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The Travel Auction ❃ [EPUB] ✻ The Travel Auction By Mark Green ➜ – 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 al 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 withKate Thornly the second is aware of the unusual eBay auction but The Travel Kindle - 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 bidWhat follows is a funny page turning roller coaster ride around South America.

10 thoughts on “The Travel Auction

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    First things first I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveawaysJonathan Cork JC has a problem He booked a 3 month trip to South America with his girlfriend Kate Thornly Shortly before the departure he caught Kate having a sexy time with a plumber sounds like something straight from porn movie Now he has no girlfriend as well as non refundable tickets and reservations for the trip He also cannot go alone as he suffers from severe peanut allergy and needs somebody to check the food and give him an injection in case worst comes to worst So what would you do? The solution is easy give an ad in eBay asking for a volunteer with a name Kate Thornly for all expense paid South America trip The bad parts obviously name like Jane Smith gives much people to choose from than Kate Thornly we are talking about Great Britain here but this was the name on the tickets Secondly how many people can have 3 month vacation nowadays? No wonder only one suitable candidate appeared and she did not even reply to the ad herself he girlfriend did all the negotiations without her knowledge She Kate Thornly the Second also has a personal problem which might make trip much complicated than expected but I will not spoil itThe premise of the book is great First part of the book is hilarious with some of the responses to the ad being really funny if somewhat creepy When the actual trip started things started to fall apart somewhat as this book has trouble making up its mind whether it is a travel or a humor book it has neither enough travel to be a travel book nor humor to be funnySometime later the tone becomes serious as JC and Kate travel across Argentina Bolivia Peru and other countries The description of the places is good with the one of Machu Picchu being excellent It is fairly obvious from the start how the book will end; still it has enough redeeming features to warrant 3 solid stars

  2. Bookaholic Bookaholic says:

    What a fab book i absolutely loved this I wont give anything away but guys its really worth a read makes me want to go travelling Updated 22022018It was a privilege to read this when it was first published and the rewrite was just as good I cant wait to start the next one thanks Mark

  3. Loralee Loralee says:

    I have to say this book is perfectly suited for a very sweet blockbuster rom com The premise and writing is uproariously funny the characters are perfectly fleshed out and charismatic but it's also refreshingly insightful and surprisingly heartfelt Think Once the film with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová meets The Out of Towners meets Roman Holiday British former pencil pushing analyst Jonathan Cork has a problem The trip of a lifetime a three month jaunt through South America he planned with his girlfriend is a week away in in danger of not happening With just a week until the trip Jonathan finds his girlfriend Kate Thornly in a compromising position with the plumber unfortunately there's no way he can go on his trip alone due to a severe peanut allergy and he cannot change the names on all of the travel documents So he places an eBay ad for another Kate Thornly to be his travel partner Kate Angel Thornly's well meaning friends dupe her into going on the trip Everything on the surface seems to be perfect for Jonathan with the new Kate Thornly she's a trained nurse pretty and upbeatuntil they actually meet There's a pretty MAJOR plot point revealed in the beginning that will blow your mind and take what starts out as a predictably sweet novel to a whole other place Kate and Jonathan both are incredibly three dimensional While overall I loved them both there were moments when I wanted to slap them for their stupidity and stubbornness There was so much conflict but artfully spun so it didn't feel melodramatic It did at times feel like the trip from hell but that's a realistic depiction of what happens when you travel view spoilerWhat I can't get over is how intimately romantic this book was Because Jonathan and Kate have to be so physically close throughout the novel because he has to murmur descriptions of everything he sees to her it gives new meaning to the term life partner It has the most poignant uiet moments without being preachy or cheesy hide spoiler

  4. Jo Jo says:

    Jonathan Cork has a spare ticket for a 3 month trip around South America as his girlfriend rather ex found the plumber too much to resist Problem is with this short notice he cannot change the name on that ticket So on eBay he advertised for a new Kate Thornly as he cannot risk going on the trip himself as he has life threatening allergy to nuts Kate Thornly finds out that her best friend Maria has set her up in a massive way by organising for her to be the new Kate Thornly to accompany Jonathan on his trip she is after all medically trained so ideal companion surely?This is a lovely story of their journey together and brings completely different perspective on people travelling around the South American countries including the Inca Trail up to Macho PichuLove this book and read in no time at all

