The Travel Auction Synopsis :
Wanted! Travel companion for all expenses paid trip to South America…
Jonathan Cork has left his job, rented out his flat and has two tickets for the trip of a lifetime travelling around South America. But with just days to go, he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Kate Thornly. Even worse, a life-threatening allergy means he can’t travel alone.
Unable to change the name on the spare ticket and fast running out of time, Jonathan resorts to desperate measures. He advertises on eBay for a travel companion with the same name as his ex-girlfriend. The problem is, it’s a complete lottery who he’ll end up with.
Kate Thornly (the second) is aware of the unusual eBay auction, but she can’t be persuaded to bid. Enter Maria, her best friend, who secretly applies on her behalf. With her nursing credentials and erotic photo, Kate seems like the perfect travel companion. But there’s just one small detail Maria’s conveniently left off Kate’s bid…
Told from both Jonathan and Kate’s perspectives, The Travel Auction is a funny, page-turning, roller-coaster ride around South America. (Amazon)
A fun read is what all book lovers need sometimes after all the serious stories we stretch our minds with, and when you can find humour and escapism in a package brimming with heart, all the better. The Travel Auction by Mark Green is all that and more.
Without giving too much away, there’s something special about Kate – you know that much from the synopsis… It is that difference which gives this story the necessary grit and substance. And it is the manner in which Jonathan and Kate respond to that difference (sometimes refreshingly non-PC) which makes them such realistic and endearing characters.
The story telling framework is simple but very effective. The first person narrative viewpoint alternates between the two characters in an interview style format with the speaker marked at each exchange. Although slightly confusing on a couple of occasions, in general the dual viewpoints allow ample scope for colourful evocation of time, place and mood. I would really love to say more, but cannot without giving the story away… you’ll just have to read it yourself.
Hard to put down, The Travel Auction is a satisfying way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, and one of the rare rom-com type novels I’ve come across that genuinely holds entertainment value for a male audience also.
The Travel Auction by Mark Green is more than ‘romance in the real world’ and laugh out loud moments – it is about the importance of choices we make and the value of trust; it is about the personal growth (the metaphorical journey) that can be achieved when we take a chance and leave our baggage (our misconceptions) at the door.
BOOK RATING: The Story 4.5 / 5 ; The Writing 3.5 / 5
Genre: Humour, Chick-lit, Adventure, Romance
UPDATE: Read our review of Mark Green’s second novel, The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner – another entertaining yarn with heart.
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* Receiving this title free from the author did not impact my ability to express my honest opinions in the review above.