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Hilarious and warmhearted, this "deliciously addictive" (Cosmopolitan) debut romantic comedy stars a woman who goes from doormat to diva when she sets up shop as the ultimate freelance girlfriend.

Melissa Romney-Jones can bake a perfect sponge cake, type her little heart out, and plan a party blindfolded. But none of that has helped her get far in life or in love. When
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Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Gallery Books (first published June 6th 2005)
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Kathryn
Feb 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of good-hearted chick-lit, especially Sophie Kinsella
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this book, especially as I've been kind of "off" chick-lit these days. But, I thought it was really great--fabulous and fresh and frothy while still having backbone and heart. I love how it avoided a lot of the cliches so prevalent in chick-lit (for example, the heavenly Nelson, our leading lady Melissa's flat-mate, is neither gay nor her former lover... he is simply a dear friend who happens to be of the opposite sex!) I also loved that I DIDN'T really know what ...more
Antof9
Dec 02, 2008 Antof9 rated it really liked it
This is a typical chick-lit book in that the main chica is the underdog, someone uncomfortable with men, etc., etc. It's atypical in that it's basically clean and talks a lot about Issues of Conscience. And for that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I really cared about Melissa and what happened to her, and the whole Honey dilemma got to be hilarious. I could actually see it as a sitcom! Here's just one of many, many funny lines -- in talking about a fling with your administrative help: "Oh, yes, I agree
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Ann
Dec 07, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie Kinsella fans
Recommended to Ann by: Kathryn
I simply adored this book! The characters are vivid and real, and complex (but still normal). There are few books that I enjoy simply reading about the day-to-day life of the characters, and this was one of them.

Melissa does her best to be a good person, even though she isn't always appreciated for it, and she has to fight against her less than supportive family and her own issues of self perception to become a stronger, more confident woman. In the mix are her best friend and flat-mate Nelson (
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Meika
May 02, 2009 Meika rated it it was amazing
I adored this book.
First and foremost, it isn't particularly deep - no rich metaphors or literary acrobatics. It's a novel of manners, plain and simple.

The whole point of the novel is that the main character must learn to love herself for who she is, and only then will she reach her full potential. In order to learn this, she takes on an alter-ego that expresses characteristics she thinks are too bold, audacious, sexy...etc. She only begins to see both the contrasts and overlaps between her pe
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Kirsten
Jan 21, 2008 Kirsten rated it did not like it
This is one of those books hoping to ride the coattails of the Bridget Jones phenomenon. Although it seems to me that phenomenon has come and gone. Anyway, young English woman starts her own business as a 'life organizer' for bachelors, adopts an alter ego to do so, ends up falling in love with one of her clients, etc. Predictable and not really very entertaining. I don't mind reading light and fluffy books as long as they're fun and engaging, but I really just got through this one because I don ...more
Amy
Oct 16, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: needs-an-editor
Things I liked:

- The spunky heroine who sticks to her values (particularly when it comes to sex)
- The Knightly-like love interest
- The GINGER love interest!
- The focus on manners/good dress/etc.
- A kinda stereotypical American in a British book who doesn't just get hated on
- Remington Steele references <3
- The wonderfully empowering use of undergarments

Things I disliked:

- The love triangle....square....thing.
- How long this book was. It got repetitive.
- The extremely family dysfunction.
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Jen B
Oct 31, 2008 Jen B rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
LOVED this one! It kept my mind off of both of my 4 hour cross-country flights (and I don't like flying!) I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Katie
Mar 03, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
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Tracy
Feb 24, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it
I can't decide if I like or hate this book. I'm sure over time I'll gravitate towards one or the other. This was a wandering inner monologue that meandered in every direction. Here's the author's inner monologue, "Hmm... I don't like the direction this story is taking, I think I'll make a U-turn." It was like the author read that leather bound collected works of Jane Austen all at once and had starred the storylines she wanted to put in. Then she watched Briget Jones's Diary from her LA apartmen ...more
Michelle
Jun 25, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff-n-stuff, 2009
I'll just start this review off by saying: I'm torn after reading this book.

