Secret Confessions of a Backpacker: My Adventure Down Under

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Laura is about to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Granted a twelve month working holiday visa to travel Australia, Laura wants to make the most of every experience that comes her way. Based on a real life account these stories highlight what can happen on a remarkable year away. (Book length: 57,380 words) More

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Words: 57,370
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458109118
About L.K. Watts

L.K. Watts writes an eclectic range of books. Her first two stem from her worldly adventures in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Often described as hilarious these books are fresh and funky and reflect L.K.'s personality perfectly. She's travelled the Trans Siberian Express in Russia and Mongolia and has done a ten week stint of conservation volunteering in Ireland.

When she isn't out making the most of life and living it to the max, she writes women's fiction. Her debut chick lit novel is her third book to be released.

But do not be fooled. L.K. is currently writing something that will make the most unshockable person gasp.

At the moment L.K. lives in the U.K with her partner and two adorable dogs.
She can be found most days swimming in her local pool and having coffee with her friends.

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Review by: Christopher Hunter on Aug. 24, 2011 : (no rating)
A backpacking story based in a region far far away (from New York) is a hard thing to resist, especially for an adventurous guy like me. Ms. Watts and I run along in the same indie author circuits, so after a seeing her cover and blurb repeatedly, I was finally seduced into checking this book out. 

It starts like any other book of this variety. Our gal is staring a mundane life in the face and felt she had to do something memorable, something meaningful, before crossing the point of no return into the black hole of adulthood. She went to Ireland for a while, but she had an appetite for something a little more ambitious. That ambition led her to a year in Australia, and for a shorter time, New Zealand. 

I have to give Laura kudos for having the guts to put her business out there the way she did. This is a very candid and explicit memoir. She really holds nothing back. At no point was I ever blown away, but Laura's narrative voice is charming and full of life--good company for fifty to sixty thousand words. The book read like slow burn with the occasional sexual encounter adding spice to the storyline. 

In all fairness, it is very difficult to carry interest in a true story without embellishing, but Laura gives a good go of it and she succeeds about 70 to 80 percent of the time. I look forward to seeing how she grows as a writer. In the end, Confessions is worth taking a read. It is a solid foundation for things to come.

Christopher Hunter
Author of the "The Days and Months We Were First Born" trilogy. 
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)

Review by: Rosalind Sawer on April 26, 2011 :
What a page turner! I wanted to know what would happen next. I loved Laura's writing style which really made her book very readable. I really hope she writes another book soon, I'm sure she has more stories to tell!

I really really liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventures.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Kelly on April 25, 2011 :
I absolutely LOVED this book!! Laura's adventures certainly have made me much more aware, i myself am a bit of a home bird but this book has made me realise there is so much more out there, so much to see and do! Her journey is amazing! The way it is written is just perfect i felt like i was with her living it myself and couldnt wait to turn each page to see what happened next! I would highly reccommend this book to anyone, it is exciting, sexy and thoroughly enjoyable to read- she had me laughing along all the way through!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Garry Wilson on April 25, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although its content didnt half take me by suprise!
From the book cover I just thought it would be your usual backpacking story; its blurb gave no indication of the shading twists that lie within. Laura has a certain way with words that really makes you think. Although humerous in parts, Laura also reveals a darker side to her travels, making a balanced read. A great book thoroughly gripping and entertaining!!!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Wrigley on April 22, 2011 :
Gripping you from the first page Laura's tales of her adventures Down under are completely thrilling and entertaining. Once I started reading this I was unable to put my laptop down and finished the book in one day! I would recommend this to anyone who has loves a good fiction story full of love, sex, adventure and mishaps and if you have been to Oz then you could probably relate to it even more! Download this now, you won't regret it!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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