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Where the River Runs - Fleur McDonald

Paperback Published: 24th October 2018
ISBN: 9781760633141
Number Of Pages: 336

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In the tradition of the acclaimed Red Dust, Where the River Runs is a brilliantly told rural story of long-held family secrets by an author at the forefront of rural fiction, Fleur McDonald.

'Fleur McDonald has a wonderful way with telling rural stories in a special way…A great summer read.' Samstillreading on Suddenly One Summer

Chelsea drove slowly through the small country town of Barker, her eyes searching to see what had changed in the last nine years…She's been in two minds about going home. Part of her wanted desperately to sit on the riverbank and breathe in the peace. But why would she put herself through all the pain of a homecoming when she didn't need to?

Nine years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family's property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition, and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.

Yet here she was, in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who'd shouted down the phone nine years ago never to come home again.

With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.

Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they'll never get that opportunity?

Industry Reviews

'An excellent read and the sort of book I didn't want to end.' Debbish.com
'Drawing on her own experiences with rural Australia, Fleur has used these skills to weave a moving tale.'
Highlife Magazine

'A rural novel of courage, family and survival…McDonald weaves the varying threads together strongly.'
Aussie Reviews

I loved this book. A real page turner!


Love Fleur McDonald's novels everytime.



bought as a gift


bought as a gift



I love Fleur McDonald and just love Dave Burrows!


Well researched and very enjoyable for lovers of light rural romance. Not mushy like other authors, and I love that Dave Burrows continues to return. Yes it is predictable but we love a happy ending! I love that most of them are set in the mid north of SA and like trying to work out the settings. I will always buy books by Fleur, Fiona McCallum and Tricia Stringer for the same reasons, good, clean country stories that are hard to put down and easy to read👍



What an awesome read, read in abbout 24 hrs


I"m unable to get around a lot so do a lot of reading and Like all the Australian Authors that I have read so far

Porira, Wellington New Zealand


Fleur does it again


Fleur McDonald continues to provide an easy to read and enjoyable product.



Another great Fleur book


I love Dave Burrows - and this is another story with Dave getting into the story. Love it all.



Where the River Runs

4.7 6


ISBN: 9781760633141
ISBN-10: 1760633143
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 24th October 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

Fleur McDonald

About the Author

Fleur McDonald is one of Australia's leading rural literature authors, with her books becoming best sellers almost as quickly as they hit the shelves. She has solidified her position as one of the country's favourite storytellers.

Fleur draws inspiration from having lived and worked for much of her life on a farm – including early life on her parent's property in regional SA, and more recently on her 8000 acre property in regional WA.

Fleur's much-loved Detective Dave Burrows has his first feature novel with Fool's Gold being released in April of 2018; and her twelfth novel, Where The River Runs, will be available in November 2018.

Noisy Nights, the first of two children's books was published by New Frontier Publishers in August 2016 and the second, What does a horse Say? has recently been released in August 2018.

She lives in Esperance, WA with her two children, Rochelle and Hayden, a Jack Russell terrier, Rocket.

Visit Fleur McDonald's Booktopia Author Page