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Feature book: Misty

17 February 2021

Misty by Fiona McArthur

Series: Lyrebird Lake
Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: 30 Nov 2020
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 214 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $32.34 (print)

The lyrebird has spoken. The couple who have just heard its song are to be the next match.

Misty can feel it. Something is wrong and she heads towards that danger. And saves Ben’s life. Ben can’t believe that she saved him even though he doesn’t feel worthy. But Misty feels a connection with Ben. Misty takes off and thinks about what might have been.

A month later, Ben turns up at the rural hospital much to Misty’s surprise. She also discovers he is an obstetrician with a daughter, Tammy. Okay a step-daughter, and one who is pregnant. But why would he choose to practice in a small but growing hospital? Ben feels this will be the best place for Tammy so she can give birth. Ben has a rocky relationship with Tammy but when he sees Misty interacting with her and getting her to do things, he is more than happy he made that decision to come to the town.

The local woman’s birthing centre is still being set up, but Ben is still unsure as to how this will all go. This is likely because of Ben’s past. He feels he is responsible for a medical incident and wears guilt and responsibility on his shoulders and has led him on this path. Sometimes when something is shared, it can often feel less of monster, and this anguish shared adds to the connection between Ben and Misty.

The series story arc is a fascinating one. While the medical focus is midwifery, there isn’t much suspense action, but there is angst. Angst on sometimes life-saving issues. What is important is the relationships between the main characters and also their connections between other people in each story. Ben has had to make lifesaving decisions and has paid a personal price. Each of the characters have their issues, but they are able to use their resilience and overcome the obstacles.

I love this series.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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