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Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. 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 f Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. 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 falls for Carson, a free spirited, globetrotting American artist. He begs her to join him on his haphazard journey, but she chooses responsibility and her five-year plan. Back in New York, that plan feels less and less appealing. As Sophie recalls the dreams she's suppressed, the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips no longer feel like enough. Carson isn't ready to let her go either, but as they try to figure out their relationship, Sophie realizes she may have to pursue her passions with or without him.


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Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. 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 f Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. 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 falls for Carson, a free spirited, globetrotting American artist. He begs her to join him on his haphazard journey, but she chooses responsibility and her five-year plan. Back in New York, that plan feels less and less appealing. As Sophie recalls the dreams she's suppressed, the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips no longer feel like enough. Carson isn't ready to let her go either, but as they try to figure out their relationship, Sophie realizes she may have to pursue her passions with or without him.

30 review for The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Travel, love, happiness, dreams and real life. Sophie did everything right, college, career, savings, her plan set and followed. She works at one of the top businesses in NY and gets to travel, her dream. She take a semi vacation with a childhood friend where everything starts crumbling in her oh so ordered and controlled life. She is dumped, found and released for some deep soul searching and adventures that will lead her to a HEA ? yes there is one, this is not a downer read. I enjoy my wanderl Travel, love, happiness, dreams and real life. Sophie did everything right, college, career, savings, her plan set and followed. She works at one of the top businesses in NY and gets to travel, her dream. She take a semi vacation with a childhood friend where everything starts crumbling in her oh so ordered and controlled life. She is dumped, found and released for some deep soul searching and adventures that will lead her to a HEA ? yes there is one, this is not a downer read. I enjoy my wanderlust and I love reading about other's travels nearly as much as my own. This novel was so well written it read almost like a travel memoir in parts it was so vivid and alive in the descriptions. I was surprised to find it held a message, a lesson for living a wonderful life. The romance was toe curling, the jerks were class A jerks, the side characters all well developed. I admit to be a bit disappointed int he beginning by some choices being made, but, well read it for the but, you'll see. Overall a really enjoyable read, a great summer vacation book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Walsh

    Confession: I picked up this book because of the title alone. I was in the mood for something light and fun, and the title/cover suggested at this. Besides that, I knew nothing of the plot; didn't read the summary. And wow, I fell in love with this book. The characters were wonderfully refreshing. Sophie made sense. Her decisions, her emotions, her reactions, her everything all left me nodding along. Never did I have a "Come on, Sophie" moment, where I felt like she was doing something absurd ju Confession: I picked up this book because of the title alone. I was in the mood for something light and fun, and the title/cover suggested at this. Besides that, I knew nothing of the plot; didn't read the summary. And wow, I fell in love with this book. The characters were wonderfully refreshing. Sophie made sense. Her decisions, her emotions, her reactions, her everything all left me nodding along. Never did I have a "Come on, Sophie" moment, where I felt like she was doing something absurd just to keep the plot exciting. And Carson was wonderfully deep. He wasn't just a pretty face in the book (though, I did picture him as Chad Michael Murray the whole time, and swooned). The end made me smile. This book made me smile, and I'd definitely recommend it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World is a stunning debut that indulges the wanderlust in all of us. Kristin Rockaway brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer. Irresistible and captivating, Rockaway crafts a vibrant story about love and the true-meaning of success, because those two things aren’t necessarily found along the beaten path.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I have been so excited to read this book ever since I heard the premise! Like narrator Sophie, I once lived in New York, working at one of those high pressure and high prestige jobs, while nursing an incurable case of wanderlust. The way Sophie struggled with herself over whether to stick to her career goals and five-year plan or to pursue an unpredictable life full of adventure felt so familiar to me, and so authentic. Of course, Sophie's decision also involves a romance factor -- the nomadic a I have been so excited to read this book ever since I heard the premise! Like narrator Sophie, I once lived in New York, working at one of those high pressure and high prestige jobs, while nursing an incurable case of wanderlust. The way Sophie struggled with herself over whether to stick to her career goals and five-year plan or to pursue an unpredictable life full of adventure felt so familiar to me, and so authentic. Of course, Sophie's decision also involves a romance factor -- the nomadic artist Carson, who is a perfect foil to Sophie's Type-A go-getter. This was such a fun (and sexy!) read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever fantasized about chucking it all to follow their dreams (and isn't that everyone?).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Camille Pagán

