ROMANCE COMEDY DRAMA
LEAP YEAR; EAT, PRAY, LOVE; WHEN IN ROME
• ALLIE: 35. LEAD. STRONG-WILLED BUT VULNERABLE.
• PETE: 40. CO-LEAD. ALLIE’S LOVE INTEREST, CARING AND LOYAL.
• TRIX: 35. ALLIE’S BEST FRIEND AND CONFIDANTE.
• GARRETT: 40. PETE’S FORMER FRIEND AND BOSS WHO BETRAYS HIM.
• JOAN: 50. PARTNER AT ALLIE’S FIRM WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF HER.
• DAN: 40S. ALLIE’S CHEATING EX-HUSBAND.
Allie can see five beautiful cities around the world for free, but there's one catch. She has to travel with a stranger.
Target Gender: Universal
New Jersey, New York, and London, Prague, Rome and Bangkok.
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Publisher: Graceful Publications
Year Published: 2017
Inspired by a viral news story. Bachelor Pete McCarney buys two plane tickets for a trip around the world with his girlfriend, but they split up and he can't get a refund. In a gutsy last minute move, Pete goes on social media asking for women with the same name to join him. 21 women apply.
Pete and Allie overcome many hurdles together including a building collapse in Bangkok that nearly kills Allie and Allie's best friend getting breast cancer. They realize they want jobs that make a small difference and what really matters in the end is being able to be with the person you love.
Viral stories /social media users
Hard Copy Available
ISBN-10 : 0991879562 ISBN-13 : 978-0991879564
Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Twist, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Allie James
Key Traits: Empathetic, Beautiful, Educated, Engaging, Outspoken, Sexy, Badass, Funny, Romantic, Seductive, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Clumsy, Complex, Faithful, Perseverance, Visionary, Blunt,Adventurous,Aspiring,Masculine,Funny,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken,Sexy,Blunt,Honorable
Additional Character Details
Name: Pete McCarney
Key Traits: Gracious, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Badass, Confident, Educated, Engaging, Funny, Leader, Adventurous, Blunt, Masculine, Heroic, Sexy, Visionary, Perseverance, Sarcastic, Seductive, Romantic, Heartthrob, Empathetic, Complex, Decisive, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Faithful, Flexible,Funny,Badass,Charming,Confident,Complex,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf,Romantic,Sexy,Masculine,Sarcastic,Seductive
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Power-hungry, Secretive, Villainous, Aggressive, Criminal, Greedy, Manipulative, Narcissistic,Greedy,Insecure,Desperate,Power Hungry,Secretive
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Educated, Greedy, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Secretive, Aggressive, Confident, Insecure, Blunt,Secretive,Power Hungry,Unapologetic
I see this as a perfect "date" movie for couples in theatres, but it would also do well on Netflix or a channel like Lifetime. It would start near Christmas and end at Christmas one year later for that holiday feel and provide a full-circle storytelling experience. It would do well to be released at Christmas as a holiday movie, so that's why it would do well to start with the reveal of the affair, one year before at holiday time, then to Allie's current day just before the holidays, and end during the holidays too. This movie would take viewers on an adventure to a few of the world's most beautiful cities, all while making them laugh and swoon.
Just as a single mother has given up on men for good, the perfect one comes along to sweep her off her feet with a free trip to five international destinations. She has her own career and daughters to think of, but she can’t deny her attraction to him. They only grow closer as they see more of the world together, and she realizes she has to take risks to truly start living again. She embraces love and finally gets her happily ever after.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it overall represents the book accurately and professionally.
Draw of Story
The premise of taking a risk and traveling with a handsome stranger all around the world is perfect audience wish fulfillment. Who doesn’t want to experience that? This would draw anyone in, as the core idea in and of itself is so fun and romantic. Add the characters’ instant chemistry on top and you have a winner.
The story takes a long time to get going, and very little of it is spent exploring this international locations. Speeding up the storyline and really letting Allie and Pete spend time in these awesome destinations would go a long way to making this more memorable and unique. Right now their romance is at the forefront, and it could easily share time with the traveling aspects of the story.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is undoubtedly the multiple international cities that the couple visits. This is the perfect touch of travel for anyone feeling wanderlust. Traveling through the big (or small) screen is such a boon that movies/TV can offer, and the plethora of fun destinations in the story really capitalizes on that. The fun premise of traveling with a stranger is also great.
