The Stockman’s Secret


Mandy Magro


Mandy Magro’s The Stockman’s Secret was my fifth of her books and as usual, it is set in Queensland.


Juliette is the step-daughter of Little Heart’s minister. Unknown to step-Dad, Juliette and Joel have been seeing each other for some time and have become a couple because both had been the target of school bullies.

Juliette and Joel are attacked one night by these bullies and Joel cannot understand why Juliette wants to keep the attack a secret.

However, when one of the bullies confronts Joel and tells Joel what he will do to Juliette next time, it is more than Joel can bear.

In a bar room brawl, Joel punches Bully.  Juliette breaks up with Joel.  Joel packs his bags and takes a jackaroo’s job a Rosalee station.

 When Joel eventually decides it’s time to return to Little Heart, he finds things have changed quite a lot.  Bully 1, is a respected doctor and Juliette’s husband is trying to make his mark on local politics.  The main questions which need to be answered are:  Will bully 1 get his comeuppance?   Does Juliette still have feelings for Joel or is she happily married?   Will Joel’s family accept his return?

I enjoyed The Stockman’s Secret.

I rated

The Stockman’s Secret

 as a

three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Stockman’s Secret

an average of 4.08 stars

 from 159 ratings

 and 32 reviews

The Stockman’s Secret

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All my images for this challenge were captured

in South Africa and Botswana

in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

African Starling


African Harrier Hawk


Crested Barbet


Pied Kingfisher


Yellow Billed Hornbill


Lilac Breasted Roller


Crimson Breasted Shrike

Grey Go Away Bird


Magpie Shrike











Geelong Sunrises and Sunsets

Corio Bay sunrise at Griffin Gully

March 8, 2019


Sunrise from our front door.

March 29, 2017


Sunrise at Griffin Gully

July 19, 2016

Griffin Gully Pier, after sun up

June 23, 2016


Sunset about 30 minutes from Geelong.

January 22, 2017


Harvest Sunset, 30 minutes from Geelong.

January 11, 2016