Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!
I need to start by saying how impressed I am with this book. It has been 4 (maybe 5) years since the last book in this series and Becky was exactly as I remembered her. Now, this book/Series isn’t for everyone. You need to be willing to let your brain go and be a little silly .. okay, maybe ditsy is the real word. I love these books for that exact reason, I don’t have to think.
Becky lives in a world where her hardest decision in life is what to wear that day (okay, maybe not literally). As unrealistic as this is for most of us, I love being able to escape there sometimes. Luke Brandon is Becky’s husband, he makes lots of money but it still fairly frugal. He is constantly getting upset with Becky because she is spending too much money (haven’t we ALL been there!), what he doesn’t understand is that Becky needs all these clothes to feel good about herself.
Now, in this book I think she has a pretty good excuse to shop! She wants to try out her hand in being a personal stylist to the stars!!!! In order to do this though, she must own the clothes to show them off. Now, in this book you have old characters (that she HATES) returning, shopping addictions, best friend fights, mother-in-law drama and ALL of this while Becky is trying to start her new career. Talk about multi-tasking!
If you have read the rest of the books in the series I don’t think you will be disappointed. It is a little slow at times because she reintroduces us to a lot of the characters (I was grateful for most of it because it has been so long) but if you look past that I think you have another fantastic Bloomwood tale! Sorry, Brandon tale … I don’t know if I will ever be able to call her Becky Brandon, it just doesn’t seem right!
I will warn you all though, this book leaves us at quite a cliffhanger. With no release date in sight of the next book I am a little confused as to what I am going to do next! Maybe I will re-read the series to give you all a play-by-play?
BTW, if you watched the movie and thought you had an understanding of this series I BEG you to give it another chance! I myself am feeling a kind of girly pep in my step after being reconnected with this series.