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SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER
Sophia Kinsella

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Sophie Kinsella has conquered the hearts of millions with her New York Times bestselling Shopaholic novels, which feature the irresistible one-woman shopping phenomenon Becky Bloomwood. Now Becky’s back in a hilarious, heartwarming tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters (and the perils of simply having to own an Angel handbag!).

What’s a round-the-world honeymoon if you can’t buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the Chinese urns and twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong…the five kilim rugs from Turkey…the splendid hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka…the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)…

Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their usually immaculate loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Becky’s even maxed out on her second secret credit card, and she doesn’t have a new job yet!

Luke insists she go on a budget. And worse: her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky’s feeling rather blue—when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She’s convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They’ll go shopping together, drink cappuccinos together, have manicures together, and watch their favorite videos together.

Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s sister can’t…hate shopping?


SPOILER: sent in by Yvonne who says... If you've read any of the Shopaholic series and liked it, this one is for you. Becky's still her naive, zany self, and she careens through life in a spending spree. If you love chick lit, or fluffy stuff to read on a rainy day, this one's also good.

Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood is on her honeymoon, following her wedding to Luke in Shopaholic Ties the Knot. They end their 10 month trip with a visit to Milan, where she meets Nathan Temple, who helps her buy a much coveted Angel bag, at 2000 Euros (important later)

They reutrn to Britain, here Becky's best friend, Suze has got a new best friend, who shares her interest in kids, now that Suze is a new mother. Becky is a bit disconsolate, but finds out she has a sister. Her sister, Jess, however, is very different from our Becky - she's a miser who tries to save every penny, while Becky spends extravagantly, buying two dining table sets with ten chairs.

Becky tries everything to bond with her sister, but it doesn't really work. Becky and Luke are having their own problems, though, as Luke is getting increasingly involved in a deal with the Aracondas group. Nathan Temple is also seeking Luke's PR expertise, and Becky promises to get it, but doesn't realise Nathan is a criminal, convicted of grievous bodily harm. A rich criminial, nonetheless.

Finally, as Becky storms out of the house after more ignoarance by Luke, she goes to her sister's village, and tries to patch things up. Things however, take a turn for the worst as Jess effectively shuts the door in Becky's face. So she waits around in the general store, and finds out that there's a protest against a shopping centre being built on farming land. She joins the protest to show Jess she is a worthy person, and goes on a dangerous hike to try and find and impress her sister. It's raining, and she falls, breaking her ankle. However, this gives her time to plan an elaborate protest, and she and Luke make up. In the mean time, Jess and Becky find out they really are sisters, after Jess doubts their relationship, with their physical and spending differences. After sharing their penchant for obsessions, Becky with shopping, especially shoes, and Jess with rocks, they have their protest, except the shopping centre is owned by the group that Luke is doing PR for. Luke eventually tells Becky that the centre was moved to another field, but Becky and Luke claim credit for the change (in a cute, good way). They get back together, and there's a little hint that Becky may indeed be pregnant..