Her indecisiveness – and a few teeny white lies – lead to two wedding accidentally being arranged. In different countries. On the same day.
Now, call me a pushover, but that’s enough of a Becky-sized pickle to have me riveted. I loved Shopaholic Ties the Knot and really enjoyed the two worlds Kinsella creates – from the glitz and glamour of Disney-esque Plaza wedding in New York, to the low-key, and very British, backyard wedding planned for Becky’s hometown.
Both wedding scenes offered opportunity for some fabulously funny moments and great supporting characters. Also two different weddings mean the opportunity for two dresses. What could be more ‘Becky’ than that?
Becky’s life is going swimmingly – she and Luke now live in New York City and she’s landed her dream job as a personal shopper in Barneys. She hasn’t yet quite managed to reign in her own ‘personal shopping’ habits, but hiding her bank statement from Luke will do for now. (‘Is a Miu Miu skirt a household expense?’)
When Luke proposes she is ecstatic. Now she can finally plan the wedding of her dreams. Only there are a couple of hitches – Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a lavish do at The Plaza. Becky’s folks back in Oxshott have long dreamt of hosting Becky’s wedding in their back garden.
Soft-hearted Becky can’t bring herself to say no to either party, and in typical Becky-style two weddings are planned. You’ll be gripping the edge of your seat wondering how on earth our heroine is going to get herself out of this particular pickle.
It’s Becky as we know and love her. She is a wonderfully humorous and engaging heroine – largely a result of her many flaws and inability to say no.
Becky is a totally loveable character and I, for one, would adore a shopping trip with her. “Shall I get it Becks?” I’d ask and you know she’s nodding her head frantically, piling the item in your arms in caramel, navy and white at the same time, “It’s a classic. An investment.”
There are two constants with Becky’s character – she gets herself into scrapes, but she always ends up doing the right thing – just! She is a big-hearted, kind character and an utterly adorable heroine. Shopaholic Ties the Knot is classic Becky from beginning to end.
The cast of characters in this book are wonderful. At one end of the spectrum we have Luke’s mother, Elinor – dripping in Chanel and ill-humour. At the other end, Becky’s lovely down-to-earth parents, Jane and Graham, and my personal favourite – busybody next door neighbour, Janice.
There’s a school of thought out there in chick-lit world that states Becky is just a bit too irresponsible for her own good. The school suggests she’s told one too many white lies to be a likeable character and handsome PR mogul, Luke Brandon, would never be with such a scatterbrain. Now, this is all tosh as far as I’m concerned. She’s a character in a book.
If Becky didn’t allow herself to be swept up in all the drama, well, there would be no drama for the reader to enjoy! The sheer magic of the Shopaholic series is a direct result of the absolutely unbelievable pickles she gets herself in. So it’s all well and good saying she needs to sort herself out – but wouldn’t that novel be a dull, old read?
Likewise, Luke’s unwavering patience for Becky is presented as a direct result of his own conservative nature. He adores the fact she gets herself involved in harebrained schemes and let’s not forget, when the chips are down – which they are, oh at least once a Shopaholic novel!- Becky always saves the day. And I don’t know about you, but I’m always waving my pom poms in the air for her about that point shouting “Hurrah! She did it!”
I think it goes without saying that I’m a major Shopaholic fan. I loved Shopaholic Ties The Knot and as the story snowballs you wonder how on earth Becky is going to get herself out of this one.
I haven’t read a Sophie Kinsella book yet that didn’t merit five stars!
“OK. Now, I may be engaged, but I’m not going to get carried away.” – Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Ties The Knot
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