Where the Road Bends Review and Giveaway!

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Where the Road Bends By David Rawlings

Christian Fiction 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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I have some mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was an intriguing storyline – a bunch of “friends” getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere essentially, and basically coming to grips with the people the were, where they came from, and what they wanted to be in the future. It makes a reader reflect on their own circumstances, and how they could grow as an individual.

One thing I thought was weird was that it seemed like this group of friends wasn’t really friends anymore. I know they made a pact, but I think that it may have been a tad unrealistic that they would go together. It would have been fun to see the characters mysteriously end up in the same place, and then go through all they went through. I understand for some of the storyline purposes the reason they needed to be a little distant, I personally just didn’t prefer the execution.

Overall it was a fun story to read. The characters all had things they needed to learn from and grow from. The ending felt a little uncomplete, although I’m not sure if it’s because there is a future story, or perhaps the reader is supposed to make up their own ending? Either way, I think Rawlings fans will enjoy the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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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3 thoughts on “Where the Road Bends Review and Giveaway!

  1. Can’t wait to read the book! I have met with old friends after a long time. Sometimes it was awkward, others it was if we’d not been apart at all.

  2. I think it would be an interesting read to see how much people have changed after all those years.

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