I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella

“A couple of glasses of bubbly with the girls at a charity do and Poppy’s life has gone into meltdown.  Not only has she lost her engagement ring, but in the panic that followed. she’s lost her phone too.  As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin.  Finders keepers!  Now she can leave a number with hotel staff.  It was meant to be!

Except the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.  He wants his phone back, and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.  As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, can things get any more tangled?”

I knew I would enjoy this book before I even read it, Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and every one of her books that I’ve picked up, I’ve absolutely loved.  This book was no exception – I loved everything about it and read it in just one day!  One of the things I love about Sophie’s books is her style of writing, I find it so easy to read and understand what is going on and before I know it I’ve read through hundreds of pages and the book is over.

This is a fantastic idea for a story, it’s completely possible and this makes it easy to relate to.  I also loved the footnotes idea, it was a really different addition to the story and made it even more enjoyable to read.  Reading about Poppy’s inner thoughts and some of the situations she got herself in was hilarious, I particularly enjoyed the part where Poppy received a gift from Magnus – I won’t give anything away so if you read this book look out for that!

Poppy is a brilliant character she was really funny and gutsy in a nervous kind of way (if that makes any sense), she seemed to get carried away with things and always tried hard to keep everyone happy. Some of the sad moments in the story showed her more vulnerable side and I felt that these insights into her deeper feelings gave me a better understanding of why she acted the way she did.

Another great character was Willow – I really enjoyed reading her crazy messages and always looked forward to the next one that came along.  In person she was just as entertaining as in her messages, from the descriptions I could picture her easily and this just made me laugh more.

I would have liked the story to go a bit further, I felt that it ended before I was ready for it to end.  I wanted more information about what happened next and part of me was kind of hoping for a bit of a fight too (another thing that will make sense if you read it).

This has everything good chick lit should have – romance, shocks, secrets, a touch of sadness and lots of funny moments.  I was completely absorbed in the story and didn’t want to put it down.  Another fabulous hit from Sophie Kinsella!

The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

 

I was initially attracted by the title of this book, being a bit of an undomestic goddess myself I felt that I could probably relate to it.

Samantha works hard in London as a high-powered lawyer, she doesn’t get much time to herself so her social and personal lives have suffered.  She desperately wants to get a partnership in the company and it looks like she may get her wish, until she makes a huge mistake that threatens to ruin her career.

Instead of dealing with the mistake she’s made, she ups and leaves, not just the office but London altogether.  She gets on the first train she sees and ends up in the middle of nowhere.  Somehow she finds herself in a big, beautiful house being interviewed for a housekeepers job.  She manages to get hired even though she has no idea how to work the oven, let alone do the rest of the housework!  She doesn’t exactly tell her new employers the truth about herself and what follows are many humorous twists and fun encounters, including meeting a rather yummy gardener called Nathaniel.

I really really enjoyed this book, it had me laughing out loud, feeling sad and also feeling happy, all the things I look for in a great book.  Reading about Samantha’s efforts as a housekeeper were so funny, I was completely unable to put the book down and I read it in one sitting.  The blossoming relationship between Samantha and Nathaniel is fantastic and I couldn’t help but worry what his reaction would be when he found out about all the lies she’s told.

Again I did manage to roughly predict what the outcome would be but it was an enjoyable and fun journey getting there.

I would highly recommend this book, it’s a fun, heart-warming and addictive read!

Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella

 

This is such a good book!!  It’s about a girl called Lara who is basically being haunted by her recently passed away great-aunt who she didn’t even know.  There are a few family secrets which Lara’s great-aunt wants uncovered and while searching to uncover them there are lots of twists and turns.

This book had me laughing out loud many times, I love the romantic side of the story and it reminds you that everyone was young once – something that is easy to forget.  There are also sad parts to the story, tales of lost love and untrustworthy family members.

The characters are brilliant and as always with Sophie Kinsella books I was unable to put it down until I had finished it!