Bria Sandoval is trying to forget her past, like how her ex boyfriend stole her heart and her ability to do art. She sees an advertisement for Global Vagabonds, a travel group, and decides to go to Central America with her two best friends, but then they back out on her two. No one expects her to go on her own, so that is exactly what she does. She wants to reinvent herself and maybe find her art again, however she has booked a tour group that is for middle aged and older adults. Lucky for her, she happens to meet Starling and her brother Rowan and they decide to help her learn to travel the world the real way, by backpacking. Rowan has his own way of viewing the world, through wanderlove, the idea that you can travel to escape the past. The two try to treat her as a little sister, because Rowan, who used to be wild, is trying to reform his image and Starling is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. When Starling gets a job offer, she leaves Rowan and Bria to finish the trip together, and the two learn that sometimes you have to embrace your past in order to enjoy your future.
Loved this one! The places she describes sound so beautiful and exotic and it really makes you want to go to Central America and to travel carefree. I would never do this, but Hubbard makes it tempting. I loved the clean romance between the two characters and how their relationship is not really physical, but very intimate. I loved watching the two grow together and mend the broken parts of each other.
Favorite Character: Bria. She both changes and stays the same. I love how she looks at the world with an artist eye. She learns how to get past her past and become strong again.
Favorite Quote: "Because it's the most selfish thing I could ever do-to allow myself to fall for someone worthwhile."
I still think about this book and it has been over a month since I finished. I want to climb on top of the step pyramids like Bria and explore the world with abandon. This was the perfect summer read and one of my favorites this year. 5 cups of cocoa!