Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: Wanderlust - Daisy Prescott


Blurb

"A captivating story about life, love, and an exciting and unintentional quest for self-discovery."

Selah Elmore is a confident, curvy woman who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. Her less-than-stellar love life is another story. Hoping for a fresh start, she leaves her home and job in the Pacific Northwest to spend six months in West Africa.

After accepting an offer from a stranger in an airport bar, Selah's real adventure begins during a stopover in Amsterdam. Will the daring, mysterious Kai show her what love really is?

Sparks fly on three continents when perpetually single Selah discovers there's more to love and life than she ever imagined.

Wanderlust is book three in the Modern Love Stories series. It's a spin-off/standalone from Geoducks Are for Lovers. 


#1 Top Rated Book in Humorous Women's Fiction
Top 20 Humorous Women's Fiction Best Seller
Romantic Comedy Best Seller

Author's Note:

Hi lovely readers,


The first thing you're probably asking is if this is a new book. It's not. It's the same book but with a new title and cover as Missionary Position.

Why the change?

While the Missionary Position title works for Selah's love story (and makes us both giggle), it might give readers the wrong idea. Wanderlust is one of my favorite words and better captures the romance between Kai and Selah set on three continents. Because of the sexual implications of the title, MP keeps being put in the erotica dungeon despite being more of a rom com (again, giggles about this from both Selah and me). 

Plus, Missionary Position is also the title of a Mother Teresa biography, and well, that's kind of awkward.

After stewing about this for a few years, I decided to rebrand the book with a new look and title in hopes more people will discover this wonderful book. It's still one of my favorites. Wanderlust is a love story between an older woman and a younger man set on the West African coast, full of humor and unexpected adventures.

Thanks for reading!


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Review

I know that when I open a Daisy Prescott book that I’ll be diving into a world that’s rich in color.  And Wanderlust was no different.  Prescott is a masterful storyteller that weaves a tale around locations and characters in such a way that you feel as if you are there with them.  Through this book, I got to journey not only to Amsterdam but to Africa.  What I love most about her books is that while the romance is a key part of the book, it isn’t the only part.  Often, you embark on a journey of self-discovery with the characters as well.

Selah is the eccentric art professor that you’d find at almost any college.  She’s in her 40s, single, never been married and without kids.  And she’s incredibly content that way.  If you’ve followed Prescott, you’ll have met her in We Were Here and Geoducks for Lovers but it’s not necessary to read those in order to read Wanderlust.  Selah is witty, intelligent and compassionate.  She meets Gerhard while in Amsterdam.  They connect and spend the rest of her time there together.  All too soon she leaves.  Once in Africa, she meets dashing Kai.  And he sweeps her off her feet.  This is definitely a slow burn romance.  It’s not meant to be hot and heavy erotica or explosive. 

Kai, I had issues with.  He was swoon-worthy at points but others I felt he was kind of jerky.  It seemed like he pushed Selah into a relationship she wasn’t ready for or even really wanted.  And then once she was in love with him, he went and disappeared.  But god forbid, she have issues with that.  I rooted with her when she broke up with him because I feel like Selah lost a bit of herself in the relationship.  She’s such a strong woman and I felt that at times she got walked over.  This makes me mad because a woman shouldn’t be the only one bending in a relationship.

There are some definite twists and turns that keep you guessing.  And it’s relatively low drama and low on the angst scale.  It’s more about Selah’s experiences in Africa and how they broaden her horizons beyond what she thought she wanted.  I think my favorite parts of this book were the background information about Ghana.  I’m disappointed I can’t rate this one higher; I love Prescott and her books.  But for some reason Selah and Kai’s romance didn’t work as well for me.  That being said, I still enjoyed reading it and feel it’s a beautifully written story.

So, if you’re in the mood for beautifully written scenery and a sweet romance, this may just be in your wheelhouse.   -Peace and Love, Buxom J 

Other Books in the Series:


WE WERE HERE (Modern Love Story, #1) 

GEODUCKS ARE FOR LOVERS (Modern Love Story, #2) 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart. Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall. Look for her new Rom Com series, Love with Altitude, in 2017.

Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog, and an indeterminate number of imaginary house goats. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

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