Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

Flying Solo by Zoe May

I have always been such a huge fan of Zoe’s books, so when she announced she was going self-published with Flying Solo, I couldn’t have been more excited to witness this wonderful journey and get to read the end results of the book in it’s entirety – spoiler alert – the end result is fabulous! 

Rachel Watson was an extremely lovable character from the very beginning. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and was proud of the life she had created for herself and her partner, Paul. I giggled at the preparation she did in anticipation of Paul’s proposal, as it is the exact same way I’d react, if I suspected it was nearing very close to happening. However, Paul is not a man you would want to marry and if you find yourself with a man that resonates the same energy as Paul, please make your way to the nearest exit and run! There is one scene in particular that had me so agitated, I wanted to yell at my phone, “SPIT IT OUT, PAUL!!”. This man knows how to keep a woman on the edge of her seat and not in the bloody good way. To cut a long story short and not to give too much of the details away; Paul is a waste of space and time. 

When a woman finds out that a man is a waste of space, accepting this fact and leaving it be really just isn’t in our nature, and so like any woman, Rachel is determined to follow Paul and show him that their life could be better, if he was just willing to give it a go – winding up in India to do so. Even though Rachel’s true intentions of travelling in to India was knocked back quite quickly, it couldn’t have been a more amazing spur-of-the-moment choice for her, in that she managed to do some much needed self-discovery and found herself having a much better time of it than Paul. Karma’s a bitch, right? 

I absolutely flew through this book in one sitting – all plans I had for this one particular day were dropped immediately, so I could focus all my attention on Rachel’s story. Trust me, once you start, you won’t be able to stop! I’ve never travelled to India via a book before, so it was so interesting to get more of an insight in to the pro’s and con’s of what an Ashram entails and the type of people you will meet within an Ashram. I loved learning more about the Indian culture as well, as I’m not knowledgeable on that topic at all. Some of the activities that Rachel got involved in whilst staying in India, really did have me giggling and wondering if these were based on true stories from Zoe herself, other people or completely made up for the story. Shall we save that question for an interview, Zoe? 

Whilst this book was highly focused on self-discovery, Zoe did still treat us with a little holiday romance between Rachel and the gorgeous, Seb, who had an extremely interesting back story as to how he found himself in an Ashram. The connection between the two was instant and although the connection wasn’t necessarily romantic to begin with, Seb was still a great support in helping Rachel adapt to her two-week stay in India, opening her mind up to having more than a materialistic life. Speaking of that, I really enjoyed watching Rachel go from being more concerned about packing her designer clothes and heels, to then finding herself so enthralled with the world she had slowly grown fond of. I feel like I need a self-discovery holiday now because they always work out for the better! 

I really couldn’t recommend this book more and what makes it all the more special is that Zoe published this book all by herself and it has been a pleasure following her tweets on what courses she has taken to continuously improve and make this a reality – she really is an inspiration. Flying Solo was also highly inspired by Zoe’s own experiences in India, right down to the man behind her character, Seb! You can read all about what inspired her via her blog post, ‘Five Things That Inspired Flying Solo‘. It serves for a very interesting read on her own experiences and how she incorporated them in to Rachel’s. 

I’d also like to say a big happy publication day to Zoe, as Flying Solo is officially out TODAY! Get your copy now over on Amazon, because you do not want to miss out! Now, it’s time to get excited for Zoe’s 2021 release, Swiped Out! The cover alone is enough to convince you to pre-order a copy right away!

P.S. Can we have a sequel to Flying Solo? I need more of Rachel and Seb!

Shelby x


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