The Ties That Bind is an emotionally riveting debut novel about the power of a mother’s love and the bonds among family that, though severed, can never be fully broken. On opposite sides of the world, two lives are changed forever. One by the smallest bruise. The other by a devastating bushfire. And both by a shocking secret . . .Miami art curator Courtney Hamilton and her husband David live the perfect life until their ten-year-old son Matthew is diagnosed with leukaemia. He needs a bone-marrow transplant but, with Courtney being adopted, the chances of finding a match within his family are slim. Desperate to find a donor, Courtney tracks the scattered details of her birth 15,000 kilometres away, to the remote town of Somerset in the Victorian bush. Meanwhile Jade Taylor wakes up in hospital in Somerset having survived the deadly bushfire that destroyed the family home and their beloved olive groves. Gone too are the landmarks that remind her of her mother, Asha, a woman whose repeated absences scarred her childhood. As Jade rallies her fractured family to rebuild their lives, Courtney arrives in the burnt countryside to search for her lost parents – but discovers far more . . .
The Ties That Bind was both intriguing and emotional. A solid, well told story—a debut novel and a new voice in Australian fiction.
I am a little biased but I do love an Aussie small town story. Who could pass on the opportunity to read a new one?
The conflict drew me in and made me hold my breathe until the last page.
Did I say emotional?
I loved both lead characters – Courtney and Jade – whose life struggles were very real and well portrayed. The author showed me the Australian countryside destroyed by fire and confirmed the resilience of a local community in times of tragedy. Throw in a child with a life threatening illness, the clock counting down, and you have the makings of a great read.
Well done to the Author and I look forward to future stories.
Publisher Random House Books Australia