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When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to Jervois and pro When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to Jervois and promptly falls in love with the wonderful - if broke and slightly stubborn - Paul Barnes. Now she's determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty and unreliable by proving herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee and making the forthcoming rodeo a huge success. Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the record proceeds into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying crash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she later finds out that she and Paul are the objects of gossip and suspicion in town. To prove her innocence and that of the man she loves, Amelia must convince a sceptical rural detective that her account of what happened does add up and that he must help her track down the real culprits... With its cracker plot, feisty heroine and engaging love story, Emerald Springs will have you reading well into the night.


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When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to Jervois and pro When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to Jervois and promptly falls in love with the wonderful - if broke and slightly stubborn - Paul Barnes. Now she's determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty and unreliable by proving herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee and making the forthcoming rodeo a huge success. Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the record proceeds into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying crash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she later finds out that she and Paul are the objects of gossip and suspicion in town. To prove her innocence and that of the man she loves, Amelia must convince a sceptical rural detective that her account of what happened does add up and that he must help her track down the real culprits... With its cracker plot, feisty heroine and engaging love story, Emerald Springs will have you reading well into the night.

30 review for Emerald Springs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Amelia Bennett was surprised and honoured to be named Treasurer for the Rodeo Committee in her little hometown. She was determined to make the rodeo a success and being younger than the other members, she went the social media route and had many more interested. The rodeo proved to be more successful than anyone had imagined but when Amelia drove to the bank with the takings, she was brutally attacked; the victim of thieves. Detective Dave Burrows from Adelaide was in town for a rural crime semi Amelia Bennett was surprised and honoured to be named Treasurer for the Rodeo Committee in her little hometown. She was determined to make the rodeo a success and being younger than the other members, she went the social media route and had many more interested. The rodeo proved to be more successful than anyone had imagined but when Amelia drove to the bank with the takings, she was brutally attacked; the victim of thieves. Detective Dave Burrows from Adelaide was in town for a rural crime seminar and being on hand, immediately began investigating the attack, along with the two local cops. But when Amelia herself, and her boyfriend Paul were subjected to more than one interrogation, Amelia realized she needed to find the culprits. But could she? Her suspicions were all over the place… Emerald Springs by Aussie author Fleur McDonald was another cracking romantic suspense – high on the suspense! Fast paced and intense, I was kept guessing until the end. I was very pleasantly surprised to see Detective Dave Burrows hiding away in this one. It was like meeting up with an old friend 😊 Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Emerald Springs is about how two people found happiness and acceptance in a small rural community. Amelia Bennett came back to her home town of Clare after college to show the town that she has changed. To show then Amelia accept the position of the Rodeo Treasurer. Detective Dave Burrows came to Clare to investigated a string of robberies and to catch up with Kate. While Detective Dave Burrows was in Clare Amelia was attacked and robbed on the way to deliver the Rodeo money to the bank. The rea Emerald Springs is about how two people found happiness and acceptance in a small rural community. Amelia Bennett came back to her home town of Clare after college to show the town that she has changed. To show then Amelia accept the position of the Rodeo Treasurer. Detective Dave Burrows came to Clare to investigated a string of robberies and to catch up with Kate. While Detective Dave Burrows was in Clare Amelia was attacked and robbed on the way to deliver the Rodeo money to the bank. The readers of Emerald Springs will follow the twist and turns into Detective Dave Burrows investigation to find who attack Amelia and the string of robberies. Also, readers of Emerald Springs will follow and see what happens to Dave and Amelia. Reading Emerald Springs allows me to understand why Detective Dave Burrows was suspended in Sapphire Falls. I enjoyed reading Emerald Springs. The more I read Fleur McDonald books I I love the way Fleur McDonald entwines her characters and plots. I love the way Fleur McDonald combines both scenarios at the end of Emerald Springs, and I was surprised by the conclusion of this book. I like Fleur McDonald writing style, and she differently knows how to keep her readers glued to their stairs. Reading Emerald Springs started me to think about the financial hardships for farmers with the Australian Economic Climate. Readers of Emerald Springs will learn about law enforcement procedures in rural areas. Also, readers will learn how to run business in the countryside. Reading Emerald Springs, you will learn about running and managing a Rodeo. I recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bree T

