Today I have the pleasure to be part of Katy Colins’ blog tour for her new release, DESTINATION CHILE, which is the third part in her super fun series, The Lonely Hearts Travel Club and is OUT TOMORROW. As always, massive thanks to the people who let me take part, the guys from MidasPR and Carina UK. Read my review, grab a copy and also make sure you check Katy’s guest post on (guess what?), TRAVELING! Actually, being scared of traveling. So what are you waiting for? Get reading! 🙂
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Destination Chile by Katy Colins
Series: The Lonely Hearts Travel Club #3
Also in this series: Destination Thailand
Published by Carina
Published on 22.9.2016
Genres: chick lit
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Welcome to Paradise
Next on her bucket list Georgia Green is heading to Chile, but this time she’s not going alone…
The new favourite series for fans of The Curvy Girls Club, the Shopaholic series and Eat, Pray, Love.
Join Georgia Green for a romantic trip into the sunset…
‘Destination Chile’ is the third part in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series by Katy Collins, one of Carina’s rising stars and a fresh voice in the chick lit genre. What’s amazing about this series is that it’s based on the author’s experience, jilted bride packs her stuff, leaves the life she knew so far behind and completely reinvents herself. It’s pure alchemy what Ms Katy Colins did, rising from her ashes, turning such an unfortunate event into a mega success. Like a true alchemist, she’s turned everything bad that’s happened to her into words which inspire and will surely continue to inspire loads of young women around the globe.
If you’re new to this series, it’s probably the best if you start with the first part ‘Destination Thailand’, not because this part can’t be read as a stand alone, but because you get to really feel the main character (Georgia) and everything she’s been through. You need to understand her reasons for leaving everything behind, follow her passion which might even trigger a change in you too, cry with her, laugh with her and admire her for being such a courageous woman.
The other reason why you should probably read Destination Thailand first, is because a certain romance develops and it would be considered a major spoiler in this part. SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST PART IN THE SERIES, JUST STOP READING THIS REVIEW NOW!
Consider yourselves warned! Ok?
Georgia and Ben are not only sharing their business, ‘The Lonely Hearts Travel Club’ but they’re also moving their relationship to a different level, by moving in together. After Thailand they’ve realised they are made for each other and everything in the past year lead to this step, it seemed totally natural to move in and who knows…maybe even get more serious. It’s not like they’ve discussed marriage, but after certain events Georgia starts thinking Ben will surprise her very soon with a proposal. One of her friends hooks her up with a producer who is interested in getting Georgia and Ben on a show, Wanderlust Warriors, where they get to share their personal stories and how it feels like to be emotionally involved with your business partner. You know how they say, don’t mix pleasure with business? Well, soon Ben and Georgia will discover the meaning of this. Their relationship might be going through a test, but the grand prize of 25 000 pounds seems very tempting. They’re off to Chile and will try to beat 4 more couples in some very interesting challenges and get the grand prize to invest in their future. But as you can assume, some things won’t be that easy.
I won’t go much into details, but believe me there will be loads of interesting situations, from bike scavenger hunt, to sandboarding in the desert, all in a span of just two weeks. There’s not a dull moment in this book, I can promise you that. I can also tell you, this series just gets better and better! It’s obvious Katy has a zest for adventure and travel, and the reader can really feel how she enjoys traveling but not because of visiting cool places. On the contrary, travel heals her (Georgia too) and as the author puts it ‘travel gives you a fresh perspective on things’. I’ve never been to Chile, or any part of America, but I could feel I’m walking the streets of Santiago, I could feel the sand beneath my feet, I could feel Pablo Neruda’s spirit and all those cool things Chile represents. It’s all down to Katy and her amazing writing skills, of that I’m absolutely positive.
To be completely frank, when I started reading this series I wasn’t that big of a fan of Georgia. Besides, we’ve seen it before with Lindsey Kelk’s I heart series, the whole backpacking and leaving everything behind. But the autobiographical elements were what really got me hooked on this series. One could feel how passionate Katy is about this, how she evolved together with her main character, how much effort she put to pour her soul on the pages. I’m telling you, it takes guts to do that! Georgia has come a long way, she’s more mature now (which I liked so so much), she’s stronger and believes in herself more. She’s not one to pity, on the contrary she’s very inspiring. I absolutely loved the fact I saw her transforming, from one part to another, growing into this amazing young woman who knows how to turn s*it into gold. I was very proud of her!
Ben seems nice but I wasn’t blown away. I don’t know, it’s not that I didn’t like him, but Georgia’s spirit was oozing from the pages, it’s like she overshadowed every other character in the book. At least for me. But that’s not a bad thing, right?
Besides loving the new ballsy Georgia, what I loved the most is the strong feel good factor of this book. I enjoyed their challenges, everything is happening fast and gives the book a great dynamics. However, the only thing that bother me and is the reason for not giving this book the max 5 stars, is the fact some things by the end felt a bit too rushed. It was drama, drama, and more drama… which seemed a bit over the top for my taste.
But overall, this is one mega fun book! You don’t need a passport or the cash, all you need to travel to Chile is just a copy of this book! Brace yourself, it’s gonna be one hell of a ride! Super fun plot, great location, ballsy heroine, what’s not to love? If you’re a chick lit fan, you will definitely enjoy it!
GUEST POST FROM KATY COLINS
Why It’s Ok To Be Terrified Of Travelling
When was the last time you felt the fear and did it anyway?
Travel can be one of the scariest, nerve wracking and anxiety causing things you can do. Pre-trip nerves and jitters, doubts and what if moments filling your mind, home sickness and frustration at being miles away from your life back home can all give you the heebie jeebies. Hey, don’t put your passport back in the cupboard to collect dust as these feelings are totally normal.
When travelling, and in life in general, it’s healthy and actually important to feel the fear, and do it anyway. When I skydived over the sea in France, hiked alone with a male trek guide through the Himalayas and mountaineered up an active volcano in Chile … yeah I was scared. It’s natural when you put yourself in what could be potential danger for your flight or fight senses to kick in. Weighing up the pros and cons of your decisions then rationalising at how ruddy amazing you’re going to feel when it is over just brings out the warrior in you.
I can do this.
It is perfectly normal to feel apprehensive before you board that plane, jetting off around the world without fully knowing how you will cope when you land. The thing is though, you will cope. You will learn to find your voice, put your foot down and push yourself to the limit.
It won’t be easy. Changing your routine, leaving the comfortable existence of your family and friends to arrive in a country where you don’t speak the language, don’t understand all their customs and traditions and not know a single soul over there; is always going to be an adventure.
But that is exactly what travelling is. An adventure! Exhilarating, exciting, awe inspiring and incredible. Yes, it’s not easy, but who wants easy? You booked this trip, packed that backpack because you wanted the exact opposite of what you know back home. That comfort blanket needs to be shed. You are brave, you are confident and you’ve got this. Totally got this.