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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: 01/22/15
Originally published as Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella is the sequel to Confessions of a Shopaholic. Rebecca Bloomwood, now dating financial mogul, Luke Brandon, feels like she finally has her life under control. Her debts are paid, she has a great career on television, and she has a boyfriend most everyone is envious of. But all that changes when he invites her on a business trip to Manhattan.
Manhattan isn't London. Although Luke has ties (his mother), Rebecca's in for a bit of culture shock. Free time and the chance of a new career in New York, brings out the worst of her impulses. A complete in ability (or at least unwillingness) to convert pounds to dollars further exacerbates the situation.
At home in London, thinks aren't all golden either. Rebecca learns first hand about the ephemeral nature of public reputation. So much merit is placed on exaggerated moral behavior — usually with more of the onus placed on women. Rebecca's exuberance for the finest things available in Manhattan is used in an attempt to bring down Luke Brandon.
I'll be up front here, I don't like Luke. Even with the added melodrama of his cold mother, I'm not sold on him as the right one for Rebecca. I was really hoping that Luke would crash and burn. Oh well.