Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Banksia House Breakout by James Roxburgh


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  15 September 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Ventura Press

Pages: 315


When Ruth Morris is moved into Banksia House by her workaholic son Michael, she is eighty-one years young, mourning her loss of independence, and missing her best friend Gladys terribly.

So when she learns Gladys is dying a state over in Brisbane, Ruth is determined to say goodbye. Enlisting the help of her fellow residents, Ruth makes a daring departure from Banksia House alongside renowned escape-artist Keith, and her formidable new friend Beryl.

The journey from Sydney is far from straightforward, featuring grimy hotels, hitchhiking, and a mild case of grand theft. This unlikely trio finds themselves on the trip of a lifetime, where new connections blossom amidst the chaos. But the clock is ticking and Gladys awaits – will they make it across the border in time?



Thank you to author James Roxburgh, for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Ruth has just, reluctantly, been moved into a nursing home by her son. Between busy phone calls, he assures her it will be just fine. She’ll love it. But with the death of the first friendly face she met and a horrible nurse all the other residents avoid at all costs, Ruth is quite sure she is NOT going to like it at Banksia House. To top it off, her oldest friend has called to say she is dying, and her son says he’s too busy with work to fly her up to see her. 

With the help of a couple of new friends, Ruth decided the only way forward is to make her way to her friend on her own. Even if it means breaking out of Banksia House and going on the run.

The Banksia House Breakout is heartwarming with laugh out loud humour and a whole lot of fun. I absolutely loved Ruth and her travelling companions and the story saw them thrown into one mishap after another. There were also a bunch of little sideline plots, involving the other characters, that flowed so beautifully. I just kept wanting to know more and more about everyone’s story! 

There’s some hard hitting topics woven into this story – the mistreatment of the elderly, family issues, grief and relationship problems. Each one had me feeling all the appropriate emotions and left me pondering some of them long after I closed the book. 

If you love stories about fun and sassy seniors, like I do, and are looking for a book that’s a bucket load of fun, make sure you put this one on your TBR. I honestly didn’t want to put this one down and miss these loveable seniors already! 


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