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The Backpacking Bride by Janice Horton


When her walk up the aisle leads to disaster Maya Thomas must forge a new path…

Saying ‘I Do’ was meant to be the start of her greatest adventure, but when Maya’s fiancé drops dead just moments before he’s set to kiss the bride, her life is spent spinning out of control.

Now, as Maya travels a path she never expected to take, setting off on the mystery honeymoon her fiancé had planned for them, she finds that there is life after loss, that fate has its own way of helping you heal and that those with the courage to grasp love will never go lonely…

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This was a whistlestop tour of Asia and the setting and descriptions were lovely and detailed. It doesn't make me want to visit an ashram, though, but it worked for Maya in that she was able to find an inner peace and relief from her grief. 

The book delivers the powerful message that life is short (and becomes progressively shorter the older one gets!) which is why Maya grabs a second chance of happiness despite only being 'widowed' an incredibly short time ago.

Enlightenment and moving on are the two major themes in the book, with a smattering of romance and drama to give it added bite.

About the Author

Janice Horton, also known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been travelling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. Look out for her bestselling 'Backpacking Housewife' series of romantic adventure novels published by HarperCollins.

When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has also featured in national and international magazines like 'Bella' and 'Prima' in the UK and 'Friday' in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland's Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women's Kaye Adams' prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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