The Expat Diaries Series Review

The Expat Diaries

By Michele Gorman

There are 3 books in this series and I read them all! Overall, I would give the series 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. Hope you enjoy the reviews.

The Expat Diaries: Single in the City

I have loved a lot of Michele Gorman’s books, but this one was just okay. There wasn’t a clear plot and the book skipped over big parts and just briefly explained them from a future point. It was odd. 

I did enjoy the main character. She was clumsy and awkward, yet mostly sweet. There were times where she annoyed me by being shallow or careless. I liked reading about an American woman trying to make it in London. She met some interesting and varied men and there were some funny moments. I was quite happy with the man she ended up with. I do want to read the sequel, even if this book didn’t blow me away.

The Expat Diaries: Misfortune Cookie

I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It didn’t jump around as much and had a smoother plot. The main character has also matured. 

Hannah has moved to Hong Kong with her boyfriend, Sam. Unfortunately, he’s on project elsewhere. But lucky for Hannah, her best friend, Stacy, decides to move to Hong Kong, too! Hannah gets a great new job in the fashion industry.

I really enjoyed reading about Hannah’s job. Her new boss and friends are awesome. Hannah struggles with the long-distance aspect of her relationship, which is relatable. I wish she had been more honest and open with Sam, but her character is still developing. I also really liked reading about Hong Kong, as I know nothing about the area. This was a quick read and I eagerly started the third because I want to know what happens to Hannah! Overall, this was an improvement over the first book and an enjoyable read.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A sweet conclusion to this series! Hannah is back with Sam and she believes he’s going to propose to her at Christmas. Hannah is in a panic remembering all the times she told little white lies to impress him. Does he know the real Hannah? Would he love her if he knew? Meanwhile, Hannah’s boss is dating her friend Stacy and trying to sell the company. 

Hannah was way overthinking things and not being open and honest again. It annoyed me after I thought she had matured more in the last book. However, I loved the ending to this story. I also liked the format as each chapter title went with the 12 days of Christmas song. I was honestly not sure how the story was going to end. I appreciate that this series hasn’t been predictable, which is a rarity in a chick lit. Everything is tied up nicely at the end, even with secondary characters. Overall, I would recommend this series to fans of travel chick lit.

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The Carlton Square Series

The Carlton Square Series


I am so excited to share The Carlton Square series with you guys! This was written by one of my favorite authors, Lilly Bartlett, AKA Michelle Gorman. I have already read both books and the second just hit shelves in the USA. Check out my reviews below!

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square

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I enjoyed this fun book. Thinking it over to critique it, I realized I really had no complaints. Sometimes chick lit books are predictable, over dramatic, and cheesy, but this book was none of those things. This is the story of Emma and Daniel planning their wedding. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and she, well… wasn’t. Daniel’s parents are expecting a huge, elegant ceremony and are willing to contribute financially, but Emma’s father won’t hear of it. Emma has to pull off an almost royal wedding on a shoestring budget. 

This book took me back to my own wedding planning days, which was fun. I also loved both main characters. Emma is desperately trying not to betray where she comes from, even though she’s marrying into something else. Daniel is clueless about his privilege. The secondary characters were very entertaining, yet also heartwarming. 

The plot moves along at a good pace. Emma has a funny “voice.” I am really excited to read more in this series! I would recommend it to any fan of chick lit, and really, anyone who has ever planned a wedding!

The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square

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This book was super cute, just like the first one in the series! Emma starts a cafe in Carlton Square to provide jobs for at-risk youth. She runs into a lot of trouble from a fellow cafe owner who is trying to run her out of business. She is also juggling a new job, her husband, and her twin toddlers!

I could relate to a lot of Emma’s thoughts about motherhood. Emma wants Daniel to step up more and feels like everything falls to her. I think that’s common and I like how it was handled in this story.

Emma is such a likable character. I love that she is trying to help at-risk youth and learned to overcome some prejudices she didn’t even know she had. We see the return of a lot of lovely characters, like her parents, her mother-in-law, Daniel, Kelly, etc. We also get lots of new characters from Emma’s mom group and the other people who frequent the cafe. I loved the diverse range of characters.

It was very enjoyable to visit Emma and her square again! The plot moved at a good pace and the story was well-done. I hope there’s a third book!

*Quotes and photos provided to me by the author. I wwas given copies of these books and voluntarily reviewed them.*

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Exclusive Sample Book of Love is a Four-Legged Word


Love is a Four-Legged Word

We are so excited to share an exclusive sneak peek of Michele Gorman’s newest book to our readers! I have already read three of Michele Gorman’s sweet and sassy chick lit books- Match Me If You CanThe Curvy Girls Club, and The Curvy Girls Baby Club. They were all full of characters you want to root for, hilarious situations, romance, and friendship! Michele’s newest book should be just as fun! Make sure to scroll down to read the exclusive and free book sample!