    Can a novel be smart and loads of fun? Kristin Rockaway’s debut is proof that it’s possible. Warm, witty, and completely delightful, this book had my inner escapist itching to hop on the next flight out of town.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor Nystrom

    I was lucky enough to beta read Kristin Rockaway’s debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World. Through lush, almost nostalgic description, I found myself travelling from the busy streets of Hong Kong to corporate skyscrapers in New York City and beyond. A beautiful love story unfolded between our heroine and her American artist as she struggled in her journey to take risk and follow her heart, choosing between her high-paying consulting job and her passion for travel. This sedent I was lucky enough to beta read Kristin Rockaway’s debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World. Through lush, almost nostalgic description, I found myself travelling from the busy streets of Hong Kong to corporate skyscrapers in New York City and beyond. A beautiful love story unfolded between our heroine and her American artist as she struggled in her journey to take risk and follow her heart, choosing between her high-paying consulting job and her passion for travel. This sedentary reader wishes all travel guides were like this one, complete with the breathtaking scene in a luxury suite of a Macau casino.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    I always love reading travel stories, so I didn't hesitate to request The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World. I definitely had to adjust some of my expectations, though; with a title like that, I was expecting more travelling the world. Instead, I got... Hong Kong and New York. Which, granted, are both very interesting cities, and I enjoyed the touristic bits Rockaway added. I was just expecting... more. More travelling, more countries, more. Instead of travelling, we were given a romance. I always love reading travel stories, so I didn't hesitate to request The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World. I definitely had to adjust some of my expectations, though; with a title like that, I was expecting more travelling the world. Instead, I got... Hong Kong and New York. Which, granted, are both very interesting cities, and I enjoyed the touristic bits Rockaway added. I was just expecting... more. More travelling, more countries, more. Instead of travelling, we were given a romance. Enter Carson from the very first chapter and you get a massive whopper of a romance with extra cheese. They go at it like rabbits, say "I love you" after a week, and Carson has a five-year plan with only Sophie's name on it after two weeks. In other words, barf. This definitely could have been toned down and was my least favourite part of the story. Like I said, the travelling bits were the best part. The story starts off in Hong Kong, which I loved reading about; those parts felt detailed and immersive. Everything fell kind of flat in the middle, but in the last third of the book, things started picking up again. I loved reading about Sophie walking around New York - I also really appreciated the touristy bits that were added. Sophie explains a lot about the city, as though you're reading a tour guide, which was very interesting. The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World was a fun, relatively light little novel about finding your passion and having the courage to fight for it. I loved seeing where the road took Sophie, but for me, the romance kind of ruined it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This book is warm, sharp, and a ton of fun. Rich descriptions of the sights and smells of Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City made me feel like I was traveling the world right along with the narrator. And Sophie's questions about pursuing "success" as others define it versus success on her own terms definitely hit home. The love story was sexy and satisfying--with obstacles that rang true and questions of how we merge our desire to love and be loved with our other life ambitions. It might be the This book is warm, sharp, and a ton of fun. Rich descriptions of the sights and smells of Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City made me feel like I was traveling the world right along with the narrator. And Sophie's questions about pursuing "success" as others define it versus success on her own terms definitely hit home. The love story was sexy and satisfying--with obstacles that rang true and questions of how we merge our desire to love and be loved with our other life ambitions. It might be the case that all vacations must come to an end, but new experiences can shape who we are long after we've returned home. Similarly, this book's message about embarking on new adventures and ultimately doing what it takes to be happy is one that will stick with me for a long time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Arrington

