Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

31st March 2016

What the publisher says:

To Las Vegas . . . and beyond!

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is on a major rescue mission! Hollywood was full of surprises, and now she’s on a road trip to Las Vegas to help her friends and family.

She’s determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has mysteriously disappeared, help her best friend Suze and even bond with long-time enemy Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe…).

As Becky discovers just how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with her biggest, boldest, most brilliant plan yet! So can she save the day just when they need her most?

What I Say:

I have to say I was looking forward to this book, having read all the other books in the Shopaholic series at some point.  I expected a book that was easy to read with some moments to make me laugh out loud.  I was disappointed on one of these counts.  The book took an afternoon to read as I had bought it as a treat to myself whilst  I was feeling grotty and needed something to make me take it easy.

I did enjoy the story however as Becky and Suze re-established their friendship which had been threatened in the previous book.  Becky still has a talent for making oddball plans and getting her friends and herself into scrapes.  The story continues immediately after the end of Shopaholic to the Stars with Becky, Luke, Becky’s mum and her next door neighbour,  Suze and Alicia Bitch Long-legs setting off to find Becky’s dad, Tarkie and Bryce from the holistic centre run by Alicia and frequented by Becky and Suze.  It seems that Becky’s dad needs to find a friend from several years back and in doing so help out another friend who has fallen on hard times.

As this is a light-hearted story not an intense drama I don’t think I am giving away too much by saying that it all works out in the end. This time Becky’s grand plan involves all the travelling party, her mother-in-law Elinor (with whom there seems to have been an improvement in relations) and her old friend Danny.  There are hints towards the end of the book that there may be another story to come as Becky confides in Suze that she would like another baby but she doesn’t seem to be able to conceive.

Overall I enjoyed the book but found that this wasn’t really a humerous novel as I would have expected.

Rating 3 out of 5

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