Home is where the heart is . . .
When Jaelee Tan leaves her high-flying PR job in Miami for a sabbatical in Bali, the last thing she expects is for it to become permanent. But when her boss demands the trip be cut short, Jae does the only thing she can think of and quits on the spot.
With two months in Bali, a new group of friends and the gorgeous scenery and beaches, Jae is determined to make the most of her newfound freedom. And when she locks eyes with hunky Scot, Alistair, Jae wonders if she’ll lose her heart to more than just a Balinese sunrise.
I received a copy of this book from One More Chapter via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
You are always guaranteed an escapist read with this author, and Bali is a fascinating mix of idyllic and surprising. The references to the less desirable aspects of this paradise create an authentic world for the reader to explore.
Jaelee, who devotees of the series will remember from That Night in Paris, is still healing from a break-up. Her career is full-on, and when she feels betrayed by an old friend, she decides to take time off and spend two months in Bali at a UROP. This place of living with others, particularly favoured by digital nomads, lets her examine her life and what she wants from it.
This story balances humour and poignancy and delivers an uplifting read full of friendships, romance and self-realisation. Jaelee is a complex character. She has a self-deprecating sense of humour and succeeds to achieve the recognition that she never receives from her close family. The characterisation is vivid, and I can picture Jalee and the vibrant characters she meets and gets to know.
Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.The series continues in That Night in Paris and A Sunset in Sydney and there are two more to come in 2022. Her standalone novel The Christmas Swap celebrates her favourite time of the year, and next up is The Dating Game, a laugh-out-loud rom-com set in the world of Reality TV.