Holly's Heart (Outback Brides Book 4) by Fiona McArthur - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway
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Review by Suze
Holly is back in Wirralong after a devastating loss. Sheís a doctor, but canít imagine practicing medicine while being responsible for her sisterís twin sons. Sheís running the local coffee shop instead. Ben was Hollyís teenage crush, but she never gave him a chance to become more than just a friend. Heís back in town to work as the local doctor. Holly canít imagine heíd like to spend time with her after she rejected him many years ago, but the opposite is true. He's nothing but kind and supportive. Will Ben be able to break down her walls this time?
Ben is surprised Holly is back in Wirralong. There's never been another woman for him and heís glad he has the chance to get to know her as an adult. Hollyís situation is complicated, sheís taking care of her nephews and is trying to get over the death of her beloved sister. She isnít looking for love and if Ben wants to form a connection with her, he has to tread carefully. Will he have enough patience not to chase Holly away and can he convince her that they are made for each other?
Hollyís Heart is a moving romantic story. Hollyís been through a lot and needs all the support she can get. Sheís a strong and capable woman, but sheís also traumatized and needs help facing the demons of her past. Benís lightheartedness and gentle and caring nature have a healing effect on her and I loved how deeply he cares about her. Fiona McArthur shows her readers exactly what her main characters are feeling and I liked that a lot. It made me feel close to Ben and Holly and I was incredibly curious about what would happen to them. Ben and Holly are made for each other and I really enjoyed watching their relationship flourish.
Fiona McArthur writes about the tragic parts of life in an amazing empathic way. She combines this with hope, plenty of unconditional love and beautiful friendship, which is a terrific mix. I loved Hollyís Heart. Itís a story filled with warmth and compassion. I loved that thereís happiness after devastation and I liked that the power of love conquers all. I enjoyed this fantastic compelling love story from beginning to end.
If you love reading about doctors and like romance set in small towns Holly's Heart would be a perfect choice. It's the fourth book in the Outback Brides series, but could easily be read as a standalone.
About Fiona McArthur
Fiona 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 isolated areas.
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 Aussie Midwives. She has also written the novels Red Sand Sunrise, The Homestead Girls and Heart of the Sky. She lives on a farm in northern New South Wales.
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1) Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Iím a mum and grandmum living on a farm in Australia with my husband and have been published in womenís fiction for the last eighteen years. In the past I fitted my writing early in the day (before everyone else gets up) between my day job as a midwife and my family. Writing is one of the most satisfying adventures and I love that I can travel and use writing as an excuse to have a great time. Travelling really does make my brain whirl with ideas and I love to meet and celebrate how ordinary people do such extraordinary things.
2) Where did the idea of the Outback Brides series come from?
The series came from four authors sitting around talking about outback brides Ė so it was always going to turn out well. The concept could have been helped by the name on a wine bottle, and the fact that we all knew of country settings we could combine and turn into a fabulous fictitious town saved by an outback wedding venue. When you put such amazing women as Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman and Cathryn Hein in the mix it was always going to be a collection of fun stories with plenty of heart in the characters.
3) How was it to write a series with several other authors?
It was such fun to dream up the place and people and then shoot emails back and forth, be excited by the otherís books, and be able to find secondary characters in the otherís stories. Iíd have no hesitation doing more in this series or another series, again.
4) Your main characters often have medical professions, what do you like the most about writing about this topic?
I love writing about the medical profession. Especially midwives in Australia because often they are the primary carers and the dynamics with doctors are often tricky and fun with confident midwives looking after the healthy women while doctors tend to look from a viewpoint of risk. Itís easy to find something heroic about people who care about other people. Medical themes have so much drama and emotion, because we all know what it is like to be worried about the health of others, and how much we rely on the doctors and nurses who care for them.
5) You have a medical profession yourself, how does it inspire and/or influence your stories?
I was a passionate midwife for more than thirty years, and only recently retired, so birth is another amazing adventure which changes all who come in contact with the experience. Women are incredible. Iíve always been an advocate for a woman seeing how amazing she is. My books follow that theme.
6) Where does your passion for rural romance come from?
Rural romance is the perfect setting for me. I love the Australian outback, the coastal areas and the farmlands, and the diversity of Australia allows a diverse range of books. I have written about other places around the world, the one that springs to mind is my book set on the Orient Express, but mostly I write Australian settings, about medical challenges in small country towns, and isolated places. Romance is my first love, because I believe I love, have been married to my hero for almost forty years and my five sons are romantics.
7) How did your writing journey start?
When my children were little, I decided I needed an income to help me do the extra things I wanted to do, and hoped writing for pleasure and profit could achieve that. I didnít know it would take me ten years to be accepted for publication. Or that I would become addicted to meeting fictional characters on their lifeís journeys. My boys tell me I taught them that if you want something badly enough you can achieve anything Ė which is something I truly believe.
Which key features should a good happy ending have and what does true love mean to you?
A happy ending should give that outward breath of relief, that sigh of delight and a curved smile for the reader. It should reinforce that life, and people, and most of all love are all wonderful and worth celebrating. True love is when you bring out your best because you want to be that for your love. They deserve it. A true love makes you feel good about yourself and is your haven in the storms of life as you are for them.
9) You live on a farm, whatís the most magical thing about this and how does your home life influence your books?
Magic is in the sunrise, the sunsets, and the mists. Thereís magic in the stars and moon on a clear night because we donít have street lights and only the occasional car drives past to shed extra light. I get up every morning in the dark before writing and go outside and look at the stars. Thatís magic. I love the wildlife and birds too, and the cows and their calves are quirky and sweet, but Iíd have to say itís the limitless expanse of the sky that captures me.
10) What are your plans for the future?
More books, more reading, more adventures on the page and off it. Iím blessed with the promise of new roads and new skies and now that Iím retired I suddenly have extra time to share new adventures with the man I love and my readers.
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