I am dodging this dreary weather today by jetting off with ‘Passport to Happiness’ by Carrie Stone. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Harper Impulse for the ARC. Here is my review:
Will the trip of her dreams…
Everly Carter is bored. With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder. Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy! So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday. Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life. Become the journey of her lifetime?
Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamorous Bermuda. But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…
Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?
What does TWG think?
If you’re looking for a novel which points you in the direction of looking at the bigger picture; ‘Passport to Happiness’ is definitely the one to choose. Everly feels a bit….stuck. Her life feels like one monotonous roundabout, and she no longer feels happy with what her life throws at her. With Tinder spitting out dates which find Everly running for the hills instead of their bedroom, the only ties she has is with her job, and her sister.
I could see why Everly wanted a bit more action in her life, and I could understand her reasons for wanting her life to change. I thought her spontaneity was very endearing and clearly worked for her in regards to learning to find herself, however, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit irritated by the character herself.
Firstly, after her spontaneous visits to Switzerland and Bermuda, Everly was extremely worried about her finances. She had checked how much money she had to her name and knew she had to curb her spending and earn a bit more. What does she do? She goes and books an impulsive flight to Bali on her way back to London from Bermuda. Am I missing something? Hell, if I had money in my pocket to burn, I would be impulsive as well, however she clearly admitted she needed to be careful, and I know for a fact that flights to Bali do not cost mere pocket money!
Secondly, for someone who wanted to give back to the communities she visited, she was quite a selfish person. I know she needed to find herself, and I know that she needed to heal from the heartbreak which came her way back in London, and whilst she was on her travels, but I honestly didn’t realise that it would be Everly’s way or the highway. At least, that was the impression I gave.
By the way, all the above is my opinion on the character and not my opinion of the authors story telling….just wanted to clarify that before anyone thought I was being rude. I’m not!
Aside from my irks with Everly, I enjoyed the concept of the storyline and the true friendships she formed on her travels. I thought that Carrie Stone delivered the importance of being at one with yourself, in a very poignant manner. It certainly made me think of my own outlook to certain situations, I must admit.
At times I did feel as though the overall storyline was a bit patchy, as though the story had jumped ahead and I had missed bits. I hadn’t, but one minute Everly was in Bali, in her new accommodation, and then the next she was getting ready for an interview which just came out of nowhere. Good on her though for grabbing life by the you know what’s!
As for the descriptions about Bali and Bermuda – wow, wow, wow! I felt as though I was standing at the top of the trek, looking out at the view. Beautiful writing. I was definitely under the spell of the story then!
‘Passport to Happiness’ is a fun, lighthearted read with characters you will be remembering for a while. Personally, my favourite has got to be Panda – how could it not? Absolute legend.
About the author.
Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally.She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali.Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her Twitter @CarrieStoneUK