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This book was received from the author for review. All opinions are my own.
One for the Road by Elise K. Ackers
Genres: New Adult, Travel
Release Date: May 1st 2017 by Elise K. Ackers
Find it here: Goodreads
Adaline Sharp has crossed the world to be anonymous. She’s put thousands of kilometres between herself and those who need her, and joined forty-seven others on a group tour through Europe. Freedom is bliss. Acting her age is a novelty and the world away from home is wonderful. But her low profile is not to last.
Intrigued by the wide-eyed girl who can’t seem to get enough of the world, fellow tour mate Rory Frost adjusts his priorities. He’s going to see everything, but he’s going to see it with her.
Except Adaline didn’t come here to make friends – friends equal obligations and expectations, and Adaline’s learned that to need someone is to bind them. Rory must show Adaline that the right relationships can empower her if he is to have any hope of seeing her again after the international departure terminal.
This was an interesting read for me! Not among the kinds of books I usually go for, as the last travel-centric book I read was for a college class I took maybe four years ago, but reading it certainly threw me back to those times without even really trying! (Not that that’s a bad thing — I enjoyed those novels and college was a great time for me.)
Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite up my alley, and while I enjoyed the story and characters as they were, I didn’t really connect at all with anyone and, despite having been to Europe myself, wasn’t really enthralled with what was happening for our main character, Adaline (or, as she goes by in the story frequently: Ada). Ada does, however, have a lot more going on in her world than just the trip we’re taking with her as we move through the story. She’s got a background plaguing her, and it plays a pretty key part in what happens to her.
For me? Not the most enrapturing story, but I wasn’t quite the key audience! I chose to give it a go regardless, just in case I ended up loving it (my tastes are so wild sometimes, it’s hard to predict), but I think this is more of a book for those that love to read about traveling the world and discovering yourself along the way, because that’s exactly what this is.
If you like travel, spontaneous love and friendship (with side characters that really have more to them than just being on the side!), or living through hardships that just keep trying to catch up to you even when you’re running away, this might just be the book for you, and I suggest you give it a read! It’s part of a series, so there are two (maybe three? judging from Goodreads) more books to go with this first one.
Thanks for reading!