    This novel delivered (and then some!) on exactly what I hoped it would - hot romance, well-developed characters, authentic settings, and a very satisfying plot. The main character, Sophie, struggles with an issue that many of us encounter...whether the goals we've set for ourselves truly make us happy. While on a rare vacation in Hong Kong, Sophie meets Carson - a free-spirited artist who eschews society's conception of "success." The more time Sophie spends with Carson (and, oh boy, is this time This novel delivered (and then some!) on exactly what I hoped it would - hot romance, well-developed characters, authentic settings, and a very satisfying plot. The main character, Sophie, struggles with an issue that many of us encounter...whether the goals we've set for ourselves truly make us happy. While on a rare vacation in Hong Kong, Sophie meets Carson - a free-spirited artist who eschews society's conception of "success." The more time Sophie spends with Carson (and, oh boy, is this time together fun!!), the more she begins to question how satisfied she is with her high-stress lifestyle. You'll root for Sophie to find the courage to admit the truth, no matter how much it may go against everything she's previously believed. Rockaway excels in painting a scene - you can almost smell the food on the Hong Kong streets and the NYC German restaurant that Sophie frequents. Likewise, her characters and their motivations are believable and well-rounded. I tore through this book but didn't want it to end because I loved the characters so much! An incredible debut. I look forward to reading more from Rockaway. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Elena rarely left the tri-state area; her idea of an exotic getaway involved tanning on the Jersey Shore. But with my focus on the future, I rarely immersed myself in the right now. My life was reduced to a series of check marks, ticking off each goal I achieved without taking the time to revel in my accomplishments. As soon as I hit one target, I was already reaching for the next one and contemplating the one after that. I rushed full speed ahead, my sights pointed sharply forwa Favorite Quotes: Elena rarely left the tri-state area; her idea of an exotic getaway involved tanning on the Jersey Shore. But with my focus on the future, I rarely immersed myself in the right now. My life was reduced to a series of check marks, ticking off each goal I achieved without taking the time to revel in my accomplishments. As soon as I hit one target, I was already reaching for the next one and contemplating the one after that. I rushed full speed ahead, my sights pointed sharply forward, never stopping to take a look at what was around me. I can sketch in Hong Kong, in Australia, in New York. I can find an adventure wherever I am. The only constant I need in my life is you. So wherever you go, I’ll follow. My Review: Sophie loved to travel and plan travel and dream up detailed imaginary itineraries, although she had unfortunately chosen the wrong travel partner in Elena who decided on their first night there that she just wasn’t feeling the Hong Kong vacation that Sophie had planned and paid for and after a tense dinner of informing Sophie of all her unlovable and miserable flaws, Elena flew back home the very next day. Wow, this was the opening scene of the story and although I flinched a few times, I was hooked. Poor Sophie, I felt for her and was exasperated by her and also wanted to kick her more than a few times as I saw far too much of my twenty and thirty-something self in this character; it was rather eerie and more than a bit painful. I truly adored the character of Carson who proved that opposites not only attract, they can bewitch and fascinate. Carson was an artistic dreamer going through a nomad stage while Sophie was a highly structured and over anxious planner. I was stunned to realize this insightful and well-written book was the author’s first; every single character was colorfully described with vivid environmental details and interesting facts also tucked into the narrative. The premise was unique and entertaining while the writing was cleverly observant, wryly amusing, and delightfully steamy. Ms. Rockaway has a bright future ahead of her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I adored everything about it. Sophie's got a plan. She works hard, she makes good money, and she gets to travel the world doing it. But everything is very structured. She doesn't just cut loose and enjoy the world - until she meets Carson. He helps her see what's missing from her life. The descriptions are vivid, I felt like I was visiting these places along with Sophie. It's easy to identify with the I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I adored everything about it. Sophie's got a plan. She works hard, she makes good money, and she gets to travel the world doing it. But everything is very structured. She doesn't just cut loose and enjoy the world - until she meets Carson. He helps her see what's missing from her life. The descriptions are vivid, I felt like I was visiting these places along with Sophie. It's easy to identify with the main character, and I loved the way the story unfolded. This is a book I'll read over and over, and I can't wait.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Such a fun voice, and I LOVED the MC's arc. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, and that made it extremely refreshing. Can't wait to see what Kristin Rockaway writes next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jes Smith

