Lara always had an overactive imagination. But she never thought she was that imaginative.
Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. At the funeral of Aunt Sadie whom she had not seen since she was 6 was shouting in her ears to stop the funeral and fulfil her last wish, to look for her missing necklace, else she simply can’t rest without it.
Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her startup recruitment company is floundering, her best friend and business partner Natalie has run off to Goa, and she’s been dumped b the love of her life, Josh, and she is harbouring the hope of getting back to Josh again. And she doesn’t need further problems from the ghost of Aunt Sadie.
Aunt Sadie comes in the form of a bold, demanding, Charleston-dancing 20’s girl. Insist that Lara dressed up with her 20’s dress, and secure a date with an American executive she met in one of the office corridor, Ed Harrison. Reluctantly Lara succumbed to all Sadie’s whims and fancies.
But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous, and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Lara found out about her aunt’s romantic past, the connection between her necklace and her first love, the reason why Uncle Bill, the owner of Lington coffee, got rich. At the same time Lara learnt so much from her aunt Sadie and Aunt Sadie from Lara.
Chick lit is really not my preferred reading genre, but Kinsella made me changed my mind. My best friend said it was good, and I trust her. I haven’t been this entertained for a long time, and reading should be this fun. I have read two books on the Shopaholics series, not too bad, but Kinsella outdo herself in her latest book.
There was never a dull moment, so many hilarious moments etched in my mind as Lara uses Aunt Sadie to read the cards of people in the recruitment networking event, to check if the Macrosanct employee actually bring their dogs to work, eaves dropping on Josh and new girl’s conversation. Aunt Sadie also has a gift of speaking into anyone’s ears and make them do whatever she said. Kinsella has a knack in constructing multiple cross conversations between 3 people or more. She actually kept the readers interest high throughout the book.
This book set itself apart from the good for laugh men-women relationship chick list. For once Kinsella injected many values into it, such as appreciate your family history, get to know your family members, (have your own convictions and stop believing in voices!); be honest about how you make your first million, don’t lie as Uncle Bill does and make his money out lies!; stop chasing after spilled milk, when a relationship had ended, it’s the end, move on; find the truth and do not be enticed by Uncle Bill’s 6 figure annual salary!!
For me the 432 pages flew the fastest ever with this book. I finished the book within 24 hours (even though I should be preparing and reading up for something more important) and thoroughly enjoy it. Maybe you would too.
About the writer:
Madeleine Sophie Wickham (née Townley), who also writes under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella, is an English author of chick lit.
Educated at Putney High School and New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing the Shopaholic novels series of chick-lit novels, which focus on the misadventures of Beck Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The series focuses on her obsession with shopping and its resulting complications for her life. Madeleine lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, Henry Wickham, a headmaster of a boys’ prep school. They have been married for 17 years and have three sons, Freddy, Hugo, and Oscar. She is also the sister of another author, Gemma Townley.
Her first book in the UK was called The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, but in the US version it is called Confessions of a shopaholic, confusing. The first two Shopaholic books were adapted into a film and released in February 2009, with Isla Fisher playing Becky and Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon.
It is observed that readers seemed to like Becky, care about what was happening to her, as if for a friend. While she has faults, she is ‘irresistibly daft.’ When it comes to reviewing this book, many agree that Sophie Kinsella has managed to combine two essential ingredients that make for a favorite among readers: abundant flashes of reality and a witty sense of humor. Women identified with the character and her situation. Reviews encouraged readers to ‘stick to’ these earlier books in the series, considering them better than the later books which appeared to have been written excessively quickly, although they would still satisfy those already faithful to the series