Not only did the characters feel recycled, but so did the love story b-plot.
Without giving TOO much away, I could tell that this was going to be another tale about mis-matched partners, chance meetings, and a will-they-won’t-they love story set amongst a catalogue of humorous and sometimes embarrassing scenarios.
I was right.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an awful story, I mean, I kept reading til the end, but I can’t help feeling that without Becky Brandon (neÃ© Bloomwood), that Ms. Kinsella is a bit lost.
Whilst the tried and tested formula worked well for the Shopaholic series (we all adore Becky Bloomwood’s ditzyness and the fact that true love prevailed even though she and Luke clearly have nothing in common), I had hoped that Kinsella would break away from her formulaic characterisation with her newest character, Poppy Wyatt.
Poppy is all set to marry Magnus, a man whose family she feels inferior to, when the loss of her engagement ring (a family heirloom) sets off a chain of events bringing her ever closer to the handsome and successful owner of the mobile phone she finds in a bin after losing her own; can you see where this is going?
As I said, it’s not an awful read, it’s essentially has an ok storyline and there are some laugh out loud moments and some interesting twists, but on the whole I wouldn’t recommend breaking your neck to get a copy, because you can’t help feeling like you already know what’s going to happen (with the charcter’s at least), and Poppy is a poor imitation of Becky.
If you’ve never read any of the Shopaholic books, or you are after an easy read, then you’ll probably enjoy it.
If you’re a diehard Kinsella/Bloomwood fan, or you are after some intellectual stimulation, then read it at your own peril.
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