Can a tyrant get away with murder? Will a naïve woman overturn a government? Solve the mystery in this family saga set in Burma.
If you are a fan of fast-paced action adventure that combines corruption and murder with a family saga, then Beyond Home is for you.
Beyond Home has been called a “terrific story” by critics. In it, Robin Bower delivers a solid and well-plotted mystery.
Eve Robinson discovers a diary that reveals her father’s life was a not quite what it appeared to be. He has not just been a public servant in Australia, but has a mysterious dark past in Burma far from Australian shores. Why did he lie to her? What really happened to her mother?
Eve embarks on a thrilling journey to Burma to discover who her father was after his death. On the way, she is kidnapped and becomes part of a political intrigue, corruption and murder. She forges an unlikely bond with a charismatic Burmese soldier who will do anything to become the leader of the freedom fighters.
How can Eve use her horticultural skills to deceive her captors? Can she escape? Will her lover help her or fulfil his lifelong dream to be leader?
Searing, exhilarating and topical, Beyond Home puts a new spin on the family saga with hidden secrets and political intrigue.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q – Where did the inspiration for Eve Robinson in Beyond Home come from?
A – The story and characters are fictional but the seed for the idea germinated from the fact that my father was born in Rangoon (the descendant of a British Baptist missionary). He and his five sisters were brought up in Rangoon in the foothills of the Himalayas. He spent his early life there before the nationwide strikes tore the country apart and the family decided to go to England. It was only a few years later that Japan occupied Burma. By that time he was in boarding school in England. I created a ‘what if’ scenario around this. What if my father had had another life I didn’t know about?
Beyond Homebook trailer
Richard Seale from RichMedia produced this cool book trailer for my book, Beyond Home.
A terrific story about a young woman’s search for her father
“What’s really great about Beyond Home, apart, that is, from being a terrific story and easy to read, is that it’s set in an exotic part of the world that most of us know little about. So, as I follow Eve in her search for the father she never really knew and share fears of kidnapping, corruption and murder I discover something about Myanmar — what used to be Burma. This is really an unputdownable novel.”
John Harman, author, ghostwriter, scriptwriter
What the readers say
5 stars The story ended too soon
I didn’t get a lot done while I was reading this book. It kept me wondering what would happen next. Some of the questions about characters make me think there should be a book 2.
4.0 out of 5 stars I found this book easy to read and full of of fascinating insights into …
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. I found this book easy to read and full of of fascinating insights into a different way of life. There was a clever feeling of mistrust just below the surface of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars An exotic and passionate world of love, discovery, intrigue and excitement that jumps off the pages.
I was lucky enough to be a very early reader of this first novel from a new Australian world-class writer, Robin Bower. ‘Beyond Home’ transports the reader to an exotic and passionate world of love, discovery, intrigue and excitement that jumps off the pages. I read it in one sitting. It is cinematic in scope and begs to be up on the big screen. Great stuff… do your Kindle or book collection a favour – read it now…
3.0 out of 5 stars OK read
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. This was an OK story about a woman who finds herself only after more than one tragedy in her life. The supporting characters weren’t as well developed as the main one, but they did supply some added drama to the over-all picture. The way it’s is written, even when the bad things happen, the writer doesn’t manage to make you feel sad that it did, I was left feeling “is that all there is?” In other words, I somehow couldn’t get emotionally invested in the story or the characters, I read to the end to see how it played out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written, carefully composed and intriguing novel. A pleasure to read.
A well written, carefully composed and intriguing novel. A pleasure to read. Sometimes the reader will feel “predictability” (falling in love with captor, missing sister, long lost mother,.. . ) though the whole story and all events are incredible and, well, unpredictable 😊. Does reality surpass fiction or the other way around?
4.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it.
This novel has everything. Mystery, intrigue, adventure and romance in an exotic location. I highly recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found
From a loveless life in the Australian suburbs, this discovery of a family scrapbook leads Eve on a journey of adventure into the tropics where she finds her true love and much more. An engrossing tale of surprising connections and double crossings where human spirit is writ large.
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing read
A beautifully written book which kept me interested and intrigued the whole way through. I thoroughly recommend this lovely book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An excellent adventure way beyond the ordinary, a very marvellous tale.
4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE DEBUT NOVEL FROM A GIFTED AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR
You will keep reading this exotic story set in Burma to discover the hidden family secrets. Great characterisation, adventurous plot with the added touch of romance will ensure its success. You must try it.