  5. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    Had it on my kindle for some time and have just started reading it I am surprised to say it is a very good read It is a different type of story but very interesting xx

  6. Jo Peel Jo Peel says:

    Excellent feel good very funnyI really enjoyed this book the idea behind it seams a bit silly at first but it’s so well written you uickly get into the story Hard to put it down My Mum loved it too apart from the bit at the end when they get together 😄

  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    Excellent Cute story love the main characters and the sense of humor I also loved how the relationship between the main characters had a natural feel in the way it develops

  8. Helena Helena says:

    Reading The Travel Auction made me feel as if I was going on a journey to South America along with JC and Angel I was so attached to the characters and the story that it was hard for me to believe that they were not real people and that this story didn't really happen Mark Green writes in the voice of both JC and Angel and does a very good job of it He was able to make them have two distinct personalities and was very good at writing in the narrative of a woman The Travel Auction reads as if JC and Angel both kept diaries and Mark Green took those diaries to tell their story The fact that it's all fiction is astonishing and amazingI was pleasantly surprised when I read this book When I finished the book and realized it was inspired by seeing a blind woman climb Machu Picchu I was very surprised The way this was written had me convinced that it had been based off real events than just one event Knowing this all came from Green's mind is incredibleI very much enjoyed this book but I hesitate giving it 5 stars because I felt there were loose ends with the email Angel's husband ex husband? sent about new technology for getting vision back It would have been interesting to see her take on it whether she would want her vision back or not I also thought the sex on the beach literally could have been done a bit tastefully I don't care that it was on a beach but to just do that in front of so many people so publicly isn't romantic in any sense of the word That part took away from the characters for me it seemed too unreal compared to other events of the story and other character traits That part just didn't work for me What I really did appreciate was that their looks weren't important and it was all about who they were as people because that's what life is really about So many books describe everyone as good looking and attractive and that gets a lot of mention but other than one or two people saying how JC looked without giving away too many detailed description there was very little focus on their looks which I really found wonderful I definitely recommend this book as I think it can teach us a lot about how we view people in general

  9. Alison Alison says:

    35 starsHow to categorise this book?Jonny and his girlfriend have spent months planning a three month trip around South America then shortly before they are about to leave he finds her in flagrante delicto with the plumberJonny has already paid for the whole trip Unfortunately he has a nut allergy and needs to travel with someone capable of injecting him before he goes into anaphylactic shock For a laugh his friend suggests advertising on eBay – the catch is that the companion has to have the same name as his ex girlfriend as the tickets have already been issuedKate’s best friend bids on the holiday on her behalf and tricks her into going to the airport to meet JonnyThere are lots of surprises which I won’t spoil but it was a great story apparently partially based on truthThe story is alternately narrated by Jonny and Kate almost like diary entries or TV interview It is also a personal travelogue of their journey following the tourist trails in South America Most of all it is a personal exploration for each of them about issues from their pasts The last comment makes it sound boring and it is anything but I loved Kate and grew to love the man Jonny becameHighly recommended as a plate cleanser after wall to wall YANA and military romances leavened only by Magic Rises

  10. Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs says:

    23114 Re posted as someone KINDLY pointed out that I spelt our lead ladies name wrong 5 HILARIOUS GIGANTIC FANTASTIC STARS This would make a absolute fantastic movie I hear Hollywood callingWaNtEd Travel companion for all expenses paid trip to South America When Jonathan Cork walks in and discovers his girlfriend Kate Thornly doing the dirty on him he finds himself in a predicament with only days to go and a life threatening allergy means he can't travel aloneUnable to change the name on the spare ticket that was Kate's Jonathan together with his friend come up with a plan to find another Kate Thornly with the ludicrous scheme to advertise on Ebay for travel companion with the same name KATE THORNLY Told in both Jonathan aka Johnny and Kate's aka Angel's pov it is a bloody hilarious poignant sweet and heart warming story with some real big clangers in it Pssstcan't tell will spoil itThis is absolutely b r i l l a n tin it's conception and execution well done Mark Green I thoroughly enjoyed this little cracker

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