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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Turtle Reef (The Wild Australia Stories #4)
  • Jennifer Scoullar
  • English
  • 20 March 2018

10 thoughts on “Turtle Reef (The Wild Australia Stories #4)

  1. says:

    With having had too much to drink the night before Zoe King wakes up with a thumping head and not feeling too well at all Only the one beneficial thing that comes out of the previous night was that she finally managed to end things with her loser boyfriend Hugo, but still she was unhappy with her life Working at the university library was not her dream job and she truly didn t enjoy it Having recently completed her honors degree in Zoology at Sydney University, Zoe hoped to be working for Parks and Wildlife or as a research assistant with CRIRO, but sadly this was not to be Then the day Zoe receives a phone call from Bridget Macalister, director of the Reef Centre at Kiawa, Zoe is in disbelief, Zoe had applied for a position in the regional Queensland marine parks months ago and Bridget was ringing to tell Zoe the good news that she had been accepted Once Zoe settles into her new job she couldn t be happier Being surrounded by marine life on a daily basis is exactly what Zoe enjoyed But when things start to change at the Reef Centre, Zoe begins to be concerned for the animals Will Zoe find out the actual truth behind how some of the animals are dying or will die before she finds the answers Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar has written a very interesting and enjoyable story which I thoroughly loved Highly recommended.

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    Zoe King is thrilled to be offered a job at The Reef Centre, a regional Queensland marine centre For this suburban Sydney born and raised young woman the move to KIawa, near the sugar cane growing area of Bundaberg is a huge change of lifestyle Quinn Cooper picks Zoe up at the railway station and she is attracted, even though she has sworn off men after the last prolonged break up with Hugo But then she finds Quinn is engaged to Bridget Macalister, the director of the Reef Centre Zoe tries to focus on her research, even while getting roped into various public shows at the centre like going in the shark tank Despite trying to maintain her research, a lot of things happen that just don t seem to make any sense to Zoe She is forced to question so many things and make decisions she would rather not have to make And they could prove very costly.The setting in this novel is a character in itself It is so lovingly and vividly described Though I have never been to this area of Queensland I now feel like I have as I could see it all clearly I also learned a lot about dolphins, dugongs and the life of an octopus I kept reading snippets about the various sea creatures out to my husband Zoe is an interesting character, prepared to see other s points of view but at times too outspoken for her own good I liked the way she stuck up for Josh, Quinn s much young brother who has a special affinity for dolphins and horses Josh is a lovely, gentle character I had a little trouble taking to Quinn who was bossy and stuck in his ways This is a detailed and well reached book that only occasionally slips into being a little didactic I did enjoy the mystery as well as all the amazing descriptions and the well developed characters Anyone into Australian rural fiction with a little romance and a good plot should enjoy this one I certainly did.

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    4.5 sWhen Zoe King received the telephone call telling her she had been accepted for the position of researcher in marine science at the Reef Centre in the little town of Kiawa on the coast of Queensland, she was delighted Her life in Sydney had been rapidly going downhill for some time, and with the latest loser of a boyfriend finally out the door, she was happy to have a new start in her life.The Reef Centre was run by Bridget Macalister who was a lovely young woman she was also engaged to local resident, Quinn Cooper Quinn and his brother Josh, along with Bridget were to feature considerably in Zoe s new life, but the instant attraction Zoe felt for Quinn was something she could do without She was sworn off men anyway no problems right As she settled into her new job, the magnificent views of Turtle Reef had her gasping in awe she was going to love working in this place, conducting important research Meeting the animals at the Reef Centre discovering Josh had a deep affinity to the dolphins especially, which meant he could do anything with them rescuing injured turtles, octopus and dolphins Zoe was finding her delight with the surroundings, with her day to day work surreal But when little things began to go wrong first with her research data, then with animals dying on the reef, she knew she had to find out what was happening And when she suddenly uncovered terrible lies and secrets, she was shocked what could she do She had to save the reef the animals were her top priority but what would it do to her own future I thoroughly enjoyed Turtle Reef by Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar Although a little slow in the beginning, it didn t take long to get into the story I found the mystery and intrigue quite gripping and the facts I learned especially about octopus toward the end of the story quite fascinating Great characters too I particularly liked Josh and his devotion to the animals I have no hesitation in recommending Turtle Reef highly.With thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy to read and review.

