by Sophie Kinsella

October 2004
ISBN: 0-385-33809-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing

Shopaholic and Sister is the latest installment in the Shopaholic series. For this reader it was the first. I found Becky Brandon to be an entertaining character and one which I look forward to visiting again in both her previous books and future books to come.

Ah, but I digress. In this installment Luke and Becky are preparing for what Becky is certain will be a triumphant surprise return from a glorious ten-month honeymoon. She has absolute faith that her friends and family have nothing better to do than to sit and be regaled with tales of the honeymoon.

The reality of the return is not at all what Becky has envisioned. Her Mum and Dad are harboring a story of their own, and her best friend Suze, has given birth to twins, and has found a new friend to bond with.

Becky is struggling to adjust to life as a newlywed, and as a person whose family and friends have managed to carry on without her. When her parents story comes to light, and itís discovered she has a half sister, Jessica (Jess) Becky thinks she has found a person with whom to bond as she recovers from what she perceives to be a change in all those around her.

The differences between Jess and Becky are as far apart as what this reader perceives heaven and hell to be. Will they ever get together and form that sisterly connection that Becky believes is there? Which if either will be the one to change and forge that bond that is only found between sisters?

Shopaholic and Sister is a lighthearted fun read. Becky comes out all right in the end, but would I in my real life be as fortunate? I can only hope! Itís time to distress from the holidays, and I believe that Shopaholic and Sister might be just what you need.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Sandi.

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