The Blurb

Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches.

They share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett’s husband, Rufus, who’s been Shannon’s best friend since childhood. It’s a cosy setup. Unless one of them has a secret…

When Scarlett and Rufus’s baby plans are decimated by a surprise turn of events, their marriage hits the rocks and they both turn to Shannon. All three relationships are pushed to breaking point, but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who’s most important?

Author Bio

Michele writes books with heart and humour, full of best friends, girl power and, of course, love and romance. Call them beach books or summer reads, chick lit or romcom… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “relatable” and “thought-provoking”.

She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word “portion”.

Instagram: @michelegormanuk

Sneak Peek!

Click below to get the first five chapters of Love is a Four-Legged Word for free! Then, click the download button and save the file to your computer before transferring it to your reading device.




*Sample book, links, content, and pictures provided to me by Notting Hill Press*

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The Curvy Girls Baby Club Book Review

The Curvy Girls Baby Club Book Review

Author: Michele Gorman

Published: August 20, 2015

Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction

You Are Wonderful

5/5 stars! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It was great to catch up with the curvy girls club! Jane, Katie, and Ellie all get pregnant at the same time. In addition to the stresses of pregnancy and dealing with strange bodily changes, the curvy girls have some other personal problems to deal with.

Jane is the co-host of a light and fluffy talk show. When she becomes pregnant, the ratings start going down, but her producers don’t want her to tell the audience she’s pregnant. This situation contributes to Jane’s negative body issues. She’s trying hard to keep herself from falling back into the same old pattern of dangerous fad diets. 

Meanwhile, Ellie continues to struggle with Thomas’s overbearing mother. She is afraid of Millie taking over her pregnancy and baby raising, so she and Thomas are waiting to tell her. Katie and Rob are surprised at a pregnancy so early in their relationship. Katie feels Iike a huge, unattractive whale. 

I enjoyed revisiting these fun characters. This book was not as serious as the last one was. It was shorter, so that made sense, but I did miss some of the serious issues discussed in the last book. This was a very quick and easy read! It kept me engaged and I enjoyed the characters.

P.S. You will understand the above picture so much more after you read the book!

*Picture was sent to me by the publishers and I was encouraged to use it in my blog.*

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The Curvy Girls Club Book Review

The Curvy Girls Club Book Review

Title: The Curvy Girls Club

Author: Michele Gorman

Genre: Chick Lit

Published: UK version on January 15, 2015 by Notting Hill Press

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Book Description

The Curvy Girls Club is a hilarious and heart-warming story about learning to love yourself, written by best-selling author Michele Gorman.

Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane have been best friends since meeting at Slimming Zone. Tired of being judged by the number of calories they consume, they decide to form a different kind of club. The fun evenings they spend together, not worrying about their size, make them happier than they’ve been for years.

But the club doesn’t stop real life from getting in the way and together the girls have to address some much bigger issues than just their weight…

“This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: “What if?”” Publishers Weekly” (Book Description from the Publisher’s)

Book Review

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 chickadees singing! As I said in my Waiting on Wednesday post, I was really excited to read this book. Turns out, it was for good reason! This is the story of Pixie, Ellie, Katie, and Jane who start a social club for curvy girls (and boys!). Katie is the main character and takes over planning events for the club. Meanwhile, she has a hopeless crush on a hot co-worker at her job, where she sells nutrition supplements by phone, but never gets chosen to do in-person sale calls. Ellie just got together with a co-worker, but her insecurities about her size are threatening her happiness in the relationship. Pixie is in a difficult marriage and doesn’t know how to get out due to financial woes. Jane is desperately trying to lose weight, to the point of dangerous dieting. While the popularity of the club increases, their personal issues reach crisis point.

I loved the four different characters in this book and how they all dealt with their weight issues in a different way. Katie and Ellie try to accept themselves the way they are. When Katie begins to mysteriously lose weight, it causes her to lose sight of herself. Ellie is insecure because of her weight and Jane will go to extremes in her quest to get thin. I think the portrayals of these women were extremely accurate. I really thought Katie’s weight loss added a whole new element to the story and it was interesting to see the way that she dealt with finally having what she thought she’d always wanted (being thin). The characters were all relatable and it was refreshing to not have the typical chick lit heroine who stuffs her face with chocolate all day and is either normal size or has just a few pounds to lose. These ladies were real.

The story was really well-written with a fast-paced plot. I got sucked into the story mainly because of the characters. I felt invested in their lives! Another interesting element to the story was how the success of the girls changed their friendship dynamics. Although it was at times disheartening, it was realistic. I was also interested in Katie’s love story and the two very different men she encountered.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was refreshingly real with genuine characters. It dealt with some deep topics of self-acceptance, friendship, body issues, etc., but remained and engaging and fun chick lit the whole time. No complaints! I highly recommend it!

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