Fiona Lowe has a son studying medicine in Tasmania and ironically in her latest novel ‘Daughter of Mine’ Tasmania’s Botanical Gardens and a particular statue there is the setting for her characters to find their own kind of medicine and some ‘healing’’. Tasmania was chosen because of Fiona’s characters circumstance and the state’s physical isolation from the rest of Australia.
I recently spoke to Fiona about ‘Daughter of Mine’, which says Fiona, was inspired by her thinking of how remarriage affects the children of the previous marriage.
Although the title ‘Daughter of Mine’ seemingly refers to one daughter the novel encompasses a number of daughter/parent relationships, the foremost being the three Chirnwell sisters, chief protagonists of in Fiona’s own words her ‘multigenerational family saga’.
We meet Harriet the eldest sister who seemingly has a stupendously successful life, with a career as a surgeon, loving husband and bright daughter, the latter destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps into medicine. Unfortunately Harriet’s life begins to fall apart because in spite or her ability to be in total control of her own life she cannot be in control of others.
Friction between mothers and daughters occurs when Harriet and her sisters Xara and Georgia host a birthday party for their widowed mother Edwina who decides to take the opportunity to introduce her new but old love to the family and additionally a a family secret as well.
Fiona is the winner of the RITA the Romance Writers of America Award
Daughter of mine is out now published by Harlequin.