Warning: The following review and/or blurb may contain or does contain spoilers for previous books in the series.
Author: Michele Gorman
Series: Single in the City #2
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: March 2012
Source: Review copy from author
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First Sentence“Yarrow nudens?” The squat old woman at my elbow screeches again.
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.
Misfortune Cookie allowed Michele’s readers and Hannah’s fans to decide the direction the story would take and oh what a beauty they chose! After moving to Hong Kong to be with her boyfriend, Sam, Hannah has come to realise that there is in fact trouble in paradise. Sam is away in Vietnam for work more often than he’s home and they aren’t living together. At all. On top of that she is positive that he’s cheating on her.
Where Single in the City was published by Penguin in the UK, Misfortune Cookie was self published and I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Michele is a fantastic writer who has done a fine job of bringing Hannah and her surroundings to life in the minds of her readers. I felt immersed into the Hong Kong culture alongside Hannah because the descriptions of the locale and the colours made it feel all that much more real. It definitely helped that Michele did her research by living there, in Hong Kong, for a time. What dedication! And as well as the immersion into a different culture, we get, once again, to follow Hannah as she fumbles along and explores it in her own unique way.
I think I would have liked a new romantic interest for Hannah just to mix things up a little bit but I didn’t feel as though anything was lacking in the story because there is so much else going on that it didn’t really need new men. I guess I just wanted to see her happy. I loved exploring the culture through her eyes, and I loved that this time she had her best friend along for it! One thing I learned that I adore about Hannah while reading Misfortune Cookie is how perfectly imperfect she is. She’s not skinny and she’s not athletic but she’s entirely comfortable with herself and visibly grows up during the course of Misfortune Cookie, and she loves her friends.
While Misfortune Cookie can be read as a standalone novel, I would really recommend you get a hold of Single in the City as well to fully enjoy Hannah’s story, and if you enjoy fun chick lit in which the heroine explores different cultures to her own, you’re going to want to experience it in full.
The Single in the City series:
1. Single in the City
2. Misfortune Cookie
3. The Twelve Days to Christmas