British writer Sophie Kinsella won a host of fans on both sides of the big pond with her rib tickling Shopaholic series. My first introduction to Sophie was with The Undomestic Goddess, which was a good fun read. Then, I began tracking the Shopaholic series. It is escapism, but what girl doesn't like to fantasize about having days upon days simply to shop? It's been a good two years since the last in this series but well worth the wait.
As many know, Becky Brandon (whom we first met as Becky Bloomwood) is a cute, gutsy, totally likable protagonist. She gets into scrapes but usually comes out on top, and she finally met and wed the great love of her life, Luke. Now, in the most natural of all courses of events Becky and Luke are expecting. The attendant discomforts of pregnancy which afflict most of us don't seem to daunt Becky - who else would find that shopping cures morning sickness?
And shop she does as everything has to be the perfect ultimate for their firstborn. The finest pram, nursery done by a topnotch designer, priceless togs for the young `un, and the most sought after obstetrician to care for Becky. She doesn't give a thought to deserting her friendly family doctor once she learns that Venetia Carter is the ob of choice for all celebs.
However, she begins to give her decision more than a few thoughts once she finds that Venetia is tall, slim, gorgeous, and Luke's former girlfriend. Aaargh! Venetia knew Luke long before Becky met him, plus she's tres intellectual - even speaks Latin. What's a mother to be to do?
Listen to this A-one reading by actress Katherine Kellgren who has a winning young voice with just the hint of a British accent. She has also narrated Shopaholic & Sister, and The Undomestic Goddess. Always highly pleasurable listening!
- Gail Cooke