The shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella had me laughing out loud on many occasions.
When I read about “The Little Lady Agency” on Good Reads, I just had to check it out. The cover of the book has an endorsement by Sophie Kinsella, so it was a slam dunk for me that I just had to check this book out from the library immediately. Plus, I was in the mood for something very light and fun.
This book was a great choice for light and fun.
The main character, Melissa Romney-Jones, is delightfully funny and quite ingenious. She is the daughter to a not so nice politician, and has two sisters, one older named Allegra, and one younger, named Emery.
She shares a house in London with her friend, Nelson, and works at “Dean & Daniels”, an estate agency in downtown London. In London, they call realtors, “estate agents”. How very proper, indeed. 🙂
When Dean & Daniels merges with an American real estate firm, she loses her job due to “redundancy”. And, this is where the hilarity begins.
Melissa is forced to find a new job, and possibly a new career.
Well, she succeeds in finding a new career, and, in fact, sets up a new company called “The Little Lady Agency” with her alter ego, “Honey”, as the owner. Honey has blond hair and dresses in very fancy clothes including stilettos, to top it all off. Melissa, however, is a brunette and dresses in more casual clothes, and is a little more down to earth.
When Melissa gets into her “Honey” costume, she somehow just gets it all together and is able to handle anything that comes her way.
The business is a “life management agency” aimed at helping grown men manage their lives better.
Some of the services include: helping shop for gifts, helping shop for clothes for themselves, helping with makeover tips, organizing a party etc.. Some of the situations that Honey finds herself in are quite hysterical, but she handles everything with a great sense of decorum and grace.
Jonathan Riley is an estate agent that joins Dean & Daniels shortly after Melissa is let go. He becomes one of Honey’s favorite clients.
I LOVE the ending. That’s all I’ll say for now. Such a fun read and a very sweet story!
If you love British fiction, and want something light and fun, this is a great choice. 🙂