Kate Larabee is Los Angeles’ leading travel expert under thirty-five, and everything in her life is going according to plan. When her handsome lawyer boyfriend, Charlie whisks her away for their anniversary weekend, Kate is sure he’s going to propose, but when he breaks up with her instead, Kate’s perfectly planned out life is thrown into immediate chaos.
Unsure of her next move, Kate travels home to Kansas City to see her family and recalibrate. It’s there in her childhood bedroom that she finds a love letter diary she kept with her first love, Rob—the one that got away. Contained within the pages is the person Kate used to be—a free-spirited adventurer that she’s lost over time and one she is eager to return to being...
Armed with the diary in hand, and a helpful nudge from her sympathetic editor, Kate hits the road on assignment for the magazine. As she makes her way across the country, stopping in places like, Sedona, Santa Fe, Austin, New Orleans, and Savannah, Kate battles mosquitos, humidity and summer thunderstorms in search of the perfect fried southern delicacy, but discovers so much more in the process.
Rebecca Bradley is a decade late moving to New York City and if it weren’t for her crippling writers block, she’d have already written a Pulitzer-winning play. The creative rut stems from some capital-T-trauma, but Becca doesn't want to talk about it, not even with her best friend Logan, or beloved Grandma Bea.
Unsure what to do, Becca takes a job at a coffee shop where she meets Miles, a grumpy jazz musician who inexplicably hates his namesake. They're oil and water. Becca thinks Miles is a cranky hipster; Miles has his reasons for distrusting Becca.
Their competitive banter leads to a workplace bet that is intensely competitive and maybe a little bit sexy? While Becca can’t seem to write a single scene in her play, she can’t stop coming up with ideas for bets. From subway races to collecting autographs in Times Square, the betting escalates into the most outrageous NYC scavenger hunt that leads to something resembling friendship. As Becca and Miles get to know each other, the truth about their pasts bubble to the surface. Will it lead to a creative breakthrough? A budding romance? Or just a whole lot of drama?