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Dyer, Chris.
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New York : Plume, 2003.
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273 pages ; 21 cm

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Writing a low-budget travel column for a New York newspaper is a dream come true for the young Kate Bogart. But a schedule that calls for Madrid in the morning and Lisbon by lunch has its downsides, too. It isn't all exotic destinations and beautifully bronzed bullfighters named Paolo. Constantly in motion, Kate updates her cardsharp mother, her cat-sitting best friend, and her maddeningly attractive, extreme adventurer ex-husband with vibrant and hilarious e-mail reports of her travels. Then she receives an unexpected missive from an uppity British journalist named Miles Maxwell, and things really start to get complicated. More fun than flying first class, this saucy and lighthearted novel will leave readers delighted they came along for the ride.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Chick-lit scores a hit with this debut romantic comedy about the adventures of a fancy-free travel writer written entirely in the form of e-mails. How is sexy Kate Bogart ever going to find true love amid her whirlwind romantic entanglements and glamorous globe-trotting? There's the Portuguese bullfighter who's hot for her, the intriguing British former war journalist who may or may not be The One, and her ever-loving, New Age-y ex-husband hoping for another chance. Kate tries to enjoy her options, but ends up playing one lover off another and suffering the inevitable mixups and miscommunications that plague relationships conducted by e-mail. Meanwhile, she's tirelessly typing out versions of daily happenings to her mother (who's placing bets on Kate's sex life with the other ladies of her bingo circle); to her long-suffering best friend, Violet; and to her boss, Ted, the dyspeptic travel editor who gets booted out of the house by his wife's female lover. Kate stays conveniently ahead of her lovers' clutches and narrows the field to two devoted hunks while managing to write her travel articles (or at least get endless extensions) and bully Violet into continuing to take care of Kate's all-but-abandoned cat. How does she manage to have these adventures while spending so much time typing in hotels? The question remains unanswered, but readers will enjoy Kate's wisecracks and the clever plot twists in this virtual comedy of errors. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Headstrong Kate Bogart is married to her career as a travel writer until she meets globetrotting British journalist Miles Maxwell in Italy. Falling in love with Miles, just as her former husband, Jack McTavish, decides that he would like to rekindle their relationship, sends our hapless heroine on a personal journey around the world searching for love and happiness while still trying to meet her deadlines. This epistolary first novel chronicles the pleasures and pitfalls of the single girl who has it all-she just needs to decide with whom to share it. Fresh, funny, and fast-paced, Wanderlust offers readers an unconventional cast of characters with satisfying subplots while effectively maintaining its tight focus and never letting the correspondence get stale. Although happy endings in romance novels are a given, readers will be pleasantly surprised at the unexpected love matches here, and Kate herself is a breath of fresh air in the chick lit genre. The antithesis of a Bridget Jones type, she is comfortable in her own skin and secure in her personal and professional relationships. For most popular fiction collections.-Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.