Without Borders: A Wanderlove Novel

Without Borders: A Wanderlove Novel

by Amanda Heger

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ISBN-13: 9781682300534
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Wanderlove , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 417,155
File size: 1 MB

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Without Borders 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and I loved how unique of a setting it offered. The author painted a great picture of Nicaragua and it’s people without softening the poverty some areas live in. The reader really feels for the people and how much the Ahora medical clinics mean to them. I liked both Annie and Felipe but the story overall felt very young adult. The romance between Felipe and Annie is a slow build that fits with the circumstances and the ages of the characters. Annie has just broken up with her boyfriend, she hasn’t seen Felipe since high school; while Felipe is very focused on his work and based on his past work with Americans he’s unsure how Annie with handle everything going on. There’s a nice tension and pace to the relationship that I appreciated considering the situation they were in. It was really nice to watch both characters grow and mature. While the characters are indeed young (heroine about 21 and hero about 25) the overall tone and writing of the book felt very young adult. I didn’t have a problem with the writing it just made it hard to conceive of the actions of the characters. Some of this may be some of my own pre-conceived expectations, for instance, I hear doctor and I think of someone more in their 30’s than Felipe’s actual age. He does address the fact that it takes less years of schooling in Nicaragua to become a doctor but even then, the work Felipe does is so important. Felipe is beyond dedicated to his work and all he wants is to convince his mother that he can run things; but Felipe has a lot to learn about working with others and accepting the help his clinic needs. I respect how hard Annie works while there and how compassionate she is toward the people she meets. She truly embraces her time in Nicaragua and her enthusiasm for learning comes through clearly. At this time, I will not be continuing with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and compelling, with great dialogue and characters you grow to love, it's everything a romance novel should be.
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is one of the better New Adult books I've read lately. I think this is because it doesn't rely solely on the relationship of Annie and Felipe to carry the story but on the things that happen while on the trip. It was more a story of a traveling medical clinic where two people fall in love than a romance that takes place during a trip, if that makes sense. I really enjoyed reading about the experiences the group had as they traveled to bring medical assistance to the people of Nicaragua. Each experience felt real to me. I liked Annie and Felipe as well as the supporting characters. I didn't find places in the story that I felt were slow or that I was tempted to skim or skip completely. Everything flowed at a good, consistent pace. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading light romance, especially those who are tired of reading the same ole bad boy, broken girl stories. This book was an easy read that will put a smile on your face while leaving you wanting to go help less fortunate people.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
Very fresh story with a great dose of reality. The setting of the Nicaraguan jungles felt so very real, I wasn't at all surprised to learn Amanda Heger had been on a brigade to Nicaragua herself. The descriptions are vivid and so very well written that you really become immersed in the world and culture of the story. This will likely sound odd to say, but I kept finding myself reading with a Latin American/Spanish accent (this was likely helped by the fact that my brother-in-law is from Venezuela). For this reason, I would have preferred the character of Phillip to not be named Phillip since I kept reading it as "Philippe." That's my own fault, of course, haha. :) The sprinkled Spanish throughout the book was generous enough to help bring you into the world, without being too much. I don't know much Spanish, like Annie herself, but I still understood quite a bit of it and literally laughed out loud at this line: “¡Es rojo como una bruja! ¡Una bruja!” Which brings me to the next thing that I liked: the emotions brought up throughout. This story was funny, touching, suspenseful, sad, and sexy. I had gone in expecting more of a romance with a Latin American angle, but was pleasantly surprised to find a story that was focused on Annie and Felipe as people than just as a couple. Most of their relationship is built up in a very natural way, without as many grandiose declarations of "You're The One." As a result of this, it's fairly tame in the steaminess department, but the depth of the bonding otherwise is so enchanting you don't mind. And, rest assured, it's not without some sexiness. Sex itself just isn't the focus. The side characters all added some extra depth and stood on their own without feeling like plot contrivances. Marisol, Phillip and Juan are all great characters. I liked this story and the character development quite a bit. The scene where the woman gives birth - just wonderful. It said so much about the characters and their growth, and made me smile.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
An unforgettable month. Annie London arrives in Nicaragua eager to reunite with Marisol, her inseparable friend during ninth grade. She’s come to work as a volunteer on a medical brigade to add positive points to her medical school application. Never mind the fact that the physician of their group will be Felipe, Marisol’s moody older brother. How difficult can twenty eight days be? Only the distance between Nicaragua and St. Louis has enabled Felipe to conceal his crush for Annie. In charge of the brigade, he needs to prove to his mother – the charity director – that he’s developed the skills to become an administrator. Ms. Heger takes us on a one month adventure encountering monkeys, rainstorms, gun-toting teens, and a breach birth. I kept turning pages to discover what hazard lay around the corner – or would Annie and Felipe find a smooth spot to explore their attraction. I’ll be watching for more from this debut author.
