The Expat Diaries: Single in the City [NOOK Book]

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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN HUMOR, TOP 10 IN WOMEN'S FICTION

"Michele's writing is so engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic." -- Sophie Kinsella, #1 ...
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The Expat Diaries: Single in the City

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Overview

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN HUMOR, TOP 10 IN WOMEN'S FICTION

"Michele's writing is so engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic." -- Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A book about friendship, love and most of all, loving yourself; you'll eat this up." -- Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of SPIN and HIDDEN

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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.

This novel was originally published as Single in the City.
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Editorial Reviews

The Sun - Chick lit Reviewer
If you like your novels fun and sassy with a twist of the unexpected, you'll devour Single in the City ... 4 stars.
Paperback Dolls - Doll Day
If you love chick-lit then you need to read this book. Actually, scratch that ... if you enjoy a well written book with a fun and uplifting plot that takes place in England, then you will love Single in the City.
Chick Lit Club - Stephanie Pegler
This is a hilarious book, full of romance and laugh-out-loud situations that no woman would want to be in. Hannah is a smart and sassy character, looking to make her way in the world.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013291126
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Series: The Expat Diaries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 483,855
  • File size: 730 KB

Meet the Author

Michele Gorman is the #1 best-selling author of Bella Summer Takes a Chance and The Expat Diaries series. She also writes upmarket commercial fiction under the pen name Jamie Scott. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years.

If it weren't for Twitter and Facebook, Michele would be a much more prolific writer, but wouldn't have nearly as much fun, so do chat to her online:

Twitter:@expatdiaries
Facebook:
Blog: www.michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Website: www.michelegorman.co.uk
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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book, I love Brit chick lit so loved the premis b

    I enjoyed this book, I love Brit chick lit so loved the premis but I hated the ending... I understand it was setting it up for a sequel but I needed more development of the relationship

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    A Must Read!!

    Single in the City by Michele Gorman was without a doubt the best book ever! I rarely read books that are based in other countries (mostly because not a lot of authors write books that are mainly based in another country). Reading this book just made me want to go to London even more! I've always wanted to go to London to see all of what's there and reading this book kinda gave me a glimpse of what London has to hold.

    Single in the City is about a 26 year old American who flies to London on the spur of the moment. She has no job, no friends and no clue on how to "build" her dream life. While in search of new love, new life and a sense of herself, she meets new roommates (who are from Australia) and new friends who all help her as she goes on the search for Mr. Right.

    Things I loved about this book, what's not to love? I loved it all! It was funny and it was fast-paced. Reading this book, I could actually put myself in Hannah's place and see it all in my mind as if I was living that life. I was reading this late last night and everyone was asleep and I had to hold my laugher in because I didn't want to wake anyone up. There wasn't any thing that was bad about this book. I didn't get confused at any parts throughout the book or have to go back and reread something because it didn't make sense or anything. The book just flowed along and there wasn't a single boring part in this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Highly recomemended- You don't have to be a chick to like this one!

    I am a red blooded american male.... and I LOVED Single in the City. i mean everyone loves a bit of adventure, right? I could certainly relate to Hannah and her foibles remembering my own blind trek in to foreign land in my younger years. Miss Gorman's writing puts you right in London with her characters.. I laughed so hard at parts that I physically had to stop reading!...Mark my humble little words this book will be come a U.S. sitcom or better yet, a series of Blockbuster movies! Keep writing Michelle. We need enough for 13 episodes! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Sequel, please!

    A candy of a novel - delicious from beginning to end. Full of sparkling humour and spot-on sketches of life in the present day London, the book tells a story of a 26-years-old American girl, freshly landed in the British capital, from a perspective that any ex-pat would easily relate to. The ex-pat does not have to be American, by the way. How many of us, flocking to London from all corners of the world in search of an "ideal" job, "ideal" friends and an "ideal" partner, just like Michele Gorman's heroine Hannah, were confused, to say the least (and bamboozled, if we are really honest), at first by how the "real" British ways work. Narrowly avoiding being hit by a car that goes in the opposite direction to the one we were used to all our previous lives, trying to reconcile ourselves with the weird eating habits and unpredictable weather, we gradually learn to decipher not only the subtlety of oh, so many purely "English" expressions that turn out to mean something entirely different from what they actually say, but also the totally unexpected meaning of some "typically British" behaviour. This is not to mention the ever lurking perils of the dating field in a new country. (No, the classical English literature you have proudly consumed as part of your education does not help at all to prepare yourself for the encounter of modern "English gentlemen", whether of true aristocratic or a slightly more modest decent.) Those sufficiently familiar with the American version of English, will appreciate the extra flavour of Gorman's footnotes, in which her heroine explains the particularly "bizarre" bits of the world she's found herself in with a refreshing American straightforwardness that makes even those of us who have been here long enough to stop noticing suddenly look at it afresh and burst out laughing. And it is, of course, a piece of chick lit, so we are privy to Hannah's search for Mr. Right and everything it entails - her inner thoughts and "not-so-perfectly-thought-through" behaviour with potential prince charmings, her heart-felt conversations with the old and new "best friends", her panic fits and distress when things go horribly wrong only to turn out for the best in the end. The end is a bit unexpected, by the way, which makes it an even better read. Yes, sequel, please!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Don't miss this one!

