Title: Shopaholic & Sister
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Confessions of a Shopaholic
2. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
3. Shopaholic Ties the Knot
Date Started: December 29
Date Finished: January 1
Format: Hardcover from local library
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her husband are enjoying their honeymoon. They have been to so many places in the last ten months that it’s hard to keep track (especially of the purchases). But when Becky gets an invitation to Suze and Tarquin’s twins baptism she starts to think. They’ve pretty much seen everything that they were supposed to, and who needs to go on a yearlong honeymoon? Luke is excited and starts making meetings to expand his business before they even book their ticket home.
But the problem is Becky has been away ten months and everything is not how she left it. Suze has found a new friend who understands what she is going through because she has four children of her own. Her parents are acting strange and Luke is throwing himself into getting this one client that will help the expansion. The reason her parents have been acting weird though is revealed. Apparently, when Becky’s dad was younger he had a relationship with a woman and there was a child. He recently met this child due to a medical reason and it’s put a strain on things.
Becky wants to meet her sister and when she does… They don’t exactly click. Jess – her half-sister – doesn’t like to shop, in fact she’s quite frugal. She’s also very cold and doesn’t like to have fun. Eventually, it gets on Becky’s nerves and they have a gigantic row and it all goes down hill from there.
As usual, Becky’s spending habits gave me second hand anxiety issues. It got worse though when Jess came into the picture. All the attacks on Becky actually really pissed me off. It’s like, you just met Becky and you’re already getting down her throat about her spending? And getting into her business about being overdrawn (not that she was far off in giving her advice and tell her to stop)? Yikes. However, the make up between Jess and Becky was actually quite sweet. I love bonding moments.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. As much as I get anxiety from reading these books, I still love them. Their cute and fluffy and not all that heavy – although this book did change things up again with that climax on the mountain – it’s perfect for a weekend when you just need to unwind.
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