Series: Single in the City

Review: Misfortune Cookie by Michelle Gorman

Posted October 11, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Misfortune Cookie by Michelle GormanReviewer: Rowena
Misfortune Cookie (Single in the City #2) by Michele Gorman
Series: Single in the City #2
Also in this series: The Twelve Days to Christmas (Single in the City #3)
Publisher: Self-Published, Michele Gorman
Publication Date: March 22nd 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Series Rating: four-stars

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.


“Light, funny, and thoroughly entertaining, Misfortune Cookie is a book that I can absolutely recommend. It was well-written and well-edited and it offered me a fascinating glimpse into what life in Hong Kong would be like for an outsider living there.” The Book Chick

“Fans of Sex in the City, the Shopaholic series, and Lindsay Kelk’s I Heart Series will appreciate Gorman’s novel and her easy to root for heroine and the hilarious situations she tends to find herself in.” Novel Escapes

This book follows Hannah from the book Single in the City by Michele Gorman as she moves from London to Hong Kong to be closer to her new boyfriend Sam. Sam and Hannah got together and then Sam gets a job offer in China and he’d be a fool to turn it down so he takes the job and not wanting to end his relationship with Hannah, tells her that she should think about moving there. He never said, move there with him but Hannah (like any normal woman in the world) assumed that he wanted her to move there with him. As in, move in with him. When that turns out not to be the case, Hannah still moves out there and tries to go for a fresh beginning. In Single in the City, she moved from the states (where she’s from) to England and in Misfortune Cookie, she moves from England to China. This girl brings fresh beginnings new international meaning.

As the story progressed, one of the things that got on my nerves was Hannah. She was so insensitive about everything under the sun and she was the most insecure woman I’ve read about in a long time. She loves Sam so much that she moved COUNTRIES to be with him and when he doesn’t make time for her, when he doesn’t move to Hong Kong the way that he said he would, instead of confronting him about all of this (I mean, she DID move to China to be closer to him), she starts freaking out about everything under the sun inside her head. Everyone in her family, her best friend all think that she made a rash decision and even though they’re right, she’s living her life and I would have been fine with that if she was more secure in her own decisions. She’s already in China. She already made the decision but she second guessed herself so many different times in this book that I was sighing all over the place (and not in a good way). I wished that she was more upfront with everything she was thinking about with Sam. I wish she was more upfront with how she dealt with a lot of things that were going on in her life because she would have enjoyed her time in China far more and for far longer if she would have just opened her mouth.

There’s a part of the book where Hannah is out for her birthday with her friends and Sam’s best friend Pete is trying to get the scoop from Hannah herself about why Sam (Hannah’s boyfriend) isn’t in town for her birthday. He was called away on work, couldn’t get away. By this point in the book, he’s been doing that a lot and I really hated that Hannah kept cancelling on Stacy, her best friend (who moved to China for Hannah) so that she could catch up with her boyfriend. He kept cancelling their plans together and then usurping the best friend’s time and by that part in the book, I was mighty annoyed with Sam. It’s not like Pete was trying to be rude or anything, he was just making polite conversation and Hannah gets all defensive and I was right back to being annoyed with her. She calls Pete insecure when the only person who was insecure at that table was, Hannah.

There’s a lot of back and forth with Hannah but one of the things that I appreciated with Ms. Gorman is that even when Hannah got on my hot damn nerves the most, for some reason, I still liked her and wanted what was best for her. The only way that I can describe the connection that I felt toward Hannah is that she was like that friend or sister that kept messing up and yet I couldn’t help but want her to pick herself up and get right back on track. I wanted to like her and I’m glad that I stuck with this book because in the end, Hannah got it right. The thing that I appreciated most about Gorman’s writing was that she made this book interesting enough that I wanted to read the rest of the book. Like so many other books before this one, I would have given up but Hannah wasn’t playing stupid games or getting herself into trouble because she was careless or anything. She was just a normal young woman, living in China and trying to get by. She could have been one of my nieces and as mad as I got at her, I kept coming back because I wanted her to get it right.

I wanted her to get it right because somewhere in the middle there, I really came to care for Hannah.  She may have been a bumbling idiot from time to time but she was always a good person.  She admitted when she was wrong and when she’s finally confronted with the reality of her relationship with Sam, she took the step back that she needed to so that she could get herself back to level ground.  I admired the heck out of her for what she went through in this book and when she finally stood up for herself, I got a bit teary eyed. I was so hot damn proud of her that I wanted to hug her tight.

