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Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library. Following a Performance Art degree, she began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World's Slowest PC. She is also a singer-songwriter. Her first novel, Fairytale of New York was a Sunday Times Top 10 title.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847561667
  • ASIN: B00AZ8E5G2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat on May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Harri works in a travel agent though she has always dreamed about travelling the world herself. Somehow she never seems to quite realise her dream. Her boyfriend Rob is tied up with his work and when she is asked by the mother of her best friend, Alex, to help him find a girlfriend she agrees almost because she has nothing better to do. Alex has just returned from globetrotting himself and Harri never tires of hearing about his adventures.

While I did like Harri I really found I could not get involved with her life. I almost wanted to get hold of her and shake her and tell her to get her life sorted out. Yes there are some interesting and quirky characters but the novel just seemed to drag and I felt could have been about seventy five pages shorter.

I think my problem with the book was that I could not believe in the way Alex's new girlfriend was to be found - it just seemed too contrived to me and that spoilt the whole book. It was clear from the start what should happen and consequently the whole thing seemed a little boring. Maybe I was in the wrong mood when I read it as I normally enjoy this type of book. The writing was good and the characters were interesting but they seemed to be in search of a plot.
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By Simona Elena on November 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Welcome to the world of the Miranda Dickinson books. Miranda is a great author and I finally found the time to read another one of her books, so here we go.

Harriet Langton is a dedicated travel agent, who has never ever left the UK. Yes, you heard right a travel agent, who has not at least seen some of the places she recommends to her clients. Her boyfriend Rob is always busy with work, so Harri finds the time to help her best friend Alex to find his true love. She signs him up for a magazine spread, where women can answer to meet the guy.
Harri, of course, is going through these carefully to find the right woman for Alex. But it’s not as easy as it seems, none of them last longer than one date.

Harri is such a lovely character, with so much passion for her job and with a dream to travel to Venice with her true love. Rob however, only takes her camping all the time and there was a thing I didn’t like about him. I couldn’t really figure out what at first, but I had my suspicions soon. I felt really bad for Harri, she deserves a man who loves her with all his heart.

Then, let’s come back to Alex. He’s super gorgeous and he has travelled the world. Now he owns his own coffee shop and I really admired their friendship. They were there for each other all the time… Until, she overheard him saying something to his friend Jack, about her. She wants to take revenge and chooses a real Barbie for him. Unfortunately, the effect is different and Alex seems to be in love…
Harri doesn’t like her at all, but why does it bother her that much? Well, you have to read this book to find out.

Harri also had some great friends to help her go through everything: Stella, Viv (Alex’s mum) and her aunt. I loved them all, especially Viv always looking out for her son.
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By Jym Cherry on November 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Miranda Dickinson's "Welcome to My World" is a less cheeky Bridget Jones, a dollop of "Mrs. Dalloway" with an Amy Adams movie thrown in. The characters in Dickinson's world are richly drawn characters each individual and quirky. The writing is equally florid, and strong. Dickinson knows the world she's writing about well and brings that world to the reader.

Harriet Langton, Harri to her friends, works in a travel agency Sun Lovers International Travel (that goes by the acronym of SLIT with humorous connotations for its employees) in the small English town of Stone Yardley. Harri dreams of romantic adventures abroad while even her travel agency customers are only interested in weekend trips in the country. Her boyfriend Rob is faithful, but the demands of his job frequently take him away from Harri, and their weekend camping trips don't fulfill her stymied wanderlust. For those dreams of foreign adventure she looks to childhood friend Alex Brannan who has just returned from years abroad, and living by his wits, to open a coffee shop in town. Harri and Alex are just friends, and Alex's luck at love is as stymied as Harri's travels abroad. Harri sends Alex's name and picture to a magazine that runs a feature called "Free to a Good Home" that finds matches for local bachelors. Alex turns out to be the hunk that the magazine and women are looking for.

I'm not a reader that needs a lot of car chases, or flashy contrived plots, or jumping off of roofs and into beds and other staples that have made their way from the movie screen to literature, but there's no dramatic tension between the plots or the characters' relationships.
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By Samantha J on January 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Harriet Langton (Harri) is a travel agent because, why else, she wants to travel the world. Unfortunately for her, something always seems to get in the ways of her travel dreams. Her workaholic boyfriend, Rob, is often promising of a dream vacation, but constantly puts his work first, ruining all the romantic plans. Harri takes to living vicariously through Alex, an old childhood friend who has lived abroad and is filled with enough travel stories and memorabilia to keep Harri happy. But Alex's mother is unhappy that Alex isn't settled down with a nice wife yet, and strings Harri into entering Alex into a magazine contest, Bachelor style. Harri goes along with the plan, but has a feeling it could lead her best friendship into a disaster.

Welcome to My World by Miranda Dickinson is a cute romantic story. I related with Harri because I was once a travel agent as well, spurred by my love of travel, and the talks of the foreign lands in this novel was a big plus for me. But other than that aspect, the novel was a little too boring. For the first half of the book, the plot never went anywhere, and I started to get restless with the reading. After the first half, the drama started to pick up, and I started to enjoy the story much more. I wish most of the first half could have been cut out, because then I would have rated this book much higher. I did like the mystery surrounding the boyfriend Rob. I couldn't figure him out, and when I finally thought I had, I was wrong! That aspect was probably one of my favorite parts of the entire story. I would recommend Welcome to My World, but I have to warn readers on the slow moving first half.
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