The Desert Midwife by Fiona McArthur is the heart-warming new romantic drama from the bestselling author of Mothers’ Day.
Ava May, who works as an outback midwife, meets Zac, an emergency doctor, on a flight to Alice Springs. They feel an instant connection to each other and, when they meet up again at the Alice Springs hospital, they embark on an intense affair.
When Ava travels to Yulara, the service centre for Uluru, to seek solace regarding a tragic event in her past, Zac flies out to join her on the road trip to Uluru. Sadly, there is a terrible accident which affects the couple’s future together.
Heart-broken, Ava seeks refuge at the family farm, Setabilly Station, run by her mother, Stella, Grandmother, Mim, brother, Jock, and sister-in-law, Hana. But, with the cattle emaciated and dying from the long drought, all is not well on the farm and the family are struggling to cope.
In this uplifting novel, McArthur has created many wonderful characters, in particular women whose strength and dedication is unsurpassed.
She highlights the dedication of those who work with indigenous communities in the remotest parts of Australia. These are professional doctors, nurses and midwives who understand the need of indigenous women, to give birth naturally on country rather than in a distant hospital. They also endeavour to ensure that these same communities receive a high standard medical attention throughout their lives.
McArthur also addresses the pressure put upon the farming community in times of drought and hardship. She draws attention to the fact that men, in particular, suffer from the feeling of helplessness in such situations, leading to depression, and in some cases, suicide.
The Desert Midfwife is a must-read for 2019
The Desert Midwife is available in paperback and e-book
About Fiona McArthur
McArthur has worked as a midwife for thirty years. She is the
clinical midwifery educator inner rural maternity unit and teaches emergency
obstetric strategies while working with midwives and doctors from remote and
Fiona has written more than thirty romances, which have sold over two million copies in twelve languages. She has been a midwifery expert for Mother and Baby magazine and is the author of the non-fiction Aussie Midwives. Her novels include Red Sand Sunrise, The Homestead Girls, Heart of the Sky and Mothers’ Day. She lives on a farm with her husband in northern New South Wales. She was awarded the NSW Excellence in Midwifery Award in 2015.