the wait is finally over! One of the most anticipated chick lit titles, ‘Destination Thailand’ has just been released today and you can grab it on amazon right away! It’s also my stop today on Katy’s blog tour for her fun debut full of adventure, so read on for my review. Massive thanks to lovely Jennifer Krebs for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour and to brill Katy for being such a superstar!
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 Thailand by Katy Colins
Series: The Lonely Hearts Travel Club #1
Also in this series: Destination Chile
Published by Carina
Published on 21.01.2016
Genres: chick lit
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What if you had a second chance… to find yourself?
Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day crying into a warm Sex-on-the-Beach, wondering where it all went wrong.
Forced to make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel-virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-haul adventure to Thailand.
Yet, Georgia’s big adventure doesn’t seem to be going to plan. From strange sights, smells and falling for every rookie traveller scam in the book Georgia has never felt more alone.
But the good thing about falling apart is that you can put yourself back together any way you please. And new Georgia might just be someone she can finally be proud of…
The new favourite series for fans of The Curvy Girls Club, the Shopaholic series and Eat, Pray, Love.
This year it is time to find the place where you truly belong…
Katy Colins is a new name on the chick lit scene, but even months before the release of the her debut, ‘Destination Thailand’, twitter and other social media were buzzing about her book. Based on the author’s life and traveling adventures, ‘Destination Thailand’ was surely one of the most anticipated 2016 books for many bloggers I know. The minute I read the blurb (bride jilted at the altar, travels to Thailand to reinvent herself), I knew it’s a book I simply had to read! How many times have you thought your life’s gone wrong? On how many occasions have you wished you could just escape your reality and start anew? Well, the author did all that, and some more… and the books in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club were created! Like a phoenix she rose and turned one extremely crappy situation to gold, growing into a stronger, braver and more confident lady.
Basically, everything I just said about the author in my intro of this review applies to the main character, Georgia as this book is based on the author’s life. While Georgia is planning the wedding of her dreams, seems her ‘one’ has other plans. The wedding is off, she’s without a job and at a crossroad. After a short break in Turkey with her best friend, Georgia decides it’s time to change her life so she makes a list of everything she always wished to do but never had the guts to do it.
A holiday in Thailand should be the perfect remedy for her broken heart and shattered self-esteem, so she sets off on this great adventure all by herself, learning to trust her instincts all while having some fun. Naturally, not everything goes to plan. She finds herself surrounded by some very strange people, not all with the best intention at their hearts. However, these new people and the new land force her to see things from different perspective, showing her she’s tougher than she thought.
I was really rooting for Georgia, from the beginning to the end. I admit, it seemed to me kind of silly and very radical to go all the way to Thailand with a bucket list (my apologies to Katy if this insults her), however we’re all different and we all have different ways of coping with pain and unpleasant situations. I hate judging anyone (real people or fictional heroes/heroines) as god only knows how I would handle a situation like that! I was happy to see Georgia grow, living life day by day, becoming more open to the world and all the possibilities, even if it meant being hurt all over again. Change is inevitable and despite fearing it so much, it always proves to be a good thing at the end. Georgia learnt that in Thailand, but there were some obstacles, as in real life.
However, despite really liking Georgia and feeling respect for her being so ballsy, she did get on my nerves sometimes. She was too gullible at times, so gullible I had to stop reading because shaking my kindle wouldn’t change a thing. I wanted to give her a good shake, or a strong coffee, to smell it and wake up from her dream. Some of her actions (and I don’t mean the whole packing up and going to Thailand to change) were just so naive, so naive they even hurt. I know what the author tried to do, and in my opinion it would have worked better if there’s was a bigger dose of humour in it.
Bearing in mind the book is based on author’s adventure to Thailand and Katy Colins blogs about traveling, I really thought there would be more about the culture and more descriptions of that land, which would transport me instantly to that exotic place. Sadly, I didn’t feel the location so strongly.
But overall, this was a very easy, quick and fun read and I’m sure many of you will enjoy. It did remind me of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert (and there’s even a reference to this in the dialogue and is mentioned in the blurb), but I didn’t mind as I loved that book. My respect to the author for discovering herself and turning all her bad experience into a fun book some could even learn from. I’m really looking forward to the other two parts in this series, this time traveling to India and Chile. Sounds exciting!