REVIEW: The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff

The Kill Box Book Cover The Kill Box
A Jamie Sinclair Novel
Nichole Christoff
Thriller
283

In an intense thriller that’s perfect for fans of Lee Child or Lisa Gardner, security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair tackles a cold case that could cost her the one person who means the most to her.

Hardworking Jamie Sinclair can’t wait for the weekend. She plans to be off the clock and on the road to wine country with handsome military police officer Adam Barrett. But when a strung-out soldier takes an innocent woman hostage and forces his way into Jamie’s bedroom, everything changes. Jamie’s never seen the soldier before. But he’s no stranger to Barrett—and with one word he persuades Barrett to pack a duffel and leave Jamie in the lurch.

Jamie cannot fathom why Barrett would abandon her without explanation. But as the consequences of an unsolved crime threaten to catch up with him, a late-night phone call sends Jamie racing to Barrett’s hometown in upstate New York. In a tinderbox of shattered trust and long-buried secrets, Jamie must fight to uncover the truth about what really occurred one terrible night twenty years ago. And the secrets she discovers deep in Barrett’s past not only threaten their future together—they just might get her killed.

The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff is the third book in the Jamie Sinclair series. I reviewed the first and second books, The Kill List and The Kill Shot, earlier this year, but this book was definitely my favourite so far.

In The Kill Box, tough cookie Jamie Sinclair shows her soft side, racing (unwanted) to the rescue of Adam, who we got to know in previous books. Adam is less the knight in shining armour in this instalment, and is more like the damsel in distress – thankfully Jamie puts up with his rubbish and sees it for what it is – insecurity, after a tragedy from his past resurfaces. Jamie takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of a decades old murder, but before she can make much headway, bodies start dropping left and right. With some strange small town acquaintances and a keen DEA agent, along with Adam’s adorable granny, she manages to find the truth.

I think this was my favourite book in the series so far because it had the deepest mystery and the best character development. Jamie showed her softer side, and we learned that there was more to Adam than just being the perfect jarhead. The secondary characters were really interesting, and (although my awesome deductive mind was suspicious of one of the bad guys from the start) there was plenty to keep me guessing! I read the whole book in a sitting – which is a testament to the book in itself, as I’m so tired these days that long stints of reading are far and few between!

The book can be read as a stand alone mystery, but readers would definitely benefit from the backstory of Jamie’s career, and Adam and Jamie’s relationship, as both are developed during this book. Plus, the first two books are pretty good, so why not check them out?!

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I received a copy of The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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‘What Would Mary Berry Do?’ by Claire Sandy

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Claire Sandy
Chick Lit
450

For fans of The Great British Bake Off, this is a story about family life, unfriendly rivalry and flat Victoria sponges.

Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.

Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask 'What would Mary Berry do?'

Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .

Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?

This is a delicious feast of a funny novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Allison Pearson.

If you’re a die-hard Great British (or Australian!) Bake Off fan, and love a bit of chick lit, then this is the book for you. Leading lady Marie is tired of being the Mum who brings the store-bought treats to school fetes, so embarks on a year long journey to learn from the Fairy Grandmother of baking – Mary Berry.

As a great admirer of the spunky Mary myself, I was drawn to this book and wasn’t disappointed. Marie was a great character. She wasn’t perfect, but she was REAL. A mother, a wife, a dentist, a homemaker; Marie was trying to keep the family running smoothly while dealing with job security worries, a perfect next-door neighbour who seems to one-up her on everything, a moody teenager and mischievous twin girls, a worried husband and the promise of a croquembouche to be delivered on New Years Day!

As the story developed, all the characters were well developed and I grew to love them all. The overarching theme of the book questioned whether the grass really is greener on the other side, and I liked how the author dealt with exploring  that. I know I think about the green grass in other people’s yards often, so this was something I related to.

I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down, was invested in all of the story lines, and was glad it was a longer read so that I could really get my teeth stuck into it. DEFINITELY worth a read on a cozy night, with a cuppa tea and a scone!

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I received a copy of What Would Mary Berry Do? from Netgalley in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: French Fry by Glynis Astie

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French Twist
Glynis Astie
Chick Lit
322

Sydney Durand had finally achieved the perfect life she had always wanted. After a whirlwind romance with a charming Frenchman, she endured the three weddings it required to satisfy the members of the newly formed Bennett-Durand clan. All she had left to do was stroll into the sunset with Louis to enjoy their long-awaited happily ever after.

