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Welcome to My World

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A travel agent who longs to travel. An intrepid explorer who just wants to find a place to call home. And a Big Idea that changes everything!. Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster! And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, th...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Avon Books
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At times I really enjoyed this book, but overall my feeling towards this book is one of frustration.

The author does a good job of making her heroine both likeable and unlikable, I especially liked that the author delved into the theme of loneliness.

But there is a lot about this book that is frown-inducing; It was quite clear, even though it wasn't revealed until nearly the end, that the heroine's boyfriend was cheating - I felt this made the heroine out to be very stupid, and also there was neve...more
Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster… And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton’s world. All her life she’s dreamt of travelling the globe – fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in. With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempt...more
The story of Welcome to my World follows the events that lead to Harriet having locked herself in a toilet cubicle, which is where we find her at the start of the book. Each chapter starts with a little more to add to this present part of the story, while the rest of the chapter carries on with the past goings on. Harri is a travel agent in a small town, who's never travelled out of the country - she has a variety of excuses for not having done so: not wanting to go alone, her boyfriend Rob pref...more
This book frustrated me. There were times when I had to convince myself to keep going and parts that kept me moving along. Perhaps if it had been a little shorter I would have enjoyed it more?? At times it felt like getting to the point took way too long and some of the dialogue felt unnatural. I also dislike when authors blatantly say things like "little did they know that would all change" at the end of a chapter. (Last comment: the cat's name was Ron Howard. That got annoying fast.)
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for chick lit, but by the end of this book I was annoyed and the more I think about it, the more annoyed I become. I may have liked it better in first person and I definitely would have enjoyed it more if I'd liked the main character better. I kept thinking fondly of Kirstin Gore's character Sammy in Sammy's Hill and wishing for a protagonist like that to cheer up the book.
I read Miranda Dickinson's other three novels before and really enjoyed them, but this one I really couldn't get into. I struggled to read through it all, I hated half the characters, even the ones I know I was supposed to be cheering for, and I was really disappointed by the lack of resolution to the story at the end of it all. I have to say that I really loved the concept of a story's main character, Harri, - a travel agent who had never travelled abroad before - but the whole thing was an exe...more
Jim Cherry
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 humoro...more
Maysie Porter
Welcome to my work is about Harri who works at a travel agents, all she dreams about is going around the world, especially to Venice. She has Stella who is her best female friend, her cat Ron Howard (named after the actor obviously!),her best male friend Alex and her boyfriend Rob who she thinks is her prince charming, she soon after a turn of events finds out this is not so. Harri is asked by Viv (alex's mum) to put an advert in this magazine to try and find Alex a girlfriend. After a series of...more
Lucy Felthouse
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...more
I was soooo looking forward to reading this, after having thoroughly enjoyed Miranda's debut novel, Fairytale of New York and then having been invited to the launch of Welcome to my World in November 2010.

This is an even better read than Fairytale and I pretty much gobbled it up in one sitting. It tells the story of Harri, a travel agent who hasn't actually been on holiday anywhere outside the UK yet, which is in stark contrast to her best mate, Alex, who has recently returned home to the Black...more
Mereworth Bosh
I didn't like this book; there was too much meaningless and insignificant dialougue which was infinitely boring and did nothing to speed up the story. In fact I doubt if it heplped the plot along at all, unless it was meant to add a hint of humour. No offence or anything, but I did not find it humourous at all. And she put in too many characters and alot of them had similar names so I had trouble remembering which was which.I mean, I kept getting confused between her cat Ron and her boyfriend Ro...more
Rosie Read
Harriet Langton is a travel agent who's always wanted to travel and yet never has. She's a fairly likeable and standard character, dissatisfied with life and work and yearning for a change. However, Harriet’s intense desire to travel and yet constant excuses not to do so started to get quite annoying by half way through the novel.

I found the usual cast of characters that are meant to support Harriet overwhelmingly selfish or woefully underdeveloped. The obligatory best friend seems to be on a n...more
Rachel Hawes
Harri has locked herself in the toilet in the village hall and, try as they might, nobody can encourage her to budge. She's far too embarrassed by her friend, Stella, and some home truths she had refused to accept.

