Laura Murphy will need to call on all her grit and determination to retain her beloved farm. But will her fierce self reliance close her off to the possibility of love?
Published: 1st April 2014
“Once again Fleur McDonald gives a voice to issues facing people in the outback, with her latest release Crimson Dawn focusing on property management and retention, as well as other challenges of rural life… Of course, the story’s more than that, with betrayal, family secrets and some dark goings-on rounding out the narrative.”
MONIQUE MULLIGAN – STORIES TO FEED THE SOUL
Since inheriting Nambina, the property that’s been in her family for generations, Laura Murphy has worked wonders. Rather than just focus on farming she has set up a successful school teaching women the basics of managing a property – from fencing and mustering to handling the financial side of the business.
But the notoriously self-reliant Laura is lonely and still scarred by a tragedy from her past. She’s also grappling with the hostility of her nearest neighbour and former best friend, Meghan Hunter. The fact that Laura’s ex-boyfriend Josh is Meghan’s brother only makes things worse.
When a solicitor contacts Laura saying his clients may have a claim over Nambina, her entire world is turned upside down, and she has to call on all her determination to hold on to the property she’s worked so hard to build. In the process she realises she must reach out to friends and loved ones or risk losing everything.
“Crimson Dawn is a rural novel of courage, family and survival. With elements of mystery and romance… McDonald weaves the varying threads together strongly.”
SALLY MURPHY – AUSSIES REVIEWS
“McDonald’s writing paints a picturesque scene of the Australian outback, and of what it is like to grow up rural and how challenging it can be working on the land.”
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