Rig Wives by Kelly Earle

Told with honesty and gratitude, Rig Wives by Kelly Earle is the biographical/autobiographical tale of partners and wives of rotational oil rig workers. Earle provides a candid sneak peek into the lives of families who are left to keep the home fires burning while the lure of a lucrative living calls their men to the icy North Atlantic. In an easy-to-read format, this first-time author details her own loneliness, depression, and struggles of adjusting to a part-time husband and Dad while dispelling the many myths encountered by her female friends, acquaintances and co-workers who just “don’t get” the lifestyle. The fear and ever-present danger of rig life is real, as detailed in the recounting of past tragedies, but experienced differently by different families. In relating both her positive and negative encounters, Earle relates the feelings and experiences of other couples; some who have adapted and have strong healthy marriages and others, unfortunately, who grew apart and were unable to withstand the pressures. Readers will also appreciate hearing from the “rig kids” who provide their own interesting perspectives about having a Dad that works offshore. One cannot help but feel teary-eyed when these children recount missed birthdays and holidays.

Offshore oil rigs are among the country’s most dangerous workplaces that put rig workers at a high risk of injury and death. As I sit here with a cup of tea in hand, the house quiet after another day of “joyful chaos,” I can’t help but wonder if Jamie is warm in his bed, does he sleep as soundly as he would at home, does he feel safe?- all the little things I take for granted at home and which he is probably wishing for out there.

The author does a superb job at relaying the triumphs and tragedies of a life common to many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. For decades our people have had to leave their families and communities behind to make a living elsewhere. This book provides an interesting perspective of those left behind and is a small tribute to their perseverance and resilience in holding down the fort while maintaining a house and a home.


Kelly Earle was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She went from being a young entrepreneur to working in the financial industry to becoming a stay-at-home mom. Her husband, Jamie, from Twillingate, works in the oil industry. This inspired Kelly to write Rig Wives, which is her first book. When she has some free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, campfires, her new-found love for writing, date nights with Jamie, and get-togethers with her friends and family. Kelly, her husband, and their three children reside in Torbay, Newfoundland.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flanker Press Ltd. (June 3 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 171 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1774570777
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1774570777

Stephanie Collins is a retired school administrator and teacher from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. A lover of literature and an avid reader, Stephanie loves travelling, outdoor activities, and riding shotgun in her RV or on the back of a motorcycle. Stephanie enjoys writing about her travels, reviewing new titles, and is an aspiring children’s book writer. Her reviews can be found at Fireside Collections and you can follow her on Twitter @MrsCollinsNL.