Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

What the back of the book says:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true a shopping friend for life!

But it s trickier than she thought two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is Mine , and she s even started bidding for designer bags on Ebay.

On top of everything else, there s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back including all of Becky s personal shopping clients and she and Luke are still living with Becky s Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget but then things become really complicated.

Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky s secret wishes come true?

Thoughts and feelings:

I have read all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I am slowly meandering my way through the collection by Madeleine Wickham, she is a truly imaginative and thoughtful writer where she presents characters that you can honestly relate to and hold on to several similarities as in some cases there is a thin line between the world created and the real world.

After waiting for such a long time for this book to appear of the shelves I was unable to get hold of a copy due to financial status but as soon as I freed up some extra cash straight to amazon I went. I started the book a couple of weeks back now and only finished it half gushing, half laughing this morning in bed with a man at my side laughing at the little anecdotes that popped out of the pages like a personal stand up comedian.

When I started reading I was slightly irritated as it didn’t seem to get into the thick of the story like some of her other books almost from the jumpstart. However after 3 chapters I was off to a running start and yet again didn’t want to put the book down. Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is the girl who every reader wants to be and in some cases tries to be, but she is slightly like a big jar of Nutella where you either love her or hate her but lets face it – who could hate a big tub of chocolate?!

Personally one Becky is another but now she has her adorable little daughter Minnie who is pretty much her shopping equivalent at just two years of age, being banned from several Santa’s grottos, actual shops and having to be prised off of toy horses, reindeer’s and mannequins which is Minnie’s world are all ‘Miiiiiine’. After all of this Becky’s patient workaholic husband calls for reinforcements from Nanny Sue the popular TV personality (this is after driving away an ‘Ultimate Nanny’) who spots ‘the problem’.

Not wanting to spoil any of the fun I will leave it there for you to pick up, laugh out loud and enjoy either with a glass of vino or even a cup of tea and a huge blanket to warm you up in this cold weather!
I was in stitches, laughing so hard I had to reach for the bookmark and at times shouting at the book ‘How have you got yourself into such a mess?!’ A MUST read!

Has anyone else been completely taken in by Becky and her little mini me and left awaiting with abated breathe for the next installment?!

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