It’s official. Hannah has left her friends and family in the US behind and is following her dream. To live in London. Unfortunately she’s completely unprepared for what’s in store. She’s going to find: 1. Her dream guy. A prince or Hugh Grant would be nice. Or does she have to settle for her half-naked Australian housemate or an “English gentleman” with terrible hygiene habits? 2. Her dream job. Something fantastic in fashion. So how has she ended up being the mini-me for an evil party planner who doesn’t even trust her to arrange the paperclips? 3. Her dream friends. But everyone in London seems to have known each other for years and Hannah’s having trouble getting to know nice people. Who’s she going to have fun with? Dream life? Should Hannah just dream on? Maybe it would have been simpler and cheaper to just get a new haircut. Was she mad to move 3,000 miles away from everyone she knows? Will she ever find love and her perfect life in England?
I don’t usually read much chick-lit, but occasionally I’ll pick one up and more often than not, I’ll enjoy it at least a little. On this particular occasion, I enjoyed it rather a lot!
Hannah is a quirky and lovable character who doesn’t have a load of money to spare, doesn’t have a high-flying career, and doesn’t have a clue – which makes her all the more accessible and easier to relate to for us mere mortals who don’t live on the pages of your usual, run-of-the-mill light novels aimed at women. She’s a fish-out-of-water who makes mistakes – lots of mistakes – and that makes her human.
It’s a fun look at something we all wish we could do – relocate somewhere exciting and start afresh – and it doesn’t shy away from the problems that can occur, both funny and not so nice, but focusses on Hannah evolving without even realising she’s doing so.
There are a lot of laughs along the way as cultural differences between American Hannah and her new English friends (and some Aussies too, strewth!), and it seems that our common language often seems more like a foreign one, with everyone speaking at cross purposes.
This is Michele Gorman’s debut novel and it shows a very promising start. It’s even left tantalisingly open enough for a sequel… will there be one?
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite