Outback Promise by Maggie Bolitho

Outback Promise

Tragedy. Betrayal. Hope.After losing their only child, Roslyn and Grady Balfour's lives are destroyed, shattering their perfect marriage. When Ros discovers Grady's infidelity, it sets their love on a destructive downward spiral. Grady hopes that three months together camping will rekindle what was lost so long ago. Attempting to repair their broken marriage, Ros and Grady set out on a journey of self-discovery and redemption deep into the Austra...

Details Outback Promise

TitleOutback Promise
Release DateNov 1st, 2015
PublisherHarperCollins Australia

Reviews Outback Promise

  • Sharon
    Ros and Grady's marriage has been in tatters since the day their gorgeous little son was taken from them in a hit and run car accident six years ago. Attempting to get through each day was a challenge, but somehow they had to find a way to move forward.When Grady suggested they go on a camping trip for three months, Ros was very reluctant as it was the last thing she really desired to do. Could this travelling journey around the Australian outbac...
  • Dianne
    Maggie Bolitho is at Tome Tender with a great read and a wonderful Giveaway! Enter to Win a $10 Gift Card International where allowed - Click on Banner to Enter - Second Chance RomanceMarriage is give and take, love and loss, joy and sorrow. For Ros and Grady, the past six years have been a living nightmare after the death of their only child. As their marriage crumbled, their grief became a twisted wall of concertina wire between them; to touch ...
  • Brenda
    When Grady Balfour asked his wife Ros to accompany him on a three month camping trip through outback Australia she just didn’t think she could do it. Ros hated camping – but she also knew it had been a lifelong dream of Grady’s. The past six years had been hard on them both – the loss of their beautiful four year old son in a hit and run accident; an accident which had almost taken Grady’s life as well – meant their lives had changed ...
  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    Things weren't doing well between husband and wife Grady & Rosaly Balfour. Their only son Cadel died six years prior to the story, and from then on, the couple's relationship slowly went down the drain. Suspicions arose, secrets abounded, flirting and extra-marital activities ensued until the couple finally decided to have "The Talk". In the Outback, together for ninety days. In the Outback, where they could relive old memories and re-asses their...
  • Renee
    After ten years of marriage, Ros and Grady are stuck in a rut. Grady's solution is to put their relationship into 4wd, literally. Ros has never been interested in camping, but decides to pull her head out of the sand and tackle the harsh outback of central Australia, with Grady. Will Ros and Grady be able learn to communicate again and recover their relationship?Ok, so I might have overdone it a little with the 4wd references, but I needed some l...
  • Mens Rea
    What this book is about: In this book, we follow Ros (Rosalyn), a 45 year old woman who is married to Grady. Grady has asked his wife to join him on a 3-month adventure on the outback of Australia and she reluctantly agrees. This journey is meant to heal past wounds that this couple has, due to the death of their 4-year-old son, 6 years ago. Since then nothing has been the same for them and their relationship is falling apart day by day. Are they...
  • Lily Malone
    I've been reading Outback Promise on and off, for the last two or three weeks on recommendation from a friend, WA author, Tess Woods.Right from the beginning I knew this would be a difficult book for me to read. Ros and Grady Balfour lost their little boy Cadel after a tragic accident early in the book. I knew the main characters' son died, and I have two boys, aged 8 and 6. I knew I was in for an emotional read based on that alone.Outback Promis...
  • Terry Tyler
    4.5 out of 5 starsReviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Book Review TeamI liked this book a lot. Maggie Bolitho has the sort of innate gift for the written word that makes my editing/critiquing hat fall off unnoticed, allowing me to just read and enjoy, which is, of course, the best way.Outback Promise is about the marriage of Ros and Grady. Six years after their four year old son, Cadel, was killed in a tragic accident, their marriage has falt...
  • marlin1
    This book was an utter surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting but what I got was a book that spoke to me.Rosalyn and Grady's marriage started to fracture the day their 4yr old son was killed by a hit and run driver, Grady was seriously injured in that accident as well. Ros tried hard to cope but she also found out at the same time that they were heavily in financial debt. Trying to piece life together while loosing her son and Grady retreati...
  • Melinda
    Incredible heartfelt story. Bolitho's writing is absolutely lovely. Her words capture Rosalyn's profound grief of her child, the demise of her marriage along with flashbacks of her abusive mother. Using the forgiving and punishing elements of the brutal Australian Outback serves as the perfect setting. Bolitho delves into Rosalyn's pain, fear, denial, regrets and the acknowledgment of this and more makes this story painfully beautiful. I rooted f...
  • Georgiann Hennelly
    Grady and Rosalyn's marriage started to fall apart after their four year old Son was killed by a hit and run driver. Grady was also seriously injured in that accident. Ros tried to cope but she found out at the same time that they were heavily in debt. Trying to survive the loss of Her Son and Grady retreating from Her she threw herself into her love of gardening. On the surface everything seemed fine between them but in reality they just couldn'...
  • Irene
    An amazing book with some wonderful descriptions, so much so that it feels as if you are walking in Ros's shoes for the whole journey. It's a travelogue of a 3 month trip into the Australian outback, it's harsh beauty, the dangers awaiting the unwary traveller. Then there is the devastating loss of their 4 year old son 6 years ago in a crazy accident. This trip will decide whether Ros and Grady will stay together. I couldn't put this book down - ...
  • Cai
    Tonight’s review is incredibly hard for me to write. Just like the book was to read. Unless you have read this book, it’s not what you are thinking. In fact, I am sitting here playing with the photo editing for the picture, trying to think of how to say this.Ros survives a abusive mother to find safety in Grady. After moving to Australia, she has a wonderful marriage with Grady. Even after their miscarriage, even after the birth of their son ...
