The Ties That Bind is an emotionally riveting debut novel about the power of a mother’s love and the bonds among family that, though severed, can never be fully broken.
On opposite sides of the world, two lives are changed forever. One by the smallest bruise. The other by a devastating bushfire. And both by a shocking secret . . .
Miami art curator Courtney Hamilton and her husband David live the perfect life until their ten-year-old son Matthew is diagnosed with leukaemia. He needs a bone-marrow transplant but, with Courtney being adopted, the chances of finding a match within his family are slim.
Desperate to find a donor, Courtney tracks the scattered details of her birth 15,000 kilometres away, to the remote town of Somerset in the Australian bush.
Meanwhile Jade Taylor wakes up in hospital in Somerset having survived the deadly bushfire that destroyed the family home and their beloved olive groves. Gone too are the landmarks that remind her of her mother, Asha, a woman whose repeated absences scarred her childhood.
As Jade rallies her fractured family to rebuild their lives, Courtney arrives in the burnt countryside to search for her lost parents – but discovers far more than she ever imagined . . .
“There are subtleties and twists for readers to uncover themselves as Landsman guides them through a compelling tale of secrets, adoption and the harrowing experience of seeing a family member through cancer. I cried buckets. It’s perfect book-club material. Landsman’s going on the shelf next to Jodi Picoult.”
Amanda Ellis – The West Australian newspaper
“This powerful story explores the lengths we will go to for our family and how, while ties may be severed, they can never truly be broken. A moving and emotional journey from one end of the world to the next, this novel will break your heart and heal it all in one sitting.”
Natasha Dragun – MiNDFOOD magazine
“Like a good movie, a book is successful if it leaves you thinking about it for days. Lexi Landsman’s first novel, The Ties that Bind, does just that. A gripping story that toward the end kept me turning the pages for three straight hours. Read it and see! Lorraine Parker – Books At 60
“Ultimately, this is a story about motherhood and I have no doubt that most mothers (and daughters) will relate on many different levels with this novel’s complex mix of familial love, resentment, desperation, deceit, conflict and identity. Lexi has crafted a powerful and moving debut which isn’t overly sentimental and could possibly give Jodi Picoult a run for her money. I can see this one making it onto many favourites lists for 2016, while book clubs will have a field day picking its very topical aspects apart.”
Marcia Bezuidenhout – Book Muster Down Under