Hey fellow bookworms!
How was your week? (can’t believe it’s already a week since SitC!!) Did you get up to anything exciting? I was just relaxing, reading (of course!), watching the Olympics and catching up with friends. Today’s review will be about Mini Shopaholic, another book by Sophie Kinsella.
Like mother, like daughter…!
Shopaholic Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood)’s two-year-old is … spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it’s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it’s time to give Minnie her own pocket money. Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn?
Minnie isn’t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky’s strong points …
After almost a year’s hiatus, I have finally returned to the Shopaholic series. For those of you who don’t know, the Shopaholic series is written by Sophie Kinsella and it follows Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), who has an obsession with shopping (as you can tell from the title).
This summer I read Mini Shopaholic, the sixth book in the series. Mini Shopaholic picks up a little after Shopaholic & Baby, the previous book in the series. Becky’s daughter is now almost three years old and has a tendency to cause havoc wherever she goes. She’s already been banned from several Santa grottos. After realising that their daughter might be spoilt, Becky’s husband Luke suggests that they get a nanny. He even gets in touch with Nanny Sue, a child specialist. Unsurprisingly, Becky is against this idea. She is perfectly capable of looking after her own daughter, thank you very much! And Minnie isn’t really that bad, right?
While this is all going on, Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke. All her friends (and parents) are eager to help, but Becky is insistent on organising it all by herself, and with a budget too. However, she does end up getting some help from someone unexpected – and Luke doesn’t suspect a thing.
As with all the previous books in the Shopaholic series, I whizzed through Mini Shopaholic. I was eager to find out more about the secret Luke was hiding from Becky and whether the surprise party would be a success or not. There are plenty of humorous moments throughout the book and I thought it was cute that Minnie’s favourite word is ‘mine’. She is very much like Becky, in that she is determined to get what she wants. The only downside to the book was that Luke didn’t really appear much. As always, he’s too busy working. It seems like obsession is a common trait in the Brandon family. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which is currently sitting in my Amazon basket…