But everything changed when the stick turned blue. Suddenly, Sydney finds herself facing the daunting task of becoming a mother before she has even returned home from her honeymoon. Keeping a tenacious hold on her hard-won happiness, Sydney is determined not to give up without a fight – no matter what or who is thrown in her path…and that includes an overbearing mother-in-law, a know-it-all father and her own anxiety about having a baby.

Will she finally be able to tame her neuroses for the sake of her unborn child? Or will her hormone-induced panic cause a meltdown of epic proportions? One thing is clear: Sydney and Louis’ nerves are going to fry…

As promised, here is my review of the lovely Glynis Astie’s latest book, French Fry! 

For the last book in the French Twist series, we return to Sydney Durand’s whirlwind life to find her pregnant – naturally, a little ahead of schedule, and definitely unexpectedly. What follows is nine months of trying to keep crazy pregnancy hormones under control, juggling a best-friend bridezilla, dealing with the unexpected arrival of an eccentric French mother-in-law, and everything else a pregnancy throws at you!

I loved diving back into Sydney’s world. Having already read French Twist and French Toast (you can read my review of the first two books in this series here!), I already knew all of the wonderful characters and was excited to read what happened next in this semi-biographical whirlwind romance. So, I was able to completely enjoy every page from the get go.

Astie writes in a friendly, honest way, including the reader by giving them a peek into Sydney’s head and sometimes addressing them directly. It was lovely to pick up this book and feel like I was being welcomed back into her family.

This trilogy is a great example of great chick lit. It’s different from the same-same mould so many books follow, with plenty of twists and hilarity. Frankly, I’m a little sad to be saying goodbye to Sydney and her life! These books are definitely worth reading.

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I received a copy of French Fry from author Glynis Astie, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman

The Marrying Type Book Cover The Marrying Type
Laura Chapman
Chick Lit
322

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

My test of whether an e-book I read is truly good or not is whether or not I pop over to Book Depository and put it on my (rather long) wishlist, so that I can add a hard copy to my library. Guess what? I just added The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman to my wishlist.

Straight off the bat, I loved Elliot, the main character. She sees a problem and sets her mind to fixing it, showing a strength of character that I really appreciated. My heart ached for her losses and the crap her family pulls on her, and sang when things went her way.

As much as I loved Elliot, she was by no means the only great character in this book. Handsome, philanthropic, successful and kind Eric was a dream (it’s so unfortunate that fictional men aren’t on the market in reality), crazy Heloise would remind any girl of someone she knows, and beautiful bride-to-be Sadie was a darling, and gay bestie Smyth was a hoot. With such a great cast of characters, it would’ve been hard for Chapman to go wrong.

Luckily, the plot was also strong. Not everything was about romance romance romance. Elliot was a business woman, and it was interesting to read about how she pulled weddings together. Plus, the added element of being on a reality TV show at the same time gave another dimension and was quite interesting.

This book was hard to put down, and left me with a smile on my face – albeit a little sad that I don’t have an Eric of my own to live happily ever after with! I’d love to read more about what happens to these characters after this book ends (Laura, that’s a hint to write a sequel!!), and definitely recommend this one to chick lit lovers everywhere.

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I received a copy of The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman from the lovely Samantha at Chick Lit Plus, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson

Under a Georgia Moon Book Cover Under a Georgia Moon
Cindy Roland Anderson
Chick Lit
266

Addie Heywood thought she was doing okay after her fiancé dumped her just weeks before their wedding, claiming he’d found someone else more compatible with his health food tastes. But when he marries the other woman three months later, Addie needs to get away. Leaving her home in Idaho, she escapes to Mitchel Creek, Georgia to visit her Aunt Janie. She just wants to spend the next two weeks enjoying her aunt’s southern cooking, not dodging the guys her aunt is determined to set her up with.

Chase Nichols isn’t looking for love. His dream is to trade his computer mouse for his guitar and make it big in the country music world. If he can land a job in Nashville, he might have a shot at getting discovered. His plans get derailed when he does his neighbor a favor and picks up her niece, Addie, at the airport. Things get even more complicated when his ex-girlfriend comes back into the picture. That’s when he hatches a new plan. Since Addie wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes, and he wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend, they’ll fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.

