Praise for Love & Vodka

“Welcome to Ukraine (never The Ukraine) where, from the violent rugby scrum at the airport baggage carousel to inoperable midnight plumbing and a potential grandmother-in-law who doubles as the queen of serial vodka shots, R.J. Fox stumbles through one misadventure after another, all in the name of love. The reader is along for the ride and will walk away shaky-legged, enlightened, and undoubtedly able to correctly pronounce Dnipropetrovsk.”

Jeff Kass

author of Knuckleheads, Independent Publishers Gold-Medal Winning Best Short Fiction Collection

Love & Vodka is a warm, funny tale of an American who follows his heart to Ukraine. There he discovers a world where men are meant to be strong, drink copious amounts of vodka and resuscitate cars seemingly beyond repair. Will he or won’t he win his girl? Read on to find out in this zany tour of Ukraine through the eyes of a young Michigander.

Susan Viets

Author, 'Picnic at the Iron Curtain'

For all of us who wish we were more adventurous in travel and in love, R.J. Fox is the perfect guide to Ukraine and the heart. Love & Vodka is funny, moving, and full of surprises.

Laura Kasischke

Author, 'The Life Before Her Eyes' and 'Space, in Chains'

Love & Vodka is an easy ride to this foreign land. The kind of travelogue you want to take to bed or the beach or the metro … one to be read when you have the time to truly savor a travel experience. It’s a blend of love story, light history lessons and a close look at Ukraine through the eyes of a young, American man.

Adriana Páramo

Author, 'Looking for Esperanza'

Sharply observed and wickedly funny. When romance goes Ukrainian!

Jack Barker

Editor, 'TravelMag: The Independent Spirit'

Love & Vodka is an old-fashioned love story told with uncommon wit and unabashed warmth. R.J. Fox guides his readers through the dangers of cold showers, straight liquor, and unfamiliar customs, to sweet new romance under gentle Ukrainian rain.

Ana Maria Spagna

Author, 'Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus'

A witty, engaging story of introspection, taking chances, and one American’s journey into Ukraine, a land that needs understanding now more than ever.

Lev Golinkin

Author, 'A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka'

Imagine a world where people think, act, and respond differently to the way you’ve always known—and then let R.J. Fox take you there. Not enough has been written about everyday life in the former Soviet Union, and it’s captured beautifully here.

Tony Hawks

Author of 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis'

An utterly charming romp of a novel, rich with humor and culture shock—and at its heart, a solid gold love story. Don’t miss it!

Liz Crowe

Author of the award-winning Stewart Realty series