Destination Mexico City Author: Lori Osterberg Genre: Romance
Jena Hughes has the perfect life. A highly successful career. A beautiful home. A handsome husband. But lately, all she can do is complain. Her job keeps her on the road week after week. She never sees the inside of her house for more than a few hours at a time. And if she could just get her husband, Justin, in the same zip code for longer than a few moments… Justin Reither is a man on a mission. With goals in mind, he’s pushed hard his entire career to make them come true. Will Jena’s questions get in his way? A wrong turn in the airport gives Jena the opportunity to play Destination Roulette. As she leaves her cares behind for a week of reflection and discovery, will she find she’s been on the wrong path all along? The results may leave them both asking: Is this really all there is? A heartwarming look at chance encounters and saying yes, Lori Osterberg’s fresh, witty novel proves that some things are worth reaching for…
“Is this for real?” She looked at the woman with a skeptical eye. “Yes, it is. Ever heard of TravelVentures magazine?” “Yes, I read it all the time.” “I’m Ann Mathison, VP of Travel Experiences with TravelVentures magazine.” Ann moved her hand forward and grabbed Jena’s in return. “We’re setting up our Destination Roulette game in cities all across America. We’re offering people the chance of a lifetime. But only if you’re willing to drop everything and leave right now.” Ann moved so she was more centered in front of the game board. Jena followed, continuing to watch the rotating cities. “You hit the button right here, and the board will randomly select one of our dream destinations. You can’t decide after you play; you must decide before you hit the button. If you’re willing to play, the location comes up. We give you the ticket, send you to the gate, and you’ll be on your way in a matter of minutes. Stay there for a week and have the time of your life. We have guides and itineraries lined up, but you have the freedom to choose and experience things in your own timeframe.” Ann gave Jena just a moment to think about it. Then, “So I’ll ask again, do you want to play?” “Come on Jena.” Kris was growing frustrated. Jena heard Kris in the back of her mind. But she heard others too, including the tiny little voice deep inside that said, “Do it. Come on, what have you got to lose? I’d do it in a heartbeat.” What did she have to lose? She had more vacation time on the books than she’d ever use. Justin wasn’t coming home this weekend anyway, so all she would do is sleep and do laundry. Maybe watch a little television. This would be a true vacation to some place new. Well, hopefully new. She watched the cities as they passed by. All were locations she’d added to her bucket list at some time or another. She always thought she’d experience them with Justin, but maybe this is just what she needed to improve her outlook on life. Jena turned to her friend. “Kris, I’m going to do it.” She turned back to Ann. “Okay, I’ll play.”
After running several successful businesses, Lori Osterberg decided it was time to reinvent herself once again. Facing an empty nest and too much normal suburbia lifestyle in front of her, she talked her husband into selling off their 3300 square foot home, sell two-thirds of their stuff, all for the chance to slow travel the world. When not traveling, she finds a friend or two to share a good bottle of wine, visits tea factories, dances the night away at outdoor concerts, eats her way through farmers markets, and daydreams about the next set of characters she lives vicariously through. She’s currently writing books and living the dream in the Pacific Northwest.