I’m catching up on some long overdue reviews and this book is one of them. I read this a while back but as it’s a summery book this review is actually perfectly timed, this being June and supposedly the British summertime………Anyway, huge thanks to Rebecca and HQDigital for letting me have a copy of this to review.
Blurb: Rosie Lewis has her life together.
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 travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?
My Review: As the blurb says, Rosie has her life all planned until her husband throws a spanner in the works. As you can perhaps guess from the above, her planning is strict, almost too strict as she’s left no space or time for spontaneous events or unexpected life changes, such as the one her husband gives her. This would therefore go some way to explaining why the day after his announcement she discovers she’s accidentally bought a bright pink campervan called Poppy. Seeing no alternative and realising that perhaps a change might be a good idea Rosie does some homework and takes Poppy on the road, for an adventure and potentially a new life.
This is a brilliantly light and optimistic story, despite the way in which is starts. Being dumped by a spouse or partner is never a great start but happily Rosie takes it as an opportunity to do something different and the adventure she has is great, mostly. Not spoiling anything but let’s just say nothing is perfect. However, mostly her journey is full of new friends and experiences and is enough to tempt anyone to do the same for themselves. Travelling the UK and possibly further afield, being your own boss, setting your own timetable, sounds almost idyllic. Clearly there are downsides, low income, not working if you’re ill or your transport is incapacitated, but sometimes the these things are worth the risk. Having said that, this book allows you the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the freedom of travelling while being safe from the attached risks by joining Rosie on her travels.
The pages give off so much warmth, most people are friendly, welcoming and helpful and I could honestly see them all turning up at the next festival or outdoor event I go too. There was such a lovely community created between the characters in the book that it was hard to believe that this was a work of fiction. I loved watching Rosie develop over the pages, she learned a lot about herself and her new path in life and I’d love to see a follow up to this story to find out what happens to her next, maybe even a year later when she’s a bit more settled.
Rebecca’s stories are always warm and uplifting and this one is no different. If you loved her other ones then you need to read this and if you’ve not discovered her yet this is a good place to start. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.