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Booklover Book Reviews has included 'The Rarest Thing' in their

Mrs B's Book Reviews TOP AUSSIE READS OF 2016

Reading, Writing and Riesling's TOP SIX Australian Romance/Life Lit 2016

'The Rarest Thing' was one of the Big Country Book Club's December BOOKS OF THE MONTH in 2016!

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'When Deborah sent me a copy of "The Rarest Thing" I had no idea I was about to start reading a novel I couldn’t put down. It offers layer upon layer of characters, ideas, issues and emotions, all set against the backdrop of Australia in the 1960s.  It is a love story without cliches; a fine and realistic study of a woman’s life in the ‘man’s world’ of academia; and an engaging read. '

Bernadette Foley, Big Country Book Club

Debs Possum Brown

'A beautiful story of life, love, and taking a chance on both. . .
The writing is lyrical, the story inspiring . . . Loved it!

Susanne Bellamy, author

Debs Possum Brown

'Every now and then a book comes your way that is so very special you want to grasp onto it and not let go... "The Rarest Thing" is a story so beautifully woven that it deserves no less than a five star rating...'

Mrs B's Book Reviews. Read more at the website.

Debs Possum Brown

'If that I read "The Rarest Thing" in a single day is not sufficient endorsement, I highly recommend you give yourself the opportunity to be moved and uplifted by this story of living rather than existing.'

Book Lover Book Reviews  Read more here.

Debs Possum Brown

'An outstanding book. This one goes on my 'to keep' shelf.'

Bestselling author, Annie Seaton. More at Annie's website

Debs Possum Brown

'The standout cover, the setting, the characters and the storytelling all drew me in . . . Highly recommended.'

Elise McCune, historical novelist, on Goodreads

Debs Possum Brown 

'Deborah O'Brien delivers a novel with immense heart ...
"The Rarest Thing" is sure to be a popular hit.'

Duffy the Writer. Read more at Duffy's website.

Debs Possum Brown

' intriguing story about vulnerability, self-discovery and love...
Deborah has a wonderful way with characters...
A story that will wrap around you and make you smile.'

J. F. Gibson. Read more at  the J.F. Gibson website.

Debs Possum Brown

'This is a story that will fully engage you, surprise you, and at the same time shock you as family secrets are revealed.

A most enjoyable read.'

Reading, Writing and Riesling. Read more at the RW&R website.

Debs Possum Brown

'The Rarest Thing is a beautiful, truly Australian romance between two people who have complex and rounded pasts. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Australian nature, history, a positive message and a dash of mature, adult romance.

InkAshlings  Read more at the InkAshling website.

Debs Possum Brown

''Deborah O'Brien has created unforgettable characters in Katharine and Scott, and her latest novel will effortlessly transport you to Australia in the 1960s.'

Kirsty (Read more at Goodreads)

Debs Possum Brown

'There are so many things that I found to like about "The Rarest Thing" - the setting in a part of the world that I regard as God's own country, the people who populate the story, each of them very real to me, the issues raised ... and the writing itself. This story has been a real pleasure to read ...

Shelagh Merlin (Read Shelagh's full review at Goodreads)

Debs Possum Brown

'Absolutely enchanting. The tiny, adorable, vulnerable, almost extinct possum makes a great metaphor. You will almost certainly judge this book by its cover - and you'll be right! 'The Rarest Thing' is a beautifully crafted book, exquisitely designed, and such a pleasure to read.'

Mary Anne Bunn (author of 'The Lonely Pioneer')

Debs Possum Brown 

'I loved this book. Romance in the wild is every gal’s dream. The fact that there are dark areas character-wise makes it real and much more than just a romance novel. The wee pygmy possum reminds readers of the need to protect the rare things in the world, whether they are personal relationships or precious flora and fauna or pristine landscapes such as the Australian High Country.'

Robyn Goodwin (author of 'The Backyard Tales')

Debs Possum Brown

'As Katharine embarks on a scientific quest to investigate the unlikely existence of an 'extinct' possum in the rugged High Country of Victoria, she also begins her own journey of self-discovery . . . Skilful use of flashbacks casts light into the shadowy corners of Katharine's past, gradually assembling the scattered shards of memory into a quarry which she can look squarely in the eye and face on equal terms.'

Chris McGuigan, 'Kensington Review'

Debs Possum Brown

'The characters and story felt so real that I had to check the author's note at the end to find out which bits were truth and which fiction.'

Hey Said Renee. Read more at Renee's website.

Debs Possum Brown

‘Buckle up for a cloistered, slightly damaged Austen-esque young woman’s high country adventure. Katharine Wynter triumphs against the existence she was fated for, her demons and her overt shyness to become an all-round champion. Deborah’s no-nonsense fast-paced prose make for a thoroughly readable page turner …’

Joseph Dean

Debs Possum Brown

'A High Country treasure.'

Janita Byrne

Debs Possum Brown

Possum illustration: DOB