Books From A to Z – Zen Queen

Zen Queen by Kirsty McManus

Jess Harper’s personal life is a mess.

She hasn’t had a haircut since 2006 and she doesn’t have time to find better friends than the self-centred associates she’s had since University.

And instead of searching for love, she’s settled for ‘friends with benefits’ status with one of her buddies. Yet none of that matters, because professionally she’s living the dream, and has just scored a highly coveted assignment in Japan with the promise of a promotion on her return.

But when she arrives in Japan, instead of the smooth integration she anticipated, Jess finds herself wrongfully fired, abandoned and broke in a country where she doesn’t speak the language.

Now she must rebuild her life and clear her name. But the friendly locals and allure of the ex-pat lifestyle soon have her reconsidering her priorities and challenging her views on climbing the corporate ladder. With a new job as an English teacher and the temptation of her cute (but already attached) roommate, Jess discovers that although life doesn’t always turn out as planned, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

My views: One of my first free downloads on my Kindle. 🙂

I thoroughly enjoyed this book – not just for the romance but also for an insight into the life of an expat in Japan. I finished it in one evening. Thoroughly enjoyed this read – it was light and fun and quite real.


We’re taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.

8 Replies to “Books From A to Z – Zen Queen”

  1. This sounds like something I can read especially after I read “The lady and the monk” by Pico Iyer. Tell me Corinne, how does it feel to read an e-book compared to a real paper one? I have not yet read a single e-book and am curious.

    1. I haven’t read Pico Iyer’s book – must add it to my ‘to read’ list, Archana.
      I wondered how I would take to reading e-books, but after I got my Kindle, I’ve read three times more than I have earlier. Highly recommended. 🙂
      You can install the Kindle application on a tablet or a PC and see how you like it.

  2. Must be interesting given the setting. I’d probably give it a try just for that.
    Congrats on completing the challenge. Well done, and thanks for all the great posts.
    Silvia @

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