“Nothing ever comes easily for Larissa, a makeup artist who both loves and fears pink and all things feminine. She longs to start her own business as her late dad had wanted but never quite gets there, her attempt to host her best friend’s son’s christening is a disaster, and the only dates she can get are dreadful.
When she’s offered a job teaching English in Kuwait, at first she says no because her life is bad enough at home without throwing sand and camels into the mix. But when everything goes wrong at once, she can’t stay in Toronto another second so accepts the job in the hopes that she will be a new and better person there.
But can she really leave her psychological baggage behind, or is it true that ‘wherever you go, there you are’?”
Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. As I’ve said before, I am a big fan of Heather Wardell’s writing, you can read my reviews of some of her previous books here.
This is book 11 in the Toronto Series and a direct sequel to the previous book Good to Myself, I would definitely recommend reading that first so you understand some of the references made in this story. After reading Good to Myself I was left wondering about Larissa and what had made her run away to Kuwait so I was pleased to find out that this book would give me an answer.
Straight away I was intrigued by Larissa’s inappropriate crush, she was at a school reunion and even at that point it was clear that she wasn’t feeling great about herself – her self-esteem was at rock-bottom. When she bumped into her ex-boyfriend Greg at work she had no idea what was in store for her and after an unpleasant evening which was closely followed by a disastrous christening, her confidence was shattered even further. I felt so sorry for her and I was definitely beginning to see why she felt the need to leave.
When Larissa arrived in Kuwait I could almost feel her exhaustion, nerves and concern at what she was doing, it had been a quick decision and I don’t think she thought it through properly. She didn’t get long to settle in before she was whisked off to the school to meet the rest of the staff. They seemed like a friendly bunch, particularly Leon who was American and very sexy – I was keen to see where that would lead! As she began her teaching adventure she discovered that one of her students was very difficult and I was so intrigued by this. I came up with a couple of theories about why he behaved the way he did but nothing could have prepared me for the real reason – I was so shocked!
I really enjoyed seeing Larissa adapt to her new lifestyle, her courage and determination was admirable. She began to realise where her life had gone wrong and what she needed to do to change things. There was a great message in this book about being who you want to be, not what everyone else thinks you should be.
This was another enjoyable and thought-provoking read from Heather Wardell.
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