by Maggie Bolitho
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
Publisher: AUS Impulse
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Print Length: 203 pages
Can Ros and Grady move on from the past, or will their pain drive them apart? Six 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 ...
Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho
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 own 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.