Book Review: The Travel Auction by Mark Green

The Travel Auction by Mark GreenThe Travel Auction: What it is about

Book description: “It should have been their trip of a lifetime. But with just days to go, Jonathan Cork finds himself dumped by his girlfriend, Kate Thornly. Even worse, a life-threatening allergy means he can’t travel alone. Unable to change the name on the spare ticket and fast running out of time, Jonathan resorts to desperate measures. He advertises on eBay for a travel companion with the same name as his ex. The problem is, it’s a complete lottery who he’ll end up with.

Kate Thornly (the second) is aware of the unusual eBay auction, but she can’t be persuaded to bid. Enter Maria, her best friend, who secretly applies on her behalf! With her nursing credentials and erotic photo, Kate seems the perfect travel companion. But there’s just one small detail Maria’s conveniently left off Kate’s bid…

What follows is a funny, page-turning, rollercoaster ride around South America.”

The Travel Auction: What I thought

I loved the description of the book and it was as much fun as I’d hoped. The book is a kind of lad-lit / chick-lit, an easy read which is both funny and serious at times.

When Kate doesn’t turn out to be what Jonathan expected, his first reaction is to walk off. While this is not a very polite nor adult way of dealing with the situation, it is certainly believable. And there are many more situations in the story that I found very likely to happen – a good insight from the author. While there were also some unlikely issues, to start with, finding a “new” Kate Thornly on eBay, really?, most of the book was in the realm of the possible.

The book is told alternately from Jonathan and Kate’s perspective. I didn’t like Jonathan a lot. He is rather business-like, sees his trip as something he booked, so he feels he has to go, but his heart doesn’t seem into it. He hasn’t thought out what it will be like to travel with a new, unknown companion. Kate is more likeable, she’s quite independent and and knows how to handle Jonathan, which was fun to see.

I wasn’t sure what to expect – after the initial eBay auction, when Jonathan and Kate have met and are on their way, how could this story still be interesting? But it was. Things happen on the way that made me want to keep reading. At times, I had a good idea of the (South-American) surroundings, but this definitely wasn’t a travel guide, and the story about Jonathan and Kate took first position, which some of the scenery being described as and when it fitted in the story.

For me, a novel is often interesting whenever both protagonists get the chance to tell their side of the story. This is also true for The Travel Auction. Jonathan writes about Kate, making assumptions, while Kate looks at things very differently. I love that!

In all, a fun and easy-going read about two very different people that learn to travel together and have a good time with it. Not too good a time, of course, otherwise the book would be rather predictable and boring. Which it isn’t.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of pages: 293

First published: 2012

I got this: from the author for review

Genre: contemporary fiction

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16 Responses to Book Review: The Travel Auction by Mark Green

  1. Mark Green says:

    Thank you for such a brilliant review! If there’s any chance you’d consider posting this review and rating to your Goodreads and Shelfari pages that would be absolutely fantastic!

    You’ve made a new writers day, thank you. 🙂

    Best wishes
    (Author of The Travel Auction)

  2. This seems like a real fun read, something really relaxing. Thanks, Judith.

  3. Melinda says:

    Sounds like a relaxing and easy read.

  4. Marie says:

    This sounds really good, such a fun premise. It sounds like the synopsis of a feel-good romantic comedy movie.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marie, well, the author is a script-writer. Who knows!

      • Mark Green says:

        I hope it’s okay to post an update here? Hot off the press, I’ve recently submitted a feature film script adaptation of my book: The Travel Auction to three scriptwriting competitions.

        Maybe, just maybe, if there’s enough interest in the book, a romantic comedy movie might be a possibility…

      • Leeswammes says:

        That’s really nice, Mark. I hope you win one (or all!) of the competitions. I think the story is ideal for a movie.

  5. Athira says:

    As I mentioned earlier, I really like the premise of this book. Even though the eBay auction thing sounds ridiculous, I’m curious about how the trip develops.

  6. I am really glad you enjoyed this one. I thought the synopsis sounded like fun.

  7. Roxanne says:

    That sounds like fun! 🙂

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