Published by Berkley Books on August 11, 2020
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
"The Amazing Race" meets Around the World in 80 Days as a woman desperate to save her family bookstore falls for her competition.
Born and raised in New York City, Ramona Keene dreams of attending photography school and traveling to Paris, but her reality never quite catches up with her imagination. Instead, she works at her uncles' quaint bookstore, where the tea is plentiful and all the adventures are between the covers of secondhand books. But when the new landlord arrives with his Evil Nephew in tow, Romy's quiet life comes crashing down. He plans to triple the rent, something her uncles can't afford.
In order to earn the money to help save the bookstore, Romy applies for a job at ExLibris Expeditions, a company that re-creates literary journeys. Romy snags the oddest internship ever: retrace Phileas Fogg's journey from Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days and plan a suitable, contemporary adventure for a client. The task is close to impossible; sticking to the original route means no commercial aircraft permitted, and she's got a lot less than eighty days to work with. Shaking off her fear of leaving home, Romy takes on the challenge, only to discover she's got competition. Worse, Dominic Madison turns out to be the - unfortunately hot - nephew of her family's worst enemy.
Can Romy win the race and circle the globe in time to save the bookstore? And what happens when she starts to fall for the very person who may just be the death of her dreams?
Eighty Days to Elsewhere is a contemporary romance by kc dyer. The book is billed as an amazing race type adventure, which is one of my favorite competition shows, so I was immediately all in. This book was such a fun literary adventure around the world filled with traveling, hijinks and romance. I really enjoyed this read. It was a lot of fun. There is a lot packed into this book. If you are in the mood for a past paced book lovers adventure around the world, Eighty Days to Elsewhere is a fun book to check out.
In Eighty Days to Elsewhere we meet our main character Ramona, or Romy. Her family bookstore is in dire need of financial help, so Romy decides that she needs another job to try and get some money. She grabs a job at a literary expedition company, which by the way- how cool does that sound? The company plans trips to various locations based on books to create cool bookish vacation trips. Romy’s first job sends her on a trip around the world, as she tries to plan a vacation for fans of Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne. Romy’s trip takes her all over the place. In this time of quarantine, I loved getting to jet off to all different destinations. Her trip also has her meeting lots of different people.
I thought Eighty Days to Elsewhere was a really fun read. It is very fast paced because Romy is always go go go, and at times that made me feel a bit frantic and rushed as I was reading, but it was very fitting with the events of the book, so I kind of enjoyed that aspect of the pacing. On top of all the jet setting, I also really enjoyed the romance in the book. I thought the romance was going to be a bigger aspect of the story initially. It wasn’t. It is present but it is kind of simmering in the background rather than taking center stage. I think Eighty Days to Elsewhere is perfect for literary lovers who are currently experiencing wanderlust. This is a great way to virtually travel around the world. It was a fun read.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- ARC August 2020
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020