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Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Are You Contemplating A Move Abroad Don T Panic From Culture Shock To Capable, From Language Barriers To Lifelong Friends, And From Foreign Land To The Familiar Being Hurled Into Life In A Strange New Place Can Be Daunting And Overwhelming, But It Can Also Be Exciting And Enjoyable Rich With Tips On How To Expat Like A Boss, Lasairiona McMaster S Bloom Where You Are Planted , Takes You On A Journey From Packing Up Her Life In Northern Ireland To Jumping In At The Deep End As An Expat In Two CountriesAn Experienced Expat From A Decade Of Living Abroad, Her Honest And Uncensored Tales Of What To Expect When You Re Expatriating, Are As Funny As They Are Poignant, And As Practical As They Are Heartfelt If You Ve Lived Abroad, Or You Re Considering The Move From Local To Expat If You Re Looking To Rediscover Yourself, Or Simply Wondering How On Earth To Help Your Children Develop Into Adaptable, Resilient, And Well Rounded People, This Book Has Something For You Get Yourself And Your House Ready For The Big Move Travel With Kids, Like A Boss Make Life Long Friends, Super Fast Dealing With Distance It Takes A Village I m sure some folks are wondering why I would even bother to read a book about being an expat Are the Navins considering relocating somewhere else in the world for work For fun I ll be honest when I was asked to review this book, I skimmed the book blurb and said yes When I started reading the book and realized it was a guide to being an expat, I wondered why I was reading it myself I have to tell you though this book isthan that it s a delightful memoir from a woman who you will I m sure some folks are wondering why I would even bother to read a book about being an expat Are the Navins considering relocating somewhere else in the world for work For fun I ll be honest when I was asked to review this book, I skimmed the book blurb and said yes When I started reading the book and realized it was a guide to being an expat, I wondered why I was reading it myself I have to tell you though this book isthan that it s a delightful memoir from a woman who you will want to be your friend McMaster is from Ireland and her book is peppered lots of British phrases and words However, she now considers Houston, TX her home and you can imagine the hilarious stories that go along with that transition While, as I said, I m not an expat and not looking to become one McMaster s personality and love for the topic shined through in this book, making it an enjoyable and informational read throughout.The book is written in a very informal style if author asides to the reader bother you, this book will be a hard pass for you It s the style, however, that I found most engaging McMaster describes her life leading up to becoming an expat, explains her desire to live abroad and the catalogs her amazing and harrowing experiences as a expat both before and after becoming a mom.If you have any inclination toward becoming an expat, it s all here in this book how to decide, what to take, who to talk to and how, what pitfalls to avoid McMaster also pays specific homage to the myriad expat friends she has made throughout her journey These stories of women truly being there for other women are a big part of what made this book so endearing regardless of the fact that I don t relate to being an expat myself.My brother in law and sister in law were expats for years and I found myself looking at their experiences in a different light because of this book McMaster points out many of the biases that exist toward expats amongst non expats and, I must admit, I was guilty of many of them I must disclose I was reading an ARC of this book so I experienced some disorganization in the copy of the book I read I found that a bit offputting chapters weren t clearly defined, topics bled from one chapter to the next but hope that it is resolved in the final copy of the book Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone involved in the expat life in any way and definitely recommend for everyone else, as well It s funny read it if only for the multiple international dildo stories heartwarming and real I saw my struggles as a woman and a mother in many of McMaster s stories and I loved her and her book for putting them out there in such a genuine way 3.5 starsWanting a change of scenery and dream about living in another country This book is a useful tool and source of practical information especially if the US and India are on your radar.I picked up this book purely because I m a foreign implant in the country where I now live The author s experiences differ to mine due to our geographical locations, however, wherever you are, there will always be common occurring matters to address, therefore her insightful knowledge should be of interest 3.5 starsWanting a change of scenery and dream about living in another country This book is a useful tool and source of practical information especially if the US and India are on your radar.I picked up this book purely because I m a foreign implant in the country where I now live The author s experiences differ to mine due to our geographical locations, however, wherever you are, there will always be common occurring matters to address, therefore her insightful knowledge should be of interest for anyone thinking of upping sticks and flitting overseas either temporarily or permanentlyIf I knew then what I know nowresonates with me when I look back