Becky Bloomwood has returned from her globe-trotting honeymoon laden down with silk dressing gowns, silvery trinkets and debt. Appalled by his new wife's extravagance, Luke puts his foot down. But Becky isn't deterred. Her big worry is Much More Major: Who will replace her former best friend Suze as a shopping partner? When a long-lost sister appears on the scene, Becky has high hopes. But apparently there was a mix-up at birth or a genetic inversion: Becky's newfound sibling hasn't yet discovered the joy of perpetual shopping!
England is a land of plentiful shopping opportunities and colorful regional accents, and actress Kellgren nails the latter in her charming rendition of Kinsella's newest Shopaholic novel. Just home from her honeymoon, Becky Bloomwood, now the wealthy wife of Luke Brandon, learns she has a long-lost half-sister. The news delights Becky, who fantasizes about late-night sisterly chats and shared cappuccinos. But Jess turns out to be not at all what Becky expected. In a dour Cumbrian accent that contrasts deliciously with Becky's posh inflections, Jess berates Becky for her irresponsibility and belittles her addiction to shopping. Their verbal battles leave little hope for reconciliation, until serious marital troubles brought on by Becky's shopping habit find her turning to Jess for guidance. Things get worse before they get better, and Kellgren's vivacious reading never fails to plumb the depths of Becky's despair. How will Luke forgive her for setting him up with a criminal client all in the name of a coveted Angel bag? Will Jess ever speak to Becky again after she expounds on her sister's faults in front of Jess's entire small village? Ultimately, the hilarious mayhem winds down to an inevitable happy ending, avoiding deep thought in favor of pure fun. Simultaneous release with the Dial hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 30). (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Becky Brandon, ne Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic), is at it again. When we meet her and Luke this time, they are just returning from a whirlwind, round-the-world honeymoon. Becky is dismayed to find that her best friend, Suze, is now close to Lulu, the posh domestic goddess; but to her delight, she discovers that she has a long-lost sister named Jessica. Could these two really be related? Becky wants to paint nails and shop, while Jess wants to do her accounts and collect rocks. There are some bumps on the road to togetherness and funny subplots mainly involving a well-meaning Becky trying to do what she thinks is best for everyone. Newcomers and fans alike will enjoy the fourth entry in Kinsella's popular series. For popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/04.] Anastasia Diamond, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
News flash: the Shopaholic's sister hates shopping!Back from an around-the-world honeymoon with perfect husband Luke, Rebecca Bloomwood Brandon (Bex to her friends but not to her creditors) suddenly finds she has a half-sister named Jessica-and she never even knew! Neither did Dad nor Mum! Apparently, it happened simply eons ago in the past, when there were no credit cards or DNA-whatever that is-and when banks didn't charge interest for overdrafts and dinosaurs ruled the earth. Gosh! Rebecca can't imagine her dull dad in an ugly, 1970s-style suit actually trying to flirt, let alone conceiving a child, with a British railway stewardess, but evidently he did. Fiercely intelligent, self-sufficient Jessica doesn't care about important things like designer brands, just activist politics. Can they really be sisters? For some trivial reason, Luke gets mad at Bex and stomps out of the plot long enough for the sisters to figure out what they don't like about each other. Fearing abandonment, Bex tries to make peace with Jessica and volunteers for a protest against a big-meanie corporation that has been terribly naughty about the environment and things. Oh, no! The big-meanie corporation has something to do with Luke's business, whatever that is. What will happen next? Caught in a raging storm out in the environment they're trying to save, the sisters paint each other's toenails with pink sparkly polish to keep their spirits up. Will the scary thunder and lightning ever stop? Will Luke forgive Bex? Meanwhile, conspicuously lacking here are the wit and intelligence of the first titles in the Shopaholic series, with an increasingly infantile heroine, cutesy prose, heaps of exclamation points, and acontrived plot. Such is the power of a brand name: bestselling Kinsella dumbs down to moron level and still gets to laugh all the way to the bank.
Praise for Sophie Kinsella
“Kinsella’s heroine is blessed with the resilience of ten women, and her damage-limitation brain waves are always good for a giggle.”—Glamour (U.K.)
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”—The Boston Globe
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People
“Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post