The Little Lady Agency is the first in a three part series starring Melissa Romney-Jones, a girl who has been fired - once again - from her job and has no clue where to go from there. Extremely organized and good at soothing the ruffled feathers of her co-workers and friends, Melissa, after a string of highly amusing events and coincidences, decides to open her own agency specially marketed to those blokes who have more
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Love Fool
May 20, 2014 Love Fool rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and warmhearted, this "deliciously addictive" (Cosmopolitan) debut romantic comedy stars a woman who goes from doormat to diva when she sets up shop as the ultimate freelance girlfriend.

Omg everyone you need to read this book. Like right now. It was funny and different and we all need to thank Hester Browne for this gem. I LOVE books that I can picture myself as the main character (and her style!!!). Plus, this business idea she planned was brillant and needed! Can this please be made
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Samantha
Jul 15, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it
This was one of the stupidest books I have read in awhile...I guess I shouldn't have trusted the library's insistence that this was a "different" kind of romantic comedy-esque read (except for the fact that it took place in London and there was no witticism whatsoever). The Little Lady Agency is so cliche that it hurts. The ending is wrapped up in around 2 pages with everything working out for everyone. What bothered me the most was how Honey/Melissa was just plain dumb, even though she was supp ...more
Ellie
Jun 10, 2015 Ellie rated it liked it
Shelves: a-2015, my-name
I have quite a few things to say about this book!

Originally, I had a status update saying that I was working towards giving this book five stars. At the time, my actual rating probably would have been four stars, but I was expecting it to get dramatic and exciting. Yeah, that didn't happen. It's not that the book wasn't good, but it kinda kept on a single wave-line for the entirety of it. When it has over 400 pages, that is a very bad thing.

I shelved this book as "my-name", and I hope it is obvi
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Laura
Feb 06, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Summary: Melissa Romney-Jones has many talents: she can help someone dress accordingly, plan a great party, and organize just about anything. Despite her qualifications, she is released from her job. Unsure of what to do next, Melissa decides to take the skills she learned at finishing school help hapless men.





Donning a blonde wig and snug clothing, Melissa becomes “Honey,” a confident go-getter who helps give direction to clueless men. She helps them find clothes, buy gifts, break up with girlf
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Emilyandherlittlepinknotes
“My name is Melissa Romney-Jones, but you can call me Honey. In the past, when people asked me to describe myself, I used to say I was one of nature’s organizers. Reliable. Sensible. A bit, you know, shy”

The Little Lady Agency is a delightful chick lit that I picked up based on Sophie Kinsella’s recommendation (right there on the cover).

In a few lines story is about Melissa Romney-Jones an under confident & under achieving twenty something that loses her job and re-invent herself with a new
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Emily Ragsdale
Jun 25, 2013 Emily Ragsdale rated it liked it
FINALLY, after trying about five times, I've read this whole book. And I'm still not crazy about it.

I feel terrible about that, because Hester Browne is one of my favorite authors. The Finishing Touches and Swept Off Her Feet are books I read at least once a year, because I love them so much. But the Little Lady Agency series just doesn't hold my attention the same way.

Partly it's because I don't like Jonathan. Maybe since I'm American, an American man doesn't seem as intriguing and exciting to
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Jasmin
Jul 17, 2010 Jasmin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who's interested
Melissa Romney-Jones, Pony club frump and full time sucker. She lost her boyfriend, lost her job, being taken advantage by former boss, owes her father ten thousand pounds (which she lent to her ex-boyfriend as an investment for a ski business. Him running away was entirely unfortunate) and did I mention, a full time sucker?

At a loss for a job and of money, Melissa is being recruited to an up-market escort agency, run by Miss McKinnon (Melissa’s home economics teacher), believing it was a clean
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This is chicklit, pure and unadorned. But chicklit has its place, and it's a cracking good read for those moments when all you want is mental popcorn. Perfect holiday reading or for those days when you just want to daff the world aside. I have to say, I read it all in one day, lying flat on my back in bed. I had a raging headache from reading too long by the time I finished, but I honestly didn't want to put it down till I reached the end.

It reminded me strongly of Bridget Jones' Diary, but wher
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Lauren
Mar 25, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, just-for-fun
Got this book from a friend and it is one of those typical "I hate myself and can't find the right man but I'm going to go through a huge rough patch and you'll read all about it and I'll wind up extremely happy in the end" stories that always makes you happy and sucks you right in. You totally know what I am talking about.

