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The Secret Shopper Affair (Secret Shopper #3)

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Best mates Sandie, Emily and Grazia have been through so much together: widowhood, divorce and redundancy for starters. They thought they'd be friends forever, but they reckoned without the dividing effects of men and money... Shopping guru Sandie is on a roll, with a baby on the way and Toby, her posh totty partner, proposing every five minutes. But when she realises the ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Orion (first published January 1st 2011)
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Emily, Grazia and Sandie all met when they were secret shoppers, and all in the same boat. Now things have changed dramatically for each of the women, and it’s pushing their friendships to the limit. Sandie is happily engaged to Toby Garnett, heir to the Garnett store throne and is pregnant with their first child. She’s struggling to balance her career, her family and the renovations on her home. Meanwhile, Emily is very jealous of Sandie’s pregnancy, as her partner Will has put a ban on them ha ...more
Annabel Krantz
Secret Shopper's Revenge (and the two sequels, Secret Shopper Unwrapped and Secret Shopper Affair) is another perfect example of chick lit. Kate Harrison, once a former secret shopper herself, writes about her three 'angels' as they each find themselves at a new stage in their lives. Emily is recently divorced with a toddler, Sandie has been falsely accused of theft and forced to leave her dream job, and Grazia is mourning the death of her famous husband. Each is looking for a new direction, a n ...more
When Emily, Grazia and Sandie first met they had one huge thing in common, their lives had fallen apart. Emily had been left by her husband to struggle with a new born on her own, Sandie had lost her job and been accused of stealing and Grazia had lost her husband, a famous artist and was finding it difficult to be out of the shadows where she had spent most of her years. Secret shopping brought them together and three women who would not have necessarily been friends under normal circumstances ...more
I liked this book, although expect it would be much more enjoyable if you had already read the previous books - I didn't realise it was the third in a series when I started it. Perhaps because of this, I often felt that I was missing something, such as the reference to secret shopping which happened very rarely and somewhat randomly in this book (which also meant that the quote on the cover "Who said that sex was better than shopping" didn't make sense to me). There also seemed to be little in t ...more
I think it would have been wise to have read the previous books in this series before this one because I didn't really feel I got to like the characters until the end. Then the book was over and it no longer mattered. Not a bad story. I did feel that Emily and Grazia both needed another chapter - Sandie summarized their situation but summaries don't paint good pictures. All in all not bad - it did take me a long time to read because I kept falling asleep. That may or may not reflect on the writi ...more
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Really enjoyed this book! Surprisingly I didn't feel lost or confused, seeing as I hadn't read the other two. However, it didn't matter because as a reader you completely understand the position and background of Sandie, Emily and Grazia. Most of all I really enjoyed how cleverly written it was - it was nice reading 3 perspectives on very similar issues/problems.
I was interested to see how the author would continue with this saga, but to be honest I was a bit disappointed after the last 2 stories. Some parts of this book felt like wading through treacle, and the stereotypes of the 'upper class' mummies are just a bit overdone to make the book enjoyable. It may be time for some new plot ideas from this author!
To follow this book you have to read the previous books from the series.
I found it hard to get into this book, and feel I didn’t enjoy it as
much as the other books in the series, it was a good book, but for me
there is something missing, I would probably recommend.
Amanda Stanzel
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read the others in this series, but it didn't seem to hurt. I liked seeing the 3 different perspectives. It was a good summer read.
This was an easy read. None of the characters were really annoying; instead, they were believable. I wanted to find out what happened to them so it was an ok book.
Have read the first of these books. A good chick lit book.
a good entertaining story
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Kate was born in Wigan, and lived in more than a dozen places when she was growing up, including England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. She trained as a print journalist and then worked for the BBC as a reporter and Education Correspondent, before switching to behind the scenes producing on programmes including Newsround and Panorama. Her final 'proper' job involved coming up with TV programme id ...more
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