Shopaholic and Baby Review
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After returning from her dream honeymoon with her wonderful new husband, Luke, Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) discovers that she’s pregnant. For some women, that means months of prenatal classes and piles of books on pregnancy and parenting. But for Becky, it means catalogs filled with baby toys and bassinets and carriages—and shopping sprees for designer baby clothes. And since they’re about to move into a new house (one that Becky got by using her must-have boots as a bargaining chip), she’s got two new nurseries to furnish (one in blue, and one in pink). Fortunately, the brand-new department store, where Becky works as a personal shopper, is totally dead, so no one really cares if she’s too busy shopping to come in to work. And Luke is way too busy opening new European offices for his company, Brandon Communications, and dealing with his high-maintenance clients to pay much attention to the credit card bills (and it doesn’t really matter, anyway, since they’re about to become squillionaires).

Everything is going perfectly once Becky gets an appointment with Venetia Carter, the must-have celebrity obstetrician who specializes in things like water births, complete with lotus flowers and Thai massage. But when she and Luke arrive for their first appointment with Venetia, Becky is in for a big surprise: Venetia was Luke’s college girlfriend. Luke and Venetia reconnect and start spending more and more time together, and Luke starts acting strange and keeping secrets from Becky—and Becky starts to worry that her husband is having an affair with his fabulously gorgeous and successful ex.

Shopaholic and Baby is sure to be another hit for Kinsella. Though Becky is shallow and materialistic and, let’s face it, not always all that bright, Kinsella manages to turn the flighty shopaholic into a character that readers can’t help but adore. She’s like Rachel Green from Friends. Sure, she spends a lot of money. Sure, she’s a bit of a princess. But underneath all the designer clothes, she’s actually a lot like the rest of us. She’s sometimes insecure, sometimes paranoid, sometimes overemotional. And, through it all, she’s funny.

Kinsella’s writing is so fast-paced and engaging (not to mention laugh-out-loud funny) that it’s a nearly effortless read. Pages fly by, and you’ll find yourself staying up extra-late at night, just so you can read one more chapter. It really is that good.

Fans of Becky Brandon won’t be disappointed by Shopaholic and Baby. And if you’ve never read anything by Kinsella, pick up a copy and see what you’ve been missing.

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