#BookReview: Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

outback promiseSummary:

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 …


This book will definitely tug at your heart strings. Ros and Grady are struggling in their marriage, and a large reason for that is the tragic death of their young son, which we read about pretty quickly on in the book. I remember reading this in my bathroom while getting ready in the morning, and being thankful I hadn’t yet applied my makeup as it easily made me cry. While they take this Outback journey to try to essentially save their marriage, it turned out being so much for them, and it was pretty unique to watch it and experience it along with them. Also the setting is Australia, so I was googling a few terms here and there, and learning a few new phrases to throw my friends off 😉 Sometimes I thought the pace was quite slow and the very short section breaks threw me off a little – there were so many sections that were only a few paragraphs and it made the reading almost a bit choppy, but overall, a very sensitive read with a great couple that I was cheering for at the center.

3.5 stars

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