Monday, June 16, 2014

Aloha to Michele Gorman and THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB - Book Review

New Release

I am a fan of Michele Gorman ... and jumped at the chance to review THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB:

When the pounds start falling off Katie, founder and president of London’s most popular social club for the calorie-challenged, it seems like a dream come true. But as the overweight stigma recedes and her life starts to change, she faces losing more than the inches around her waist. Everything that’s important to her – her closest friends, boyfriend, and acceptance into the club itself – are at stake in a world where thin is the new fat. 

A funny, heart-warming story about overcoming the prejudices we hold, no matter where we tip the scales.

THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB is now available in print and digital.

Amazon US: link 

Amazon CA: link
Barnes and Noble: link
Kobo US: link
Indigo Bookstore Canada: link

The Curvy Girls of Hawaii

You know, I'm a curvy woman and I just want to be comfortable with that. - Fergie

Readers met Katie Winterbottom in Michele Gorman's novella, WEIGHTLESS (link).  Katie was an overweight teenager, forced by her parents to seek counseling from the novella's heroine.   Katie is now grown up, working for a nutritional supplement supplier, but still struggling with her body image, or what society thinks she should weigh.   She created a circle of friends from other women attended the slimming classes - Ellie, Jane, and Pixie.  Pixie declares "enough" and the friends decide to enjoy life rather count calories.  In the course of their revolution, Katie suggests a social club for curvy girls ... and open to others fed up with body images.   Just as their club grows into a thriving business, Katie begins to loose weight.  As all four friends face crossroads in their lives, they question if the Curvy Girls Club can continue with, or without, the founding members.

Gorman delivers a heartfelt novel of that addresses female friendship, body image, and a hint of romance.   Gorman employs humor to spotlight how modern women define themselves by a scale's numbers, a lover's attention, and society expectation.   I laughed, cheered, and even cried as Katie and the Curvy Girls Club find value in their friendship ... and themselves.  I did not want this book to end!

THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB will make my top 14 books of 2014.

Recommended read for fans of chit lit, British culture, and female bonding.   I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

In Hawaii, all bodies are celebrated!
Above are volunteers at Turtle Beach (link)

I am giving away a digital copy of THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  What lurks in your refrigerator that challenges you?

My family loves True Moo chocolate milk.  But I would drink the entire gallon.  So we don't keep it in the house.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Michele and her books at



  1. Candies..gummy... Tough for me to say no.

  2. Ice cream :) Thanks for sharing such a fun post!

  3. Nothing bad for me in the refrigerator except diet pepsi. I have ice cream in the freezer.

  4. Nothing in the fridge tempts me, but my hubby has gotten in the habit of keeping cookies in his car to snack on during his drive home after work and sometimes I'll raid his car. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  5. There is a chocolate bar in it but I have not eaten it.