Friday, 10 January 2020

Single in Buenos Aires by Roxana Valea

Single in Buenos Aires by Roxana Valea
Published by RV Publications on the 29th June 2019.

A Book with a Vegetarian Character

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Roxy plays polo… but dreams of love.

Forty-one-year-old polo player Roxy arrives in Argentina with a to-do list that includes healing from a polo injury and falling in love with a handsome Argentine. From polo boots to tango shoes, the adrenaline of riding horses to glamorous after-game parties, Roxy learns to navigate this unfamiliar landscape with the help of new friends who teach her to take life as it comes. But will she find true love? Over three months in Buenos Aires, nothing goes according to plan, and yet, all the items on her list mysteriously get ticked off in the end. Just not the way she had imagined. 

Fans of the Bridget Jones series will love the blend of humor, travel, and romantic comedy at the heart of Single in Buenos Aires, all topped off with the unforgettable flavor of life in one of the most sensual and passionate cities in the world.

I'll be honest: before starting this book I thought that Single In Buenos Aires would probably be too much of a chicklit romance novel for my tastes and had primarily chosen to give this novel a try because of its Romanian authorship. It's ideal for my WorldReads project. As it turned out though, I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Roxy! Single In Buenos Aires is written in the first person so it actually feels like one is reading a memoir rather than a fictional work. Roxana Valea's own Argentinean travels do, apparently, quite closely resemble those of her alter ego Roxy so I got a strong sense of authenticity from her portrayals of people and places.

Roxy is a polo player and the sport is of ultimate importance to her, but it doesn't feature too much in this story. Games are played, obviously, but I never felt that my total ignorance of the sport held me back from understanding the storyline or any of the events which occur. Instead the focus is more on Roxy's search for potential love which is frequently very funny. Her sense of humour chimes closely with my own so Single In Buenos Aires often had me giggling. I'm also now completely in love with the city of Buenos Aires myself. If one has enough of a budget to blow, it does sound like the most amazing place!

Meet the author
Roxana Valea was born in Romania and lived in Italy, Switzerland, England and Argentina before settling in Spain. She has a BA in journalism and an MBA degree. She spent more than twenty years in the business world as an entrepreneur, manager and management consultant working for top companies like Apple, eBay, and Sony. She is also a Reiki Master and shamanic energy medicine practitioner.

As an author, Roxana writes books inspired by real events. Her memoir Through Dust and Dreams is a faithful account of a trip she took at the age of twenty-eight across Africa by car in the company of two strangers she met over the internet. Her following book, Personal Power: Mindfulness Techniques for the Corporate World is a nonfiction book filled with personal anecdotes from her consulting years. The Polo Diaries series is inspired by her experiences as a female polo player--traveling to Argentina, falling in love, and surviving the highs and lows of this dangerous sport.

Roxana lives with her husband in Mallorca, Spain, where she writes, coaches, and does energy therapies, but her first passion remains writing.

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  1. The rose gold bangle is actually really pretty!

  2. I am glad this book was a pleasant surprise for you! It's always nice when books turn out that way, especially if you are so on-the-fence about them.