With all the heavy reading I've done lately I was in need of some light refreshment and this did the trick!

The best part of this book? Our Little Lady truly is a Lady and won'
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Kara
Apr 23, 2012 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Does anyone watch How I Met Your Mother? Did you see the "Oh Honey" episode? Ted gets set up with Honey who is gullible. Very gullible.

Honey: My apartment building is so safe. My landlord even installed a security camera in my shower.
Marshall: Oh, honey...
Honey: Maybe I should feel weird about giving a stranger my Social Security Number, but the guy's a Nigerian prince!
Marshall: Oh, honey...
Honey: I just had a great TV audition...behind the KFC where the executive producer works on the weekend.
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Mandy
Sep 16, 2009 Mandy rated it liked it
A very fun book to read! This falls in the category of what I fondly term "Brit Chick Lit", think Shopaholic series and Bridget Jones. I highly enjoyed this novel because it was light hearted and fun, but also not silly. I enjoyed the characters and their interesting relationships. I even found myself relating to Melissa in ways that I wouldn't have anticipated. I appreciated that this book had clean language and no gratuitous sex...which I find far to prevalent in many books these days. It was ...more
Syl  ʃʃ^.^ʃʃ
Sep 15, 2011 Syl ʃʃ^.^ʃʃ rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick-lit & romance fans
Shelves: solid, romance, chicklit
finally finished it - after exclusively reading it at mealtime for almost 2 months. An easy flowing chick-lit - the protagonist is a large hearted girl with a family who relies too much on her (not for money, but for their general well-being and arranging parties, weddings etc.) with an overbearing brute of a rich, politically inclined father who 'lends' money, not gifts it to his daughters, who is overpowering and dominant and who makes his family's life a hell. The heroine has a platonic live ...more
Emily
Dec 14, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure what I thought of this book. I liked it, humorous in some parts and the light handed romance was actually rather refreshing. However, Melissa's severe lack of self confidence was borderline infuriating to me. A few of her problems I could identify with but largely I wanted to shout at her to stand up for herself.

while it was a good read, I don't intend to read any more of the series.
Lisa
Sep 29, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Although this book started a little slow, before long I was enchanted with Melissa, the main character. Forced to find a new line of work when she was fired from her job as a secretary, she starts her own consulting firm, almost by accident - the Little Lady Agency - where she helps men who are socially inept learn how to dress and behave. She also poses as "Honey," her alter ego, for when she needs to pretend to be a girlfriend to one of her clients. This part of the job, however, is what gets ...more
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Judul Asli : THE LITTLE LADY AGENCY
[ book 1 of LITTLE LADY AGENCY Series ]
Copyright 2005 by Hester Browne
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Cetakan II : Januari 2010 ; 544 hlm ; ISBN 978-979-22-5016-9
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Ann Boytim
Sep 04, 2015 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Melissa Romney-Jones is a little unsure of herself and is overshadowed by members of her family particularly her father who is involved in politics. Melissa is happy in her job at a real estate agency but when there is a takeover she is let go. Luckily her housemate pays most of the expenses as Melissa finds herself in debt to her father and he is asking for the money back. In order to make some money Melissa opens an agency to help people shop, and accompanies her clients on dates etc. Melissa' ...more
Ginger
Mar 23, 2014 Ginger rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Melissa
Aug 03, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Very light and entertaining summer read reminiscent of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Melissa has had it with the normal office life after being let go from another job. After running into an old friend, she tries being an escort to quickly learn that she's really expected to be a hooker, which she promptly ditches. However, she does learn that there is a need for men to have arm candy and social help to get their mom's off their back, their office staff happy and even figure out how to dress to meet tha
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Jamie
Jan 22, 2015 Jamie rated it it was ok
Meh. This book revolved around a woman who was totally un-relatable, I'm my opinion. She thought that to be a "better person" (prettier, more brave, sexier, etc...) she actually had to *be* a different person. I know that any wen don't like who they are, or do t think highly of themselves. But those women "fix" themselves into what they would like to be and eventually come to realize their own power. This character never does. She continually fights against those who tell her that she truly is w ...more
Carly
This was delightful. I'm not sure what took me so long to read it.
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