September 2019

                  A Tapestry of Compelling Memories, Tales and Profound Lessons: Read an Extract From Sleep by Catherine Cole

                    Publisher details

                    White Horses
                    Author
                    Rachael Treasure
                    Publisher
                    HarperCollins
                    Released
                    19 August, 2019

                    Synopsis

                    From one of Australia's bestselling and much-loved authors comes a sweeping, powerful story of a young woman who has to overcome terrible loss and trauma to find the courage to live life on her terms.Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It's a tough life, but nurtured and taught by two wise women - Wilma, a gentle travelling librarian and straight-talking Charlie, the legendary mobile saddler - Drift grows up to become a confident, idealistic young woman.But the world Drift lives in can be ugly and brutal. After a horrific sexual assault, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called The Planet, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift's father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world. Drawing upon the deep well of women's wisdom taught her by Charlie and Wilma, Drift has to overcome heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness and pain in order to forge her path, own her truth, and create the kind of world that she wants to live in.Drift is a heroine to cheer for, and White Horses is a novel full of authentic Australian heart and soul, warmth and humour, as big and as generous as those wide-open skies in Western Australia. Offering a vision of a vibrant and thriving rural Australia based on Treasure's own experience and knowledge of regenerative agriculture, White Horses is both inspiring and captivating; another classic from the much-loved author of the iconic and bestselling novels Jillaroo and The Farmer's Wife.'Treasure writes with true grit, wit and warmth' Australian Women's Weekly
                    Rachael Treasure
                    About the author

                    Rachael Treasure

                    Rachael Treasure lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children and an extended family of Kelpies, chooks, horses, sheep and a time-share Jack Russell. She is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, as well as inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices.Rachael's first novel, Jillaroo, was a bestseller and has become one of Australia's iconic works of fiction, inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature. She has written four other bestselling novels and two collections of short stories.

                    Books by Rachael Treasure

                    COMMENTS

                    Leave a Reply

                    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *