Anna Kelly left Broken Hill behind as a teenager after her life changed irretrievably. Now she’s back, older and wiser and a pilot for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Nick Harrison is a flight nurse who went to high school with Anna. Like Anna, he left Broken Hill behind and moved on with his life. They are both back for different reasons. Attraction is immediate but with both holding secrets close to their chest, can they make a relationship work?
Appleyard depicts life in a small town well and makes the heat of the outback sizzle off the page. Anna and Nick are great characters and the author complements them with a cast of colourful extras. This is a delightful read and lovers of rural romance will enjoy it. (LF)
Dr Laura O’Connor flees her tragic life in Adelaide to spend some quiet time in Potters Junction. Despite her best efforts to remain anonymous, she befriends her elderly, dying neighbour and his attractive, feisty son. Laura’s recovering from terrible heartbreak and having a break from her GP
practice, but she cannot ignore the needs of the local farming community and gradually agrees to help out the local doctor.
Very quickly she embraces the people of the township and finds a place for herself. The lure of her attractive young neighbour is also an advantage. Jake Finlay is fighting his own demons in addition to caring for his sick father as well as his sister and her family after her husband deserts her.
This is a feel-good story with real and loveable characters.(LF)
Dr Meghan Kimble flees London to head back home to Australia, leaving behind a bad
relationship. She's taken control of her life and is following her dream of becoming a rural general practitioner. She's signed up for twelve months of locum work in various parts of the country and first stop is Magpie Creek. On arrival she meets farmer Sean Ashby. He is drop dead gorgeous but comes laden with personal baggage and has sworn off commitment.
Likewise Meghan is determined to live life as she wishes and not be put off course again by the needs and wants of a man. The two do their best to stay away from one another. But eventually, neither is able to resist their attraction to the other.
This is a great Australian tale that beautifully captures life in the bush with two loveable characters. (LF)