Harri is a travel agent who has never left Britain. Her boyfriend prefers camping holidays at home so she goes along with it. But her boyfriend is spending more and more time at work and she is growing tired of living vicariously through her best friend Alex and his ten-year long world...more
I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other books I have read by the author. Like some others have mentioned while some parts and were engaging, it mostly seemed like the book was just dragging out to get a point across. The relationship between Harry and Rob is quite frustrating and you kind of have any idea where it will go. Alex seems both likable but then totally clueless and Harry never seemed to stand up for herself and what she truly wanted.
Mar 27, 2013 Drishti rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All chick lit readers and people who've wanted to travel
Recommended to Drishti by: Randomly picked it up in a book sale
Shelves: chicklit
Ah, this book has been a lovely read. There were parts I just couldn't put down and parts where in I wanted to just stop reading. But over all, I liked it.
I love the structure of the book. How every chapter begins with Harri give an update of the situation while she is locked up in the bathroom cubicle and then proceeds to tell of the events that lead to her current position. There are parts which were unclear. Like what happened between her and her boyfriend, Rob; things between er and Alex, an...more
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Joanne Nock
This is from a favourite author of mine and is a very pleasant chicklit, ideal for the beach. Harri is a travel agent who has never actually been brave enough to travel and who lives her life immersed in the life of her sleepy little village. She travels vicariously through her friends. Though the plot with Rob was a little predictable, a good read.
Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster…

And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way.

Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in.

With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts t...more
Ohmigosh, I did not like this book. I should have known better, but it was the only English book at the Thai book exchange. It is British chick-lit to the core, but I don't mind some good froth if it comes with fun characters and a decent plot. But jeez, our main character is such a sad sack. All the wants to do is travel. She works in travel. She thinks about it everyday. She reads travel books and watches the travel channel all day and night. She lives in England, and her lifelong dream is to...more
This book was really enjoyable, was total chick lit but I could not put it down.

I really liked the characters of Harri and Alex and thought the ending was obvious. Thought they were both really well written and the book was very interesting with what was written about all of the different countries etc.
I also thought it was really obvious what was going on with Rob and wanted to shake Harri to get her to see what was right in front of her.

This was a first for me from this author but I actually d...more
Nov 11, 2011 Ellie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chicklit fan; girlies
Shelves: kindle, brit, chick-lit
Unfortunately I wasn't thrilled by this as a read. It felt like work - I knew I had to get it done (I wanted to finish the book) but I didn't looked forward to getting snuggled up and reading. I know chick-lit tends to have a happy ending and tends to be fairly predictable so I suppose I should've expected this!

The premise was interesting enough, but I didn't warm to the characters in this book and the main character, Harri, annoyed me intensely.

I'd recommend it if you aren't as cynical as me!...more
Chloe Wood
Loved this book! I find it so interesting that most of the book is set in past tense, but it's as if it's happening now. Until you read a paragraph which brings you back to the present! Love that harri's character was a cat lover! *spoiler* And I'm glad her and Alex finally got together!!!
I wasn't sure how to rate this. To begin with I was a little bored and found it to be all over the place. Characters were introduced just because and stories were told that went nowhere.

Again I hated the use of 'mate' all the time. It just didn't fit the character. Also she was way too stupid over everything with Rob.

I have found this author quite often rushes her story endings. This was no exception.

I did want to read and see what happened though and Harri did seem to grow in the book, that'...more
The story was great, although let down by some lagging points in the book. I loved the relationship that Harri had with Alex, and at the beginning of each chapter, with its allusions to some bad event that had happened in the future, made me intrigued to find out what happened. The story led to a fantastic ending, and is well worth reading.

Oh and I thought the bit when Ron farted was funny. Hee.

To be honest, this book is a 3.5/5 for me. I loved "It Started With a Kiss," and so was expecting to like this book as much as well, but while I was engrossed in the book, it just didn't excite me as much. I feel like the book ended too quickly. Kind of like Ms.Dickinson realized the book was getting long and she needed to wrap everything up fast. But I'm hoping I'll enjoy her new book more. Of course I'll have to wait another 8-9 months until it's released. Waiting is so hard!
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Natalie McCulley
A feel good story with good pace. Keeps you interested and makes you smile!
Not a bad book but don't expect too much. The positive thing is that it will keep you interested by the end. I don't like that any character exept Harri is not formed. The author spend more pages describing the places and things than describing the character. We don't get to know much about Alex. However, it won't be waste of time if you read it, it's enjoyable book for a lazy Sunday.
It's a well written chicklit but nothing very distinguished about it. Author has good command of language and does attempt to give some depth to her characters, explain their motivations and why they are the way they are but. . . its kind of at a shallow level. In the end its entertaining enough but doesn't stand out enough for me to classify it as good chicklit.
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Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album...more
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