Adventures Abroad Tour

This is my last review of the Adventures Abroad series. For now. I hope there are more coming because I need to find what happens next with Sarah and Joelle! You can see my previous reviews of the series, here: What Happens in London, What Happens in Paris, and What Happens in Berlin. Today is the last day to enter Jen’s giveaway, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom to get the details.

What Happens in Abroad (Adventures Abroad #4) by Jen McConnel

What Happens in Abroad (Adventures Abroad #4) by Jen McConnel

4 out of 5 stars

After a summer of fun, Camie, Joelle, and Sarah are ready to reunite in Italy for one last adventure, but heartbreak waits in the shadows of the cobblestone streets. Can Florence cast its spell and turn lost love into a final fling?

Catch up with the girls in this final installment of the New Adult series about love, escape, and true friendship.


My Review
The girls reunite in Florence, Italy, and I thought to wrap up their stories, but really, this is only the end of Camie’s story with Joelle’s and Sarah’s still to come (yay!). Camie and Sarah are nursing broken hearts and Joelle is trying to figure out who she is against the rich backdrop of this beautiful and historic Italian town.

Camie and Sarah both claim they’re ready to put their past romances behind them and move on, but it turns out for both of them, that’s easier said than done.

Told through Camie’s point of view, we get glimpses into Joelle and Sarah, but mostly this is about Camie figuring out what she wants. After leaving Hunter behind in Paris, her ex reaches out to her via email, throwing her into a tailspin. The plotting is familiar, sticking to the formula the author used for the first three books, but that doesn’t mean it’s predictable.

Camie almost feels more lost now than ever, and her struggles come across as genuine for someone who doesn’t know what to do with her future or with her love life. Sarah and Joelle take a giant backseat here, so I didn’t get much of a sense of their development. The new characters who are introduced are done so superficially, as they aren’t key to the plot.

World Building
Florence might just have moved to the top of the cities I need to visit in my lifetime. Well, I could probably do without the humidity, so maybe I’ll go in the spring. Jen McConnel again combines sights, sounds, textures, and smells to create a three-dimensional setting.

I thought this was a great ending to Camie’s story and I can’t wait to read what happens with Sarah and Joelle.

Top Five Things I enjoyed about What Happens Abroad:
1. Florence. The city just comes across as sultry and beautiful.

2. Camie. She’s a hot mess before pulling herself together.

3. Pop-up nightclubs with themed rooms. Enough said!

4. Eating jarred pasta sauce in Italy. This totally cracked me up.

5. Romance. Without giving anything away, this was my favorite part of the book.

Bottom Line
What Happens Abroad nicely wraps up this series for Camie, leaving plenty of room for Sarah’s and Joelle’s stories to continue.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About the Book
Title: What Happens in Abroad
Series: Adventures Abroad #4
Author: Jen McConnel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Pages: 88
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Bloomsbury Spark


Author Jen McConnel

Author Jen McConnel

About the Author
A Michigander by birth, Jen McConnel now makes her home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She writes NA, including the recently released Adventures Abroad series (Bloomsbury Spark), the award winning YA novel Beautiful Curse, and various other works.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Where to Find Jen McConnel
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