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    Turtle Reef is Jennifer Scoullar s fifth novel, and her fourth engaging contemporary regional romance.City girl Zoe King is thrilled when she lands her dream job at a marine park and research center in Kiawa, a small town in northern Queensland, looking forward to working with the Reef Center s impressively credentialed director, Bridget Macalister.Though the job proves demanding than she expected, Zoe quickly learns to embrace its challenges, impressed by Bridget s dedication to the center and delighted by the aquarium s residents, including their six rescue dolphins Its the findings from Zoe s first research project, monitoring the local dugong population and mapping seagrass meadows, that alerts her to a problem not only with the reef, but also the operation of the marine center.Conservation management and environmental protection is a major theme of this novel Set in a small sugar cane community on the Queensland coast, Scoullar writes of the risks outdated cane farming practices poses to the coastal environment, the general threats to our fragile marine ecosystem as well as the desirability of rehabilitating wild creatures for return to their natural environment.The intrigue in the novel is a touch slow to develop but I enjoyed the measured unraveling of secrets The suspense is fairly low key for most of the novel but the danger Zoe faces when she comes too close to working out exactly what is going on came as a surprise, raising the tension considerably There is an unconventional romance for Zoe in Turtle Reef Quinn Cooper is a fifth generation local cane farmer and a caring guardian of his brain injured younger brother, Josh Zoe is attracted to his good looks and down to earth charm from their first meeting, but as Bridget s long term boyfriend, Quinn is strictly off limits I have to be honest, I found the relationship a little odd, though the chemistry is there, the circumstances are awkward.The Reef Center is home to a half dozen rescue dolphins, given delightful personalities by Scoullar I was charmed by Josh s interactions with them and saddened by the way in which they were betrayed I was surprised to learn how intelligent octopuses can be, and fell in love with Einstein.Scoullar s descriptions of the beauty of the reef and the ocean are highlights of the novel All around them lay a tapestry.Brightly coloured parrot fish abounded and were utterly fearless Zoe could hear the soft chomping of their beaks as the grazed on the branching coral gardens Blue spotted lagoon rays scooted past, and a shovelnose shark, with its strange triangular snout Turtle Reef is a lovely novel from a storyteller whose fiction evokes the romance of the Australian landscape, and the heart.

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    My View Jennifer Scoullar has a gift she is able to weave the most extraordinarily beautiful, inspiring stories about Australia s natural environment, ecology, wild life and conservation into a modern romance How unique Ms Scoullar writes with verve and such radiant colours I could almost see myself underwater exploring the Great Barrier Reef, her images are so vivid and engaging Black fins cut the surface and a vast shadow passed underneath them Manta Rays, five in all caught in a courtship train of magnificent grace The larger female leading the dance was five metres across, wingtip to wingtip The eager suitors mirrored the female s every move, performing a series of backward rolls, looking for all the world as if they had been choreographed they reappeared like magic, slicing back into the water many metres from where they had left it, flapping wings like giant birds as they flew away Manta Rays, turtles, dolphins, the colourful fish of the Barrier Reef, even the humble octopus all burst into life on these pages All descriptions poignant, magnificent, captivating And by a wonderful coincidence when we went on a walk today along the banks of the Blackwood River Augusta Western Australia we came across a playful pod of about five dolphins, close to shore, who delighted us with a display pf graceful flips and dives as they powered through the water What beautiful wild mammals What a special book.

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    I found this difficult to put down The romance of the story was really very much an after thought, and while I personally feel it did not lend much to the story, it was still nice to read about, and made me smile The overarching story lines built up nicely, until one got dropped and forgotten about, but then the major storyline climaxed deliciously I would have preferred a bit detail and explanations in the resolution.

