Out of all the books I have ever read, I have never read one the made me want to travel and experience the world as much as Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Beautifully written and completely awe-inspiring, Kristen Hubbard wrote an amazing novel about figuring out who one really is and who one really wants to be.
Before reading Wanderlove I wanted to travel, but after reading it, I want to travel even more. The reason for this is because Bria, the main character in Wanderlove inspired me. Bria, at the beginning was somewhat of a mess. She is trying to run from her past and her future at the same time. She is stuck not knowing exactly what to do and decides on a whim to take a trip to Central America with a tour group. Soon after arriving she ditches the tour group and goes off with two backpackers she has just met in the hope that she can somehow embrace her wild side and get off of her own beaten path. As you watch Bria’s character grow throughout the story and learn more about her you as the reader also grow along with Bria by realizing that there are so many things that sometimes we miss out on because of focusing on the big things instead of the little things.
The writing in this book is phenomenal. Even if you’ve never been to the places that Kirsten Hubbards mentions in the book you will feel as if you are there experiencing and seeing some of the amazing experiences that Bria saw and lived. Although this book was so captivating that I didn’t want to put it down, I did, because I wanted to savor the story and I wanted to enjoy it. Each place I read about was new and exciting. Each location she wrote about I wanted to jump on a plane and go there right away just so I could experience it in its full beauty.
Although the writing was amazing and the storyline equally awesome, one of my favorite things about this book was the drawings done by the author herself that were placed all throughout the book. The drawings are breathtaking. Not only does Kirsten Hubbard seem to have brilliant writing skills, but she also seems to have a talent for drawing. Each of the different drawings matched perfectly with the scene she was describing and they were simple, yet elaborate enough to still be impressive.
I enjoy books with romance in them. Not the ones where the whole story is solely based on the romantic aspect, but ones like Wanderlove that let the characters get to know each other and the romance just creeps up on you and happens at the perfect time. Rowan, the male interest in Wanderlove isn’t what you would call the perfect guy, though he ends up being perfect for Bria. Rowan’s past is a little sketchy and like Bria, he is running from his past. The two help each other piece back together their lives and put each other back on the right path.
Wanderlove is magical, heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring. Kirsten Hubbard has made her way onto my list of favorites with Wanderlove and I will be eagerly awaiting a new book from her.
My rating for Wanderlove is 5 out of 5 palm trees