Published by Berkley Books on July 21st 2020
Genres: Romantic Comedy
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It's been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she's lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea's thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.
When her introverted mathematician father announces he's getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps--to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy--Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.
From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.
Wow, well this read left me with a mighty book hangover. Once I started, I was all in and found myself unable to put it down. I found myself captured by Chelsea’s plight and in tune with her every emotion. I had more than a few cathartic cry moments and after finishing it, unable to go to sleep. Jenn McKinlay rocked my book world and I can only say that this a #2020Favorite and a #mustread recommendation!
Chelsea is a young fundraising executive for cancer. Her life’s work is driven by the loss of her mother and her grief runs deep. She’s shocked when after seven years it appears her father is ready to move on, prompting her to take hiatus from her job, to try to recapture the exuberance of her nature from seven years before; when she was bold and happy and in love with life. She embarks on a trip, to relive where she was when the news of her mother’s illness brought her home from Europe.
What ensues is a deeply heartfelt, thoughtful examination of her life. Lest you think it’s all heavy, it’s not. It’s quite entertaining to follow her from the bogs of Ireland to the cafe’s of Paris, and finally to Italy. What makes this wonderful is the addition of her work nemesis, Jason Knightly. His appearance shake up her world as she works through her ever conflicting emotions and the connection they share. Knightly is not at all what we thought of him. My first impressions were pretty negative, but he turned that around and won Chelsea (and me) over. But Chelsea’s story is really about healing from her grief, allowing herself to live in the moment and be happy. Her family isn’t what it once was, but could it be so much more? YES, YES YES!!
I still feel the effects of this story. It just won’t let me go and I’m not ready to let it go either. I can’t recommend this enough. It touched me in a very deep way and has left me reflecting on Chelsea’s predicament and her growth. Jenn McKinlay is a new to me author and while the story captures heartache, it also provides some light and funny moments. After all, it is a rom-com and one of the best virtual vacations I’ve had. 5 ++ Stars and a #MustRead recommendation!!
~Review by Cyndi