BOOK: Wattle Creek
AUTHOR: Fiona McCallum
THIS is Fiona McCallum's third novel and with each story she is fast becoming the queen of the outback romance.
Her novels always address issues integral to farming live, melding in a wonderful romance, and Wattle Creek does not disappoint.
Inspired by her own father's battle to survive on a farm, Wattle Creek delves into the mind of farmer Damien McAllister, a man on the brink, struggling with the black dog of depression but refusing to admit he has a problem.
Damien spends long hours on a farm he doesn't love and at night ignores the criticisms of his mother.
With no one to help him in a small town, he's fighting an uphill battle until he meets psychologist Jacqueline Havelock.
Fresh from the city, she's escaping her own issues, including dealing with her boss who believes a woman's place is in the home.
Their paths cross when Damien rescues a small Jack Russell puppy from the side of the road.
She turns his life upside down and has him questioning everything he thought about himself.