This could absolutely have a large fanbase, as romantic comedies are often successful. The wish fulfillment aspect of a free round-the-world trip will make it rewatchable, too.
Due to the genre, it’s unlikely it would have awards potential.
Similar Films/TV Series
LEAP YEAR; EAT, PRAY, LOVE; WHEN IN ROME
What’s New About the Story
The premise is the strongest part of this story. A single mom traveling with a handsome stranger to five cities all across the world is fantastic, and the narrative could lean even further into that. They don’t reach any international destinations until 100 pages in, and the travel moves fitfully. On the page it feels like they spend no time in Rome, for instance. Expanding out each of these cities would help it to feel like more of a worldwide romp. It would also be nice if they spent more time in Thailand, as Bangkok is the only non-European city they see and they’re there for such a short amount of time. It also seems like they see very few of the famous sites in any of the cities that would be fun for an audience to experience onscreen. The wanderlust angle is a great way to drive people to watch a film or show, and this story could have it in spades.
Allie’s such an empathetic character all around. She’s not afraid of speaking her mind, and she always puts her daughters first. Despite traveling on Pete’s dime, she’ll put her foot down and stand up to him no matter what. She has spunk and tenacity, and it’s easy to see why Pete is immediately won over by her. On the other hand, Pete is more stock. He comes into his own in Thailand when he decides to cover the factory collapse, but that’s very late in the game. Maybe he could show shades of this earlier?
Uniqueness of Story
Building up the international cities more would help this to stand out much more. As is, besides the unique premise, it is not a rare gem. The characters aren’t bad by any means, but they’re not particularly new or fresh, either. Nor are the themes. There’s not much happening beneath the surface, so the strongest way to make this a gem is leaning into the international destinations and the awkwardness of traveling with a stranger. They have it almost too easy straight away.
Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming
The premise here is strong enough to warrant another look. Though it could be expensive to film if shot on location, it’s easy to see it with a big enough audience to make up that budget. Romantic comedies are often successful, and with the right cast (especially a diverse one) this could really shine.
Just as a single mother has given up on men for good, the perfect one comes along to sweep her off her feet with a free trip to five international destinations. She fights her instant attraction to him, as she has her own career and daughters to think of. They only grow closer as they see more of the world together, and she realizes she has to take risks to truly start living again.
What We Liked
The premise in this book is fun and unique, plus it’s based on a true story which is even more of a hook. Allie’s journey from jilted lover to someone ready and willing to let her heart open up again is powerful, and it’s relatable to anyone out there that’s ever been hurt. This is a story of growth and rebirth, centered around a relationship that blossoms in some of the world’s most romantic cities. The exotic locales and Allie’s journey fit hand-in-hand, and it’s great wish fulfillment for any audience.
Film: A movie adaptation is very flexible, because it will work just as well as a holiday movie as it will a fun summer fling. The events of the story occur over (and right after) Christmastime, so it’s a natural fit for a holiday release. However, it’s also so light-hearted and fun that it’s the perfect winter getaway on a hot summer day. This is also the rare film that will work just as well theatrically as it will on the small screen. It’s a perfect Hallmark or Netflix holiday movie, too, and audiences would love to revisit Allie’s journey year after year.
TV: This could work so well adapted as a limited series, with an episode or two spent in each city. From New York to Bangkok, so much of the world is sampled here. Really letting Allie and Pete delve into the cultures in all these cities would only build up what’s already on the page. A show would give them — and the audience — time to explore these places, and to see their romance deepen with each stop. Episodes would also allow the subplots with Pete’s legal issues, Trix’s health concerns, and Allie’s daughters to develop further.
