Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Flying Solo. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.
Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.
According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.
Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.
Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?
I was really intrigued by the premise for Flying Solo as it offered something a little different to other books of this genre. The descriptions of Rachel’s surroundings, especially the ashram, are beautiful, and I was easily able to picture it, despite never having been to India myself. I also enjoyed learning more about the culture there, and whilst some of the workshops were a source of comedy, there were parts of the book that were very educational.
Flying Solo is narrated by the heroine, Rachel, and this allows us to see things from Rachel’s point of view: her ambitions, her hopes and her fears. I found Rachel a very easy character to relate to, as her sense of humour shines through, and I understood her reluctance to try new things in an unfamiliar place (and her difficulty in living without hair straighteners!)
Whilst there are several moments of humour in Flying Solo, including one involving a vibrator, I appreciated May’s decision to explore the importance of learning what is really important in life. Of course, this means different things to us all individually, but I enjoyed reading as Rachel grew in character and thought about what really mattered to her.
Flying Solo is available from Amazon.
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