The Opal Miner’s Daughter by Fiona McArthur is a medical rural romance, with new love, old love,
support and friendships in a wonderful community.
Riley Brand, a city obstetrician and fertility expert, has several things on her mind.
She’s shocked to discover her boyfriend has planned a romantic cruise for the whole of her upcoming four-week holiday, and he is planning to pop “the question”.
It seems her recently retired parents have different ideas about what they want to do in retirement,
and are now living apart.
Her mum, Adelaide, has purchased a shack and an opal mining lease on a remote property out from
Lightening Ridge. Adelaide is following her dream of fossicking for opals. Her phone reception and
internet are spasmodic, with no TV reception. Her ideal retirement!
Riley’s dad is still in Sydney, glued to the couch, the TV and the internet. That is his idea of a peaceful
When Riley notices an advertisement for a locum for a four week position in Lightening Ridge, her mind is made up! She ends her relationship because he isn’t the one she sees herself spending the rest of her life with.
Now Riley is free to take the positon, surprise her mum and convince her to stop this mining folly and return to Sydney, successfully getting her parents back together.
Riley was unprepared for the welcoming community, and the huge need rural woman have for a female doctor and fertility clinics. Riley forms friendships and discovers how happy her mum actually is with her
The biggest surprise was her new boss, Dr Konrad Grey. He is amazingly good looking and a
genuinely nice person.
Dr Conrad Grey had not expected his new locum to cause him such confusion of his heart! Riley and Conrad work so well together, but how can they have a future together? She is from the city and is only there for four weeks.
Will Riley’s parents be able to sort out their differences?
The story is narrated in chapters by Riley, Conrad, Adelaide and Melinda, the Practice Manager who
also has her own secrets.
It is a wonderful story of four strong characters all dealing with life, love, unplanned events and
choices to make, as their lives intertwine. There are also many interesting and entertaining side
characters enhancing the story line.
The outback setting is described in a way that you feel you are there too. The story highlights the lack of health resources and lack of support in the areas of fertility and mental health in rural Australia.
It is a great read, one you can’t put down as you want life to work out for all the characters.
I thoroughly recommend this book. I am now going to read Fiona McArthur’s other rural stories. I am
sure I will enjoy them too.
I give The Opal Miner’s Daughter Five Stars.
Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House
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