Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Book Review - Destination Thailand by Katy Colins - Blog Tour

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Title: Destination Thailand (The Lonely Hearts Travel Club, Book 1)
Author: Katy Colins
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 21st January 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

What if you had a second chance… to find yourself?
Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day crying into a warm Sex-on-the-Beach, wondering where it all went wrong.

Forced to make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel-virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-haul adventure to Thailand.

Yet, Georgia’s big adventure doesn’t seem to be going to plan. From strange sights, smells and falling for every rookie traveller scam in the book Georgia has never felt more alone.

But the good thing about falling apart is that you can put yourself back together any way you please. And new Georgia might just be someone she can finally be proud of…

It takes a very rare book for me to be enjoying so much by half way through that I was already wondering just what the next ones in the series would be, and how the destinations would be dealt with. And that is exactly what happened to me during Destination Thailand. I was so hooked on the writing of Georgia's adventure that I need to read books two and three and really don't want to wait. 

Anyone that knows me knows that I love travel and also reading about foreign locations in books, so in that respect Destination Thailand could have been made for me. 

We join Georgia while she is on a last minute trip to Turkey, that takes place the week when Georgia was due to be married. Instead she is sipping cocktails and sobbing on the beach and generally unhappy until Marie, her best friend, challenges her to write a bucket list, to try and focus Georgia's life. 

From that Georgia decides that travelling is what she has always been putting off, and despite some cautions from parents, sets off on a six week tour of Thailand. Only things don't initially go to plan, and Georgia falls for a lot of the cons that any inexperienced traveller could be taken in by quite easily. 

I was hooked from the opening but it ramped up a gear once Georgia got onto the plane to Thailand. The descriptions of the country and her tour group are so believable, I almost felt I was on the tour alongside her. Some of the others on her tour may be slightly stereotypical characters, but that is because they are the sorts of people you would definitely meet on your travels.

There are the loud and lairy Essex boys, just up for a good time, the couple who are very cautious and use hand sanitizer everywhere and turn their noses up at trying anything local and authentic, then there are the girls, best friends, that think every man will fall in love with them. Add in a gorgeous guy who appears to only have eyes for Georgia and the tour guide Kit, who isn't exactly on the level, and you have a mixed group for the beginning of Georgia's adventure. 

I'm not sure I can describe just how great my enjoyment of this story was. The writing is excellent and you can tell that the author is drawing on personal experiences, which gives the book a greater depth and richness. 

I am so looking forward to discovering India next with Georgia, The Lonely Hearts Travel Club and Katy Colins. 

Destination Thailand is the perfect escape to warmer climates this winter, and you don't even have t leave the comfort of your armchair to enjoy the journey. 

Thanks so much to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion. 


  1. Can't wait to purchase this tomorrow!

  2. We had our youngest daughter's wedding at this place. Everything at Chicago wedding venues was spot-on perfect, the venue, the food, the view, the service and fortunately even the weather. Cannot recommend the manager and his staff more!!!


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