44073489._SY475_From Goodreads: “A year after the kiss that brought them together in a snowy train-station doorway, Maya and James are embarking on another journey – this time around the world.

The trip starts promisingly, with an opulent and romantic Indian wedding. But as their travels continue, Maya fears that ‘love at first sight’ might not survive trains, planes and tuk tuks, especially when she realises that what she really wants is a baby. Trouble is, James doesn’t feel the same. 

Meanwhile Maya’s best friend Nena is struggling with the reality of being a new parent, little knowing that her friend risks losing the love of her life over her dreams of motherhood.

Can Maya and James navigate their different hopes and dreams to stay together? Or is love at first sight just a myth after all…”

My Review

What an absolutely fabulous book this was! I read this book through The Pigeonhole, a free online book club, reading it with other readers on the web. It was split into 10 parts, called staves, that I read through the nifty Pigeonhole app.

I loved everything about this book, the characters, the plot and the exotic settings, as Maya and James went backpacking around the world. All the characters felt like real people who I could be friends with. In fact they felt like real friends by the time I’d finished reading and I was quite sad to be leaving them when I read the penultimate stave yesterday.

While Maya and James are backpacking in Southeast Asia, Maya’s best friend Nena, is back in London, struggling with a newborn. These chapters felt quite raw at times as they reminded me of how tough being a new Mum can be. I wanted to hug Nena and tell everything would be okay and I also wanted to shout at Tom when things got a bit hairy at work! I’ll say no more about that, as I don’t want to spoil the plot.

This is a wonderful book that’s become a favourite this year and I’ve discovered a new favourite author in Zoe Folbigg. I now need to go back and found out Maya and James met by reading ‘The Note’ the book that started it all off.

I highly recommend this if you love books full of romance, backpacking and adventure in Southeast Asia.