Sunday, October 12, 2014

Aloha to Michele Gorman and PERFECT GIRL - Book Review and Giveaway


Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all.

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the "W" in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?

With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man's world.

Balancing act ...

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. 
- Winston Churchill

I have been a fan of Michele Gorman after reading THE EXPAT DIARIES: MISFORTUNE COOKIE.  Michele's books delve into the heroine's personal development with a side of romance. She excels in PERFECT GIRL.  Carol worked hard to become the "perfect" girl as an business analyst.   Her efforts pay off with Green T, her program to spotlight emerging green energies seeking capital.  Carol's newly engaged sister asks her to find the perfect wedding venue; her mother asks Carol to find the perfect weekend getaway; Carol's friend ask her to screen internet dates.   Ultimately, Carol falls apart she learns things are not so rosy for her - no spoilers here!  I appreciated how Gorman revealed what motivated Carol's environmental activism ... and why she became so dependable.

Gorman delivers a humorous but heartfelt ride through the chaos that follows as Carol puts her life back together.   The writing is crisp; the story is engaging; and the heroine is noble. It is also fun to follow the characters through London.   PERFECT GIRL is a perfect escape into Brit Chick Lit.  

Recommended read for fans of lighthearted women's fiction.  

I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Historic Home in Kona, Hawaii

In PERFECT GIRL, Carol visits a historic home as a possible venue for her sister's wedding.   My mother recently returned from England with souvenirs from her visit to historic homes.   I am giving away "historic home" swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about something that you have perfected ... or come close to perfecting.  I'm very good at speaking loud at spouses' functions when needed.   

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. I'm not sure I've ever perfected anything lol. I'm very loyal :)

  2. I have perfected remembering to bring my camera with me so that I have opportunities for photos for my photo a day project. I did a photo a day album last year on shutterfly, printed it out, and I love it....a whole year of our life documented with photos and short captions.

  3. Nothing yet but i am getting better at jogging.

  4. I have perfected untangling yarn.

  5. My jambalaya! Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  6. Gardening somewhat lol, thanks

  7. I'm trying to think of something. Maybe the ability to get up & out & exercising daily.

  8. I have perfected being a good friend.