Book Blog Tours, Book Reviews

Bloom Where You Are Planted by Lasairiona E McMaster – Book Review

Today I share my review of Bloom Where You Are Planted by Lasairiona E McMaster.

*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced.*


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.

Book Review

I read this book as someone who has never been an expat. I would like to be one day but not yet and not in the near future. While it is aimed at those who are planning to be or already are expats this book has plenty to offer any reader.

The author writes in a such a humourous way it makes her experiences relatable and when the chips are down she writes about it in such a light way. Her anecdotes are so funny and she just writes how it is. The Bloom Where You Are Planted is filled with realistic down to earth tips and advice but doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of what can be expected.

All in all this was a well written, wonderful book and I highly recommend.

Author Profile

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.

Social Media Links

Facebook –

Twitter – Instagram –

Thannk you for reading and thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me this opportunity.

Emma-Louise x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s