The big cruise trip I was supposed to go on with my mom a few months ago was canceled (for obvious reasons) so instead, I’m spending the summer traveling around the world through books. Last week’s adventure was courtesy of Eighty Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer.
What it’s about:
Born and raised in New York City, Ramona Keene dreams of attending photography school and traveling to Paris, but her reality never quite catches up with her imagination. Instead, she works at her uncles’ quaint bookstore, where the tea is plentiful and all the adventures are between the covers of secondhand books. But when the new landlord arrives with his Evil Nephew in tow, Romy’s quiet life comes crashing down. He plans to triple the rent, something her uncles can’t afford.
In order to earn the money to help save the bookstore, Romy applies for a job at ExLibris Expeditions, a company that re-creates literary journeys. Romy snags the oddest internship ever: retrace Phileas Fogg’s journey from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and plan a suitable, contemporary adventure for a client. The task is close to impossible; sticking to the original route means no commercial aircraft permitted, and she’s got a lot less than eighty days to work with. Shaking off her fear of leaving home, Romy takes on the challenge, only to discover she’s got competition. Worse, Dominic Madison turns out to be the – unfortunately hot – nephew of her family’s worst enemy.
What I loved:
—The traveling. Paris, the Alps, Hong Kong. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading adventure romances this summer☀️. It’s a nice break from the walls of my small Los Angeles apartment.
—The locals. I really enjoyed reading about the locals Romy & Dominic meet at each stop. I also appreciated that there were several teachable moments within those encounters as well.
What I didn’t connect with:
—The length. I wasn’t expecting it to be 480 pages😳 & I did catch myself quite a few times looking to see how much percentage I had left (I read it on my Kindle). That being said, I have to also mention that a lot of that could have just been due to stress. Thanks to the pandemic, there are days I can’t bring myself to concentrate long enough to read a few chapters of a book let alone one that was this long.
—All the issues along the way. It was a very bumpy road for Romy and Dominic. Everything that could go wrong on their journey did. At first I didn’t mind all the missteps, but after a while it started to become almost like a pattern and whenever they arrived to a new location I was just waiting for something to go wrong.
Rating: 3/5 ⭐️
*I received an arc courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.