Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho
'I can't remember the last time a book affected me this much' Tess WoodsSix years ago, the Balfours lost their son Cadel to a hit-and-run driver.
A few months ago, Ros discovered Grady's affair.
With their marriage fast disintegrating, they decide to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to try and mend deep wounds and rekindle the fire that once fused them close. This trip will decide the fate of their relationship: do they have enough strength and enough love left to accept what life has put them both through?
But trust and forgiveness don't come easily, and Ros and Grady have to navigate not only the wilderness of the Outback and the challenges of other travellers, but also the chasm of grief and bitterness they have sunk into over the last six years.
Their only hope for survival lies in facing the secrets they have both tried to keep buried ...
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About the Author
Maggie Bolitho grew up in Victoria BC Canada, where she spent her childhood flying under the radar, constructing alternate universes, and wishing to be somewhere over the rainbow. Shortly after her 17th birthday she set out to see the world. Eventually, she moved on to Australia.While living Down Under and exploring the outback, Maggie started writing fiction. Her adult short stories have been published in various anthologies in Australia, the US, and Canada. She has written for Quills Canadian Poetry magazine, her YA novel LOCKDOWN was published in 2014, and in 2015 she published OUTBACK PROMISE.
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Outback Promise based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
How far would you go to save your ailing marriage? Ros and Grady have been pulling in opposite directions for a while, even before their son, Cadel was tragically killed. After his death, Ros grief swamps her and the couple end up further apart than they have ever been, leading Grady to have an affair. Deciding something drastic needs to be done, Grady comes up with the idea of spending some time alone in the outback. Three months of time alone. Can the couple overcome their problems, and divulge their darkest secrets to one another to save themselves? I know that this book took a lot of time and emotion to write, with Maggie putting her heart and soul into it, so I wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it properly. The problem for me was the pace. It is exceptionally slow, with no real action to pick it up and hold me captivated. I understand that this is an emotional book, but all books need something to capture the interests of the reader. The characters felt very much one-dimensional, and I just couldn’t warm to them. Grady felt self-centred even when he was trying to be helpful and loving, and Ros just felt distant. I really did want to feel empathy for Ros, what with her son being killed, her husband having an affair and her marriage falling apart, but there was just something about her that had me lacking that empathy I so wanted. As I have said, this is an emotional book about two people who clearly love each other, but have drifted apart. They have a desire to work through their problems and not give up on their marriage, however it didn’t move my emotions. I found it tough-going and I’m really sorry to say, it actually bored me. Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
Marriage is give and take, love and loss, joy and sorrow. For Ros and Grady, the past six years have been a living nightmare after the death of their only child. As their marriage crumbled, their grief became a twisted wall of concertina wire between them; to touch it could be to slice old wounds open. When infidelity is added to the mix, their inner turmoil erupts with a volcanic force that they both struggled to contain. Lies, deceit, guilt and a supreme failure to communicate become a festering wound neither knows how to heal. In a last ditch effort to revive their dying relationship, they embark on a three month camping trip to the heart of Australia that will lay bare every buried secret, sorrow, accusation and sin. Will they be able to rebuild what was lost or will they find it is time to move on, separately in order to re-enter the world of the living? Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho is a heart-wrenching and dramatic tale of loss as two people realize they are destroying the bond that brought them together out of guilt, anger and hurt. Will having only each other to rely on, in a world foreign to their urban existence give them the strength to finally be honest and accept that bad things happen, but what a person does with the memories is the key to re-enforcing the vows they took so long ago. Ms. Bolitho has created an often dark and painful story, seen through the heart of Ros as she struggles with her won issues, her husband’s distance and the things she can never have again. Meet two people damaged by life as they forsake their life partner out of need and sense of loss. Extremely well-written, even-paced this is a story to savor. There is no rapid-fire action, no over-the-top heroics, just two characters who have been flayed open, looking for healing by stripping away all of their familiar trappings and conveniences, forcing them to get back to basics in more ways than one. Powerful, insightful and brutally realistic, life holds no promises for a happily ever after, but happiness and acceptance must come from within. Highly recommended, character-driven reading. I received this copy from Maggie Bolitho in exchange for my honest review.