Shopaholic and Baby

March 22, 2007 at 9:25 pm 2 comments

And, on a side note,  while reading other things I have been listening intently to Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella.  I have been quite a fan of the shopaholic series, starting with Confessions of a Shopaholic and leading up to Shopaholic and Sister.  Shopaholic and Sister was the weakest of the books in my opinion, but Shopaholic and Baby is definitely finding Kinsella back on form.

I like to listen to the shopaholic titles on audio in my car. They are written in first person and tell the story of Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) and her marriage to husband look.  She is from London and the actress that reads them does a marvelous job with the characters and really brings the title to life. Becky is married to Luke who runs a PR firm.  And she loves spending money.

One thing that is making her crazy in the latest book is the fact that her husband does not want to know the sex of the baby.  She feels she has to know in order to purchase the right colored items.  So she tries her hardest to determine the sex without her husband knowing. The other problem she faces is that she has to get rid of her obstetrician in order to go see Venetia Carter,obstetrician to the stars.  Venetia promises to do a water birth with lotus flowers and thai massage.  And Becky almost gets to meet a Bond girl!  She finally convinces hubby to see Venetia, only to later learn that Luke and Venetia were old flames and she begins to fear that the flame has been rekindled.

There are some serioulsy funny returning characters in the novel, like the American designer that Becky discovers in the second book.    Becky has a job as a buyer for a failing department store and needs the designers help in order to save it.   All the time she is growing bigger and starting to waddle and takes great pains to look glamorous through it all.

I definitely recommend starting with the first book if you are planning on reading the series.   You will get to see how Becky meets Luke, the fun of the wedding and the revelation that Becky has  a long lost sister.  It is definitely a series to pick you up if you are feeling blue and you always know that somehow Becky will come out on top even through all her mishaps.

I am reading a much more tense novel called the Virgin of Small Plains that I hope to talk about this weekend.  It is by Nancy Pickard and is terrific so far, if you like suspense novels.  I know the old blog has become literary of late, but I can’t help it. Reading is what I do!

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  • 1. tigeryogi  |  March 23, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Shopaholic sounds faaaaabulous!! I’m surprised that the BBC hasn’t turned it into a tv series yet!

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  • 2. Coco  |  March 24, 2007 at 3:34 am

    I just saw the titles to these books today!! : )
    I’ll get them over the weekend…
    need new reading material.
    Thank you for the “critique” : )

    I just finished reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (last name?) It’s really good : ) Have you read it?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings,
    Coco

    Reply

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