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Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a celebration already in progress starring a work of Women's Fiction that's ready to take you around the world and back again. Filled with adventure, new places, and new someone's, it's got a lot going for it...and let's not forget the quirky (yet explainable!) title! So, if you've been trying to ignore your own case of cabin fever, or simply tucked in bed battling an actual fever (so much flu and cold this season!), get ready for a travel expedition you can take right from your living room. Here comes today's ebook of choice and blog tour guest...
About the book...
Objectively, Sophie is a success: she’s got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn’t quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it’s secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls’ trip, and Sophie meets Carson, a free-spirited, globetrotting American artist.
In the midst of their whirlwind vacation romance, Carson invites Sophie to join him on his haphazard journey around the world. While the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips don’t feel like enough, Sophie is far too practical to throw away her five-year plan on a whim. Yet Carson’s offer forces her to question whether the reliable life she’s chosen is really what she wants–and she soon discovers that his feelings for her run deeper than she realized.
I gotta say...it's not all sunshine and roses, but I loved it all the more for it.
Picture it...Hong Kong, a girls only trip with your best friend (sorta), a city of new things to try, buy, and explore. Sounds EXCITING, right? Well it did...until that bestie decided her on again off again guy back home is on again and ditched her for the states. (OMG!) I know...it's okay...I was upset enough for the both of us. What sort of friend DOES that? I mean, hello...there's a reason One Tree Hill (dating myself here, I know...but hey, the leading lady is named SOPHIE...ring any fan bells there?) had the whole "hoe's before bro's" thing that has been retagged a hundred times since (sisters before misters, bellas before fellas, hens before mens...geez, I DID NOT realize how many variations there actually were!). You don't just ditch your gal pal for a fella that may or may not stick (I won't even spoil the "surprise" for you on what the case was here...)...ESPECIALLY in a foreign country! Okay, done ranting, back to the review....
While we get to explore the great big world with Sophie, it's not the sites that she visits that really hold a candle of memory...it's with WHOM the adventures take place. That's right. Our gal doesn't stay solo for long when she makes an unexpected acquaintance, but that's all he is...a fling...right? Sure...keep telling yourself that...in the mean time, I will say that I like what this new connection does for Sophie. It grants her permission (in her own mind) to be her WHOLE self. I don't know about you, but we humans are pretty multifaceted in regards to personality. It's rare that someone gets to see our entire self, and I'm talking more exposure than simply biblical. Bodies can be seen, but really getting someone or having someone get you...THAT'S truly scary territory...as Sophie finds out first hand...but once that connection is made and recognized, it's what follows that truly speaks volumes.
In the end, it was a story about traveling this great big world, and not simply uncovering the secrets of the past, but the secrets of our true selves. It's about unlocking the passions of our hearts, following our dreams, and living in the moment...while still remembering tomorrow will come, it's just how we greet it that counts. A great tale for those with a travelers soul, as well as fans of Women's Fiction in general.
About the author...
Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. Her debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, was released from Hachette Book Group in June 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation.
Find out more about Kristin at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to author Kristin Rockaway for the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Center Street, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, so click on over to your favorite retailer to snag your copy today. Don't miss the other AMAZING stops on this tour as it circles the blogosphere for more awesome bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!