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After the blazing success of the previous Shopaholic books, the central character of Becky Bloomwood has become quite a favorite among the readers - and to her credit, author Sophie Kinsella doesn’t disappoint them with the next addition to this gregarious series, Shopaholic Ties the Knot.
When the book begins, readers find expatriate Becky living in blissful contentment with her boyfriend, businessman Luke Brandon, in Manhattan’s West Village, where her career as a personal shopper at Barneys has really taken off. While shopping for her best friend Suze’s upcoming nuptials, Becky can’t help but dream of a similar situation for herself, and they all come true when Luke proposes to her most romantically at Suze’s wedding in England.
Before Becky can digest this happy development, her overjoyed mother has fixed dates, brushed off her own outdated wedding dress for Becky to wear, and begun preparations for an all-out wedding in the backyard. A still-dazed Becky gets a further shock when Luke’s icy-cold, Manhattan socialite mother offers them an all-expenses-paid wedding at the highly sought Plaza. Unable to say "no" to either woman, Becky soon finds herself facing the prospect of having two weddings, on the same day, on two separate continents. How this whole imbroglio gets resolved makes for a rip-roaring comedy of errors as well as some heartfelt, tear-jerking moments.
These days the market is flooded with books belonging to the chick-lit genre, and indeed, even lad-lit is picking up speed. They’re all usually British-themed, following the trail blazed by Helen Fielding’s hugely successful Bridget Jones Diary, and seem to have, by and large, a common theme. In such times, to not only write an innovative chick-lit book but also keep repeating the magic over and over again seems next to impossible; indeed, even Fielding herself hasn’t been able to duplicate her original success so far. But Sophie Kinsella has done this with ease with her Shopaholic books and the imitable heroine Becky Bloomwood, who’s an endearing oddball, a cross between the fashion-conscious women from Sex and the City and Lucy Ricardo. Whether she’s sending out ingenious pleas to her bank manager or buying copious amounts of useless stuff, Becky is as entertaining as she was when Kinsella first introduced her in Confessions of a Shopaholic. She’s funny without meaning to be, her reluctance to make difficult choices and face tough decisions feels very human, and her warm, tolerant nature endears her to the readers. Also, Luke’s character is more fleshed out and developed here, and readers get a poignant look at why he is the way he is. The hectic dual wedding preparations, the atmosphere of New York and various other side characters and plot lines, all contribute to the general mayhem and fun. Emotional seesawing together with copious doses of humor makes Shopaholic Ties the Knot another must-read book by Sophie Kinsella.