Armed with an honours degree in Agribusiness, Amanda Greenfield dreams of employing all the skills she’s learnt at college to help her father turn the family farm from a debt-ridden, run-down basket case into a thriving enterprise.
Then tragedy strikes with the death of Amanda’s mother in a car accident. Wracked by grief and guilt, and wearied by the long struggle to keep Kyleena a going concern, Amanda’s father argues that they should sell up and get on with their lives away from the vagaries of drought and fluctuating stock and crop yields.
Having inherited half the farm from her beloved mother, whom she also grieves for, Amanda determines to summon all her strength, grit and know how to save Kyleena. Along the way she faces mixed fortunes in both love and life …
Reviews of Blue Skies:
“McDonald and her husband run a farm near Esperance, and as with her best-selling debut novel Red Dust, the real achievement here is the superb evocation of rural life: you can almost hear the whirring of the shears and smell the cowpats as they bake in the sun.” William Yeoman, The West Australian (03.04.2010)
“If you love Aussie-flavoured sagas, feisty heroines or a mystery at the heart of your stories, then Fleur McDonald is a perfect pick for you.”
Paula Tapiolas. ABC QLD Blog (08.04.2010)
“…an intriguing read filled with characters providing drama, romance, mystery and friendship and, at its core, the book is an inspirational tale about overcoming life’s most challenging obstacles.”
Kalgoorlie Miner 7/05/10
“Similar to Fleur McDonald’s other rural novel, Red Dust, Blue Skies combines mystery, romance and life on the land, which sucks you in right to the end.”
Simone Smith Weekly Times Review 20/06/10