Key points: Great locations; Audience wish fulfillment; Unique premise; Allie and Pete’s romance; Inspired by true story
A year after catching her husband DAN cheating with their marriage therapist LORI, ALLIE has sworn off men for good. Instead she spends her time focusing on making partner at her New York City law firm — a goal which seems farther and farther out of her reach as she does all the grunt work — and raising her teenage DAUGHTERS. Her best friend TRIX has other ideas, though. When an Irish dreamboat NBC news anchor puts out a call that he needs a traveling companion, Trix encourages Allie to go for it. He and his girlfriend ALLISON JAMES recently split, and he already has tickets for an around the world trip in five exotic cities. He just needs someone with a name to match the ticket, and Allie’s full name does. As soon as they meet, they have an instant connection. Allie’s daughters are spending time with Dan and Lori after Christmas, the same time period as the trip. Allie blows up at work, frustrated with never being given any respect, and the partners put her on a forced vacation. She is never impulsive, but she leaps in feet first this time to travel with Pete. Thanks to Pete’s former friend and producer GARRETT, who wants to capitalize on Pete’s whirlwind world trip romance, the paparazzi are on their tail from their first meeting. When Pete realizes Garrett is to blame, the two fight and Pete shoves him. Because his heat is out and he’d been staying with Garrett over Christmas, Pete and his cat are left homeless for the holiday. A chance run-in with Allie leads her to bringing home the strays for her own family and friends Christmas dinner. Everyone loves Pete, and they leave for the trip soon after.
Allie and Pete have crazy chemistry, but they agree to travel as mere friends. That goes out the window during their first stop in London, when the paparazzi corner them at the airport and Pete’s old friends have to rescue them. SANDY and NADIA live off the grid out of town, and it’s the perfect respite tor Allie and Pete. Though they still manage to get into the city and see some sites, it’s not everything Allie hoped for. Their relationship only blossoms, and they kiss while at Sandy and Nadia’s place. Back in the States, Garrett brings a lawsuit against Pete, claiming he was physically assaulted and has whiplash. Allie believes Pete that there’s no way his actions could have caused that. She gets her firm on the case, helping with the research despite their trip. Their next stop is Prague, where they can no longer deny their chemistry. They make love in their hotel room in between enjoying the historic city. They both know their feelings are intensifying, but try to hide it from one another. Allie receives a call from her daughters and learns they cut their own trip with their dad early as he spent most of the time being handsy with Lori. They’re staying with Allie’s parents now instead, and Allie feels like she should go home straight away since the girls are upset. They tell her to stay, and Pete cheers her up by starting a travel game. They agree to do whatever is suggested by the CONCIERGE, which ends up being parachuting out of the plane. The thrilling activity only brings them closer, and Allie is glad she stayed.
In Rome, they have impulsive, nearly-public sex while on an armory tour. On New Year’s Eve, Allie’s firm uncovers that Garett lied about his neck injury. This should clear Pete of any wrongdoing, and they’re buoyed by the news. Allie and Pete are enjoying a New Year’s in, staying up until the ball drops in New York to hear from Allie’s daughters. When the girls call, they’re in tears. They’ve just found out that Dan and Lori are expecting and newly engaged. Allie is concerned, but the girls again push her to keep traveling. The girls are safe with their grandparents, and Dan hasn’t done anything wrong they’re just in shock. The next city is Bangkok, and Allie’s daughters make her promise to at least go for a few days. Jet lagged and unable to check into their hotel yet, Allie and Pete wind up in an argument in a busy Thai market. Allie tests the waters concerning something more serious with Pete, and Pete has a knee-jerk reaction wherein he accidentally implies he wants to see other people. Hurt and angry, Allie runs from him. He’s chasing after her when the world turns upside down. A nearby factory collapses, leveling part of the block they’re on. He manages to find her, and they spend the day helping other survivors. They’re so relieved to be safe and alive with one another that they almost confess their mutual love, but in a moment of indecision Allie calls Trix to talk things out with her bestie. Instead, she learns from Trix’s husband that Trix has breast cancer and is about to go in for surgery. She’s been hiding it from Allie so as not to ruin her trip.
Allie immediately flies home to New York, but there’s only one seat available. Pete stays in Thailand to help cover the horrific collapse and expose the danger of sweatshops in the country. After Trix makes it through her surgery just fine, Allie runs into Pete on the streets of New York again. He came home to be with her, as he can cover the story from abroad. They admit they’re in love and they want to make it work. A year later they’ve bought a house outside of the city and combined their lives. Pete is reporting for his own site, and Allie is helping underprivileged women with legal issues. Most importantly, they’re engaged.