This book was a charming ‘clean’* Southern romance, and I really enjoyed it. The story was simple, and somewhat predictable, but it was a great afternoon chick lit read! Main character Addie was sweet and spunky – I was rooting for her. It was also interesting to read the story from Chase’s perspective as we went along; I suppose it’s not often that you read about Southern courtship from the perspective of a restrained Christian male.

Although it was fairly obvious that Addie and Chase were going to become an ‘item’, that didn’t bother me at all. Let’s be honest, most Chick Lit has an easy-to-spot romance appear in the first chapter or so! When you pick one up, you’re hardly expecting to be surprised by it. Really, it’s all about how the romance UNRAVELS! And this romance is particularly sweet, which seems to be the Southern way.

I liked all of the characters, particularly Aunt Janie and her baked goodies, although there wasn’t a huge focus on anyone other than Addie and Chase. I also liked how gentlemanly Chase was – he was kind-hearted, thoughtful AND cute! It was a nice change of pace from an arrogant or rude male lead, who needs to be ‘changed’. Chase was great as he was, and the focus stayed on their struggle to fit relationships in with their career dreams.

Both Addie and Chase were reluctant to give up their dreams to pursue a romance, and it was interesting to see how they worked through their priorities. I felt it was a realistic dilemma (even if their solution may have  been an uncommon one!).

Overall, for a quick, feel-good romance, I’d definitely recommend this book. It may not have been ground-breaking, but when I put it down I was more than satisfied, and it stuck in my head for several days. There was even a little mystery and danger thrown in! What more could I ask for?!

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* Stay tuned for my thoughts on ‘clean’ romances, and why I’m using inverted commas, later this week.

I received a copy of Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson from Kathy at Book Blasts and Blog Tours in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon

The Tea Chest Book Cover The Tea Chest
Josephine Moon
Chick Lit
368

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to start again.

When the three women's paths unexpectedly cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate's magical vision for London's branch of The Tea Chest. But every time success is within their grasp, increasing tensions damage their trust in each other.

With the very real possibility that The Tea Chest will fail, Kate, Leila and Elizabeth must decide what's important to each of them. Are they willing to walk away or can they learn to believe in themselves?

An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it's a world you won't want to leave.

I absolutely devoured The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon. Of all the chick lit in the world, I love the stories where people build something out of nothing (think following a cupcake dream, opening a vintage store, creating a dream…). This book was just right!

First, the characters were great. Particularly Kate, completely out of her depth while taking over the business after the death of her partner, was well-written. I really felt her dilemma; she was used to being the artist, not a boss, and everything was a little overwhelming! With Kate as the Leading Lady, I felt like the other ladies were a perfect complement to her personality – Leila was business like and optimistic, while Elizabeth was no-nonsense and ready for a change. Together, they counter-balanced Kate’s dreaminess and her fears of failure.

This book wasn’t about romance (of course, there was a teeny bit included for good measure), instead focusing more on these women’s business journey and their personal development throughout. Kate, Leila and Elizabeth grew in confidence and it was a very uplifting read.

I also loved all of the tea-talk. As a tea lover myself, I loved the descriptions about how Kate created and blended new flavours of tea, and sourced the products for her new store. It was really interesting, and beautifully written.

Plus, the fact that the book was split between Australia (woo for home!) and London (who doesn’t love London!?) was an added bonus. Not only do I love a glimpse of home when I’m reading, but the contrast between laid-back Brisbane and high-street London made for a great story.

I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of The Tea Chest. Perhaps save it for a rainy day, brew a cup of fragrant tea, and put aside an afternoon – I guarantee you won’t want to put this one down!

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REVIEW: ‘Perfect Girl’ by Michele Gorman

Perfect Gir Book Cover Perfect Gir
Michele Gorman
Chick Lit

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality
she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal
assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her
single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any
easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends
twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues
who put the "W" in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and
loses it all?

I received a copy of Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I’ve reviewed several of Michele Gorman’s novels this year (check out my reviews of The Curvy Girls Club and Single Girl in the City), and it definitely seems like she’s hit upon the secrets to successful chick lit. I’ve loved each book – and am pleasantly surprised to realise that the main characters have all been very different, and the story-lines unique. A traveller looking for the perfect career, a woman seeking body love, and a high-powered career woman struggling against perfectionism – each of these ladies is trying to find a path to fulfilment and happiness.

