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Feature book: Red Sand Sunrise

17 September 2014

Red Sand SunriseRed Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthur

This is an amazing story of three woman in the harsh Australian outback and the setting is just glorious. When Eve Wilson, a midwife living and working in Brisbane, goes to the town of Red Sand in Queensland for her father’s funeral, although she didn’t know him, she finally meets her half-sister Callie and Callie’s mum Sylvia. This starts a friendship and a bond that means so much to both girls. Callie is a GP in Sydney and is estranged from her husband and decides to stay in Red Sand to care for her mother who is not well. This is a very hard time for Callie after just losing her father and the breakup of her marriage.

When one of the matriarchs of the town, Blanche McKay, decides they need a medical centre that will help the town and especially the pregnant women, Callie takes on the role of GP. Eve is persuaded to stay and work with Callie. When Blanche pulls some strings and Eve’s sister Sienna, a gynaecologist from Melbourne, arrives as well to research problems with pregnancy in the area, this will start an amazing journey for all three girls as they get closer and find love and happiness.

The town of Red Sand is a close-knit town and the three girls have led very different lives. Eve and Sienna with their mother and not their father. Sienna is hard and strong where Eve seems to be a bit flighty but is so caring and natural. Callie has been through a lot with the loss of a baby and a non-caring husband. She does have loving parents to guide her even though that was not always the case. Each woman grows into themselves and with the help of each other and a few handsome men in the town, they find much-deserved happiness and peace of mind.

This one will have you crying and smiling throughout and you will not want to put it down. I loved it from start to finish. Thank you Ms McArthur for an amazing story and hours of reading pleasure. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 1 October 2014 will go in the draw to win the book.

  1. Jeanie M permalink
    28 September 2014 6:31 pm

    An excellent review Helen. I loved this book and the way the sisters came together, even the prickly Sienna.
    (No need to enter me in the competition, I have my own well loved copy 🙂 )

  2. 17 September 2014 11:09 pm

    All the best Fiona with the book and good review Helen. As an ex midwife, I am really keen to read this book. I love that in the background of bringing the sisters together, is the development of a health centre in the outback, which focuses on womens health. The sisters sound so interesting and I’m keen to find out more about thier relationships.

    • 18 September 2014 6:28 am

      Thanks Yvonne. I’ve loved my world as a midwife. Women and babies are amazing. I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it. Please do let me know what you thought at
      warmest regards Fiona

  3. helensibbritt permalink
    17 September 2014 8:42 pm


    I loved this one thank you 🙂

    Have Fun

    • 18 September 2014 6:25 am

      Thanks Helen. The next one is outback NSW and SA, with some flying doctors and five women, from 16-80 years, on a sheep station. Absolutely loving it. Out in July 2015 🙂

      On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Australian Romance Readers Association wrote:

      > helensibbritt commented: “Fiona I loved this one thank you 🙂 Have Fun > Helen”

      • helensibbritt permalink
        21 September 2014 9:31 pm

        Can’t wait for that one 🙂

        Have Fun

  4. 17 September 2014 10:00 am

    Thank you, Helen, for sharing your enjoyment of RSS. I had so much fun writing and researching for that book. And I love the sisters. Sienna will come back one day. 🙂 xxFi

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