A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.
That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.
Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found traveling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?
Source: NetGalley, HQ Digital, and Purchase Rating: 4½/5 stars
Rosie’s life has always been planned, her plans have plans, and her plans have back up plans and right up to the moment her husband walks out on her, Rosie thought all the plans were still totally acceptable to all involved. Right up until the moment her rat bastard husband left her . . . .
With her life and all her plans turned completely upside down and inside out, Rosie must make some serious decisions about her future. With more than a glass of wine or three in her, Rosie makes a most un-Rosie-like decision that involves a huge hit to her credit card and a bright pink campervan. In the bright light of day, Rosie can’t believe what she’s done and one she realizes there’s no going back, she starts making plans and reaching out to others for advice.
In short order, Rosie has a travel plan, a load of custom-made teas, and a load of fear that she won’t be able to make this new life plan work. Though luck hasn’t often been with Rosie in the recent past, the universe does hand her a freebie in the form of the free-wheeling bookseller named Poppy. Poppy has been living the traveler’s life far longer than Rosie and has many, many secrets, and tricks of the trade that she is more than willing to share with Rosie. What’s more, Poppy’s books pair beautifully with Rosie’s teas and in no time flat, the two have a business plan in place that may just keep them both afloat.
Becoming a part of the traveler community is unlike anything Rosie has ever experienced. She is welcomed by all and made to feel a part of the community immediately. The others in the community share their best and worst travel tips with Rosie and after consulting with Poppy they plan their travels accordingly. Along the way, Rosie experiences both the best and the worst of her new lifestyle. Her teas are a wonderful success, and she sells out at nearly every stop, but her bright pink campervan has a lot of miles and frequently costs Rosie a chuck of her profits. If it weren’t for the support of the community, Rosie may have called it quits after the first disaster, but her new life is interesting and not something she is willing to give up on so easily.
The Bottom Line: Yet again, I am on the opposite side of others with my star rating. I completely enjoyed this book and found it quite uplifting. Rosie is forced into a life she never planned for and not only does she make the most of it, but she also succeeds in spectacular fashion. With a few good friends, Rosie is able to overcome her obstacles and create a life for herself that is so much more fulfilling than what she once had and thought she couldn’t live without. I had such respect for Rosie and the courage it took for her to take on her crazy adventure. With the exception of a few little wonky moments, I quite enjoyed this read. In fact, I read it in no time flat and wouldn’t mind a sequel to catch me up on Rosie’s life a year or so in the future.