I was confused with Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic to the Rescue at the outset. I expected to be because I’ve never read any of the previous Shopaholic books; I knew that there were plenty of them and I expected it to take a while for me to warm up to the characters but that wasn’t my only problem. I was three chapters in before I could even begin to fathom why all these people who seemed to be talking in riddles were in an RV heading for Las Vegas.

A quick Google search finally revealed that I really should have read the ending of the last book to decipher the beginning of this one if you get my drift, which is the kind of marketing Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) would never be able to resist – or would she? Because on top of all her other problems, or maybe because of them, Becky suddenly finds she has lost her shopping mojo.

So would she ever find it again and would she renew her friendship with Suze who seemed to have found a new best friend in Alicia Bitch Long-legs? And would she find her father, and Tarkie, and discover why Alicia Bitch Long-legs was suddenly being so nice to Suze and the reason why her father had taken off without giving anybody a hint of what he was up to? Or would the book leave the ending unfinished like Shopaholic to the Stars did? And did I really care?

Well, oddly yes. I did care. I found Becky funny despite the absurdity of the plot and Minnie is a lovely character, as is her mum and Janice the best friend. The plot did seem to run around a lot and get quite farcical at times but it was fast paced. It was light-hearted and fun, not laugh out loud hilarious but it certainly made me smile more than a few times.

I’m not sure I’d rush out and by the rest of the series but it certainly wasn’t awful. In fact I was only sorry I wasn’t lounging in the sunshine by a quiet pool with a cocktail in one hand and a kindle in the other because it ‘s the ideal book for a holiday where there are no distractions and you can just sit and read all day.

★★★

Shopaholic to the Rescue was published by Black Swan on 10 March 2016. 

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