Ultimate Tour: The Meeting Point
by Olivia Lara
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Length: 368 Pages
Publishing: 2nd September 2021
About the Book
What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
Come on this 5* journey to love, laughter and back again, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.
About the Author
As a child, Olivia not-so-quietly ‘observed’ (AKA bothered with countless questions) her grandfather — who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania — edit hundreds of books. And when he wasn’t editing, he read. Everything, all the time. Just like her father, who wrote short sci-fi stories, and was set on building the largest library she’d ever seen and her mother who’s never found without a book…wherever she goes. Her love for words came naturally, and after studying marketing, communications & photography, Olivia worked as a journalist for a newspaper and news television network in Romania.
An unapologetic citizen of the world, she spent a few years in Greece, Sweden, France, before settling in sunny California with her photographer husband and young daughter, where she works in marketing and writes. Oh, and let’s not forget the ever-growing menagerie that completes the family: Pumpkin, the Maine Coon mix, three black cats and a siamese kitten.
When she’s not writing or thinking about writing, she reads (across genres), watches old movies and collects vintage books, vinyl records, and eerie paintings. She loves traveling (and can’t wait until she can do it again, safely), swimming, biking, hiking and of course, photography.
SOMEDAY IN PARIS, her debut, published by Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus in May 2020 became a B&N, Apple, Kobo and Amazon Top 100 Bestseller and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Awards 2021. Her second novel, THE MEETING POINT, a contemporary romcom set in Northern California, is set to be published as an e-book on September 2, 2021 and in paperback in December 2021 in the UK and March, 2022 in the US.
Even though Maya has been through a bad breakup and made a few questionable decisions, her ability to spin real life into her own HEA makes the book a bit more magical. When she cares for someone, she cares deeply. We see that in her friendship with Celine and her devotion to Max. It was courageous to hop on the plane and head back to Carmel to see if she can find Max. Love can make us do strange and impulsive things, but it’s the right choice for her.
Never has a book made me want to visit a location more than The Meeting Point. Lara has richly described Carmel by the Sea. It’s a town that begs the reader to hop on the next plane for a vacation. Ethan is a great character. His seemingly prickly exterior was hiding a true romantic underneath, which makes him the perfect book boyfriend. I binged this book while sitting next to the ocean on a mini-vacation, and I highly recommend it. Thanks to the publisher and The Write Reads for sending this along!
“There’s enough sadness in the world as it is.”
“Trust, once lost, it’s almost always lost forever.”
“We all have baggage, and as we grow older, it gets heavier.”
“I’ve felt like a feather in the wind most of my life.”
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