ROMANCE

Eighty Days to Elsewhere

Berkley. (Exlibris Adventure, Bk. 1). Aug. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9780593102046. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Twentysomething New Yorker Ramona Keene is content to experience life through books or from behind a camera lens. When her family bookstore is threatened, however, she decides it’s time to leave the timid “Old Romy” behind as “New Romy” embarks on an incredible adventure—re-creating the famous tour of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg for a literary-themed travel agency. If she succeeds, the payout will both save Romy’s family business and secure her the job of a lifetime. The catch? She has far fewer than the titular number of days to complete the trip, and commercial air travel is forbidden. Her competition, Dominic Madison, has his own reasons to come in first. Romy has Dom firmly in the category of enemy. As a series of zany circumstances conspire to throw the two together, though, she soon has trouble remembering that only one of them can win. Will she have to sacrifice her heart to save her family?
VERDICT This inspired series launch from dyer (Finding Fraser) offers readers a journey around the world that is both entertaining and enlightening. Fans of new adult romance will enjoy watching Romy discover not only new landscapes but herself in the process.

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