The Plot (from Goodreads):
Carla Black’s life motto is “here for a good time, not for a long time.” She’s been travelling the world on her own in her vintage Jeep Wrangler for nearly a decade, stopping only long enough to replenish her adventure fund. She doesn’t do love and she doesn’t ever go home.
Eamon Sullivan is a modern-day cartographer who creates digital maps. His work helps people find their way, but he’s the one who’s lost his sense of direction. He’s unhappy at work, recently dumped, and his one big dream is stalled out—literally.
Fate throws them together when Carla arrives in Dublin for her best friend’s wedding and Eamon is tasked with picking her up from the airport. But what should be a simple drive across Ireland quickly becomes complicated with chemistry-filled detours, unexpected feelings, and a chance at love – if only they choose it.
Thank you Macmillan Audio for this gifted ALC.
I’ve loved all of Trish Doller’s novels so far, but the premise Off the Map really spoke to my soul. I love traveling and visiting national parks, so I felt like I had a lot in common with Carla at the beginning. I loved that she convinced Eamon to enjoy life a little more and see the world while he was able. Their detours through Ireland were a lot of fun to read! Insta-love makes it harder for me to believe in the staying power of Eamon and Carla’s romance, but they certainly have chemistry and I was all about the insta-lust.
quickly realized that while Carla and I have similar interests, we’re nothing alike personality-wise. I couldn’t imagine abandoning her ailing father for ten years, even if he told her to! I wasn’t expecting the dementia storyline, and it made me really sad for Carla’s dad and his girlfriend.
I do wish we got to see more of the characters from the previous books. Anna’s wedding was less than a page. Anna and Keane were my favorites of the series, so I was hoping for more of a reunion. I don’t even think Mason was mentioned, and Rachel was only in passing.
I love Frank Turner, and adored his mention in the book–that’s a first for me!
Audio Review: Sarah Naughton did a great job with this narration. The audiobook was extremely short–only 6 hours total–so I flew right through it!
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