Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho is a captivating story about love lost and found, forgiveness and ultimately getting back to the basics of marriage. After Ros finds out that her husband Grady has been cheating on her, their marriage has been going down like a rollercoaster. Instead of ending it all, the couple decides that they want to take a trip to the Australian outback to get their love and lust for each other back on track. Though the trip sounds enticing, it’s not going to be an easy road back to the love that their marriage was founded upon.
One of the things that I both loved and hated about this book was how real the characters were, and how their feelings were so raw and how their emotions were laid out on the pages of this book. Not only is this book about the fall and crumble of a marriage, but it’s about grieving the loss of a child, it’s about coming to terms with your own choices, and forgiving the people who have hurt you in the past.
This story weaved through out the chapters with out effort, there was so much to be delved into, yet it was done at such a quick pace I felt like I was running through this novel. Since it is such a deep and sorrowful story I actually enjoyed the fact that it was something I could fly through. Although it was not a happy story, it was a story that needs to be written. Redemption and love are key points of this book. At times you are rooting for this couple, and at times you are as pissed off at them as they are at each other. It takes a talented author to give the reader those kinds of emotions. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more of Maggie’s books! I was asked by Maggie to read this book, it is available on Netgalley as well. This book gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.