Saturday, 18 May 2013

Guest Book Review: Michele Gorman - Misfortune Cookie

Reviewed by Lisa Hemmings

Would you move 6,000 miles to be with the love of your life?

Hannah did. Unfortunately her plan isn't going terribly well. What was supposed to be a move to Hong Kong to start a wonderful new life with Sam is turning into a move to Hong Kong to spend occasional weekends with Sam, when he can get away from an unanticipated work assignment on the opposite side of the South China Sea. Still, she's optimistic, if woefully unprepared for the intricacies of Hong Kong. Stumbling through the alien city, which she loves, she starts to build a life for herself. Things definitely look up when she finds a great boss to work for, and her best friend Stacy moves to the city too. But alarm bells ring as Sam seems to be getting a bit too cozy with his boss. And when things start going wrong at work, Hannah can't help but wonder if she's made the biggest mistake of her life.

After choosing to read Single in the City, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel Misfortune Cookie.

It is unusually set in Hong Kong where Hannah moves to after leaving London, where single and the City finishes. I felt like part of Hannah’s adventure, exploring the culture and cities. Again the characters are genuine, easy to relate to and funny.

The description of the food had me laughing out loud, and receiving the oddest looks on the train. Whilst the cultural and rural description paints a fantastic picture in my mind’s eye and leaves me wanting to explore this culture and country for myself. We get a fantastic balance between Hannah’s work life in Hong Kong along with exploring what the country has to offer, and the disappointment of her relationship.

The story is easy to read, enjoyable and fun. Lovers of the shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella or Lindsey Kelk I love series will enjoy these books.

May the story and Hannah’s journey continue.

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