And Sam? He was a total douche in this book so the more mad that I got at him, the more I wondered how Gorman was going to make me come to like him again.  I felt like he betrayed me with the way that I felt while reading but I was glad that I continued reading on.

I liked Hannah’s friends and her boss Josh. They made the story more enjoyable than it would have been if we were just stuck with Hannah’s bumbling self throughout the entire book. Hannah had a great support group and I loved that Stacy never sugarcoated anything about Hannah. If Hannah needed someone to give her a stern talking to, Stacy did it without question. She was a good friend to Hannah and I loved her. I ended up liking this book. I’m not sorry that I read it but it took a bit for me to warm up to Hannah but when I did, I was a huge Hannah fan.  I really liked that Gorman showed us the transformation in Hannah from beginning to end.  It made the end that much more satisfying.  This wasn’t an easy book to read but it really was worth the time I spent reading it, at least for me it was.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Createspace. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the author for an honest review.


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Review: The Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele Gorman

Posted October 11, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele GormanReviewer: Rowena
The Twelve Days to Christmas (Single in the City #3) by Michele Gorman
Series: Single in the City #3
Also in this series: Misfortune Cookie (Single in the City #2)
Publisher: Self-Published, Michele Gorman
Publication Date: September 11th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 120
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Series Rating: four-stars

"What if his proposal had an expiration date?"

Hannah’s in a bit of a pickle. In twelve days she flies from Hong Kong to the US with Sam, where he’s finally going to meet her parents… and ask to marry her.Since overcoming a rather rocky patch in their relationship (which was totally his fault), he really is a new man, and they’re completely in love. The problem is, she feels panicky every time she contemplates matrimony. Which is perfectly normal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?! She has no idea but she’s got to find out before he pops the question... because she’s not 100% sure she’s going to say yes. Which will make for a very uncomfortable family holiday. He’s got to ask her before they go. So Operation Proposal begins. As time ticks down to their flight, Hannah realizes that her own secrets are threatening their future. Before she can be happy with Sam, she’s got a lot to learn about herself in the twelve days to Christmas.

This is a novella of 120 pages.

The 12 Days to Christmas is a novella that follows Misfortune Cookie. Misfortune Cookie ends with Hannah thinking about second chances and 12 Days starts off with Sam and Hannah back together again. Hannah has decided that Sam deserves a second chance and they’re working things out. I never doubted Sam’s love for Hannah, I just thought that he was a bit greedy with his pleasures. Technically, he didn’t cheat on Hannah but what he did was still a betrayal and just like Hannah, I felt it. In this book, Sam is the model boyfriend and Gorman really puts both Sam and Hannah through the wringer in this short story but it was still an enjoyable read.

Hannah is still up to her old tricks in this story. She overthinks things, she under shares things and she’s all over the place but by now, I was like Stacy. I took all of her quirks in stride because at her core, Hannah is a good person. She means well and well, she’s Hannah.

In this book, she’s got a secret that she’s keeping from Sam. She thinks that if Sam finds out about it, it’ll be the end of things for the both of them and she worries herself silly over it all and her friendship with Brent is all up in the air because there are feelings there. For such a short book, lots of things are happening in this one. Hannah’s dealing with her feelings about taking that next step with Sam. Sam ready to take those next steps. Hannah coming to terms with her friendship with Brent. Stacy and Josh and their relationship. Going home for Christmas with Sam meeting Hannah’s family for the first time. The potential sale of Josh’s company and well, Hannah’s secrets. I thought that Gorman did a great job of riding these different storylines out. While everything is happening, the reader is front and center. One of my gripes with Hannah is actually something that Josh finds comforting in his assistant and that’s how much she talks. She babbles on and on about everything under the sun and there were plenty of times when I wanted to skim ahead because well, when Hannah went on those tangents, I tuned her out anyway. But aside from that, this was a cute read.

It wasn’t as interesting to me as Misfortune Cookie but I’m glad that I read it because this novella serves as the ending of this series of stories. In this story is where we say goodbye to the Single Girl in the City and got over the Misfortune Cookie. Everything wraps up in this story and I was happy with the way that it ended. We went through the wringer with these characters and if you stuck with them, they repaid you with an ending that puts your mind at ease. It ended the way that it was supposed to end and I was glad for it.

Thanks for the entertaining hours that I spent with these characters Michele Gorman. I came to love them even though I had my doubts early on.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Michele Gorman. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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