Author: Jen Malone
My Rating: 5 stars/5
Synopsis: Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.
Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.
Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.
My thoughts from the Vault
I actually received this novel from the wonderful one and only, Jen Malone. I have been going crazy lately with wanderlust and have descended into a reading slump due to the fact that all I can think about right now is planning trips and my need to explore countries I’ve never seen before. Wanderlost was everything I could have hoped for and definitely helped with my reading slump.
The novel starts out with Aubree hosting what was meant to be a small graduation party at her house but in reality turned into raging kegger of a party. Aubree gets a small surprise when her sister shows up unexpectedly but gets a bigger surprise when the police arrive and bust her party. With Elizabeth in big trouble, Aubree needs to take over her sisters summer job leading six senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe
I was dying to pick up this novel in hopes that it would pull me out of my slump and give me a dose of the travel I so craved. This novel gave me all the wanderlust inspiration I could want and a lovely dose of romance to top it off. The relationship between Aubree and Sam is cute and funny and everything I could have hoped for from a budding friendship.
The travel aspect was absolute perfect and made my wanderlust even worse. After reading Wanderlost all I wanted to do was impulse buy a plane ticket to Europe and backpack around. Now don’t get me wrong, backpacking Europe is always in the background of my mind but this novel really brought it front and center for me. Malone really has a way with words and I’m sure this novel would make anyone want to jump on a plane and lead tour groups around Europe.
I highly recommend this novel to any contemporary lovers and to anyone who is a travel junkie like me. This novel will hook you and you won’t be able to put it down until you finish it.