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London Belongs To Me Paperback – October 14, 2016
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"...even the most skeptical or cynical readers will surrender to the many delights of this compelling narrative. Prepare to be seduced by engaging characters, irresistible in their own quirky way, and transported by keen descriptions of the sights, sounds, and tastes of London."
"London Belongs to Me is a delight. A sweet, nostalgic debut that will transport readers to those first heady days of being on one's own in the great wide world." (Andrea Dunlop, author of ‘Losing the Light’)
"The trustworthy lovers of Bridget [Jones's] single girl, younger days in London are going to adore London Belongs to Me, the story of a girl (who could be Bridget's younger American cousin!) coming to London to find love and adventure." (Redbook Magazine)
" … Wow, folks. This new London-based novel will send your heart swooning … A stunning portrait of modern London life with unputdownable prose, London Belongs to Me belongs on every Anglophile's bookshelf." (PopSugar)
"Pack your bags and wave hello to the Queen with this page-turning journey taking you across the pond." (BuzzFeed)
"A cozy read to curl up with on the sofa during a chilly fall day." (Brit + Co.)
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Like the main character Alex Sinclair, I too was planning to move to a different city. I first did it about ten years ago and I stayed there for more than seven years. I moved back to my home city because the traffic was too much, it was too stressful and I think I needed a change. Now, for the second time, I am in another city in a different country. I have planned this for a long time and it is only now that it has come to fruition. I hope, like Alex, everything will turn out for the best for me in this new place. I consider this a change of perspective and starting over. Forget all the misfortunes, just looking ahead with a renewed sense of hope for the future.
Readers like me who have moved to a different city to follow their dreams will surely relate to this story. It resonates with so much familiarity that the story felt like my own. In truth, anyone can claim the story as their own. Alex's story is anyone's story. Whether you have made it big in a city away from home or is still struggling or working to reach a goal or is just starting on building that dream, this is your story too. Alex represents all dreamers and transplants.
This story reminds me of when I was Alex's age. Fresh out of college and filled with hopes and dreams. I remember, I felt like I can do anything. I felt like the possibilities are endless and the world is waiting for me. The world is mine for the taking. And then, reality hit and I realized that it was not that easy. Like Alex's experiences, there are people who will intentionally and sometimes go out of their way to stop you from reaching your dreams. It maybe out of jealousy or it might just be that they enjoy seeing other people suffer. I have met those kind of people and the best thing you can do is hold on. Keep reminding yourself what you want. Hold on to your dreams and purpose. And most of all, don't forget your values. Remember who you are and what you stand for. Never compromise anything just so you will get to where you want to be faster. There is no shortcut. Everything comes with patience, perseverance, hard work and time.
I give this story 5/5 London play tickets. This story is a great reminder of how we should not give up on our dreams no matter how hard the odds against. I have been in this new city for a week and so far, I have not received any responses to my job applications. But I am not losing hope. In fact, I am feeling so hopeful. The fact, that I am finally here, after some delays, is real proof that this is the best time for me to be here. I am meant to be here and things will work out just as I have hoped for. I am praying so hard for this and now that it is here, I will not be easily discouraged or thrown. I will prosper in this new city just like Alex in London.
Use what you've been through as fuel. Believe in yourself and be unstoppable.
- Yvonne Pierre -
Why not attempt the outrageous, the unexpected? If you don't try, you'll never know.
- Jacquelyn Middleton, London Belongs To Me -
I have to mention the wonderful pop references... it was a blast to come across the mention of current BBC shows or actors I'm a fan of. These mentions gave an ultra-modern feel to the descriptions of a city known for its vibrant culture. One tiny detail was particularly close to my heart: Alex's fondness for "Quadrophenia," which happens to be my all-time favorite album. Ah yes, the Vespa!
All in all, a very enjoyable read. Thank you, Ms. Middleton, for the trip to London I may never get to go on (although I live in hope).