    Amelia Bennett has finished university and returned to her small home town. She’s living on her parents farm and working doing the books for them and for other local farmers. She’s also become involved with the rodeo committee and was surprised and thrilled to be elected treasurer. The rest of the committee have been serving for a very long time and Amelia has lots of fresh and new ideas to broadcast the event far and wide, particularly by utilising social media. After the resounding success, it’ Amelia Bennett has finished university and returned to her small home town. She’s living on her parents farm and working doing the books for them and for other local farmers. She’s also become involved with the rodeo committee and was surprised and thrilled to be elected treasurer. The rest of the committee have been serving for a very long time and Amelia has lots of fresh and new ideas to broadcast the event far and wide, particularly by utilising social media. After the resounding success, it’s Amelia’s job to get the takings to the bank. It’s a lot of money and Amelia is nervous, especially when she can’t get the amount of escorts that she’d really prefer. On the way, she’s the victim of a terrifying carjack, assaulted and the money stolen. Amelia is left tasered on the side of the road and she’s devastated when she realises that the money is gone. As a teenager, Amelia had a bit of reputation as being careless, or a bit bubble-headed and she’s determined to prove herself. There were people who didn’t approve of her appointment and now Amelia feels as though she’s just confirmed their reservations and let a lot of people down. She’s even more upset when she realises that she’s even considered a suspect by some, masterminding the attack on herself to throw people off the scent. Although she knows that she’s innocent, Amelia can’t help wondering if someone that she knows might be guilty. Local thefts have people concerned and it has to be someone with local knowledge. Amelia guiltily even finds herself suspecting people close to her. There’s a detective in town to investigate all of the thefts but it might just be up to Amelia to find the evidence needed to discover the culprit. Emerald Springs is Fleur McDonald’s sixth book and is set in country South Australia. Amelia is a young graduate who is determined to prove herself as a new, responsible adult back in her home town. She’s on the verge of being engaged to a young man named Paul who is doing his absolute best to turn his family farm around which his father ran into the ground. Amelia is excited to move forward with Paul, for them to be together properly but Paul desperately wants things to be right before Amelia can move in with him. Amelia also faces the obstacle of her mother’s disapproval, who clearly seems to think Paul will turn out like his father. The beginning of Amelia’s stint as treasurer of the rodeo committee doesn’t go well when the car she is driving is forced to stop and thieves both assault her and steal all of the money. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Amelia – people change and she was desperate to shed the image she’d acquired as a teenager and prove herself as worthy and responsible now. The way in which some people were critical of her reeked of both small-town judgement and also sexism, from some of the older farmers/workers. Amelia is a big vague – she forgets meetings sometimes because she’s caught up dreaming for her future and she could’ve taken more safety precautions when transporting the money but at the same time, she could never have really foreseen what would happen and chances are, it wouldn’t have prevented it anyway. It’s possible that more people would’ve ended up injured. After the accident she finds herself suspecting lots of different people, including even very fleetingly, the idea that perhaps her fiance Paul was involved. Amelia knows there was something about one of them, she just can’t remember what and it’s causing her to look at everyone suspiciously from Paul to her own brother to people she’s known forever. I have to admit, I kind of like when authors fool me and Fleur McDonald managed that nicely here, because I thought I had it all figured out and turned out I didn’t! I really appreciated that because I didn’t see it coming but then when it was revealed, it was something that I didn’t have too much trouble believing and it just seemed to fit. I also really liked the way that the story touched on the roles of gender particularly within Amelia’s family. It’s clear that if not for her father, Amelia wouldn’t actually have a role on the farm at all and that everything is going to go to her brother, an idea that is really outdated in this day and age and yet still seems prevalent in farming circles. At times Amelia’s mother’s attitude towards her seemed really hostile and I found her quite frustrating. I think an attempt was made to justify this but I would’ve liked another scene between Amelia and her mother at the end. I really enjoyed this book – it kept me engaged from the very first page and I was twisting my mind in knots trying to work everything out. I really appreciated the little side plot too of Dave, the detective who gets sent to investigate the local thefts and educate the community on how they can help prevent them in the future and his past with Amelia’s aunt who was a really fantastic character. Fleur McDonald obviously knows small country farming towns and I really felt the community as a whole, the good and the bad. Amelia is a fun character but with a thread of determination and grit underneath and I loved her core group of friends. Would love to see her cousin Chelle get a book at some stage! This was a fabulous story