Water and Fire

Ocean's Gift

Romance - Contemporary
168 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2014
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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

In Water and Fire we meet Belinda, a student mid-wife working in a hospital in the Australian countryside. Belinda is dedicated to her job and the passion she exhibits to help women give birth to healthy babies is contagious and really jumps off the page. Of course Belinda has her own personal demons chasing her toward career success, not to mention a lanky Irish intern seemingly smitten with her. Demelza Carlton brings this story to life allowing us to witness the burgeoning relationship between Belinda and Aidan. Aidan is a funny character who would be creepy in a stalker way if he wasn’t so darned gentlemanly about his affections. He’s homesick and Belinda has her own personal issues that make her question her desirability to Aidan, despite his feelings for her.

Water and Fire is a unique story that features a strange cast of characters, including an elderly horn dog masquerading as a hospital maintenance man, a surprised possum, and a nursing intern selling her goodies to pay for college. They’re strange and entertaining but altogether lovable. What I loved most about the growing relationship between Aidan and Belinda is how she helps him get over his fear of babies (yes, babies!) and kind of nurtures him into becoming a confident and capable doctor. While I hoped for a much different ending, Demelza Carlton does a fantastic job making me understand why Belinda makes the choices she makes, even if I don’t agree with those choices. It was a quick, enjoyable read with a weird twist.