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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Under A Cranberry Sky Review

Under A Cranberry Sky

By Holly Martin

Genre: Christmas, Romance

I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. 3/5 singing chickadees!

Piper writes hotel reviews and has traveled the world doing it. When she comes to review Stardust Lake Hotel, she is surprised to find the only man she ever truly loved, who broke her heart, is running the place. Things have changed since they were both 17, but their chemistry hasn’t. Gabe has a daughter now and Piper finds herself falling in love with little Wren as well. However, Gabe’s overprotective siblings work at the hotel as well and believe Piper is the one who broke Gabe’s heart.

I absolutely loved the setting of this book. Such a perfect place to read about to get in the Christmas mood! How delightful to read the author’s notes at the end and find out it’s based on a real place. I also liked main character Piper and her backstory was very complete and explained her personality. She was very relatable and I loved seeing her open her heart and learn to trust. I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters- the ones with a backstory, but even just the villagers who live in the town.

This book is pure romance, but I wish it had more of a plot outside of the romance. That may just be because I’m not a fan of pure romance, I would rather it be just one part of the story. My only other complaints are that the story dragged a bit at times and the only real conflict was wrapped up quickly.

The story is heartwarming and definitely a great fit for fans of romance. I really enjoyed the secondary character that the next book will be based on and am looking forward to that.

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A Christmas Wish Book Tour

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Genre: Romance Contemporary

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

 

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a sweet story with a great plot. Flora was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and one Christmas Eve, she decides to flee her life and try to figure out where she came from. Some of the townspeople support her search and try to help, while others are angry with her for digging up the past. One person who helps her is police officer Joel, who Flora has an unlucky encounter with her first day in town that lands her in jail. As Flora searches, she begins to question her future and what she wants to do with her life.

Each chapter changes viewpoints and by the end of the book, I would say the reader has been in about 10 different people’s heads. It wasn’t confusing, though. There was one chapter at the end of the book that I think should’ve been left off, as it took away from the reality of the story, but it’s an extremely minor complaint. I love how this book had an element of mystery to it as I tried to figure out, along with Flora, who her mother could be. It also had romance, small-town drama, family relationships, and friendships. This book was well-written and moved at a good pace, even though Flora didn’t have many clues to her origins. A great Christmas read for fans of multiple genres!

Author and Links

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/CHRISTMAS-WISH-Erin-Green/dp/1786697955

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

 

About Erin Green

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!

Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

 

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The Girl I Didn’t Marry Review

The Girl I Didn’t Marry

By Annabelle Costa

Genre: Romance

I was a huge fan of another one of Costa’s books- The Time-Traveler’s Girlfriend. When she asked me to review her latest book, I couldn’t say no! I am voluntarily reviewing a free copy from the author. When I started reading this book, I did not expect to like it and be as sucked in as I was! It starts with a guy who seems to be a gangster getting a lap dance. Then the story goes back to high school when this gangster named Nick is a straight A student with a major crush on the new girl- Jessie. The story goes back and forth between Nick and Jessie and tells of their Romeo and Juliet-like relationship. Tragedy strikes in An Affair to Remember-style and Nick and Jessi lose touch after high school. We find out where they are now and the book ends with them finally meeting again. Unfortunately, it ends on a total cliffhanger in preparation for the next book.

You can’t help but feel for our main characters and the difficulties that life throws their way. This book truly is like a Shakespearean tragedy! Yet it totally sucks you in and doesn’t let you put it down. I can’t wait to read the next book in the hope that these star-crossed lovers get their happily ever after. I didn’t always like the main characters, but they’re so well-written and fleshed out that I could understand their choices even when I didn’t agree with them. I would highly recommend this to fans of romance.

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A Vicarage Christmas Review and Giveaway

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A Vicarage Christmas Summary

Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1

Genre: Women’s fiction/romance

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.

When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

 

BUY LINKS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

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My Review

This was a lovely book for Christmastime. Anna has been avoiding coming back home to Thornewaite, where her father is the vicar. She doesn’t like all the attention she gets from the small village because of who her father is nor the memories it brings back of her deceased brother. Anna runs out her first night at home and meets a man at a pub. She ends up spilling the truth about how she feels about her family. The next day, she discovers who this man is and feels horrified. 

There was so much to love about this heartwarming story. Anna has a close and loving family, even if she doesn’t always realize it. The man she meets at the pub, Simon, is sweet and patient. Anna is a very realistic and relatable character with her social anxiety challenges. I believe the series is going to do a book about each sister and I’m excited for that. Each one is at a very different point in their life at the end of this book. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, I would highly recommend this book. 

About the Author

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Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.

 

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Blog: https://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk

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