When tragedy shakes Dr Daniella Bell’s well-ordered career in a busy city hospital, she beats a hasty retreat to the sleepy Queensland town of Ryders Ridge, determined to try to put her past behind her.
What she doesn’t count on is the effect the charming cattle station heir, Mark Walker, will have on her – or the impact of their affection on others’ plans for the cattle property which has been in the family for three generations.
With “Ryders Ridge”, author Charlotte Nash has created a story which, although encompassing Daniella and Mark’s growing relationship, also includes a strong supporting cast and a plot line which weaves cleverly through underlying issues around Daniella’s patients’ lives.
It’s not all smooth sailing for Daniella and Mark – with the cattle station struggling to make a profit and Daniella’s past playing havoc with her emotions and professional demeanour, it takes a near tragedy for her to put her life into perspective and make a decision which will change her life forever.
This is an easy read, with enough tension to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Nash returns to Ryders Ridge in future endeavours – there’s something about the place which is truly special.