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Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
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bookshelves: chick-lit, library-reads

Becky Bloomwood Brandon is back in the 5th installment of the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic And Baby. Becky and Luke are back from their extended holiday/honeymoon and Becky is pregnant with their first child. Since discovering that ‘shopping cures morning sickness’ she’s been determined that their baby will have the best of everything, in true Becky Bloomwood style. And that includes the best OB-GYN.

The best OB-GYN is Venetia Carter, who looks after pregnant models, stars, etc and Becky is determined to get an appointment. Luke, her husband, isn’t so sure and thinks they should stick with his family OB-GYN but eventually agrees to go along with Becky to a preliminary appointment. Venetia Carter turns out to be an old friend of Luke’s from Cambridge who he even dated for a little while. Becky is suddenly apprehensive about having Venetia as her OB-GYN but Luke, delighted to catch up with an old friend, now decides that they should stay with Venetia.

Before long, Luke and Venetia are catching up, re-living their University days, meeting up with all their old Cambridge friends and exchanging texts in Latin. Becky starts to wonder if this, coupled with Luke’s suddenly jumpy, secretive behaviour, means he’s having an affair. Life is a bit stressful at the moment, with the baby coming, as they’re currently homeless. They’ve sold Luke’s flat where they have been living and are looking for the perfect house but there is nothing around to their specifications. Becky has a new job with London fashion store The Look, which tanked spectacularly and is losing money hand over fist. They need to come up with something to get the buyers in fast or they’ll all be out of a job. Becky has the idea to call in her former Manhattan-neighbour-turned-famous designer Danny Kovitz to design an exclusive piece for The Look that will have fashionistas pouring through the door. Danny turns up demanding an absolutely outrageous rider and the full star treatment, costing The Look more money than ever, making Becky’s gamble an even bigger one.

I’ve enjoyed the Shopaholic books I’ve previously read/listened to immensely but this one did fall a fraction flat for me, and I think that was primarily about how utterly stupid and frustrating Luke was. He’s supposed to be a very intelligent man and he didn’t get that his wife was a bit insecure about his ex-gf being her OB-GYN, even if she was the one that was all the rage. He went out catching up with her, spending time with her alone, and took Venetia’s advice even when it was blatantly obvious that she was trying to make Becky uncomfortable. You always, always, always back your wife over any previous gf, even if she is a doctor. Did he not consider that Becky’s blood pressure was slightly elevated because of Venetia? Apparently not. And he keeps something from her in this book that I’m sure he does for all the right reasons (trying to save her stress, because of aforementioned slightly high blood pressure) but all it does is make him look ragingly guilty of having an affair, which actually makes her even more stressed out and upset. If he’d actually told her what was worrying him in the beginning, then a whole lot of mess could’ve been avoided. But keeping huge secrets is part of this series (like Becky does in Shopaholic Ties The Knot) and although it often makes for humorous situations, this one made for more frustrating situations than humorous ones for me. What did make up for it was how utterly awesome Luke was at the end when the penny finally dropped that Becky was insecure and that Venetia was deliberately contributing to that. That was definitely the Luke Brandon of Confessions of a Shopaholic. That was definitely how a husband should act when encountering a woman like Venetia! So there were big points for that, it’s just a shame he was a bit stupid throughout the rest of the book.

Still though, this book was a fun and light-hearted read. These books are great for picking up when you just want something to chill on the couch with and not have to think about. They’d be perfect for the beach in summer and they’re perfect for me on a cold winter’s day when I’m snuggled up on the couch with a blanket and it’s like, 4 degrees outside and bucketing with rain.
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