    Sophie is a successful IT consultant who travels the world while she works. She plans a once in lifetime trip with her best friend, who ditched her before they spend one night in Hong Kong. Sophie meets Carson, a semi-independently wealthy artist, who calls the world his home. The two delve into a deep and passionate relationship and when Carson asks Sophie to quit her job and travel the world with him she makes a decision, she believes is the right one, but can't help feeling disappointed by. I Sophie is a successful IT consultant who travels the world while she works. She plans a once in lifetime trip with her best friend, who ditched her before they spend one night in Hong Kong. Sophie meets Carson, a semi-independently wealthy artist, who calls the world his home. The two delve into a deep and passionate relationship and when Carson asks Sophie to quit her job and travel the world with him she makes a decision, she believes is the right one, but can't help feeling disappointed by. I loved the fun and flirty relationship between Carson and Sophie but especially love how strong and independent she is. She solves her own problems, owns up to her mistakes and finds the life she wants to live on her own terms.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    This book really & truly surprised me! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it!!! It was perfect. I keep a log of all the books I've read & this is the best one I've read this year. The only thing I didn't like is that this is her only book! Waaaahhh! I need her to get cracking on more books. She's awesome! This book really & truly surprised me! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it!!! It was perfect. I keep a log of all the books I've read & this is the best one I've read this year. The only thing I didn't like is that this is her only book! Waaaahhh! I need her to get cracking on more books. She's awesome!

  15. 5 out of 5

    C

    https://clavie.co/2019/08/09/book-rev... LOVE LOVE LOVE! Just to sum up why I loved this so much, here are some life quotes which I especially agree with in this point in my life right now that were in this novel: If it’s something you’re really passionate about , you’ll find a way to make it work “In that moment, I realised I did have a choice. My life wasn’t something that happened without my input. I guided my life where I wanted it to go. There were two paths stretched out in front of me: the sa https://clavie.co/2019/08/09/book-rev... LOVE LOVE LOVE! Just to sum up why I loved this so much, here are some life quotes which I especially agree with in this point in my life right now that were in this novel: If it’s something you’re really passionate about , you’ll find a way to make it work “In that moment, I realised I did have a choice. My life wasn’t something that happened without my input. I guided my life where I wanted it to go. There were two paths stretched out in front of me: the safe, sensible, no-nonsense plan and the wild, risky, unchartered territory. I only knew where one of those paths ended up, and it definitely wasn’t in a place that would make me happy.” “Passion is worthless without the courage to see it through. So I pushed past all my fears and found a way to make it work.” “That’s what courage is. Doing what you need to do even when you’re scared out of your mind. Changing your plans when they’re no longer working for you.” “Stop being so afraid to fail that you never allow yourself to succeed.” “Success means being happy. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters.” There are so many vivid descriptions of the sights and smells of Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City which made me feel like I was traveling the world right along with the narrator, Sophie. Her questions about pursuing “success” as others define it versus success on her own terms definitely is me this summer. The love story satisfying with obstacles that relate to how we merge our desire to love and be loved with our other life ambitions. It might be the case that all vacations must come to an end, but new experiences can shape who we are long after we have returned home. Overall, this novel’s message is about embarking on new adventures and ultimately doing what it takes to be happy is one that will stick with me for a long time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Sandmeyer