on the time I move across the sea to a new life and a whole new culture to get used to Gaining as much information as possible about your chosen place to reside, of course, makes sense Yet, there will still be issues cropping up which you are unprepared for even if you re the most researched and informed person Helpfully, this book covers lots of practical advice matched to likely scenarios They may not be specific to where you are heading, but highlights situations you may encounter anywhere and with advice on how to tackle them More than a fact book, Bloom Where You re Planted is full of the author s own anecdotes and wisdom giving a first hand account of how she and her loved ones navigated there way through red tape and hiccups along their ex pat journey Overall, not everyone s journey to a new life will be the same, but there will always be a common set of need to know advice wherever you land and this book is concise and thorough and should cover any incident you encounter This book is a great read You ll laugh, you ll cry and sometimes cringe at Las adventures through expat life and most importantly, you ll recognize yourself at every turn of the page or is it just me.While Lasairiona McMaster writes about life as an expat, and gives tips that helped her and the numerous expats she knows, she mostly writes about life, motherhood, womanhood, and all those things everyone can relate too So, whether you re an expat or not, you will enjoy reading Bloom Wher This book is a great read You ll laugh, you ll cry and sometimes cringe at Las adventures through expat life and most importantly, you ll recognize yourself at every turn of the page or is it just me.While Lasairiona McMaster writes about life as an expat, and gives tips that helped her and the numerous expats she knows, she mostly writes about life, motherhood, womanhood, and all those things everyone can relate too So, whether you re an expat or not, you will enjoy reading Bloom Where You re Planted.She s also got a brilliant sense of self derision, humour and writes from the heart brilliant is probably not the adjective she would have used, her language is a bitflowery Well, she s from Norn Iron after all This is a fascinating book, crammed full of knowledge and expertise if you moving to another country to become an ex pat.There are over ten chapters full of information on the best strategies to take to make sure your transition goes as well as it can From money, and healthcare, loneliness and isolation, the author uses her own experiences to try and smooth your journey she also looks at how to make it easier for your children to cope with the upheaval.I think her main message throughout the b This is a fascinating book, crammed full of knowledge and expertise if you moving to another country to become an ex pat.There are over ten chapters full of information on the best strategies to take to make sure your transition goes as well as it can From money, and healthcare, loneliness and isolation, the author uses her own experiences to try and smooth your journey she also looks at how to make it easier for your children to cope with the upheaval.I think her main message throughout the book is, it s not going to be easy but if you are forewarned and forearmed you can tackle anything that comes your way.A very informative read Like sitting down with an old friend over coffee and cake, listening to all the advice you never knew you needed if you re thinking about chucking it all in and moving abroad Full of personal experiences, things that went wrong as well as things that went right, I can t think of anything not covered. Full review is a fun and easy to read book with many funny stories, but it doesn t lack depth when it comes to the hard part of living in a foreign country There were many things that I could relate to, though, to be honest, much less than I expected to Full review is a fun and easy to read book with many funny stories, but it doesn t lack depth when it comes to the hard part of living in a foreign country There were many things that I could relate to, though, to be honest, much less than I expected to First of all this is not a book solely for those who are expats, or looking to be expats There is sage advice in this book for those people, sure, but it reads like a memoir of a friend or someone you want to be your friend I have never lived out of my home country, nor have I ever really considered it well never with a plan in place, at least However, this book is so relatable that I never once felt out of place as a reader So many themes in this book finding friends as an adult, t First of all this is not a book solely for those who are expats, or looking to be expats There is sage advice in this book for those people, sure, but it reads like a memoir of a friend or someone you want to be your friend I have never lived out of my home country, nor have I ever really considered it well never with a plan in place, at least However, this book is so relatable that I never once felt out of place as a reader So many themes in this book finding friends as an adult, trying to figure out who you are going to be, loving deeply, losing deeply, mental health are universal I want to say that this book is an easy read, but that would be doing it a disservice It is not a book I felt the need to get through I am sometimes an impatient reader , but it has real life stuff in there Lasairiona lays life out there like it is good, bad and the ugly She is as honest as most of us only wish we could be