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The Little Lady Agency

(The Little Lady Agency #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  26,490 ratings  ·  1,080 reviews
When sweet, naive Melissa seeks a job with her old Home Economics teacher she is halfway through the interview before it dawns on her that Mrs McKinnon isn't interested in her cookery skills, but is in fact running an escort agency. Melissa panics, but she needs the cash - and what harm can providing lonely men with stimulating conversation over dinner do? More exciting st ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Gallery Books (first published June 6th 2005)
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Dec 16, 2008 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
Dec 02, 2008 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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Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for it, but that's probably because romance has never been my genre. The protagonist of this novel is a very sweet girl Melissa. Very very sweet....well, a bit too sweet and a bit too naive. Nevertheless or perhaps because of it, she is quite easy to relate to ( we were all naive at times) and she is even likable to a degree, especially when she starts to develop some spine with the help of her alter ago persona Honey. I found it refreshing to read about Mellissa's /Honey's in ...more
Feb 05, 2009 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 (
Sep 21, 2015 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.
Mar 29, 2009 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
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 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
Well this was a breath of fresh air. A delightful story that kept me entertained (and guessing!) until the last page. A few confusing moments (the father, for one) but this was one of those rare stories where the woman was competent without being bossy or 'sassy' or just plain rude and the man was kind and considerate and a gentleman!

A fun read that I will definitely read again. :)
Jan 21, 2008 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
Jun 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, fluff-n-stuff
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
Jen B
Sep 01, 2008 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.
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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Cute, light and fluffy and amusing.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, I was disappointed by this one. I'm usually enamored by anything British-Chick-Lit, but this book failed to do much for me.

The biggest problem was the main character Melissa (who has an alter ego, "Honey," for her agency). I just didn't like her. The way she let everyone, especially her family, walk all over her made me crazy. Even in the book's resolution, she doesn't really stand up for herself. She lets a few other people do it for her, but she ends up giving in to her fathe
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok

This could've been something I was really into, but unfortunately too many of the side storylines ended up bothering me for one reason or another.

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Feb 24, 2009 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
Traci Larson
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Meh! I’m not sure this book ended the way I wanted it to. Did she end up with the right guy? I may have to get the next book, I just can’t decide if I want to commit that much time to it.
And what a crazy dad!!
There were a couple of unresolved issues that left me scratching my head. Maybe I read the end too fast trying to get out the door to book club.
Megan Clark
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute chick-lit story. Melissa is a relatable character whom you watch grow throughout the novel. You will cheer her on and feel the drama of every situation. A fun beach read!
Sonali Mahapatra
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very very entertaining! :D
The Belle
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have so many friends who claim they “just don’t have time to read.”

They go on and on about how much they admire the time I have to read and are jealous of how many books I can plow through in a year. They cannot believe I have all of this “free time” on my hands to shop for books, read books, blog about books, etc. And they are the same friends who get overwhelmed in bookstores and are afraid of wasting time on a bad book, mainly because books are expensive.

I have a few suggestions for these f
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
Apr 17, 2012 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.
Mar 31, 2010 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
Feb 04, 2011 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
Jul 09, 2015 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
“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
Mar 24, 2010 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'
Sep 16, 2009 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
Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick-lit & romance fans
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
Lisa Brown
Jun 09, 2009 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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Hester Browne was born in England's Lake District, read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as a fiction editor before leaving publishing to write full time. She enjoys Scottish reeling, driving, baking, and trawling eBay for estate sale bargains. She doesn't enjoy hot weather, tax returns, or any talent programme where people have to plead to be allowed to juggle flaming chainsaws o ...more

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