When she’s not working on her family’s 8000-acre station in regional Western Australia, Fleur McDonald writes best-selling fiction. With Silver Clouds, Fleur has written a moving novel about a woman making peace with her past, overcoming fear and insecurity, and discovering the healing power of love.
Unlike most authors, a typical day for Fleur McDonald is spent working on the family’s Esperance farm and doing things like marking mobs of lambs, wrangling ewes, coordinating the daily school bus pick-up and looking after her family. It’s not surprising that she often looks forward to finding that quiet moment to sit at her desk and write.
For Fleur, writing is a form of escapism and her characters often live out Fleur’s emotions. She always forms a special bond with her heroines, cheering them on when they struggle to build a successful life on the land and doing her best to help them find a good man.
Fleur’s numerous fans love the effortless way her wonderful novels capture life on the land. Living on a remote Australian farm herself, she’s the real deal, so it’s no surprise that her characters and the way she depicts life on a vast station are so authentic.
In Silver Clouds, marketing executive Tessa Mathison’s life is already in turmoil when she finds out her beloved great-aunt has died. Leaving England to fly home to Australia for the funeral, Tessa fears an indiscretion during a boozy night out will end her career.
Tessa’s childhood home, Danjar Plains, is an isolated station which has some tragic memories for her. She plans to escape it as soon as possible after her great-aunt’s funeral, but an unusual request in her Aunt Violet’s will makes leaving impossible.
When charismatic Brendan McKensie introduces himself to Tessa, staying at Danjar Plains no longer seems such a hardship for her. But as various secrets unravel, Tessa realises letting go of her heart may hold the key to unlocking both her past and her future.
ABOUT FLEUR McDONALD
After growing up on a farm near Orroroo in South Australia, Fleur McDonald’s first job was jillarooing in the outback. She’s now closely involved in the daily management of the 8000-acre station she and her family live on near Esperance in Western Australia. Fleur is the author of the bestselling novels Red Dust, Blue Skies and Purple Roads.
FLEUR McDONALD IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
PUBLISHED: 20th March 2013 IMPRINT: Allen & Unwin
CATEGORY: Fiction Extent: Trade 400p RRP: $29.99
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