Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

17 Jan
Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Anyone who knows about my love of books, will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely Husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, as if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…… 

You can read this book as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all of the Shopaholic books, as they are fantastic.

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Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.


My Thoughts:

Well, as usual Sophie Kinsella has not let me down. This is the follow up from the last book that I have been waiting so long for. Sophie brings back all the usual great characters that I know and love. Becky is her usual quirky, lovely funny self. There are a few changes in her within this book which make the story more interesting. You would think that after so many Shopaholic books that the Author would run out of ideas to make the story fun and a page turner, but I can say that I enjoyed this one and as soon as I finished it I was hoping for the next one.

I liked the beginning of the book, where we catch up with Derek Smeath, (Becky’s old Bank Manager). He has been quite a feature in Becky’s life. So I thought this was a really clever way to give readers a quick update of where we are, and also to include Derek. (Who I love a little bit more after these events in Becky’s life).

There are some parts of this book that I never would have predicted within Becky and Suze’s stories, so I am happy yet not at all surprised that Sophie Kinsella has told them in this book.

Becky goes to Las Vegas in this book, and she is her usual funny self making me chuckle as I read about her escapades. Becky Brandon is the only person I ‘know’ who will compare shoping to gambling! After a go in the casino, she says:

“There should be more ceremony to gambling,…like when you buy something expensive and they hand it to you in a nice bag and say ‘Good Choice!”

We also see some different and some older dimensions of Becky and Suze’s friendship. Without giving any spoilers, they have to come up with a code word! To which they choose “potato” ……the reason being, because they can’t think of anything else.

I loved this book, as I expected that I would. I still love Becky, Luke and Suze and hope that Sophie Kinsella will continue to tell us about the lives of my beloved Shopaholic and her clan.


Have you read this or any of the Shopaholic books? What did you think of Becky and Suze’s escapades this time? I’d love to hear from you as always, so please leave me a comment below. I love to chat books, and particularly books that I love!

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Happy Reading!

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18 responses to “Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

  1. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    January 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I haven’t heard of the series but I like the sound of it now. I’ll have to check them out! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      January 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      I hope you do enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by. #kcacols is a great linky.

  2. florence

    January 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I am not a lover of shopaholic books, I have only ever read one but your enthusiasm about them make me think I should have another go at reading them and as you say start from the beginning – sounds like it may be a long job – but I m prepared to have a go. Will let you know how I progress and thanks for all the enthusiasm.

    • chocolatepages

      January 17, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Well, I certainly do love them. But again I have given lots of great recommendations of all types of books, so it depends on what kind of read you prefer. I really enjoy Becky and her escapades. Let me know how you get on though Florence.
      And remember, you are always welcome to share more reviews with chocolatepages! 😉

  3. Mrs Tubbs

    January 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Glad you enjoyed this. I haven’t read any of these at all.

    • chocolatepages

      January 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      They are brilliant and there are a whole series, I have been reading them for probably ten years! 😉

  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    January 17, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    This sounds really cute! I love potato as a code word lol. And of course any main character named Becky must be good! 😉 x #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      January 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Ah, yes Becky – there are actually a couple of Becky’s in this book!

  5. A Moment with Franca

    January 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I haven’t read this book nor the series butI can see how much do you like them that I’m now curious about it. The story of this book sounds interesting and the main character sounds cute. I will have a look at it. You can really tell that you love books!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

    • chocolatepages

      January 23, 2016 at 12:07 am

      Thank you for your nice comments and for hosting #kcacols. I will be back on Sunday to share my posts and find more fab blogs to read.

  6. mumjd

    January 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve read one book in this series and loved it. This sounds equally good #archiveday

    • chocolatepages

      January 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      I loved the whole series. Hope you enjoy them if you read anymore of them.

  7. irena_bookdustmagic

    February 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This one was my least favorite of the series… I don’t know, I just wasn’t a fan of the story nor of characters this time.
    Usually, I really love Shopaholic series, this series is what got me into reading when I was in high school so…

    • chocolatepages

      February 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      My least favourite was the book before this one, as she left the end so open. I still love Becky and her escapades, but I think the Shopaholic series will need to come to an end soon. Its kind of like ‘Friends’, brilliant, but they need to stop on a high before it goes downhill.

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        February 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        Don’t hate me, but it already went downhill in a way, I’ve seen so many ppl comment that is is best to stop reading after book 4 so… those comments have to come from somewhere…
        I actually loved Shopaholic to the Stars because I am a celebrity freak so that book was perfect for my taste, but i was dissapointed how it ended too.
        If you ask me, that last book was pretty unnecessary and it could have easily be a part of Shopaholic to the Stars.

      • chocolatepages

        February 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        Yes, totally. I have a feeling that there will be another one regarding Shopaholic and baby number 2. I will still read it. 😉

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        February 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        You are probably right, at first I tought this was a finale, but then somene told me the same thing you said now and it makes sense 100%.

  8. book362worm

    February 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Love this review 💛


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