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    For zoologist Zoe King, it s her dream job Working at a Reef Centre in Kiawa near Bundaberg in Queensland Zoe not only gets to rehabilitate animals and return them to their natural habitat but she will also get to conduct exciting research and maybe even help implement changes to protect the reef Zoe is a passionate conservationist and at first, everything about her job seems perfect Her boss Bridget is friendly and capable, welcoming Zoe and seemingly enthusiastic about the same things as Zoe Zoe is also given the guest quarters on the large cane farm of Bridget s fiance Quinn Cooper and she begins to embrace a outdoor life, learning to ride and working with horses.But there are some complications Zoe didn t count on feeling an immediate and powerful attraction to Quinn, despite the fact that she knows he s off limits He belongs to Bridget and although she makes the decision to ignore her feelings, she can t ignore when things begin to not add up at the Reef Centre Conflicting stories and some strange behaviour make her begin to question exactly what the goal of the centre is And when Zoe s research shows that animals on the reef are dying in numbers, she finds herself faced with an answer that could possibly drive a wedge between her and the man she has come to love Zoe will have to decide if the future and health of the reef are important than her own future happiness.Jennifer Scoullar s fourth novel takes readers to the Gateway to the Barrier Reef in a small town close to Bundaberg in Queensland Zoologist Zoe King has moved from Sydney to Kiawa to take up her dream job working at the local Reef Centre, a place that rehabilitates marine life and also houses those that are not fit to be returned to their native habitat There are dolphins, turtles, sharks and an array of others such as fish, octopus The centre also operates as a tourist attraction with the resident dolphins performing in shows, which helps keep the bills paid For Zoe, it is a quick immersion from the theory of her recently completed degree to a much practical aspect as she will be feeding and working with a variety of different animals as well as being able to map the reef and conduct extensive research.Zoe is a wonderfully passionate conservationist who has some really strong ideas about her career and what she wants to be able to achieve Her focus is on rehabilitating the sick and injured animals that come in and getting them returned to the ocean as soon as possible Early on she notices several dolphins that look good candidates for a release only to be quickly informed that they are lifers who won t be able to be released Zoe faces the challenge of being new and therefore not really having much say and she s also inexperienced in the field, intimidated by Bridget s qualifications I liked and admired Zoe as a character, her enthusiasm and her determination is wonderful to read and I enjoyed learning about her job a lot I wanted to study marine biology briefly as a teen until I realised that well, science and I were not entirely friends Also I can t really swim But anyway, reading this book reminded me of that and how beautiful these creatures are and how important it is to do everything possible to protect them and their habitats I found myself moved by the most unlikeliest of things I must congratulate Jen Scoullar because I m pretty sure I would ve thought before reading this book it would be impossible to cry over an octopus I have to admit, I didn t particularly find the romance aspect of this book much to my liking Part of that perhaps had something to do with the fact that Quinn was engaged to Bridget but mostly I think it was just Quinn himself He was far too arrogant and bossy for me sit here, do that, get in, don t drink Coke it s bad for you, here s an iced tea instead If a man asked me what I d like at a pub cafe and I ordered a Coke and he came back with an iced tea, I d dump it on his head I loathe iced tea I don t like people that feel as though they have the right to make decisions for others Zoe is a big girl, if she wants a diet Coke, get her a darn diet Coke This was something that tended to carry through the book and most of the time I found him overly defensive and aggressive At times he s pretty horrible to Zoe, even though she came off a bit nosy when she was trying to do the right thing I liked Quinn a little right at the end of the book, perhaps Zoe will be a good influence on him well I m sure she will be actually because his attitudes really do change Quinn learns to stand on his own two feet and have his own opinions and not just do things because that s the way his father did them I did like Quinn s relationship with his brother Josh who is a wonderful character and a huge part of this book Even though it s laced with mistakes and frustration you can tell that he loves Josh and he really does want the best for him and to keep him safe And when Quinn realises that he is making mistakes, he does do his utmost best to fix them It s a slowish sort of process but I can understand his fear in letting the reins go a little and letting Josh begin to make decisions again for himself and do things which might potentially put him in danger again But they re things Josh not only loves but also needs in order to live his life.I really enjoyed this I love how Jennifer Scoullar manages to incorporate strong themes of conservation and protection into her stories without making it seem like a lecture Bundaberg is further north than I ve ever been and I have to admit it and its surrounds haven t really come up on my radar as places to visit before But I feel as though up there might be a part of the world I need to see.