from an author whose books I’ve really come to love and I always appreciate the depth to them and the way that they attempt to showcase rural life, warts and all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    I love the direction Fleur McDonald, Australian rural fiction author takes in her books. In Emerald Springs, McDonald’s sixth and latest release, she delivers another exceptional read. She successfully combines tough rural issues with crime, mystery and a little romance. Emerald Springs features a strong and determined heroine in Amelia Bennett. Amelia has recently returned home the rural community of Torrica, after finishing university. Taking up an opportunity to work as Treasurer at the local I love the direction Fleur McDonald, Australian rural fiction author takes in her books. In Emerald Springs, McDonald’s sixth and latest release, she delivers another exceptional read. She successfully combines tough rural issues with crime, mystery and a little romance. Emerald Springs features a strong and determined heroine in Amelia Bennett. Amelia has recently returned home the rural community of Torrica, after finishing university. Taking up an opportunity to work as Treasurer at the local rodeo, Amelia hopes that the position will give her an opportunity to prove herself and diminish the community’s perception of her being irresponsible. Things look like that are going her way when soon after commencing her position as Treasurer, the rodeo experiences its best night ever. This means Amelia is asked to transport the large amount of cash associated with the successful night. However, things take a turn for the worst when Amelia becomes the victim of a robbery. Shaken up by the ordeal and feeling like she is back at square one in reshaping her community image, Amelia is further taken aback when she and long term boyfriend Paul are cast as suspects. Proving that she and her boyfriend are innocent will take all Amelia can muster. Emerald Springs was another unputdownable novel by the talented voice of rural fiction, Fleur McDonald. The plot was completely engaging and the pace spot on. What I love most about McDonald’s books and Emerald Springs in particular, was the strong rural crime theme. It adds the perfect level of suspense and mystery to the novel. I just had to keep turning the pages at breakneck speed to find out who the culprits were. There was a great twist too, which I did not see coming, keeping me on my toes. There are some strong themes in this book that combine well to increase the readability of the book. I thought the issues involving the Bennett family were handled with insight and sensitivity. McDonald has cast a cracker of a heroine in Amelia. I admired her persistence in getting to the bottom of the robbery. The romance in this novel is subtle, but this was more than fine with me as I was so caught up in the crime and suspense elements. Once again McDonald’s knowledge and love of the rural landscape shines through in her writing. It is always a joy to read her descriptions of rural life. Emerald Springs is another winner for Fleur McDonald, she just keeps getting better, roll on the next one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't enjoy books with swearing... but other than that.. this one had me gripped .. so many great twists and turns that sways you wondering who and what right until the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    Another cracking read from Fleur. Full review here: http://catep36.blogspot.com.au/2015/0... Another cracking read from Fleur. Full review here: http://catep36.blogspot.com.au/2015/0...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Houllis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amelia Bennett is young woman who moves back back home after completing University doing a business course p she does the books for thr farmers of the community . She is ask to be on the rodeo committee to mange the money as does the books for local farmers.. When traveling to taking the money to the bank she is rob and hurt, Detective Dave Barrows come to town solve the thefts in town. Amelia and boyfriend Paul are considered to be suspects in the thefts. Her Aunty Kim believe in Amelia and fal Amelia Bennett is young woman who moves back back home after completing University doing a business course p she does the books for thr farmers of the community . She is ask to be on the rodeo committee to mange the money as does the books for local farmers.. When traveling to taking the money to the bank she is rob and hurt, Detective Dave Barrows come to town solve the thefts in town. Amelia and boyfriend Paul are considered to be suspects in the thefts. Her Aunty Kim believe in Amelia and falls for the Detective who she new when they were younger. Dave is newly divorced from his wife has to consider his feelings while inestigating the thefts. Amelia brother Graham is caught up in it as we discover through reading the book. There is also a tradgey for Amelia and her family. When Amelia discovers who is involved she can't believe that the people she thought were her friends and support her were involved in the robberies. Am love reading the Fleur McDonald books can't wait to read more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I enjoy mystery/suspense and I enjoy romance. While this book wasn't the type of romance I usually enjoy, it had a very good storyline with the local crime and mystery surrounding that. Very enjoyable and keeps you turning the pages trying to guess who the criminals are. With a few unexpected twists and turns, Emerald Springs is a lovely book about survival featuring very interesting characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Sidebottom

