It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime...
In reality it was a business trip, prettied up as a romantic mini break, but the man behind the wheel was meant to be Candice Hart’s boss and (married but separated, I swear!) lover. Not Danny the new guy!
Not only is Candice faced with a new driver, but the office’s far too handsome hipster expects her to share the cramped space inside his “fully” restored VW Beetle, aka The Love Bug, and put up with his constant opinions about her life…
Before long she is tired of playing the ‘good girl’ and, with Danny’s help, is determined to finally show the world the real Candice Hart!
Kathryn - 4 Star
Portia Macintosh has a definite knack for humour. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count! There was something off about the start of the novel for me though and I didn’t relate to Candice at first. Apart from the fact that she was obviously with the wrong man she came off as dry and the writing didn’t flow very well for me until the road trip. Once Candice was off on the week-long “business trip” though I fell completely for scattered Candice and her road trip companion Danny.
Candice had obviously had a rough start in life with the loss of both her parents. The trouble at the beginning was that there wasn’t anything appealing about her- she was lost, a doormat and I really didn’t connect her with her friends very easily. It was almost as if MacIntosh didn’t write the first few chapters herself! Now perhaps I’m being too hard on Candice? If she really thought she was in love with Nick then I can see how she’d become a bit dry and staid?
The Candice that loosened up on the road trip though was hysterical, as Danny also observed, and their voyage was peppered with all sorts of silly, 20-year-old shenanigans that made me giggle. I am well passed this free-falling point of life myself (or so I’m supposed to be with small children) but I loved re-living my youth through their silliness. I actually completely got on board with the YOLO theory of life and enjoyed the book thoroughly.
I was also very happy for the ending to be what it was- it should not have been anything else otherwise I would have been immensely disappointed!
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