    I loved this book! It is well written chick lit with substance. It's funny, entertaining and a real treat from beginning to end. You will fall in love with Hannah and at the end will want more! You must read Single in the City!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    loved it!

    This was an easy, fun read. As a lover of chick lit, I am always on the look out for new books. I picked this up at the airport in London and was pleasantly surprised when I began reading it on the plane. Parts of the book had me laughing out loud- I'm sure the other passengers thought I was crazy! I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Loved it!

    I'm not a big chick-lit fan but this book was absolutely brilliant. Funny, clever and engaging, it details American girl Hannah's exploits when she moves across the pond to London. It had me laughing out loud on the tube - Michele Gorman is a very witty writer indeed. Hannah was a fabulous character and someone I truly enjoyed spending time with - not like many of the annoying chick lit heroines. Fab twist at the end too - can't wait to find out what Hannah gets up to next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    A very enjoyable book, with potential to be a good rom-com film

    A very enjoyable book, with potential to be a good rom-com film if helped along by the right script writers. The main character, Hannah, is just like any other young person experiencing a new city, new friends, new job and hopefully a new romance. It's easy to relate to Hannah and the challenges she faces as she rethinks the way how people live and the different ways in which we can speak the same language. By the end of the story, it seems Hannah is on a winner, but what will the future hold in store for her? I guess I'd better read the sequel!

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

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    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Single in the

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    Single in the City is the story of Hannah, an American from the small state of Connecticut, who decides she needs to make a few changes in her life. Rather than doing what most red-blooded women would do and get a haircut or start a new diet, she jets off to a new country with no friends, no job, and nothing to hold onto as she navigates her way through modern day London. Michele Gorman must have lived the life of an ex-pat in London because the subtle differences in life, culture, and language are well thought out and hilariously executed. Hannah is definitely an ‘act first, think later’ kind of girl and that adds to the fun and humor found in this story.

    We’re with Hannah from the moment she lands and tries to order a tuna sandwich, through her making new friends and entering the murky waters of big city dating. Through it all, Hannah and the odd cast of characters that make up her inner circle tread it all with humor, spunk, wit, and more than a hint of awkwardness. Of course, a book like Single in the City wouldn’t be complete without a few dating mishaps and dear Hannah has them in spades. There are no Mr. Darcys or Victorian gentlemen in this London and we’re privy to her innermost thoughts and mistakes after each Prince Charming audition. Michele Gorman writes a fantastically hilarious story, poking fun at both Americans and the British while dispelling long held stereotypes of each. This was a fun journey through the streets and countryside of London that any ex-pat or Anglophile will savor and laugh out loud while reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I accidentally read Misfortune Cookie before I read this book an

    I accidentally read Misfortune Cookie before I read this book and had I read Single in the City first I probably wouldn't have made it to the sequel. Hannah was much whinier in this book than in the sequel. Obviously she had the problems with guys and problems with being American that she complained about, but what really annoyed me was the complaining about her job. It seemed like she wanted to be rewarded for doing what she was supposed and it came off really spoiled. Overall the characters are likable and it's definitely an easy read. It is not the best chick lit I have ever read but definitely not the worst either. I would recommend just for something quick in between more challenging books or as a beach read. I will probably read the third in the series just to see what happens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    I liked it.

    Entertaining. Not a great story but I would buy it again if I had it to do over. Reminds me of that English "Bridget Jones Diary" movie. Funny, endearing, and informative. Yes, I did learn alot about jolly ol' England and it's patriots. ; )

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    A Truly Fun Read

    If you have read either of the two other books in this series (I have read one Single in the City) reading The Twelve Days of Christmas will be like meeting up with old friends. If you have not read the other books the characters are still very easy to get to know and love. From Hannah the main character to the supporting characters of twin ginger haired Brits living in Hong Kong, Brent and Stuart, you quickly become attached and really want everyone to be happy. The books in this series also show what it is like to be an American living in a foreign land. Things that are common place in “the States” are completely outlandish across the pond and in the Asian world and vice versa. These books are definitely fun reads.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    I was bitterly disappointed! London, check. Single girl, check.

    I was bitterly disappointed! London, check. Single girl, check. Plot? ok at best. There were some moments but no laugh-out-loud as promised in several reviwes. And that ending? Seriously? Not a bad book but it feels bad when you go in expecting so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    A Great!

    Hannah's story is great and reminds me so much of myself it was like I was reading my autobiography!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fun read!

    This book was an enjoyable and sometimes funny read! Overall I really enjoyed it. I liked Hannah and thought she was great character. Definitely a fun book to read and it would be great by the pool with a drink in hand! :) There were some moments in the book where I literally laughed out loud! It was a fun look at British culture compared to American, and it was very well done! I would have liked to have seen some of the characters developed more especially Sam and the roommates.

    I am looking forward to following more of Hannah's adventures in the sequel!

    I did receive a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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