I love Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. So, when I was asked if I’d like to review Kristin Rockaway’s The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, I said “yes.” I love the way the author uses her writing skills to create a really fun voice for her main character, Sophie. This book isn’t just fun – it’s a welcome “quick read” (always really important when you’re juggling a reading hobby with three kids ages four and under). While I’d liked to have read a bit more background descriptions in a book that involved world travel, I found this novel sexy and fun, and a welcome read. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed Shopaholic and Sister, and for those who enjoy the Chick Lit genre and want to shake things up a little bit with a novel you can read in an afternoon or two. It’s definitely a good one to have on hand for those rainy days that are coming our way in the next few months.
• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: Center Street (June 6, 2017)
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.
“With its spirited yet credible plot and vividly intricate characters, this debut novel shines.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“…a fun, sexy debut perfect for readers who love exotic settings and a great love story. For those wishing to indulge their wanderlust, or who have dreams too big for tidy little boxes, this is an incredibly satisfying read.” — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away With Me
“…brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer.” — Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Keep
“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.” — Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences
“Kristin Rockaway is a wise and fresh new voice in women’s fiction and this book was a delight from start to finish.” — Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris
About Kristin Rockaway
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.