Review: The Desert Midwife by Fiona McArthur

Title: The Desert Midwife

Author: Fiona McArthur

Published: July 16th 2019, Michael Joseph

Status: Read July 2019, courtesy Penguin


My Thoughts:

There’s a lot to like about Fiona McArthur’s newest rural romance novel, The Desert Midwife.

Sparks fly when Outback midwife Ava May, and locum emergency doctor, Zac Logan meet on a flight to Alice Springs, and within the week both are considering the possibility of a shared future. Then a shocking accident robs Zac of his memory and with it perhaps, their dreams of happy ever after.

The Desert Midwife is set in The Northern Territory, moving between Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta, and Ava’s family cattle station, Setabilly, situated around 70km from Uluru.

While the romance is central to the novel, McArthur explores several social important issues in The Desert Midwife, from the difficulties associated with maternity care in remote areas, to the emotional and financial stress experienced by station owners affected by the extended drought, and the importance of Uluru to the Anangu, the Pitjantjatjara people.

Unfortunately it was the initial romance that I found largely unconvincing. While I’m willing to believe in the possibility of love at first sight, I found it hard to believe a man of Zac’s background, and circumstance, would really be willing to propose within a week, especially given the practical obstacles to the relationship.

I did like the characters of Ava and Zac though, and enjoyed the attraction between them. Ava’s mother, Stella, and grandmother Mim, are wonderful characters, both strong, interesting women. Jock, Ava’s brother, is sympathetic, struggling as he is with depression.

A story of strength, struggle, family and the miracle of love, The Desert Midwife is an engaging read.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jul 18, 2019 @ 21:21:46

    I will have to have a look for this one. I love stories with strong minded older women in them

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Anne (The Reading Life)
    Jul 19, 2019 @ 11:17:15

    I love books like this where the romance is important but no EVERYTHING of the storyline, and when the book utilizes the romance as a tool to explore other important things. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Beth F
    Jul 19, 2019 @ 21:24:27

    I’m not a big romance fan, so it’s sometimes hard for me to accept the insta-love aspects, but this book looks like it has some really good non-romance plot lines too.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Vicki
    Jul 20, 2019 @ 02:43:15

    I’m not a big fan of romance but this does sound good!

    Liked by 1 person


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