Friday, March 16, 2012

West of Wawa Blog Tour by Lisa de Nikolits - Review

Happy Friday!

Welcome to my stop at West of Wawa blog tour! The tour is organized by WOW! Women On Writing and by the author Lisa de Nikolits. My post includes some information about the author and the book and a review.

Tour Dates: February 27, 2012 – March 23, 2012

Title:West of Wawa
Author: Lisa de Nikolits
Genre: Women’s Fiction


West of Wawa is a coming-of-age backpacking travel story full of wacky, eye-opening and downright scary adventures. A new arrival in Canada from Australia, Benny is fleeing personal and professional disasters – not to mention her impending 30thbirthday. With a history of running from her troubles, Benny escapes once more: abandoning her new job and life for a cross-Canada bus trip. But what begins as an escape plan transforms into a discovery. Benny discovers strength she didn’t even know she had as well as the artistic desires she’d thought were gone forever.

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About the Author:

Originally from South Africa, Lisa has been a Canadian citizen since 2003 – although she stills retains a lilting voice that causes fellow Canadians to ask, “You aren’t from Canada, eh?” With a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy, Lisa has also lived and worked in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain. Lisa thought she was on her way to fame and fortune when the South African edition of Cosmopolitan bought two of her poems in 1986. Sadly, the road to being a published writer was not as easy as she had hoped! Throughout her writing career, Lisa has tried her hand at everything from children’s picture books to short stories to novellas to feature magazine articles.

Her first novel The Hungry Mirror, which won an IPPY Gold Medal for Women’s Fiction in 2011, was inspired by her work as art director for magazines including Vogue and Marie Claire. Lisa is now working on her next novel Between the Cracks She Fell. Just Thought You Should Know: This is Lisa’s second WOW Blog Tour. Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror,  won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women’s Fiction. Author Online:

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My review:

West of Wawa was an interesting read. It was well written, I truly enjoyed the writing style and the language what was used for storytelling. West of Wawa is definitely worth of reading, especially if you like road novels.

Regarding the plot:

The novel is so much more than just a road trip. You meet Benny, a woman is very close to getting 30 years old and the book takes you to Benny's trip to finding out who she really is. After an unsuccessful relationship Australian woman called Benny decides to to take trip through Canada. During the 72 days long trip she encounters with other interesting persons, makes friends, gets abused and finally finds herself.

What I enjoyed about the book was the fact, that you got a very captivating into one woman's life, to her inner thoughts, doubts, dreams, nightmares, wishes. The book did not concentrate only to the trip through Canada, but the main emphasis was on Benny and her growth.

Regarding the characters:

I really enjoyed Benny. She was not always very likable or lovable and she was quite selfish, but she was also a wonderful woman who could pass her troubles and grow and love. I think the author did a very good job with Benny.


West of Wawa is a story which is interesting, you are taken through a journey of a woman finding herself and that journey is captivating! Definitely a very good book to read!

4 stars

5 Flowers!

Thanks for coming by and the next stop of the tour is: March 26 @ Selling Books. Enjoy the tour!

Happy reading!



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