What they say: Roxy plays polo… but dreams of love.
Forty-one-year-old polo player Roxy arrives in Argentina witha to-do list that includes healing from a polo injury and falling in love with a handsome Argentine. From polo boots to tango shoes, the adrenaline of riding horses to glamorous after-game parties, Roxy learns to navigate this unfamiliar landscape with thehelp of new friends who teach her to takelife as it comes. But will she find true love? Over three months in Buenos Aires, nothing goesaccording to plan, and yet, all the items on her list mysteriously get ticked off in the end. Just not the way she hadimagined. Fans of the Bridget Jones series will love the blend of humor, travel, and romantic comedy at the heart of Single in Buenos Aires, all topped off with the unforgettable flavor of life in one of the most sensual and passionate cities in the world.
The Review: The best part of being a blogger will always be finding a book from an author that you didn’t know you absolutely HAD to read. This is where I am here. When I saw this blog tour I basically saw horses and jumped, little did I know I’d be getting fantastic settings and en pointe romance too!!!
But, as usual, I digress. Let’s go back to the beginning, where we’re meeting Roxy, who’s telling us about Argentina, a country she’s arrived in, after a fall that’s damaged her in more ways than one.
Roxy speaks of the ways of the country, of how there’s certain phrases that are used, that for example basically mean no problem, don’t worry about it, and I was floored. The demeanour, the way of life of the Argentenians had me, their relaxed, chilled approach to, say, someone turning up at a moments notice, was something I wish we could see more of, less about etiquette and expectation, more about heart. Roxy isn’t quite in this mindframe and I learned a lot about her from the off.
I totally empathised with Roxy. I myself trained to teach horse riding, but as my instructor put it, had no glue, and after one particularly bad fall the day before the riding part of my exams, had to concede that me and horses could only do an On/Off thing. Saying that horses inject me with a light I can’t explain, and Roxy, who has a goal to get back playing polo (one of my goals in life is actually to give this game a go at least once!) has definitely had her light dimmed. Saying that this book is definitely not just for horsey people, with the politics and history of the country at times taking centre stage and the romance definitely as much at the forefront.
This post could go on all day so basically here’s how it is. Pacing wise its a slow, beautifully languid, unputdownable one, a book for those who love swoonworthy, tumultuous romance (you’ll note the blurb mentions Bridget Jones. I wouldn’t see it myself, I see the legends that are Belinda Missen and Lucy Coleman), the passion of the game of polo, so many fantastically drawn characters of the friends she makes along the way, all delivered in an unmatchable setting. Thanks so so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.
Rating: Five out of five. Fantastic!
Roxana Valea was born in Romania and lived in Italy, Switzerland, England and Argentina beforesettling in Spain. She has a BA in journalism and an MBA degree. She spent more than twenty yearsin the business world as an entrepreneur, manager and management consultant working for topcompanies like Apple, eBay, and Sony. She is also a Reiki Master and shamanic energy medicinepractitioner. As an author, Roxana writes books inspired by real events. Her memoir Through Dust and Dreams is a faithful account of a trip she took at the age of twenty-eight across Africa by car in the company of two strangers she met over the internet. Her following book, Personal Power: Mindfulness