While I’ve been busily working on new projects, many lovely readers have left more reviews of Outback Promise on Amazon and GoodReads:
Engy Neville Loved Every Beautiful Word:
I was hooked from the first few lines. Ms Bolitho has crafted a touching story that tugs at every single emotion from the best to the absolute heartbreaking. It's been an amazing adventure reading this book and somehow I feel like I too have traveled through the outback. I loved this week.
L. Jenkins said: […] The writer’s lyrical descriptions of the landscape were haunting and beautiful. This read kept me solidly in its grip as I turned each page in anticipation of unraveling the underlying causes of the friction within Ros and Grady’s soured relationship.
From Irene A: With crystalline prose and the sure hand of a novelist, Maggie Bolitho sculpts a story of loss, grief, forgiveness, and love. The territory travelled by the characters is as suffocating as their pain yet as expansive as the Australian outback. And we feel it all. This is a beautiful, harsh, and ultimately redemptive story from a talented writer.
Read it! It’s a real winner said Mary Ann R. […] this book is a very well written, emotional and psychological adventure of a long married couple who have descended into the pits of distrust and denial; drawn apart mainly by circumstances beyond their control. […] Tender, emotional and sensual.
Rowena Holloway gave it 4/5 stars on GoodReads. […]This is a story that tackles a married relationship in a mature and realistic way. Ros’s predicament will speak to many of us and though Outback Promise is told only through her eyes and Grady’s motives and emotions stay somewhat opaque for much of their trip, he does get to say his piece. And it is here that we see his true vulnerability.
If you enjoy realistic characters dealing with real problems set against what for some will be an exotic background, Outback Promise is definitely for you.
Judith Hornby said This compelling story is a MUST READ.
I was really drawn into this well written and moving story. Maggie has developed her characters well, capturing the grief, pain and confusion that Ros and Grady had to endure when they lost their only child. I felt I was right there with them as they travelled the Australian Outback in the hopes of finding peace and happiness with each other again. This book is an emotional, sad and happy read and I found it very hard to put down.
Sheri A Wilkinson found it to be A dramatic, emotionally charged read.
A well written intense original story. Ros and Grady lose their only son, in a devastating car accident. It is traumatic for both and they each handle their grief in their own ways. The plot is rich with intense moments, fantastic dialog, and alternating chapters from the past to present. I really got a feel of what Ros was going through losing her son and her marital problems.