    I had thought I might have read this book but must have read intro before. Continuation of Dave the detective in outback South Australia (remembered previously coming across him ). It just goes to show you don't know what motives some people ( darker side lurking) with the mask of being good people. Onto reading Fleur's next Dave's adventures.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Another good rural tale with likeable characters and families/friendships with a web of mystery woven through it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abby Nancarrow grimshaw

    This was a great read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casey Reckwell

    loved the story line.

  13. 4 out of 5

    waz1234W

    Great Always like books about South Australia and this one is as good as the rest.Aways exciting and they seem very real

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Jane

    January 2020 book challenge completed which was to read a book ‘with a colour in the title’. Not my usual choice but it met the criteria. Slow lacklustre read for me unfortunately.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This novel was slow to start with but gradually built up tension until towards the ending I was totally engrossed. Quite an enjoyable read with plenty of twists and turns.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joy Norman

    Enjoyed the book not very realistic however an easy read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    It was ok.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Dawson

    Lovely read. Took me a bit to get into it? But enjoyed once got 1/4 in.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dale Pearce

    After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to her home town. Determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty, she works hard to prove herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee. Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the bags of cash into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying smash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she finds out that she and her boyfriend P After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to her home town. Determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty, she works hard to prove herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee. Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the bags of cash into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying smash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she finds out that she and her boyfriend Paul are the objects of suspicion. To prove her innocence and that of the man she loves, Amelia must convince a sceptical detective that her account of what happened does add up and that he must help her track down the real culprits . . . With its cracker plot, feisty heroine and engaging love story, Emerald Springs will have you reading well into the night.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Bernet-Ward

    Love the colour theme continuity of this series. I have a signed copy of Emerald Springs from Fleur McDonald when I met her at a book launch in 2015. She is a lovely person and I'm pleased to see she has several more books published since then. Actually I imagined the character of Amelia as similar to her own personality but I'm only guessing. The story has romance, drama, plenty of country characters and great outback atmosphere. Not a hard read but an enjoyable one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    I have just realised I haven't added this one here yet. I bought it and read it when it was released, so apologies for being slack. I really enjoyed this. It kept me interested all the way through, and the characters were well written and easy to like. (Except for the bad guys! I won't spoil it though) I hope we can see some more of Dave and Kim's story. :-)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deb Bodinnar

    Two sittings and the book was finished. Needless to say I loved this one. A great mix of Rural Romance and Crime made me not want to put it down. Characters were great and lovely to see some reappear from previous novels. Can't wait for Fleur's next edition.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kez Mckenzie

    My favourite Fleur McDonald book so far!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    The first book by Fleur McDonald that I read. I loved it!! Really adorable!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lawes

    Another fantastic book that I could not put down. Suspenseful but a bit of everything else too. Love Fleur's books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bectoria

    Sweet country romance - I appreciated the glimpse into rural life and crime.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Coyle

    Very enjoyable read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Groves

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Divall

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