The Chance of a Lifetime by Kendra Smith
A new life down under? It's not as perfect as you'd think.
Katie and Tom's marriage is in trouble. As is their bank account. So, when Tom tells Katie that they need to talk, she knows it must be about one of two things, and neither are good. But when he blind-sides her saying that his boss is sending him to Australia – permanently – Katie realises it might just be what they need to save their marriage.
Trouble is, she doesn't like the heat, can't swim and hates spiders. Not to mention the bouts of homesickness – and Tom's endless business trips. Katie is finding the hope of saving their marriage slowly slipping through her fingers. But Katie is determined to take the bull by the horns – and her Speedos by the strap – and tackles her new life.
When all is said and done which side of the globe will she decide to call home?
From the cover, I thought this story was going to be more light-hearted than it was. Actually, it errs more on the side of women's fiction and family drama than chick lit or romance.
The novel deals with some fairly gritty issues too - infidelity and miscarriage being two of them. But this book is mostly about roots and family, and the realisation that you can't run away from your problems.
Definitely well written, it is both thought-provoking and uplifting.