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Loving an Alien by Angela Nicoara

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‘Loving an Alien’ is a collection of 27 intimate interviews with women of different nationalities, who all married foreigners. Angela Nicoara asks them about their love for, and life with, an ‘alien’ man. All of their stories are inspiring, some are very funny, some are heartbreaking. These are brave women who crossed the cultural divide, despite the odds.

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 3554 KB

Print Length: 377 pages

Publisher: Nicoaro Books (17 Jun. 2016)


In 1995, when young Romanian journalist Angela Nicoara applied to the BBC School in Bucharest, it changed her life in ways she could never have imagined. Raised in the closed society of communist Romania and stung by a recent divorce, she doubted her chances for a better future. But then she met some British guy in a gloomy corridor and everything changed.

There was a power cut at BBC School. It was so dark I could hardly see him. We chatted for a few minutes, sharing a joke about the excellent conditions, and I had a feeling I’d never experienced before; it was as if, I’d known him all my life. Why?

Turns out, Cupid had just fired a couple of arrows that landed bang on target. Angela and her Brit spent the next twenty years travelling and working around the world – with a brief stop in Las Vegas to get married – and are now settled in a tiny village in the mountains of Transylvania with bears for neighbours.

And that’s where Angela got the idea for ‘Loving an Alien’

One winter’s night, by our log fire, I started thinking about my girlfriends around the world, many of whom had married a foreigner. Their lives were so similar, and yet so different to my own. Hmm, why not share our experiences? What if I go back to how it all started for me? Put my journalist hat on and interview them? Ask about life on Planet Love – what might they say?

In a remarkably candid series of Q&A’s with twenty-six women of different nationalities, Angela reveals what makes a mixed marriage tick … and how to keep the love clock running.

“My college friends thought I was stupid, crazy, and throwing

away a bright future.” Jennifer

“Some girls think marrying an expat is the road to riches, but

that’s not true.” Sumi

“I never thought I’d be with an African, someone so different,

from this tiny village.” Sophie

“It wasn’t like I came to Sri Lanka to marry a Sri Lankan.

It just happened.” Jessica

“Marrying into a different culture means you are not trapped by your own, which is how I felt.” Wang

Angela Nicoara doesn’t just spill the beans, she gets the recipe.

It’s not memoir. It’s not fiction. It’s love. Long-distance. Long term. Visas and all. Join Angela on her journey to the heart of it.

If you’re into global travel, romance, life lessons, the do’s and don’ts of an intimate relationship, how to manage your in-laws, how to finesse your outlaws, how to raise rootless, bi-lingual, ’third culture’ kids, then snuggle up with ’Loving an Alien’.

 About the Author

Photo copyright Mike Ormsby

Angela Nicoara grew up in communist Romania and has lived and worked in twenty countries around the world. She is based in the mountains of Transylvania with her favorite alien, five cats, two dogs, and the occasional bear.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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