    Are you looking for a great book to take you away while you're sitting on the beach this summer working on your tan?  Have I got the book for you!  The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway is exacting what you need.   I loved this book so much that I read it in a day. Sophie seems to have it all - a loving grandmother, a best friend, and a job that pays well and allows her to travel all over the world.  But, unfortunately, this isn't the life that she saw for herself as a Are you looking for a great book to take you away while you're sitting on the beach this summer working on your tan?  Have I got the book for you!  The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway is exacting what you need.   I loved this book so much that I read it in a day. Sophie seems to have it all - a loving grandmother, a best friend, and a job that pays well and allows her to travel all over the world.  But, unfortunately, this isn't the life that she saw for herself as a girl - her head always in a book planning another exotic trip that she'd take some day. When her best friend unexpectedly leaves Sophie along for their girl's trip to Hong Kong, she decides she's going to have a great time on her own.  While she's sitting alone having a beer in a German pub Sophie meets Carson and their lives change in an instant.   To Sophie, Carson appears to have no drive, no ambition, and no means of support.  But, he gets to do what she loves - travel.  She learns that spending time with Carson means something and that together they explore new locations and each other. But Sophie's practical side takes over and she returns home realizing just how unhappy she is with her employment.  She decides to make a change that will rock her whole world.   Will Sophie and Carson stay together?  Will Sophie get off of "punishment" at work and start traveling again?  You need to read The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World to find out the exciting conclusion. 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This book was amazing and sparked my wanderlust in such a wonderful and tantalizing way. The mixture of romance, adventure, and even a bit of suspense made this book absolutely perfect. The writing was excellent and the story was flawless. I didn’t want to put it down and the writing was so vivid I really felt as though I was there. Now I feel the strong desire to travel to the wonderful places that I now feel as though I know a little better. I felt like this story gave my dreams wings. I found This book was amazing and sparked my wanderlust in such a wonderful and tantalizing way. The mixture of romance, adventure, and even a bit of suspense made this book absolutely perfect. The writing was excellent and the story was flawless. I didn’t want to put it down and the writing was so vivid I really felt as though I was there. Now I feel the strong desire to travel to the wonderful places that I now feel as though I know a little better. I felt like this story gave my dreams wings. I found myself reevaluating my life and whether I am actually doing things that make me happy. I found that I am more like Sophie than I would have liked to admit. I live for comfort and security, not for happiness. Thanks to this book, I hope to change that, at least somewhat. I would recommend this book for anyone! I really feel that it has something in it for anyone. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alison the Librarian

    Not only is this good, solid chick lit, but it also revived my wanderlust! World travel, a dreamy male love interest, and making a major career change based on passion; really, what more is there to want from chick lit? I will say that the pacing was a bit off, in that the whirlwind romance flew by until midway through, and the last couple chapters seemed rushed and almost completely predictable. But again, this is not the type of book that really needs to surprise or enlighten you. This was a f Not only is this good, solid chick lit, but it also revived my wanderlust! World travel, a dreamy male love interest, and making a major career change based on passion; really, what more is there to want from chick lit? I will say that the pacing was a bit off, in that the whirlwind romance flew by until midway through, and the last couple chapters seemed rushed and almost completely predictable. But again, this is not the type of book that really needs to surprise or enlighten you. This was a fun read, and I would certainly read more by this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aisling

    I wish this had been labeled a romance instead of fiction. It's a straight up chic lit, romance book. And the title led me to hope for more. The "world" in this book is Hong Kong, a day trip to Macau, NY city (where the protagonist lives) and 1 scene in Australia. Hardly the world... and yet it is a guide to traveling the world (in that the book is all about her learning to follow her dreams--which are to travel) so I can't get too mad. But once I got over my disappointment I was thoroughly (and I wish this had been labeled a romance instead of fiction. It's a straight up chic lit, romance book. And the title led me to hope for more. The "world" in this book is Hong Kong, a day trip to Macau, NY city (where the protagonist lives) and 1 scene in Australia. Hardly the world... and yet it is a guide to traveling the world (in that the book is all about her learning to follow her dreams--which are to travel) so I can't get too mad. But once I got over my disappointment I was thoroughly (and guiltily) hooked. For the most part Sophie is likable and plucky and she gets her happy ending. The romance is tumultuous and hot so it makes for good reading. A very solid 4 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle From California

    A light read about a young woman searching for her life's purpose. She's torn between what others expect from her and what she knows about herself to be true. I think many of us can relate to that feeling of wanting to follow your heart while also grappling with the realities of making a living.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Klein

    I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick escape, and especially to anyone who needs reminding to live in the present – and to find joy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosy

    Two chapters into this book, I thought I would be reading yet another Pleasant Romance - light, escapist, 3 stars, a perfectly okay story to return to. And then something happened. I time-traveled to my twenties. I got transported back to the time I visited Hong Kong, to when I hated my high powered but stressful corporate job, to when I argued with my family, to when I argued with my partner. It’s a romance in which the romance is almost incidental, as if the main character had her own manic pix Two chapters into this book, I thought I would be reading yet another Pleasant Romance - light, escapist, 3 stars, a perfectly okay story to return to. And then something happened. I time-traveled to my twenties. I got transported back to the time I visited Hong Kong, to when I hated my high powered but stressful corporate job, to when I argued with my family, to when I argued with my partner. It’s a romance in which the romance is almost incidental, as if the main character had her own manic pixie dream guy. I laughed, I cringed, I cheered. I loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    CLM

    A romantic story with exotic travel and a sexy hero for anyone who yearns to quit her job and travel the world! Here is a link to my review: https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20... A romantic story with exotic travel and a sexy hero for anyone who yearns to quit her job and travel the world! Here is a link to my review: https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Sophie has it all, or so she thinks, she has her precious five-year plan that works with her career, a savings account and a job that allows her to travel the world. She doesn’t realize what she is missing until she gets a taste of it then the real adventure begins. From the title I imagined far away places but this story takes place in Hong Kong and New York City and is the perfect beach read (or for some of us snowed it) curl up under a quilt with a cuppa tea. Though a relatively quick read the Sophie has it all, or so she thinks, she has her precious five-year plan that works with her career, a savings account and a job that allows her to travel the world. She doesn’t realize what she is missing until she gets a taste of it then the real adventure begins. From the title I imagined far away places but this story takes place in Hong Kong and New York City and is the perfect beach read (or for some of us snowed it) curl up under a quilt with a cuppa tea. Though a relatively quick read the author has written a tantalizing story that didn’t just entertain but presented a clear message - you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is..... This is the author’s debut and I hope she writes a sequel with more adventures of Sophie and Carson. I loved the historical details of both locations and while the ending was a little predictable it was still a great read. There are a couple risque scenes which might not appeal to all, but this is chick lit and easy to skip over.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Reading Challenge 2017: a book involving travel Many thanks to Center Street for the ARC via NetGalley! It was a very fun, light and inspiring read. I didn't know Kristin Rockaway's work before, but I really enjoyed her writing style. I'm only giving it 3 stars because the story is a little too predictable, but not bad.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Sophie has everything she has ever wanted in life. She has a great job that lets her travel the world on their dime. She has a great apartment in Manhattan. She has freedom from her loving but over protective Grandmother. But most of all Sophie has her five year plan on track and she's heading for success. That is until her best friend leaves her in China by herself on their first girls getaway. That's is when Sophie's life takes a drastic turn. She meets Chase a traveler just wandering through Sophie has everything she has ever wanted in life. She has a great job that lets her travel the world on their dime. She has a great apartment in Manhattan. She has freedom from her loving but over protective Grandmother. But most of all Sophie has her five year plan on track and she's heading for success. That is until her best friend leaves her in China by herself on their first girls getaway. That's is when Sophie's life takes a drastic turn. She meets Chase a traveler just wandering through China with out a care in the world. He is traveling on his trust fund and is the total opposite of Sophie. He lives for today and definitely doesn't have a five year plan. That doesn't stop them from falling for each other though. Sophie is intelligent, adventurous and just an all around likeable protagonist. I fell in love with her quickly and found myself routing for her all through the story. Chase is a dreamer but the reader can tell he's fun, sexy and a great person inside. I really enjoyed this read and was so disappointed when I read the last page. I didn't want it to end!! I want more Sophie. This was easily one of my favorite books this year.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Stuart