christokes More than 1 year ago
I have traveled around the world and been to some places that would make people wonder “Why would you go there?” and I love reading a book that captures the essence of leaving everything you know and embracing the unknown. Without Borders is a brilliant story that shares the ins and outs of Annie and Felipe’s adventures into the jungle of Nicaragua, caring for the sick and dealing with danger and drama along the way. This book shares the ups and downs of hard work in a foreign land and does not hold back on the hardships many face. There are good moments and bad moments, each perfectly represented in this story. I laughed at some of the things that happened, remembering how those same things had been my fate. This book addresses so many different themes and issues. I loved how it is well balanced and shared. Annie and Felipe, along with Marisol, Juan, and Philip, journey through the jungles by boat, truck, horse, and on foot. They sacrifice their time and comfort to bring help to those who need it. As with any trip like this, emotions run rampant and there is bound to be drama. Yet the drama was not what I expected. It stays true to their experiences and leaves the reader thinking about what happened. I laughed at the pranks and antics of the characters, and could not help but giggle during Annie’s classes going amiss. Without Borders blended what many know with what is new and exciting and created an adventure that is both intriguing and real. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more from Amanda Heger. Her story was authentic and refreshing, something that connected me in a way I was not expecting. Her writing style was a bit different than what I am used to but once I get in the book and read a few chapters, I learned the cadence and flow, giving me the opportunity to submerge myself in what was happening. If you are looking for something new, check this one out!
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
WITHOUT BORDERS was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2016 list and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Amanda Heger's debut is a gift to readers: a unique voice, compelling story, and a budding romance set against the backdrop of the Central American jungle. Annie London is a smart, flawed young woman, trying her best to get into a good med school, despite some poor MCAT scores. In an attempt to pad her med school resume, she embarks on a month long medical brigade traveling through Nicaragua. During the trip, Annie is tasked with passing out mosquito nets and teaching a sex ed course. Armed with a giant plantain and a condom, Annie tries to overcome the language barrier and teach the villages she travels through, how to practice safe sex. But, for Annie, that's easier said than done, considering she completely threw herself at the doctor in charge of leading the brigade. Strike one against getting that med school recommendation. Can anything else go wrong for Annie? Yes! Poor girl! Enter Doctor Felipe. He's hot. He's brooding. And he's great with kids--oh my ovaries! With each page, Ms. Heger ratchets up the sexual tension between Annie and Felipe and it's steamier than the Nicaraguan jungle! Stolen kisses and quiet touches lead to the perfect "Awwww!" ending! Amanda Heger is an incredibly talented writer. In Annie and Felipe, she's created characters that are alive and real; their character arcs are fabulous. I loved watching both of them grow and learn, and build a relationship with each other. WITHOUT BORDERS is unique, unlike so many New Adult romances on the market. I highly recommend Amanda Heger's debut, WITHOUT BORDERS. Get lost in the jungles of Nicaragua with Annie and Felipe, and they'll leave you with a serious case of Wanderlove!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Annie London’s long awaited dream of A Brown Medical School Education hinges on acquiring a good recommendation upon spending a month in the Central American rainforest helping with medical aid. With three classes of high-school Spanish under her belt, she steps off the plane realizing that classroom preparation is far from adequate when dealing with the natives who lack electricity and running water. Dr. Felipe heads the group of volunteers that travel from village to village, caring for the natives. When his sister’s old friend from the U.S. joins their month long adventure, he realizes his life is about to change, in many ways, questioning his beliefs and testing his restraints. I loved the story line of Annie and Felipe. The characters were fully and well developed. Tight tension was kept throughout the book. Supporting characters added to the plot and helped move the story forward in an easygoing and enjoyable way. Events unfolded in a natural way, adding plenty of action. I did question a couple of things. Quite a few of the scenes appeared as if they were cut off at the end of a chapter, which was disconcerting, leaving the reader wondering what happened. Second, as far as being in a rainforest, I’d hoped for more descriptions of the beauty to be found there, to balance all the bad (lack of electricity and clean water). Also, as far as flipping your boat on a river, I’d be terrified of the many dangers to be found there, which gave that scene a surreal kind of feeling. Even so, the author did a good job keeping the attraction alive between Annie and Felipe.
