"Late Night Shopping" by Carmen Reid
In this sequel to The Personal Shopper Annie Valentine is back and learning a few lessons about relationships. Now that she is living with Ed, a teacher from her children's school, she has to learn how to keep spending under check (or at least under wraps.) But soon this proves too difficult.
Annie has ordered 500 pairs of shoes from a Hong Kong designer, in the hopes of starting a retail business of her own. But right now, they're hiding in the spare room. On top of that, on a spur of the moment romantic trip to Italy (with the entire family in tow) she has bought 50 handbags to sell back home. If Ed doesn't approve of this, he certainly won't approve of the fact that she got all of the money for this by borrowing against her mortgage. Will Annie and Ed's relationship survive these secrets?
Late Night Shopping is a fun novel, just as The Personal Shopper was. Annie Valentine is great series character, following in the footsteps of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic.) Annie's antics may be over the top but that is what we love about those characters.
The book could have done without the descriptiveness of the intimate moments between Annie and Ed. They are brief, but may be more than some readers appreciate in their chick lit.
Late Night Shopping is the second novel in what looks to become an addictive series. Romance, fun and shopping are a great combination and Carmen Reid has it perfected. This is fun, easy reading for any fan of British chick lit.