Welcome to My World is a chick lit/romance novel from Miranda Dickinson. I read one of her other novels, When I Fall in Love, and very much enjoyed it, so I’ll be working my way through the rest.
This is the story of Harriet Langton, a Black Country travel agent who’s never left the UK. She hasn’t had the best life, but she finally feels as though she’s happy — she’s got a job, a house, a great boyfriend, and her friend of old, Alex, has moved back to Stone Yardley. She’s got nothing to complain about.
Harri and Alex quickly become good friends, and when he moans about not being able to find a girlfriend that will last, she agrees to help him. With a lot of interference from his mother, Harri lines Alex up with some dates. However, things soon spiral out of hand, and Harri’s scared that Alex will figure out exactly where all these women are coming from.
In the meantime, her boyfriend, Rob, is spending more and more time at work. She tries hard not to get annoyed about it, as he’s working towards their future together, after all. Such a great guy.
As you might expect- – or it would have been a very short book — things in Harriet’s life start to unravel, and she buries herself in the only thing she’s ever been sure of — wanting to travel to her beloved Venice. But will she ever go? Or is she destined to stay in the UK indefinitely?
I don’t want to say much more as it’ll give the game away, but I very much enjoyed this book. It was a little jarring that the beginning of each chapter was in the present tense, then moved to flashbacks of the past, but I soon got used to it. It was also a good technique to keep you turning the pages, eager to find out what happened to force Harriet into her present situation.
Overall, Welcome to My World is a book I’d recommend to romance fans. The writing is excellent, there’s a liberal sprinkling of humour, real situations, great characters and much more. I must confess, I did see the twists coming well before they arrived, but it didn’t matter. This is still a great fun and very satisfying read.