My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 1 October 2020
Publisher: Broadcast Books
Today is my tour stop for China Blonde, thanks to @readthebooktours and author, Nicole Webb!
From being a TV newsreader in Sydney to a hotelier’s wife in the heart of China – this is a true story of reinvention, love and finding your place in the world.
Nicole Webb and her husband, James, are always up for an adventure, so when James is offered a job in the ancient city of Xi’an in north-west China, they jump at the chance. Nicole, James and three-year-old Ava fly into a world they know nothing about ¬– a place where they know no one.
Touching down, culture shock hits Nicole head on. It feels as if all eyes are on her and Ava, the only blondes in the jam-packed arrivals hall, two foreigners so far from home.
With honesty and humour, Nicole takes us on a journey of daily life in the Middle Kingdom at a time when the whole world is looking towards China.
We follow her search for friendship and acceptance where she discovers, no matter what your culture or background, we’re connected the world over by the common thread of humanity.
CHINA BLONDE gives us a very personal insight, told with a journalist’s eye view, into the lives of those who embraced Nicole with open arms. Her experiences along the way will resonate with anyone who’s ever built a life in a new home – be it across the city or across the world.
Thank you so much to Nicole Webb for providing me with a copy of this book!
Nicole and her family had been living as expats in Hong Kong when they made the move to China, where her husband had taken a job as the manager of a hotel. China Blonde is an account of the culture shock they experienced and the eventual friendships they made along the way.
I was wholly unprepared for the absolute eye opening rollercoaster this book was going to be! I spent 75% of my time looking on in barely concealed anxiety (and sometimes horror 😅), at the trials Nicole and her family faced, and the rest of the time getting teary over the friendships they ultimately had to leave behind.
I have never been much of a traveler myself and living abroad has never been on my radar, so it was incredibly interesting to read about all the obstacles expats experience. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about before. From language barriers to major cultural differences to having to make new sets of friends everywhere they go, I have a newfound respect for the life they lead.
Nicole’s writing is brilliant. There was not one part of this book that was dry or boring, I was enthralled from start to finish. I moved between reading with my mouth hanging open, to laughing out loud to tears and I loved every minute!
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