On the one hand, this book is a light-hearted story about summer travel and romance, with young female friends Una and Maya as the main characters. They live in Zagreb, Croatia and are planning a trip soon – one that turns into a group experience and includes guys as well as girls as the number of travelers grows. It’s a fun reading experience. The group decides to ride in two aged vans, leaving at the same time and meeting at pre-planned locations. The plan is to visit, as the title suggests, Milan, Nice and Barcelona.
But arguments soon begin, especially between a couple (Daria and Jakov), and this turns the summer plans upside down and takes their original group and the new friends they make along the way on a journey no one anticipated.
On a deeper level, the story explores love, friendship and life itself – the expected and the unexpected. Author Maya Berger knows just how to capture the reader’s attention, from an opening quote about travel by Robert Louis Stevenson, until the very last page. She has a way of describing places, the food and the sights of various locations, giving the reader a sense of going along on the trip.
She also includes some simple but thought-provoking comments about life. “How easy it was to be happy when you were a child; an ice cream did it,” one of the characters observes.
It’s a book aimed at women of all ages, who want to get lost for a while in this charming and romantic adventure through cities some only dream of. But along the way, in the reading experience, this story promotes a love of travel and an appreciation of friendship.