Perfect Girl‘s protagonist, Carol, is a people pleaser, problem solver, perfectionist. Immediately, this struck a chord in me – I am a perfectionist too. At first, Carol bends over backwards to help her friends and family without a second thought. But, as the commitments pile on, something has to give. When suddenly she starts saying ‘No!’, people don’t quite know what to do! Suddenly, the very thing that defined her – her perfect girl reputation – is the very thing she wants to rid herself of. So, if not perfect, then who is she?

I have personally faced this very dilemma. When I stopped bending over backwards to please everyone, because I quite simply didn’t have the energy to do more than get through the day, people literally decided that I was no longer worth hanging out with. It was a shocking way to discover who my ‘real friends’ were, and almost hurt me enough to send me scurrying back to my people-pleasing ways. I’m still a perfectionist, but I am better about saying ‘No’ to people (most of the time!).

I think that relating to what Carol was feeling made me like this book on a whole different level. However, I think any chick lit lover, regardless of a perfectionist streak, would be hooked on this book from the get go. Gorman crafted a cast of characters that very much enhanced the story. Carol’s family, though at times frustrating, is loveable and endearing. Her best friend, Harriet, had me giggling at her ability to attract the most bizarre men. And her male-dominated workplace left me seething in disgust at the sexist behaviour she was forced to endure.

I also liked that the book didn’t only centre around Carol’s love life. Her innovation in the workplace was also a big theme; how she dealt with being a woman in a male-dominated workplace, and how she had the skills to hold her own (even when things didn’t go to plan). I won’t give anymore away though!

I’m definitely a Michele Gorman fan, and would recommend her books to any chick lit lover. She seems to have a way of adding a spark to her stories that can sometimes be missing in other books in the same genre. Excitingly, I’m interviewing Gorman soon, so keep an eye out for that in mid-November. Also, her christmas book will be a part of my Christmas Round-Up, so if you’re hankering for another fix, you won’t have long to wait!

Overall: Perfect Girl was only released this week, so grab a copy, read it, love it – ad be the awesome person that gets to recommend a great book to your #readerfriends!

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Mental Health Awareness Month: You’re Never Alone with a Book

Mental Health Awareness Month

Have you ever read a book that just stays with you for years, no matter how many good books you read in between? Today, I’m going to share one of those books with you, that’s stuck with me for nine years now (gosh, it’s scary to think that I discovered it in Year 10!). Why am I sharing it with you now? Well, it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and Uncorked Thoughts and Blog of Erised are hosting a blogger event, where we share our experiences and thoughts about Mental Health.

Earlier this month, I shared about an interview I saw with a successful lawyer who battles depression. It inspired me, in that it helped me to see that success and mental illness aren’t mutually exclusive. Sure, it might make success a little more difficult, but not impossible!

Now, I’m going to tell you about one of my favourite books – and it just so happens that it revolves around depression.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta is the story of Francesca, as she navigates the treacherous waters of Year 11 in a school that only recently opened it’s super-traditional doors to girls. For most girls, leaving your best friends to go to a school your outspoken mother has chosen, and being surrounded by arrogant and/or smelly boys, would be enough to make high school difficult. However, when her beautiful, loving, loud mother suddenly stops getting out of bed in the morning, the usual high school woes pale in comparison to Francesca’s sudden new life.

This book is perfectly depicts how a vibrant, loving woman can turn into a shell of herself overnight – and how she won’t just snap out of it one day. But this book isn’t about Francesca’s mother. Really, it’s about how people’s loved ones cope, when the person they know suddenly isn’t there anymore.

As Francesca battles her way through the school year, she finds friendship in strange places. Sometimes she barely makes it through the school day, and other times she forgets for awhile what is happening at home. In many ways, the way that Francesca feels is also familiar to depression sufferers; sometimes getting through the day seems impossible, and other times you can forget the sadness for awhile.

The friendships that she makes are heartwarming, they literally make my heart ache with the desire to find such connections myself. None of the characters Marchetta writes are perfect; in fact, it’s their imperfections that make you love them all the more. Marchetta really has a talent for writing characters that leap of the page; her other books are equally fantastic and the characters just as riveting. Even better, she has written a sequel to Saving Francesca, called The Piper’s Son – set several years after the first book, and being just as enrapturing.

