My addiction to everything that Roxana Valea writes continues unabated and I’m honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for the third book in her loosely-autobiographical polo adventures. I’ve recommended these to every horse obsessed YA/ grown-up reader I know, but you don’t have to be horse-mad, or know the faintest thing about polo to enjoy them. It’s a cracking rom-com too.
As with the others, you could read it as a stand-alone, but the characters will make more sense if you’ve read the others (or at least the first one) as it starts straight into a scene. But, it’s actually a prequel, so if you want to read it first, totally go for it!
This book answers the big question I’d been pondering – how do people discover polo? (Assuming you’ve not been born into a polo-playing family, that is). She has a regular office job and a classic city lifestyle, and hasn’t ridden since she was a kid. How do you go from that to travelling across the world to play polo. It turns out the answer is by a chance encounter. Even if you’re not “horsey” take a chance on this series, and let me know what you think.
Before Roxy found herself “Single in Buenos Aires,” she was a single girl in London in search of true love. The third installment of The Polo Diaries series takes us back to that time, and we follow Roxy as she hires a love coach to help her navigate the dating scene. But the love coach comes up with an unexpected assignment: reconnect to a long-forgotten passion. For Roxy this means horses. Within weeks, she finds herself playing polo, thanks to a series of unforeseen events.
Torn between her desire to become the best polo player she can be and the dream of falling in love, Roxy steps fully into the exciting and demanding world of polo, where injury and recovery mix with hard training, and where celebrating the victory of a tournament comes at a high price. Will Roxy eventually become the polo player she dreams to be? And with polo being such a demanding sport, can there be any space left for love?
Roxana Valea was born in Romania and lived in Italy, Switzerland, England and Argentina before settling in Spain. She has a BA in journalism and an MBA degree. She spent more than twenty years in the business world as an entrepreneur, manager and management consultant working for top companies like Apple, eBay, and Sony. She is also a Reiki Master and shamanic energy medicine practitioner.
As an author, Roxana writes books inspired by real events. Her memoir Through Dust and Dreams is a faithful account of a trip she took at the age of twenty-eight across Africa by car in the company of two strangers she met over the internet. Her following book, Personal Power: Mindfulness Techniques for the Corporate Word is a nonfiction book filled with personal anecdotes from her consulting years. The Polo Diaries series is inspired by her experiences as a female polo player–traveling to Argentina, falling in love, and surviving the highs and lows of this dangerous sport.
Roxana lives with her husband between England and Spain, and splits her time between writing, coaching and therapy work, but her first passion remains writing.