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Where the Road Bends

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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He ripped back the zip, his heart pounding as red dust trickled in and landed on his face. He stood, brushing the dust from his eyes, a sense of vertigo launching itself up his spine. One step from the swag and his eyes snapped open. He started to lean into a void. Over a cliff. 

Fifteen years after college graduation, four friends reconnect to keep a lo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars
First off, I think David Rawlings has an incredible imagination. I love that he combines an intriguing story with a theme and the characters grow and learn through some magical/fantastic circumstances. The one place that I feel this book falls short, which is the same thing that happened in his last book, is that it just doesn't go deep enough. None of the four characters' motivations and issues were described very thoroughly and I didn't connect to their problems in a sincere enough wa
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the journey that this book has taken me on. I think it's because of the life's lessons that this book has to offer and it certainly does make us think about some of the passages that were in this book.
I have Read David's book The Camera doesn't lie so when I seen this one I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. I like the way he can make his characters' come to life and we're able to feel their feelings come out of the pages to us as readers.
The setting of Australia was so
Rachael (bluestockings_and_books)
I was planning on giving this book four stars, but when I found that it didn’t lead to any Christian content I decided to change my rating. The theme of this book is asking yourself who you are, but it never circled around to finding your identity in Christ. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending, but felt that if we allow the thought process to circle back to Christ in our own minds, this book was okay. I enjoyed it, but warn others who read it to remember that our identity is found in Christ, not o ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Engaging story about four college friends that decide to meet up 15 years after they graduate. Their paths have gone different directions and each addresses the question of did they choose the right path.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not a normal genre for me which will probably impact my review. I enjoyed the book and the setting in Australia but didn't connect well with any of the characters. But no matter what we read or who we are, we all come to a point in our lives when we wonder how we got to where we are in life.

The novel starts on college graduation day when four friends decide that they will meet in Australia in 15 years to find out about each other's lives. When they meet 15 years later, none of them are h
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A college promise to the Australian Outback brings four friends together fifteen years later to go on this adventure. But was it as they all expected? Had each friend changed that much? You will find out in David Rawlings new book, Where the Road Bends.

This is a very interesting book, with interesting characters. Rawlings creates unique characters in Bree, Eliza, Andy, and Lincoln. Bree is kept wondering about a decision she made years ago, Eliza just isn’t sure where sh
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Prism and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Where The Road Bends
By: David Rawlings

Four friends make a pact on the day of their college graduation to reunite in fifteen years in the Australian Outback. Where The Road Bends is the story of this reunion. Of the four friends, none of them are truly happy or where they thought they would be in fifteen years. Is anyone? Life never goes to plan, and they h
I appreciated what the author was trying to do with the plot of this book but something about it didn't click for me. I generally like the trope of prior schoolmates reuniting for something and I didn't dislike it here, but the characters were just okay for me.
This is a book that some people will love but not especially easy for me to get into.
Thank you for the early copy.

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May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where the Road Bends by David Rawlings is an intriguing novel of healing.

Fifteen years after college graduation, four friends fulfill their promise and reunite for a trip to the beautiful Australian outback. Their trip is off to a rocky start when Andy Summers barely makes their flight. Each of them are also struggling with where they are in life. Eliza Williams is grappling with a career decision.  Lincoln Horne has risen to the pinnacle of his profession but personal happiness remains elusive.
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
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
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Where the Road Bends is a character driven allegory in which we meet four former college friends who made a promise at graduation to meet in the Australian Outback 15 years later. When you’re young and fresh out of college, you have lots of dreams and plans. One thing most of us plan is not losing touch with our closest friends. But, inevitably, we go our separate ways and get on with our lives. Thanks to social media, we may keep in touch or at least like each others’ status updates. However, t ...more
Three things we've come to love in Rawling's stories are they are written beautifully, he uses a supernatural 'stranger of sorts' to challenge and stretch his characters and he makes you think deeply about the experiences and struggles of his characters. This time, the setting is in Australia, somewhere near the Red Centre of this vast continent. The way he weaves the spirit and sparsity of the desert added to the intrigue of this story as the feelings of separation, loneliness and anxiety invad ...more
Rebecca Heneghan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an early copy of this from Net Galley for an honest review.

4 college friends make a pact to meet in Australia in 15 years at graduation. I found it a bit odd that these friends have not seen each other in 15 years but still follow through with the trip.

Each character plays a role in the novel on what their lesson is to learn on the trip. Each of these was very cliche but still found the story entertaining. I just didn’t buy it and found the story line with Andy a huge let down. Quick
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Rating: 2.9 / 5

