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Shopaholic & sister
Sophie Kinsella
Adult Fiction KINSELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Becky Brandon (nee 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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Becky Brandon, ne? Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic), is at it again. When we meet her and Luke this time, they are just returning from a whirlwind, round-the-world honeymoon. Becky is dismayed to find that her best friend, Suze, is now close to Lulu, the posh domestic goddess; but to her delight, she discovers that she has a long-lost sister named Jessica. Could these two really be related? Becky wants to paint nails and shop, while Jess wants to do her accounts and collect rocks. There are some bumps on the road to togetherness and funny subplots mainly involving a well-meaning Becky trying to do what she thinks is best for everyone. Newcomers and fans alike will enjoy the fourth entry in Kinsella's popular series. For popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/04.] Anastasia Diamond, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Becky Bloomwood Brandon
Age: 26
Luke's wife; returning from her honeymoon; her best friend has a new friend; discovers she has a half-sister.

Luke Brandon
Handsome; financial genius; Becky's husband.

Becky's half-sister; hates shopping.

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