Nov 30, 2015

Australia Days Book Review & Giveaway: Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho

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Review by Suze

Ros and Grady lost their young son Cadel. They've been mourning for six years and life is tough without him. A hit-and-run driver took Cadel's life and Ros and Grady have been heartbroken ever since. Now their marriage is under pressure. Grady has done something that hurt Ros very much and she doesn't know if she can forgive him. When he suggests a three-month camping trip she agrees. Ros wants to see if wounds can be healed. 

Ros and Grady are traveling through the Outback together while they're used to life in the city. On their journey they meet new people, they make friends and enemies and they find themselves in fantastic and horrible situations. Will this bring them closer together or drive them further apart and are Ros and Grady ready to face their problems?

Outback Promise is a beautiful and moving story about two people who have lost the most precious person in their lives. They're lost after the accident. Maggie Bolitho describes their situation with such sensitivity that I had to cry while reading some of the scenes. My hearth ached for Ros and Grady. She deals with this topic in such a gentle and understanding way while the story is raw and honest at the same time. I liked the contrast and think it worked very well. Even though the main characters have been through a lot the story is never too heavy. There's also hope and plenty of beauty.

The camping trip through mostly wilderness and remote areas was very thoroughly described. I could picture the stunning surroundings and the people Ros and Grady meet on their journey so well. I could almost taste the food and feel the joy, anger and fear. For me that was the best part of the book. Maggie Bolitho knows how to make her stories come to life. I think Outback Promise is amazing. It's a unique story with a difficult topic which is captivating, gripping, emotional, honest and absolutely brilliant.


One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a kindle copy of Outback Promise. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.


  1. Thank you for the review, Suze. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Outback Promise.

  2. yes, Hawaii
    interesting blurb

  3. I went to Greece and I love books set outside the USA.

  4. yes, went to Morocco, and the culture is so different! I really enjoyed myself :)
    this book looks really good, can't wait to read it!

  5. Camped all the way around Australia. Months of travel and fun. I'm looking forward to a great read.

  6. Really glad you liked this, I reviewed it recently and thought it was pretty fab!

  7. Thank you all for the support for my book! I adore Australia and hope some of that love shines through.

    Thanks again, Suze for making me part of your Australian week.

  8. We have been walking the English coast, only beginning, but great fun

  9. This book just sounds really interesting

  10. The most awesome trip I have been on so far is when my Husband took me to Cologne to see the Cathedral shortly after we moved to Germany. It is still one of my favorite places to visit. I'm looking forward to when we get the chance to go to Italy. It's been a dream spot of mine.

    This book sounds really good. I love reading books where I find myself emotionally involved with the characters and this sounds like one of those books.

  11. I've never been on any amazing trips. My ultimate dream trip would be to go to Italy.

    This book sounds interesting and I love reading books that take place outside of the US.

  12. been to the Ukraine

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