Not only is this book fantastic, but it’s meaningful on a deeper level – at least to me (and hopefully to other people who have experienced mental health in some way). I’ve never forgotten how it affected me; I’ve read it repeatedly, and each time I pick it up, it pulls me right back in. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Has anyone else read this book? Did it affect you in the same way? I’d love to know!

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REVIEW: Dangled Carat – Hilary Grossman

Dangled Carat Book Cover Dangled Carat
Hilary Grossman
Memoir, Chick Lit
281

For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him.....

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice....

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy....

meet Hilary....

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship--why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realise how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn't ready--and their friends' meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year's Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

I received a copy of Dangled Carat from Hilary Grossman in exchange for my honest opinion.

I loved this book, and so will any woman who’s waited years for her significant other to whip out a diamond ring. Dangled Carat is immediately more riveting than your usual chick lit book, as it’s all true!

This book could have been a little depressing – a story about how a woman is desperate to marry her partner but can’t get him to commit. However, Grossman’s tongue-in-cheek retelling of how she waited (somewhat) patiently for her man to be ready for marriage – while all of his family and friends not so subtly tried to convince him to pop the question – was witty and emotive.

Grossman moves fluidly between past and present as she remembers her long path to marriage. She also manages to write about a partner who refuses to marry her without painting a picture of a man that women would immediately hate. In fact, the reader grows to like Marc – and, although his commitment issues aren’t explained n depth, understand his reasons for moving through relationship markers at a glacial pace.

Personally, this book struck a cord with me; my boyfriend and I have been dating five years, but due to money, medical issues and studies, marriage isn’t on the horizon for years to come. Funnily enough, I’m probably the more commitment phobic of the two of us, but I still recognise much of what Hilary felt (ok, having read her memoir, I feel that we’re buddies now and I can use her first name!). For some reason, a ring seems to offer some reassurance that a partner won’t suddenly up and leave us… In reality, a ring make little difference these days, but the symbolism still means a great deal to many women.

Well-written, funny and with a cast of excellent supporting characters – who the author is lucky enough to know and love in real life – I would recommend this book to any chick lit or memoir lover. A little more truthful and different than a typical summer beach read, this is one for the women out there who get a little tired of reading the same story over and over again. Get a copy of Dangled Carat here or here! I’d love to know what you think of it.

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REVIEW: ‘Expat Diaries: Single in the City’ Michele Gorman

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Expat Diaries
Michele Gorman
Chick Lit
288

Take one twenty-six-year-old American, add to a two thousand year old city, add a big dose of culture clash and stir.

To think Hannah ever believed that Americans differed from Brits mainly in pronunciation, sophistication and dentistry. That's been the understatement of a lifetime. She lands upon England's gentle shores with no job, no friends and no idea how she's supposed to build the life she's dreaming of. Armed with little more than her enthusiasm, she charges headlong into London, baffling the locals in her pursuit of a new life, new love and sense of herself.

I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book at 11.30pm, with the intention of having a little read. Then, lo and behold, it was 2am, and I’d finished the entire thing.

To me, this is the sign of a great book – when you just can’t put it down. Gorman’s Expat Diaries: Single in the City is the perfect piece of chick lit! Hannah’s adventures settling into London life are both hilarious and recognisable. We’ve all been there; maybe not in London, but somewhere. And falling for the ‘perfect’ guy only to find out that he’s actually Satan’s evil twin? Yup, we’ve all been there too.

Gorman managed to write a character who was interesting and survived her many disasters without being whingey. I was completely invested in Hannah finding her feet, and recognised the emotions she felt as she tried to find her place in a strange new place.

The writing flowed in the easy style that is essential for good chick lit, and the plot has numerous facets that didn’t feel crammed in but instead each added a layer of depth to the story. Gorman also had fun with the lingo differences between America and the UK, which was a laugh, and the stereotypical Aussie backpackers who made an appearance were bang on!

I was pleased to discover that there are two sequels already written for me to devour as soon as I have some downtime!No torturous waiting game to play. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Hannah in a new place, and with a whole new string of disasters to manage!

If you want to discover the magic of expat life for yourself (from the comfort of your own home), you can find it here. If anyone has read it, let me know what you thought! I feel like this is a short review, but sometimes all you need to know is that it’s good!

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