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.
– from goodreads
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. A trip around Europe? High ratings by my bookish friends? Yes, please. This had all the signs of a great summer book, so I decided to finally give it a try. I wasn’t exactly disappointed, but I wasn’t as in love with it as I thought I would be either.
The plot of this book is fairly simple and you can see most developments coming from a mile away. There was one surprise, but overall the plot of this book is fairly straightforward and simple. Often, things seemed a little too convenient and unrealistic. Aubree’s sister can’t go on a trip to Europe and sends Aubree instead. They travel around Europe. Aubree meets a cute guy. There is some character development, which is nice, but even that didn’t feel very profound or exciting.
For some reason, I expected a slightly ‘older’ book, so maybe it’s a case of wrong expectations, but even so, I think the characters were a little too simple. Especially Sam is just pretty much perfect. I mean I liked him, because he was funny, but he didn’t seem like a ‘real’ character. The group of seniors Aubree travels with (she’s their tour guide) were fun, but also seemed a little one-dimensional.
On the positive side, it was great to read about all the different places Aubree’s group travels to. I was excited when my hometown (well, the closest city) was mentioned, because it’s not usually mentioned ever. Except in one Avengers film, which was great, but they ruined it a little by not actually using the location to film, so nothing looked like it actually does. Aaanyways, exploring all the different places was fun and it seemed like the author did her research.
I did like the book overall, and I would recommend it to anyone who’s in the mood for a light read. 3 cupcakes from me.