After Paula’s teen daughter, Caitlin, is tagged in an offensive Facebook post and her husband Hamish’s own online misdemeanours are uncovered, she ups the kids from school and takes off on a caravan trip across Australia, with her spritely father Sid along for the ride. Her aim is to get back to the simpler things in life and reconnect as a family while she works out if she can ever forgive Hamish. Soon a charming Brazilian backpacker, Marcelo, joins their party and Paula finds she may not want to return home to her husband at all. Told from both Paula and Hamish’s viewpoints, this was a really entertaining - and somewhat confronting - story with plenty of turns along the way to keep readers interested. With great characters, captivating scenery and thought-provoking issues, it may surprise you.
Wife on the Run, by Bali-based author Fiona Higgins, is about a woman who takes off when a scandal breaks. The synopsis says: "A mother's greatest fear ... A wife's worst nightmare ... What would you do? When two technology-related disasters hit within days of each other, Paula knows her comfortable suburban life has been irrevocably blown apart. One involves the public shaming of her teenage daughter; the other is a discovery about her husband that shocks her to her core. With her world unravelling around her, Paula does the only thing that makes any sense to her: she runs away from it all. She pulls her children out of school and takes off on a trip across Australia with her elderly father and his caravan. The only rule is No Technology--no phones, no Facebook, no Instagram, no tablets, games or computers. It's time to get back to basics and learn how to be a family again. It all sounds so simple - and for a while, it is. But along the way Paula will meet new, exciting complications, and realise that running away is only a temporary solution. The past has to be faced before the future can begin." Wife on the Run is out in November 2014.