Synopses & Reviews
Sophie Kinsella has conquered the hearts of millions with her New York Times bestselling Shopaholic novels, which feature the irresistible one-woman shopping phenomenon Becky Bloomwood. Now Becky’s back in a hilarious, heartwarming tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters (and the perils of simply having to own an Angel handbag!).
What’s a round-the-world honeymoon if you can’t buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the Chinese urns and twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong…the five kilim rugs from Turkey…the splendid hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka…the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)…
Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their usually immaculate loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Becky’s even maxed out on her second secret credit card, and she doesn’t have a new job yet!
Luke insists she go on a budget. And worse: her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky’s feeling rather blue—when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She’s convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They’ll go shopping together, drink cappuccinos together, have manicures together, and watch their favorite videos together.
Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s sister can’t…hate shopping?
"Becky Brandon (ne Bloomwood) returns with a vengeance in bestseller Kinsella's fourth Shopaholic novel. Her 10-month globe-trot with hubby Luke was a shopping spree disguised as a honeymoon heck, Becky will walk across hot coals for an aquamarine necklace (and thereby trick her Sri Lankan yogi into thinking she's achieved enlightenment) but the problems of the real world (sort of) surface once the happy couple lands back in London. ('Luke's penthouse has its own lift right to the front door, which is just so cool!'). Even lovely Luke's patience is supremely tried when those two truckloads of purchases show up. What's worse: Becky's best friend, Suze, has found a new best friend, and her parents have discovered another daughter. Seems Dad had a fling with a train stewardess back in the 1970s and Jessica was the result. Becky is over the moon, picturing heart-to-heart talks, shopping excursions, sisters' nights out and so forth so she's totally unprepared for the actual Jessica, a frugal environmentalist who (gasp!) actually hates shopping. Prattling Becky tries to charm her sis, but it doesn't seem to be working; meanwhile, Luke is preoccupied with his job, and then there's that stranger from Milan whom Becky owes for getting her that impossibly perfect Angel bag... what does he want with Luke? Of course everything will work out in the end and there will be a nice message about the importance of friends and family but this installment isn't as winning as its predecessors. Agents, Kim Witherspoon (U.S.) and Araminta Whitley (U.K.). (Sept. 28)Forecast:There are more than three million Shopaholic books in print, and tiring though the materialism grows, this latest addition should see Kinsella's usual numbers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When we last left Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), she and Luke had just married and were about to take off on a year's trip around the world. Now, ten months later, they're ready to return to their life in London, Luke to his successful PR business, and Becky to what she's sure will be an easy search for employment. There's only one problem. She's told the tiniest little fib to Luke about a purchase she simply couldn't pass up and now she's on a strict budget, she doesn't have a job yet--and worst of all, her beloved Suze has a new best friend. Becky is feeling rather blue, when she receives some incredible news. She has a long lost sister! They'll have so much in common! They can have manicures together! Go shopping together! But then she meets her and gets the shock of her life. It can't be true. Surely Becky Bloomwood's very own sister can't hate shopping? As hilarious, unpredictable, and unforgettable as the previous Shopaholic novels, Shopaholic & Sister is sure to delight devoted fans and soon-to-be-addicted newcomers alike.
Irresistible, one-woman shopping phenomenon Becky Bloomwood is back in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters (and the perils of simply having to own an Angel handbag!).
About the Author
Sophie Kinsella is a former financial journalist and the author of the bestselling novels Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England, where she is at work on her next book.