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Feature book: Emma

28 July 2021

Emma by Fiona McArthur

Subgenre: rural medical romance
Release date: 30 Jan 2021
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 248 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $32.34 (print)

Emma is a nurse and mid-wife. She is also a single mother who lives in the idyllic town known as Lyrebird Lake. She meets Gianni Bonmarito when he arrives from Italy to attend the funeral of his friend’s father. Gianni appears to be flashy and flamboyant even for a disaster rescuer. He sees Emma and is immediately intrigued.

He is bemused by the little hospital in Lyrebird Lake and is intrigued by the birthing suite. Gianni returns for a temporary gig at the hospital while one of the other doctors has a holiday. Gianni tries to charm and woo Emma. He is still hurt by his deceased ex-wife’s actions and the separation from his brother. But still tries to engage Emma.

Emma is your typical busy woman. She has a fear she has the gene of a particularly degenerative disease like her mother and brother. She fears what her future might be like especially for her young daughter, Grace. What we do get is an insight into how Emma is able to manage many aspects of her life and then Gianni happens. She doesn’t know how she can have a good life with Gianni.

So, this is a spoiler, she falls pregnant to Gianni. I was really amused by the line she says to herself that the two times she has had sex, she got pregnant. She does tell Gianni about the baby, and they try to resolve any issues between them. Then another life-threatening circumstance throws them a curve ball (I won’t tell you that one!)

As with all good romances, Emma and Gianni are able to resolve any issues between them and find their happy ever after.

So, what did I like about the story? This story is about a very busy and stretched woman (and who isn’t these days!). It showed two very caring people who were meant to be together and found each other despite initially living in different countries. The gentleness of the relationship between the couple also makes the reader feel a sense of serenity and emotion for the pair. They will be cheering from the sidelines. I hope there will be more stories about the Lyrebird Lake community.

reviewed by Heather

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

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