I think you travel to search, and you come back home to find yourself there.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rosie Lewis – a Michelin-Starred Sous chef, believes in planning every milestone of her life until she comes home to find her husband with a packed suitcase and a confession of having an affair. Following a night filled with too many drinks, Rosie wakes up to a nasty hangover and ownership of a bright pink campervan. As Rosie sets to travel the country in Poppy, the book follows Rosie on her journey to finding love, friendship, and herself.
The characters in the book are eccentric. They have stories that would resonate with a wide variety of readers. The characters all come from different backgrounds and sometimes travel together. They have built a community of their own and constantly support each other. The story has a warm and fuzzy finding-home feeling to it.
Rosie’s character is relatable, and to a great extent, the reader sympathizes with her character in the book. She is hardworking, kind, a great friend, and a good human being. Aria and her friendship assume the center stage for most of the book, and it is empowering to read about two women who are so supportive of each other.
Max and Oliver – Rosie’s love interests have compelling stories of their own. The crux of the story is the focus on the importance of intrinsic motivators rather than extrinsic ones. Rosie finds happiness in her journey by meeting new people, forging new relationships, and cooking dishes that she enjoys.
I truly enjoyed reading the book and give it 4/5 stars. It is a definite recommendation for readers who enjoy romances and feel-good stories. The author has also released the next book in the series- Aria’s Travelling Book Shop. I received a ARC from Edelweiss.