  • Suze Lavender
    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 tr...
  • Jeannette
    Description:Rocked first by the death of her only child, and then again by the discovery of her husband's infidelity, Ros and Grady travel to the middle of Australia - the Red Centre - to find what lies at the heart of their marriage, and face secrets she too has kept to herself.My thoughts:Outback Promise starts with some very powerful writing describing the tragic death of Ros and Grady’s son. I was emotionally invested in the story straight ...
  • Jina Howell-Forbes
    Reading this book was an emotional roller-coaster. Two people, married to each other, find they have completely different responses to extreme trauma. These divergent responses push the couple father and farther apart. Their marriage is on very rocky ground when the husband decides to try something desperate to bring them back together. So begins a three month odyssey through the Australian Outback. They camp they have adventures and they survive...
  • Akeisha -Til' The Last Page BB
    I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the synopsis, there was no way I was not going to read this book. I started Outback Promise with so much excitement.I thought for the first couple of chapters the story was beyond absorbing. I found myself reading through the pages rather quickly. I was intrigued and enjoyed that the story was told in both Past Tense and in the Present. I felt like the author did an excellent ...
  • Ann Cooper
    I enjoyed this book and felt that Maggie described the awful grief following the death of a child extremely well. The book follows the story of Grady & Ros as they come to terms with the death of their 4yr old son Cadel.But it is so much more than that. They decide to take 3 months off to camp and hike around Australia and the scenery and places become very much part of the story. As they meet people on their travels, these people expose unresolv...
  • Marie Etchell
    Maggie Bolitho’s Outback Promise took me on a fascinating and colourful journey through the Australian Outback in the company of Grady and Ros as they struggle to find their way back to each other after tragedy breaks their happy life into lethal shards. Bolitho’s characters emerge as three-dimensional beings whose lives I cared about deeply. Both Grady and Ros grapple with the grim loss they have experienced, at times with courage, at times ...
  • Allison Doke
    Outback Promise is one of the most heart-wrenching, yet beautifully written books I have ever read. The subject matter - the tragic loss of a child, and the after affects on a marriage - are seen through the grief-stricken eyes of a mother unable to move past her son's death. It is profoundly moving, at times difficult to read, but filled with enormous hope, and a strong desire of the main character, Rosalyn Balfour, to move ahead, not by forgett...
  • Lisa
    Six years after the tragic death of their son, Ros and Grady’s marriage is falling apart. Grady has betrayed her, and Ros isn’t sure she can forgive him. When Grady invites her on a three month trip through the Australian Outback, Ros agrees. Outback promise is a powerful, poignant story of love lost and found again. Maggie Bolitho brings these characters to life with vivid detail and sensitivity, capturing Rosalyn's incredible grief over the...
  • Carol Cram
    Outback Promise is one of those novels that stays with you long after you've read it. A heartbreaking story is woven into a story of redemption and hope. What ties it together is the author's wonderful use of language. Bolitho writes with a fluent immediacy that engages the reader in the life of Ros, one of the most appealing main characters I've come across in a long time.The story takes us on a journey through the magnificent Australian Outback...
  • Janine
    This was a very different book for me to read. It seemed to be in 3 parts. The first part after Ros & Grady lose their son is gut-wrenching in parts and almost depressing. The second part is about their road trip into remote Australia on a journey to re-discover themselves. Along the way they encounter some very colourful people and situations. The third part is they finally find a way to work through the grief process and get out into the open t...
  • Christine
    If I could, I would give this book 6 stars! It was so well written with such raw emotion, I could feel the mother’s pain. It’s a situation that is a mother’s worse nightmare, and although the death of a child is something that you can never get over, the parents’ emotional journey through this nightmare was so interesting and heart-breaking and the physical journey through the harsh outback so fitting. I loved this book and congrats to th...
  • Lynn Crymble
    A beautiful and daring book that takes you on a journey to the outback and gently leads you back home again. Bolitho has a knack for nailing the quotidian moments of a normal life and marriage and then deftly taking her readers from the safety of that world and showing them the extraordinary lengths a woman and a mother will go to save herself.
  • Janine
    This was a well written thought provoking book. I loved the outback Australia descriptions.
  • Stefanie
    Outback PromiseOutback Promise was a recommend read in a group. It started so strong and then heartbreak of the worst kind. It broke my heart, but was painful to read. They took different paths to recover from their loss of Cadel. Ros was still in a depressive state and not letting go of her pain and anger. Grady just checked out and sought another relationship with a coworker. Grady wanting to start over with Ros decides to take a trip to save t...
  • Nerissa
    He cheated on her and that was it? He was sorry? End of? BLAH
  • Dottie Paulk
    The story dragged, I had a hard time finishing it.
  • Rowena Holloway
    Grief and the mercurial nature of relationships make this a powerful story of love and loss. Although the cover could suggest otherwise, this is not a rural romance. It is a beautifully written story of a crumbling marriage and the difficulty of finding your way through the indescribable loss of a child.The Australian outback features heavily and for armchair travelers there is much to enjoy in the visual descriptions and experiences of the main ...