Thursday, 16 May 2019

Bloom Where You Are Planted (Life the Expat way) by Lasairiona E McMaster

Bloom where you are planted (Life the Expat way) by Lasairiona E McMaster
Self published yesterday, the 15th May 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads and featured in Cover Characteristics: Aeroplanes

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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 countries.

An 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.

May seems to be turning into Memoirs Month because my book review today, of Bloom Where You Are Planted is the sixth of at least seven varied memoirs I have read or will be reading. Part memoir and part self-help guide, Bloom Where You Are Planted is targeted towards people who find themselves living a transient lifestyle, frequently relocating because of the demands of their (or their partner's) job requirements. My experience of expats prior to reading this book is of people who have chosen to emigrate to one other country and then they stay put. McMaster has introduced a whole new level of expat-ism by showing us what she learned through creating homes first in Houston, Texas, then in Pune, India, with a brief Northern Irish sojourn in the middle and now a repatriation to Northern Ireland again. It all sounds quite exhausting!

McMaster began her writing as a blogger and this social style shines through in her book. She has a bright, enthusiastic voice and, while I could have done without quite so much swearing in print, I did appreciate her enthusiastic and honest approach - even in the Too Much Information moments! Advice to prospective expats is logically laid out in concise chapters and includes instructions and ideas interspersed with examples from McMaster's own life. This allows readers to learn from her mistakes or to realise that they are not alone in the emotional turmoil of relocating with all that this involves. Bloom Where You Are Planted is a fascinating glimpse into an often overlooked lifestyle. I felt this book provided an timely reminder that economic migrancy isn't all about people of other nationalities coming to Britain, but also that we Brits live and work in countries all around the globe too.

Meet the author

Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did - with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself 'home', with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation.

With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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  1. I don't read many memoirs but it does sound like a good one.

    1. It's a lively mix of anecdotes and advice :-)

  2. An interesting book.
    Sometimes memoir books inspire me how to deal with life.

    Thank you Jane

    1. Yes, this would be useful for people moving into a new area who want to hit the ground running so to speak!

  3. Sounds cute. Thanks for posting.

  4. I've had the same understanding about expats settling in one place until last year when an author asked if I'd review her book. She is British and she and her husband will live in a location about six months and move on. They both do travelogues, books, and work with travel companies. Her hubby was a food expert. They were living in a cave house in Spain when she contacted me. Sounded a fascinating lifestyle.

    1. A Spanish cave house sounds like an amazing experience!

  5. This sounds interesting and even entertaining. I can count on one hand the memoirs I have read.

    1. I've managed somehow to have a glut of memoirs to read this month! All very different though so it's been interesting learning about the varied lives