Book Review - Shopaholic To The Rescue

by Sophie Kinsella (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780593074633

This is the eighth in Kinsella’s hugely popular Shopaholic series.  If you’re like me you’re imagining Isla Fischer in Gucci stumbling around in designer heels as we embark on another of Becky Bloomwood Brandon’s adventures. 

This time Becky finds herself in an RV headed to Las Vegas with a posse of characters that fans of the Shopaholic series know well. Becky’s father has disappeared on a mission to help an old friend and Becky’s BFF Suze’s husband has gone along for the ride. 

With Suze and Mum up in arms about the secrecy of the mission Becky has to hatch a plan that will resolve her dad’s dutiful mission and bring him home before her mum loses the plot. Meanwhile Suze is having marriage problems, Becky’s two-year-old daughter Minnie wants nothing more than to ride a sheep and Becky is convinced her arch nemesis Alicia Bitch Long-Legs is up to something. 

This is a humorous, harmless read worth forgetting on the beach as soon as you finish reading it. 

Justine Cullinan


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by Sophie Kinsella (Random House) R195.00 ISBN 978-0-593-05982-1


Poppy’s life changes when she loses her engagement ring at a function. It has been in Magnus’s family for three generations. It is also the very same day that his parents are coming.


There’s worse to come when she loses her cell phone too. As she paces around the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers, she thinks. Now she can leave a number with the hotel staff. 


Except the owner of the phone, businessman, Sam Roxton doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back. He doesn’t appreciate Poppy’s reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.


As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, things do get more tangled. 


You can imagine how hilarious the story becomes. The outcome is a big surprise. This is a very easy book to read and written with much wit and sending up of characters. I enjoyed it.


Dee Andrew


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