A Foreigner in London

Rated 4.73/5 based on 11 reviews
How would you feel if you are in a foreign country and have to deal with loneliness and lack of confidence? This heartfelt short story takes you on an emotional trip through those feelings. Are you ready for the ride?

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Words: 1,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301696475
About Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on the anthology “Blessings from the Darkness”, and "Never Again", a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary stories titled "Satan's Holiday" and written under her pen name, Rosa Storm.

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Review by: Peter Germany on April 28, 2013 :
It is very rare that a story strikes an emotional cord with me in the way that this one does. We feel what the protagonist is experiencing as if it was happening to us ourselves and that makes this story as great as it is.

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is an amazing writer and this story shows that.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Robert Zimmermann on April 28, 2013 :
Having read this author’s children’s book, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, I jumped at this one because it’s far from being the funny, light-hearted collection of stories for a younger (and older, but young at heart) audience.

With A Foreigner in London, the reader goes into the mind of the Spanish main character as she copes with living in London. She deals with loneliness and the difficulties that any person foreign to any country would go through. There’s a language barrier, even if English is being spoken, and this is mainly due to a cultural difference that takes time to learn, if it can be learned fully at all.

Through the authors repetition of a few lines throughout the story, a tone was setup that really grew me in and made me sympathize for the MC. The short length of this story was used effectively to convey a deep emotion and some real world issues that some try to overlook when they see someone who might be “different” in their country. It might make the reader think twice before looking down to of avoiding someone just trying to fit in.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kim Stapf on March 28, 2013 :
This short tells of how lonely one can be in a different country. This author tells of a lonely woman and her feelings trying to fit in in London. It's well written but sad. I think everyone feels lonely at some time in their life. Smashwords is where you can download this book. Thank you for sharing Cinta.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: CR HIATT on March 28, 2013 :
The minute the author uttered the words: “A Foreigner in London”, I could feel the fear and loneliness seeping through her pores. I felt like that when I first moved to the big city. I am sure she had a dozen questions: How long will the sad feelings last? Was moving there the right decision? Will she ever meet someone she can connect with? Anyone? Then, once she finally did, it must have hit her like the plague to learn that he would be gone after so much time bonding. This short story will grab you, and pull at your heartstrings. Highly recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ben Ditmars on March 25, 2013 :
I think this story by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa speaks to more than being a foreigner. Most of us feel distant and strange in a new environment. I felt like a foreigner when I first moved to the city, though it was in the same state and culture. Loneliness sets in and we the anchoring of characters like Noah who will be our friend. Friendship is a strong theme throughout the story. The author's perception is an important one. I whole-heartedly believe men and women can be friends and love each other in a way that is not romantic. A Foreigner in London shows this with emotional breadth that is both stunning and beautiful. I only wish it were longer.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: D.e.e.L on March 25, 2013 :
I've always enjoyed Cinta's stories and "A Foreigner in London" is no exception to this. This story embraces the feeling of grasping onto something beautiful and the lonely heart that follows when the beauty leaves forever. The emotion in this story feels so real and the repetition of the title line provides a beautiful poetic gesture to the story as a whole.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Jey Davis on March 24, 2013 :
The author's hand reached off the page and pulled my heart out of my chest. Suddenly I could hear and feel the pain and isolation she was depicting. Brilliant. I wanted to reach into the book and make all of the sadness and loneliness go away. She had me at her interesting use of the phrase "A Foreigner in London." Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Stone on March 24, 2013 :
The trouble with a lot of shorts is there simply is no time to get emotionally invested in them. With "A Foreigner in London" that is DEFINITELY not an issue. Beyond beautifully written, "A Foreigner in London" seeps into your heart from the very first words. You will be moved. You will have no choice but to be moved. This short story is (in a word) astounding.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mary Simonsen on March 24, 2013 :
I think it's language that can make someone feel isolated. When I am in an English-speaking country, I'm fine. It's getting beyond my comfort zone that changes everything. You expressed that very well. You captured the excess of being "different" in a place not your own.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: R.S. Guthrie on March 24, 2013 :
Cinta Garcia is as eloquent and deeply moving writer as any I've ever read. I had the pleasure of reading this short story when in its infancy and I must say it has matured to adulthood and left the nest so very profoundly and justifiably. It hardly reads the same; I new the story (given Ms. Garcia's enormity of talent) could be amazing, but she has taken it beyond my highest hopes. Stunningly moving. Short to the point of perfection. A dollar to read this short story is to spend a pittance on a deep massage for the heart and soul. Brava, Ms. Garcia. You are a writer with whom to be reckoned.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: David C. Cassidy on March 23, 2013 :
A very touching short story, that many, many people can identify with. We've all experienced the pain, chaos, and confusion of feeling abandoned; of being completely alone against the world. This story hits all of those marks.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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