Outback Promise by Bolitho, Maggie

Description:

Rocked first by the death of her only child, and then again by the discovery of her husband’s infidelity, Ros and Grady travel to the middle of Australia – the Red Centre – to find what lies at the heart of their marriage, and face secrets she too has kept to herself.

My thoughts:

Outback Promise starts with some very powerful writing describing the tragic death of Ros and Grady’s son.  I was emotionally invested in the story straight up, however the camping trip the couple takes slowed the pace and at times I did struggle to read on.

The baggage carried by Ros and Grady was definitely in need of unpacking and I kept reading for this reason.  Their relationship needed to be opened up, and the trip (several years after the loss of their son) was intended to make this happen. While I enjoyed reading the various travel tales that randomly occurred during the couple’s camping trip, I failed to see these scenes directly helping the couple’s marriage and therefore contributing to the characters’ growth.

I wondered how Ros and Grady would learn from the events in order to start talking to each other. Over time their Issues trickled to the surface and, as a reader, I was somewhat rewarded.

If the original pace of the story and my emotional investment in the character’s heartache, had continued throughout the book, I would have enjoyed the journey more.  That said, I did appreciate the travel stories as I am a full-time grey nomad – one who hopefully will not meet some of the characters created for Outback Promise.

Review posted on Goodreads
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About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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