*Something a Little Different* – Featuring Sophie Kinsella

I wanted to do something that was a little different than what I usually post on my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing the Cover Reveals, Blitz’s and so forth, but they have by enlarge focused on Young Adult/New Adult fiction.
That is my passion, but also I like a little bit of Chick Lit also…..
I wanted to do a ‘Throw Back Sunday” type thing that features one of my favorite authors Sophie Kinsella, not that she is done or anything. I wanted to spotlight some of my favorites, and the ones I found the funniest from her wonderfully eclectic collection.
If you haven’t picked up any of her books (and seriously, why not) if you like to laugh until you think your ribs are bruised, fall in love with characters that are less than perfect & have shameful romantic love stories Sophie is the girl for you….

1. First up, Can You Keep a Secret? Published December 2005

Can you keep a secret

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:
Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.
Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger… Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her.

*What I loved most about this book was when Emma came face to face with Jack after spilling her guts to him on the flight. Especially as Jack knew what she’d done to her co-workers plant, the secret code she used to sneak out for coffee with her friend and so on. The heartbreaking part was her humiliation when Jack revealed all of her secrets on national TV….I laughed, I cried and then I laughed again.

2. The Undomestic Goddess: Published April 2006

The Undomestic Goddess

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

*This had me in pieces with laughter. Samantha is utterly hopeless as a housekeeper, her first attempt at cooking dinner was bloody hilarious. Replacing the damaged laundry and ordering in the sandwiches was priceless. Creeping back into the firm to try and solve her problems precious. Trish and Eddie her new employers are hiarious and Nathaniel the gardener was scrummy. Pure Kinsella at her best.

3. I’ve Got Your Number: Published February 2012

Ive got your number

I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

*OMG Poppy is a trip, I loved her so much. When Sam Roxton calls the phone she’s found after losing her engagement ring and tells her to stall the Japanese party leaving, she sings “Mr Yokogawa” lyrics to Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies….I wet myself laughing out loud. On a bus, in Cancun with my daughter.

4. Last, but by no means least Confessions of a Shopaholic. Published November 2003

Confessions of a shopaholic

Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something …
Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.

*Becky is the poster girl for all that I stood for back when it was published. A single girl should have her own place, a great job and a ton of credit cards right? Only Becky can’t stop shopping, and she can’t manage her money. Yet she gives financial advice. The bank managers letters were a trip but when she tried to get back the bridesmaid dress she had sold….OMG seriously funny.

Okay, so I’ve not given full reviews on any of the above. This is because it would take me all day to write them. I gave all 4 books 5 star ratings. What I love the most about Ms Kinsella’s writing is the characters are real, they could be you or me. They have flaws, they sometimes don’t have perfect figures, the right thing to wear or say the appropriate things. But they have character and dimension.

They might drink too much wine, coffee and eat too many carbs, but they always have a best friend, they always have hearts in the right place and they always get their man. I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella and if you’re looking for a quick romp into a funny, crazy bat shit world of great heroines pick up one of her books, they are truly addictive


One thought on “*Something a Little Different* – Featuring Sophie Kinsella

  1. Hi !!! I love Sophie’s books too and i’m glad you’re talking about her. I just read “Can you keep a secret” which was hilarious and i was wondering do you happen to know if there’s a movie adapted from this book ??? Thanks a lot for this review !!!!

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