My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If I had to sum up Wander & Roam using one word, that word would be refreshing!
Sure, there are many other terms I could have gone with to describe this work: suspenseful or sweet or thought-provoking, just to name a few. But in my opinion, this novel presents readers with so many fresh elements, that uniqueness supersedes its other auspicious qualities.
Lately I’ve read in the NA genre almost exclusively. It’s hard not to notice that novels within it often follow very predictable patterns or formulas. Regarding Wander & Roam, however, Anna Kyss gives us some new material to consider:
1. Readers are given a very different type of hero to swoon over; he’s not a brooding, tattooed, damaged alpha or a commitment-phobe famous musician/athlete. Instead, Sage (love the name, by the way) is introspective, philosophical, and unselfish–almost to a fault. He meditates and studies Buddhism, and his plans for the future involve volunteering and starting a family.
2. The setting and the context of the storyline are unique; I’ve never read anything else like it. Sage and Abby serve as volunteers for a WWOOFing program, in which they assist their host (Susan) in tending her farm based near Sydney, Australia. The existence of such a program was entirely new to me, and I enjoyed what description there was about sustaining that particular lifestyle and preserving/selling the farm’s produce.
3. The author has chosen to imply sex scenes rather than to provide readers with explicit play-by-plays. I think this choice is a wise one, considering the novel’s profound, emotion-laden subject matter. This way, the couple’s physical relationship doesn’t overshadow the deeper issues at hand.
Overall, Wander & Roam is an enjoyable read featuring two likable and deserving main characters. Be prepared, though, because this one ends in a cliffhanger! I’m already itching to get my hands on the next installment.
*Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*