SwoonsandBooks More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a unique romance that touches on real life topics and sweeps you away to an exciting locale, I can't recommend this one enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been looking forward to reading Without Borders for a while now. There's a lot of repetition going on in new adult, and the premise of Amanda Heger's debut novel really interested me. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Annie heads off to a remote area in Central America to pad her medical school application, hoping it will get her accepted to the school of her dreams. She knew she'd be roughing it, but she didn't know how much she'd learn, or that she'd meet the man of her dreams. Dr. Felipe Gutierrez has had enough of the spoiled Americans who come to his country under the pretense of helping, only to spend the entire time complaining about the dirt and mosquitos. When Annie shows up, he's sure she's going to be more of the same, but it doesn't take him long to realize he's never met anyone like her before. From the first page this story pulls you in, and it never lets up. From Heger's detailed description of the Nicaraguan landscape, to the vivid characters, Without Borders makes you feel like you are in the middle of the story. This book made me laugh, cry, and had me glued to my iPad all day long. I loved how Annie changed throughout the story, and how sweet and caring Felipe was to everyone he met. There were times I wanted to reach into the book and slap them both, but that's part of what makes it a good story. They felt real and so did the choices (and mistakes) they made. If you love a good new adult romance, this is the book for you! ***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "You are trouble, Americana." Stars. Nothing gets my readerly antenna humming more than a romance story told in an unusual and unique setting, and Amanda Heger certainly did that by taking me into the rainforests of Nicaragua in the telling of Annie and Felipe’s story. There is a sort of a second chance love theme in Without Borders, in that Annie and Felipe have a past back when they were teens with unrequited crushes on each other, while he and his family spent time in the US. Felipe’s sister, Marisol is also Annie’s best friend, so she has kept track of him over the years, and vice versa. For the most part I really enjoyed the story, their blossoming relationship grows whilst traveling through the rain-forest to remote towns and villages offering medical care to those that need it the most. The location was interesting to explore as were the people they came into contact with, and I found myself devouring the first half of the book with great enjoyment. The main issue that I had with the story in general was the fact that I really struggled to see Annie as an adult for a lot of the second half of the story, her actions and behavior in a few instances were akin to a petulant teenager having a tantrum, and it normally occurred at the worst of times in relation to the safety and security of the people she was traveling with. It just seemed to go against the general levity of the circumstances of why she was there in the first place, and didn’t really work in with the fact that she was supposedly a grown woman, out of her comfort zone in a foreign and sometimes hostile environment. "I miss you already." It did detract a little from my enjoyment overall, but all-in-all if you are looking for an interesting premise, set in an unusual location, with a few entertaining secondary characters, that for me were what kept things moving along and entertaining, this is a read I would say is worth a look at. My issues were definitely more character related than the authors actual writing style, so I would be interested to read more from her, and from what hopefully will become a series in the future. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago