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Shopaholic & Sister: 09/04/17
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella is the fourth novel out of the series but the fifth one I've read since I read it and Shopaholic & Baby out of order.
If Becky Brandon née Bloomwood is Pinkie Pie, then Jessica is Maud Pie. Becky is the bubbly, always thinking in six directions at once type of person. Her half sister is anything but; she's methodical, down to earth, and very much in love with rocks.
As with Shopaholic & Baby, this book has two plot threads. First there is the on going relationship with Luke. Second, there is Becky trying to get to know her half sister.
In this book we get to see him completely calm — away from work. But that's temporary. He really is a businessman at heart and thrives on the on-going stress of campaigns, business deals, and difficult clients.
With Becky and Jessica the two seem complete opposites. Becky is bubbly and tends to talk before she thinks. She loves shopping. She loves the finer things. She has a very definite personal style which she has parlayed into a career as a personal shopper. Becky's love of haute couture comes from growing up the child of a working class family.
Jessica meanwhile is more like Suze and Tarquin. She grew up with money. She also grew up learning how to do things herself — how to build her own empire from the ground up. She is grounded in being thrifty, in making choices that have the smallest carbon footprint.
In Becky's relationships, the thing that's always missing is communication. Becky really needs to talk. She needs to get things off her chest before her imagination gets the best of her. For Luke it's always a matter of business. For Jessica it's a matter of getting her to open up about her passions.