    Sophie Bruno is a very accomplished business woman working for a very important consultation company based in New York who travels around the globe at the drop of a hat. Only problem is, she isn’t very happy with her oh so perfect life. She had dreams when she was a teenager that are unfulfilled. But Sophie is chased by inner demons and an over protective and involved grandmother and is too afraid to even think about what might make her truly happy. When we meet Sophie she is being stood up by he Sophie Bruno is a very accomplished business woman working for a very important consultation company based in New York who travels around the globe at the drop of a hat. Only problem is, she isn’t very happy with her oh so perfect life. She had dreams when she was a teenager that are unfulfilled. But Sophie is chased by inner demons and an over protective and involved grandmother and is too afraid to even think about what might make her truly happy. When we meet Sophie she is being stood up by her friend Elena who has flown to Honk Kong for a rare holiday with Sophie (on Sophie’s dime) with her friend going back to the States the next morning because she can’t bear to be apart from her on again off again, currently on again boyfriend Roddy for even a week. To say Sophie is upset is an understatement. In a fit of temper she stalks off loosing Elena in the crowd and takes herself off to the nightclub area of Hong Kong to have some fun and maybe even score. Sophie doesn’t really do long term relationships, but she is into one night stands, and she is ripe for the picking after Elena’s bombshell announcement. Which is where she meets Carson Greene. A fellow American, he is traveling the world as it pleases him, living on a trust fund that his deceased parents left him. He is an artist and a wanderer, which is squarely opposite what Sophie is. But there is something undeniable about the instant attraction they both feel for one another. It’s from here that we see the ups and downs of a relationship and what it can potentially do to a person’s good judgement. This is a fun little novel that looks at themes of love, reality and the expectations of relationships both familial and romantic. The characters are well drawn and we understand Sophie’s decisions (both the good and the not so good) as she is swept away into a first real love situation. We get to live the fantasy and the reality of living life as a back packing traveller and as a person with serious financial commitments. It also looks at what makes a good relationship and the concessions one has to make in a relationship, and not just a fling. It is a little unrealistic about taking a chance and turning your life around as the path Sophie takes comes a little too easily. But that’s what a novel of this sort is and that’s what you read it for. It’s a fun and frothy look on life that always has a positive spin. This is fun and fuels the desire in all of us to live life on our own terms, doing what makes us truly happy. It’s not going to change the world, but that’s not why you read this kind of story. It is pure entertainment and it’s just lovely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Loved this book...as someone also struck with wanderlust, I related so much to the main character. It's hard to explain to people who don't feel the same way, that restlessness when you stay in one place too long, to want to explore the world, but also the desire to have that real home to return to. Loved this book from start to finish :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Ward

    This novel offers a fun ride through New York and Hong Kong with romance, adventure and soul-searching. Our protagonist Sophie has achieved her childhood dream of traveling the world—or has she? While her stressful job in NYC allows her to travel, it’s dictated by the company and she spends far too much time and energy on work. She’d love to travel on her own terms, but how to achieve that? Enter Carson, who is more than a typical fling. Like Sophie, he’s passionate about travel, but he’s also a This novel offers a fun ride through New York and Hong Kong with romance, adventure and soul-searching. Our protagonist Sophie has achieved her childhood dream of traveling the world—or has she? While her stressful job in NYC allows her to travel, it’s dictated by the company and she spends far too much time and energy on work. She’d love to travel on her own terms, but how to achieve that? Enter Carson, who is more than a typical fling. Like Sophie, he’s passionate about travel, but he’s also a free spirit and an artist with no big plans. Sophie falls briefly under his spell before real life beckons and she’s forced back to her job and her well-ordered but boring life. I enjoyed the fact that Sophie is independent, and she decides to make big life changes on her own. Her new man inspires her, but she doesn’t go chasing after him. She’s the Manager and CEO of her own dreams and desires, and is a solid role model for any woman wondering: where did my passion for life go? When and where did I lose my way? (And what the heck can I do about it?) It’s never too late!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison Hammer

    Who knew a 5 year plan could make you swoon? This book was the perfect vacation read, and if you have the travel bug you will definitely relate and enjoy! I loved seeing the world through Sophie's eyes. It's a great reminder that sometimes you have to lose everything you think you need to find out what you really want. Great read, I highly recommend it!

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