Little Miss Scouts Book Review – “Lone Star”

 

Lone Star by Paullina Simons

Well let’s face it, nothing Paullina Simons writes is ever going to be as good as The Bronze Horseman…well not in my eyes, although there’s still plenty of time, Paullina could still pull one out of the bag just as good, if not better.

I love her books, they are always fat and juicy, generally sprinkled with all kinds of history, and her characters are always well­-rounded and certainly someone you can relate to, or perhaps have a perchant to be…or be with… Lone Star did not disappoint.

“Chloe is weeks away from college when she embarks on a grand European adventure with her boyfriend and two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona, with its promise of romance and mystery, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to settle an old family debt. As they traverse the unfamiliar landscape of the post­Communist world, Chloe meets a boy on a train who is going off to war. Johnny carries a guitar, an easy smile ­ and a lifetime of secrets.”

 

Lone Star

 

Lone Star is romantic, passionate, raw, colourful, and very heart­wrenching in parts (yes I did cry). Chloe is very likeable yet naive, and Johnny is that fun-­loving yet troubled boy you can’t help but fall in love with…and of course then there’s Blake…(as well as Mason and Hannah)…each with their own secrets…

Whilst reading Lone Star it brought back so many memories of my travelling days, how painful it was carrying around a backpack and a suitcase (for goodness sake!) on trains and buses, how missing one train, or misreading the schedules, how the lack of money, the lack of insider knowledge, the dodgy hostels we stayed in, or even not cherishing our passports properly could cause a whole stinking chain reaction… Lone Star blows open and tests the friendships and relationships of all four friends…

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride of Lone Star, I inhaled the whole 627 pages over a weekend….. and the story has stayed in my mind since…

P.S. On a side note, I was lucky enough to meet and talk with the lovely Paullina at her book launch for “A Song in Daylight” in Auckland a few years ago…such a wonderful experience to meet her and gain insight into her writing and personal life.

 

 

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