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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sophie is successful at her job at a consulting firm in New York and has a bright career ahead of her. The only thing she really likes about it though is the traveling. When she finally has the chance to go on holiday, she wants to make her dream of visiting Hong Kong come true. She goes with a friend, but this friend is feeling homesick and bails on her shortly after their arrival. That's when Sophie meets Carson, an artist who's completely free to do whatever he wants and go anywhere he likes.

Carson and Sophie soon become inseparable and Sophie adjusts her plans, so they can spend any moment she's in Hong Kong together. Carson would love for her to join him on his travels and invites Sophie to stay. Sophie has a five-year plan and Carson's impulsive decision making doesn't fit into this at all. She does have feelings for him, but she can't abandon her whole life for him, can she? What will Sophie do, will she follow her heart or will she remain sensible? Is it already too late to remain cautious and has meeting Carson changed her life forever or can she go back to the life she so carefully planned for herself?

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World is a fantastic romantic story. I loved Sophie. She's smart, determined and passionate. She loves to travel and she knows so much about the best places to visit, the food that shouldn't be missed and the history of anything interesting she comes across. She's sweet, but guarded and Carson makes her feel more alive. He's exactly what she needs. He's a free spirit and his kindness and artistic talent are making him fascinating to read about. Sophie and Carson have plenty of sparks and I couldn't wait to find out where their journey would lead.

Kristin Rockaway writes about traveling in a great colorful and detailed way. I instantly felt inspired by her story and was enthusiastic about her subject. I love it when a main character has big dreams and couldn't wait to find out what Sophie would do to make them come true. The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World is an entertaining story filled with beautiful true love, gorgeous destinations and wonderful life lessons. I really liked this amazing book.


If you love romantic stories about traveling you shouldn't miss The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World.

About Kristin Rockaway

Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software.

Her debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, was released from Hachette Book Group in June 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation.




1. Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I’m a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working as a software developer for far too many years, I left the city for the surf and chased my dreams out to sunny San Diego, where I currently live today. When I’m not writing, you can find me browsing the aisles of my neighborhood bookstores, spending time with my husband and son, or planning my next big vacation.

2. In The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World the main character struggles with the choice of following her dreams or having a life filled with security. What inspired you to write about this topic?

My own life! In many ways, Sophie and I have taken very similar paths. Being a writer was a childhood dream of mine, but I set it aside to pursue a career in IT that would provide me with long-term job stability and financial security. After 15 years in software development, though, I began to feel like I was wasting my life if I never even tried to follow my dream of being a full-time writer. So far, it’s been completely unpredictable and far from secure, but it’s been worth it to live out my wildest dreams!

3. You’ve used your own passion for traveling for your story, how did this passion start and which elements did you use?

When I was 11, my father took me overseas for the very first time, to visit my grandmother in Germany. I remember being awestruck by the entire experience: the tremendous distance we’d flown; the beauty of the language and the customs; how different people were, and yet how much we were all the same. That trip made me into a lifelong traveler, and even now, every time I travel to a foreign country, I feel a remnant of that initial wonderment. I tried my best to infuse that wonder in Sophie as she explored the world – how a delicious meal or a beautiful view could take her breath away.

4. Can you share some of your most impressive traveling moments?

In my mind, there are so many, it’s hard to choose! Some of my favorite experiences have been seeing Machu Picchu at sunrise, taking a hot air balloon ride over the Australian Outback, and eating traditional kaiseki at a ryokan in Atami, Japan.

5. New York plays a big part in your story, what inspired Sophie’s love for the city and what’s your favorite spot?

I’m a native New Yorker, and spent the first 28 years of my life living in Brooklyn. I went to NYU and worked in the Financial District for a long time. Even though I’ve been living in San Diego for the past nine years, NYC will always be my first love, and I’ll always have a fondness for the city coursing through my veins. As for my favorite spot? Vinny’s of Carroll Gardens. It’s an unassuming restaurant in Brooklyn with incredible Italian food. I routinely dream about their baked ziti.

6. What’s the best thing about wandering the world?

When you travel a lot, the world becomes a little smaller. Meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures helps to build empathy and understanding. And, of course, eating your way around the world is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

7. Where would you like to travel next?

My sister recently returned from an incredible trip to the Norway, where she embarked on a cruise to see the Northern Lights. I’m not much of a snow bunny – as a transplant to Southern California, my skin has become rather thin – but her pictures were outrageous, and I want to experience it for myself now!

8. Where do you write?

I do my best writing when I’m comfortable – which usually means at home, in my sweats. Normally, I’ll bounce between my desk, my bed, and my kitchen table.

9. What does true love mean to you?

Mutual respect and admiration. True love is being with someone who honors who you are without expecting you to change, but who also helps you to become the best version of yourself you can be – and vice versa.

10. What are your plans for the future?

I recently finished my second novel, which is a story about women in tech, dating apps, and the search for true connection in a digitally detached world. I’m also heading back to Hong Kong in March on an author-led tour, inspired by The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World! If anyone wants to join me in walking through Sophie’s footsteps, you can find details here.


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  1. The title alone makes me want to read it! It sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing it :)

  2. The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World sounds like the hipper, sexier version of Eat, Pray, Love. Perfect for those who love romance, travel and food.

  3. I really want to read this
    Fantastic and clever cover design

  4. I think food is one of the best parts of traveling, too!

  5. Thanks for the review & giveaway!

  6. Thank you for the lovely interview and review,I have this book on my wishlist,looking forward to read! :)

  7. thank you for a lovely giveaway and hope you have a great time in Hong Kong!

  8. This sounds like just my kind of book!

  9. this book sounds like it would be a lot of fun to read! have a great time on your trip.

  10. The title is exactly the woman I want to be!

  11. Sounds deligtfull. I'm looking forward to be reading it.

  12. I like to read stories where the character travels. I'd love to experience new places but I'm too stuck in my rut to travel, so these novels let me live vicariously!

  13. I'd like to travel vicariously thru Sophie.

  14. Sounds a good read, I love reading stories which involve travel - makes me want to go there.

  15. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the competition!