**Received early copy from Netgalley for honest review.**

Following the trek of four college friends who reconnect after 15 years into the Australian outback is a great premise for a book. Not only is Australia the world's emptiest continent (after Antarctica), but it's also an entire world "down under", completely different from what most people, especially in the Western world, are used to. In other words, there's the potential for a "journey", and that's what I went into this bo
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love it that David Rawlings' books are independent of each other. That way you can read any one of them and not feel left out because you didn't read the previous one. His style is interesting in that he uses supernatural beings to deliver his messages. Are they angels? One can only hope that angels do walk this earth to try and guide us as we go along our own path. Mr. Rawlings is from Australia, and in this book he gives us a peek into what his country is like. Add his perspective to what we ...more
Jennifer Holloway Jones
At their college graduation, four friends promise to meet up in fifteen years to reconnect. They each are starting very different journeys in their lives. The book fast forwards through their lives until the fifteen years has passed. Each of the friends is facing some sort of difficulty when they travel to the Australian Outback together. There is fear, there is addiction, there is uncertainty, and there is loss. Through their reconnection, they are each transformed. This book is filled with met ...more
Robin E. Mason
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mr. Rawlings sure knows how to dig deep into the souls of his characters, weaving powerful and poignant and heart wrenching stories around them, weaving the tattered threads of each character’s story into a single compelling tapestry.
Four friends stuck in their journey in life. A reunion that, when planned, was to have been a joyous celebration of their successes and happiness in life. The reality that all were hiding their own truths and none were prepared to reveal their failures, both real an
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The four friends—Bree, Eliza, Andy, and Lincoln—met in a freshman anthropology seminar and remained close through all four years of college. At graduation, they vow to travel to Australia together in fifteen years. When the time comes, only Bree and Eliza have kept in touch, but they all keep their promise and go on the trip, which is subsidized by Lincoln who is always quick to reveal he is a very successful stock broker.

All four are struggling with something, and it is immediately obvious the
Chrissy Garwood
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a single day and was satisfied with the way the story unfolded. The author took four friends who had once been inseparable, brought them back together after fifteen years, and dropped them into the Australian outback for a camping expedition. They brought with them fifteen years of living separate lives and the tension between who they used to be and who they thought they were now increased.
I've already read two books by David Rawlings, and I had some expectations that the st
Stacey Ulferts
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I stepped away from my usual reading genres and read Where the Road Bends, the latest release from David Rawlings. I'm glad I did because not only did I get a tour of the Australian outback, I got to think about and examine how lives remain connected even after years apart. This book shows the impact that the decisions of others can have on a person's future and how they can go about changing things if they so choose. It was a thought provoking read for sure!

I received an advance copy from Netg
The Growing Library
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Fifteen years after their college graduation four friends who have lost touch over the years embark on a trip to the outback they promised themselves they would take. Each friend comes with their own struggles on the point they are at in their lives. ⁣

The first night into their trip a severe sandstorm hits and when they awake the next day they are each miraculously in a different part of the desert. They have no idea how they got to where they are and are each on their own journey to try to fin
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where the Road Bends wasn't my favorite David Rawlings book, but it was still very relatable and thought-provoking (and fun).

I found myself facing my own fears and decisions right alongside the characters and thoroughly enjoyed exploring Australia with them. I certainly could relate to Breezy and Elise both.

If you've ever found yourself aiming for a target to the exclusion of all else, running from your fears and your hurts, or caught up in an addiction and blame game, you will probably enjoy t
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I see what you are trying to do there. That's how I felt reading this. I have seen others do it. A group of four college friends meet 15 years in the future. The outback is their reunion. Why not? A place with all kinds of things that can kill you. Where else?

So they all meet and they all have baggage. Eliza and Lincoln are successful but unhappy. Total cliches. They have it all, except happiness! Bree has a family. She also has no career. Because we all know you can't have both. And then Andy i
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you in advance to the publisher, Thomas Nelson/TNZ Fiction, as well as Prism Book Tours for providing an advanced review copy. A positive review was not required and all words are my own.

The cover is one of the striking things about this novel, other than the blurb. The stars above and the red dirt road of the Australian outback feature four people on a journey. Immediately questions come to mind – what are they looking for, what will they find, will they like what they find?

This is one of
Randi Sampson
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I sit down to read a new book by David Rawlings, I know one thing to be true: it is going to make me think! I love his use of allegories to ask the important questions in life. In Where The Road Bends, that question is: how did you get to where you are in life?

When four old college friends meet up after 15 years to go on an adventure in Australia, that is just the question they are faced with. Through some rather mysterious circumstances, they all find themselves taking a look at their own
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the adventures of the inspiring read, Where the Road Bends. It loved it very much. I give it five stars.

Denice Langley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four friends who come together to live out a pledge they made upon graduation find themselves in unexpected circumstances having to make life decisions quickly. The four friends find themselves at different places in their lives, none of them where they pictured they would be at this point. Hoping that this trip, with all of the hardships and surprises, would help them bring clarity and strengthen their goals but instead find themselves even more lost. Each of them must reach down inside themsel ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is really good! I enjoyed it very much! I am hoping there is
another book coming. What I enjoyed most about the book are
the life lessons. There is a lot to think about here in this book.
Where the road Bends, is my first David Rawlings book and I am
anxious to read more of his books.

Thank you so much, David Rawlings, the Publisher, and NetGalley
for this great book. I loved it.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Where the Road Bends by David Rawlings is a recommended allegorical novel featuring a reunion of four college friends. This is highly recommended and a good choice if you like fiction that follows a spiritual journey of self-discovery.

Four college friends promised after graduation to meet and have a fifteenth reunion. The four are keeping their promise and meeting to take a trip to the Australian Outback. "Eliza needs to disconnect from her high-powered fashion job to consider the CEO position s
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
4Four good friends in college are about to go their separate ways. They plan to meet up again in 15 years to share their successes in life. Ah, how I remember those happy days of excitement for what the future can bring, with a bit of anxiety thrown in about going out on your own.

15 years pass and they all get together for a trip to the Australian Outback, none of them where they had really planned to be, or at least not very happy with where they have ended up. There's a lot of bickering as tru
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