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Single In The City [Paperback]

Michele Gorman
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July 27 2010

Blockbusting women's fiction from a hot new talent

What happens when you add one twenty-six-year-old American to a two-thousand-year-old city, take a big dose of culture clash and stir? Hannah Cumming and the population of London are about to find out. Hannah is determined to enjoy her new life, but did she get carried away with the idea of starting afresh? And will she ever find love and her perfect life on England's gentle shores?


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Michele Gorman was born and raised in the US but has lived in the UK for the last twelve years. She currently lives in London. Michele's website can be found at www.michelegorman.co.uk

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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it. March 5 2014
By Toni
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love reading stories about picking up and moving to a new place and Single in the City did not disappoint. Seeing London through her American eyes was always hilarious and her disasters had me snickering and cringing. Hannah's get on with it attitude was fantastic, where I would have just wanted to go running back home or hide under the covers at some of the situations she finds herself in.

Her relationships with her best friend in America, Stacy, was a constant source of amusement as were all the new friends she makes in London. And her dating disasters were priceless. I loved that she wasn't willing to settle, deciding to take on new men instead of falling into old patterns and how she picked herself up and moved on after each disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones meets Sex in the City Nov. 4 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Single in the City is like Sex in the City told through the eyes of an American Bridget Jones and it was so funny that I laughed out loud throughout this delightful chick lit novel. The first few pages had me giggling and I think my now all time favourite chick lit line was just after Hannah orders her first pint in a pub. When the bartender asks if she wants 'a half', I spit water across the room at her reaction and was hooked even further. And this wasn't the only moment I loved and laughed about. There were too many to even count.

I love reading stories about picking up and moving to a new place and Single in the City did not disappoint. Seeing London through her American eyes was always hilarious and her disasters had me snickering and cringing. Hannah's get on with it attitude was fantastic, where I would have just wanted to go running back home or hide under the covers at some of the situations she finds herself in.

Her relationships with her best friend in America, Stacy, was a constant source of amusement as were all the new friends she makes in London. And her dating disasters were priceless. I loved that she wasn't willing to settle, deciding to take on new men instead of falling into old patterns and how she picked herself up and moved on after each disappointment.

As much as I adored this novel, I did find I had hoped for a little more for Hannah, wanting her to have a few more life realizations rather than just the male factor. Although she did come to some conclusions about her love life, I might have been more satisfied if she had figured out more about her career. Maybe I'm just more accustomed to chick lit with more life lessons these days. Or maybe I'm just looking for some lessons myself. Or maybe Gorman is leaving that for the sequel!
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  98 reviews
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel, please! Oct. 26 2011
By Elena Domaratskaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny read! Oct. 25 2011
By mkaufman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is really funny! In fact, there are parts of the book that had me laughing so hard I was crying. It was so entertaining, I finished the book in one day. A must for lovers of the chick lit genre.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Oct. 25 2011
By jude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a delight to read...I found myself smiling or laughing out loud at all the hilarity. I often felt like I was right there in London, another one of Hannah's friends. I can't wait for the sequel or maybe even a series. The humor and story line would be great as a movie or a tv sitcom. Keep writing Ms. Gorman, we want more!
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud fun fest! Oct. 25 2011
By Lucy Felthouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I took Single in the City to a spa with me and when I started reading it, I started to wish I hadn't. Brought it with me, that is, not started reading it. Reason being, just a few short pages, possibly even paragraphs, into the book and I was laughing. Out loud a couple of times. I quickly started to get funny looks from some of the patrons of the establishment. I ignored them and carried on reading, careful to bite my lip when I got to some more funny bits, of which there were plenty.

The premise of the book is that Hannah, a 26 year old American has, on a whim, decided to move to London. Fed up of her life in the States, she moved to England's capital city in search of her dream man, dream job and dream friends. After some initial shocks, like the traffic being on the wrong side of the road, Hannah starts to settle in. She meets a man, who lands her a job at his company, and she makes friends.

Trouble is, the man is married, the job is crap and her boss is a bitch. Luckily, the friends hold out and soon Hannah is reeling from one scrape to another. After securing employment, she moves into a shared house with three Australians - the male variety of which spend a great deal of time wandering around half naked. Hannah's not averse to the view, but sadly she just doesn't like the guys in that way. She's too busy mooning over Mr. Married, whilst trying out speed-dating, posh totty and more, though not all at the same time, of course.

This book is a breeze to read, damn funny and you won't want to put it down until you're finished. And when I was, my first thoughts were "She'd better be writing a sequel!" Research concludes that Michele is, in fact, writing a sequel so I can heave a sigh of relief and look forward to my next installment of hilarity.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of British chick lit in the tradition of Sophie Kinsella! Nov. 7 2011
By Mya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't laughed so hard at a character since Becky Bloomwood. The author's writing reminded me very much of Sophie Kinsella (my favorite writer). This is such a great book and an interesting twist on the usual boy-meets-girl chick lit, since it's all about an American girl taking a chance and moving to London. I never knew there were so many differences between us and the English - that was really interesting and I felt like I learned something as I read.

I finished it in 2 days - unfortunately the author's page says this is her first book, so I'm waiting for her next one!
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