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Where the Road Bends
By David Rawlings
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages
June 2, 2020 by Thomas Nelson
Fifteen years after college graduation, four friends reconnect to keep a long-ago promise and go on a trip of a lifetime in the Australian Outback.
Eliza needs to disconnect from her high-powered fashion job to consider the CEO position she’s just been offered. Lincoln hopes to rekindle a past relationship and escape from another one. Bree looks forward to a fun getaway from home and her deeply buried disappointments. Andy wants to disappear from the mess he’s made of his life—possibly forever.
Dropped at a campsite in the middle of nowhere, the friends quickly discover they aren’t the same people they once were, and they begin to confront hard truths about one another—and themselves. Then a bizarre storm sweeps across their camp, scattering them across the desert. Wondering if they are part of some strange escape game, each of the friends meets a guide to help them find exactly what they need: purpose, healing, courage, and redemption.
But they’ve already traveled far down the road of life and course-correcting to become the people they were meant to be won’t be easy.
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In My Opinion
Fifteen years and roads diverged separate four college friends in Where the Road Bends. Now, they are fulfilling a pact they made in college.
As with previous books by David Rawlings, each of these people is meets a supernatural stranger who acts as a guide of sorts for them. I enjoyed some elements of this book, but others were lacking.
With the exception of Bree and Eliza, these four people haven’t stayed connected which makes the entire trip seem a little contrived. And I was a tad disappointed with the characterization of each of these friends as I felt they could have been explored more. I had a hard time connecting with any of them.
However, Rawlings paints a vivid picture of the Australian outback that transports you to the ruggedness the land both beautiful and deadly.
He also poses the question of how we respond to the unexpected and unforeseen bends in the road in our lives. Do we adapt? Do we stall? Do we run and hope our problems don’t catch us? How we respond to life when it goes off rails is the mark of where our foundation of beliefs lies, and without a compass, we are often lost.
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About the Author
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.
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Sonnetta Jones says
I have seen old friends and realized that we are all in different places in life. I didn’t want to recapture the past. I want to read this book because it takes place in the Australian Outback. I look forward to reading this book.