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    I fell in love with Jennifer Scoullar s writing after inhaling Currawong Creek in 2013 and Billabong Bend in 2014, she has a beautiful way with words and her love for the natural world sings.The beauty and diversity of the region, rainforest to reef, the sugar cane fields and hand in hand, the challenges of protecting our reef and marine animals from ignorance, age old traditions, outdated and often dangerous farming practices I m passionate about reef protection so you might have guessed I was cheering Zoe on for actively driving the wheels of change Turtle Reef has an interesting bunch of characters, an intriguing mystery, a splash of romance but the circumstances surrounding it are just a tad weird but for me, the stars of the show were the animals I liked Zoe and Quinn s younger brother Josh and his special affinity with animals was particularly endearing but I loved the dolphins, especially Kane, Echo and Mirrhi, the turtles, Einstein the hammer octopus and the Arabian mare Aisha I loved learning about the female octopus, seagrass mapping and the principles of operant conditioning and and I got teary over the dugong and Einstein animals undo me Turtle Reef was a particularly special read for me, Kiawa and the Reef Centre bringing with it nostalgic memories of my visits to Bargara and Mon Repos Conservation Centre and recently Lady Elliot Island southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef the highly protected green zone sanctuary for marine and other wildlife I wonder where Jennifer Scoullar is taking us next can t wait

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    I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review Unlucky in love zoologist Zoe King has given up on men Moving from Sydney to take up an exciting new role in marine science in the small sugar town of Kiawa is a welcome fresh start Zoe is immediately charmed by the region s beauty by its rivers and rainforests, and by its vast cane fields, sweeping from the foothills down to the rocky coral coast And also by its people its farmers and fishermen, unhurried and down to earth, proud of their traditions.Her work at the Reef Centre provides all the passion she needs and Zoe finds a friend in Bridget, the centre s director So the last thing she expects is to fall for her boss s fianc , cane king Quinn Cooper When animals on the reef begin to sicken and die, Zoe s personal and professional worlds collide She faces a terrible choice Will protecting the reef mean betraying the man she loves I have been quite lucky of late with the quality of novels coming out of the rural romance genre I do hate that name but it is what people are calling it this novel is another that breaks the trend of red dirt and girls with hats And what a blessing that is.This story which is centred around environmental protection and conservation is a refreshing take on the genre All the plot elements are still there small town, love interests, personal challenges, and a suspense mystery plot for the protagonists to resolve However, due to the style of writing, this zoomed past the majority of RR books and went pretty high on the list of all time favourites Also, anyone who is interested in the wildlife of Australia should have a look at this book The authors descriptions and prose when describing dolphins, octopus and dugongs just for an example is almost worth the price of admission Her story telling is first rate and so is her knack for allowing the reader to see what she sees, to experience it first hand, almost.The one down side for me was Quinn Cooper Not a nice character, treated those in his life pretty poorly and I just didn t like the guy And, following from that, those whose lives he treats badly, end up just taking it for the most partwhich annoyed me too However, apart from that one minor issue, this was a great read and I think it is one to be recommended highly.PaulARH

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About the Author: Jennifer Scoullar

Jennifer Scoullar BioJennifer has always harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world Her house is on a hill top, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash A pair of old eagles live there too Black shouldered wallabies graze by the creek Eastern Spinebills hover among the callistemon Jennifer lives with her family on a beautiful property in the mountains, that was le