What happens when you combine a sexy Irish doctor, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia? You get Water and Fire: a small town medical romance with a paranormal twist.
Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most.
There’s the intern doctor who follows her around like an overgrown puppy, the dangerous local wildlife and her own secrets she must keep.
When she finds herself without a place to live, what else can possibly go wrong?
Or is it time for something to go right?
I’ve read a number of Ms. Carlton’s books, and each time I pick up a new one, I find myself seduced again by her writing voice and taken on an adventure.
In Water and Fire, we are introduced to Bel, a midwife working at a small country hospital and see a relationship develop between her and Aidan, a young intern working at the same hospital. While these two characters have nothing in common, the intrepid Aidan does his best to woo a distant, and not-always-comfortable -with-his-attention Bel.
Ms. Carlton fills her stories with Australiana, and Water and Fire is no exception. In my reading experience, Ms. Carlton has a unique voice, one which resembles nothing I’ve come upon before, and I will warn readers that you don’t always get the ending you hope for, but they are well worth the read nonetheless. This book is the prequel to Ms. Carlton’s ‘Ocean’s Gift’ series, and I’ll be reading the other books in the series in due course.
Quirky characters, a touch of the supernatural, and a case of things being not quite what they seem adds up to create an enjoyable read and one that I’d recommend for those long afternoons lazing on the beach during the upcoming summer months.