is dedicated: To the Royal Flying Doctor Service and their incredible flight nurses, flying doctors, outreach clinic care providers, the control room coordinators, the mechanics and pilots who get them there safely and all those who raise funds to help support this incredible service. You are all heroes.
The book is set 2 hours west of broken Hill in the fictitious town of Mica Ridge THE HOMESTEAD GIRLS Back Blurb: Moving to the outback to join the Flying Doctors will change Billie’s life forever.
After her teenage daughter Mia falls in with the wrong crowd, Dr Billy Green decides its time to leave the city and return home to far western NSW. When an opportunity to pursue her childhood dream of join the Flying Doctor Service comes along, she jumps at the chance. Flight nurse Daphne Prince - who is thrilled to have another woman join the otherwise male crew – and their handsome boss Morgan Blake, instantly make her feel welcome.
Just out of town, drought-stricken grazier Soretta Byrnes has been struggling to make ends meet and has opened her station homestead to boarders. Tempted by its faded splendour and beautiful outback setting, Billy, Mia and Daphne decide to move in and the four of them are soon joined by eccentric 80-year old, Lorna Lamerton.
The unlikely housemates are tentative at first, but soon they are offering each other frank advice and staunch support as they tackle medical emergencies, romantic adventures and the challenges of growing up and getting older. But when one of their lives is threatened, the strong friendship they have forged will face the ultimate test …
A heartwarming story of enduring friendship, courage and compassion from internationally bestselling author Fiona McArthur. You can order from Bookworld our Australian retailer or all good bookstores
What a journey I've been having with my five amazing women living on a drought-stricken sheep property in far western NSW. Two of the women work for the Flying Doctor Service, one runs the station, one nursed outback for fifty years and the other is watching and learning.
To set the scene and and ensure the integrity of the people and places we took a lovely long drive out west. We soaked in the towns on the way, the scenery, the colours, the distances between settlements and settlers.
And most of all, thank you, we so enjoyed our time in Broken Hill! What an amazing place filled with warm and genuine people. Absolutely loved the time we were there, we will be back, you are all my heroes. Especially Mount Gipps Station where all of these photos were taken. We loved the town of Broken Hill, loved the warmth of the people, checked out the museums, the library, the mines and the magic of the outback - and of course the amazing Royal Flying Doctor's Service.
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