When 28-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she's in for a big surprise: Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton.
Having survived a car accident - in a Mercedes no less - Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she's about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a 25-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband - who also happens to be a multimillionaire?
With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she, well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.
Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?
©2008 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2008 Books on Tape
Normally I love all the Kinsella books no matter which series. This one however just didn't do it for me. While I giggled in a few spots, I had nowhere near the normal amount of laughs I get from Kinsella's hapless characters. Maybe it's just that it wasn't that new of an idea since we have here in the US the awful Samantha Who on tv, but I found the book rather predicatable.
Diehard Kinsella fans will probably give it a listen out of loyalty/curiousty but if you are new to this normally great author, try another book first.
The overall storyline of the book is good. However, the foul language is excessive. Most of the typical swear words are used. The f-word is used frequently. I like to listen to my books while I drive in the car with my children. This is one book that I am not able to do that with because of the foul language.
(This was reviewed by a woman, not a man as indicated. A man would probably think the storyline is ridiculous.)
This book reminds me of the "Jane Austen Addict" story line: girl wakes up in a body and life she doesn't remember and has much work to do getting her mind and life back together. Sophie Kinsella is fun. I just finished "Can you keep a secret?" It was my first by her and I thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to try some others. Her books are nice bubble gummy good and require no effort. This one is a bit different, pink, chewy and sweet but at its heart is a very serious matter. Young women in search of husbands would do well to pay attention. I took a quick dislike to the rich handsome Eric Gardener. A man just doesn't treat the woman he loves the way he treated Lexi. Eric Gardener joins a line of fictional characters who are not in my good graces such Mr. Huntington in "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte; Tito in "Romola" by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot); Mr. Weymyss in "Vera" by Elizabeth von Arnim; St. John Rivers in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" and Captain Aylmer in Anthony Trollope's "The Belton Estate". These kinds of men are captivating, engaging, controlling, selfish and can be very dangerous. I call Vera as my prime witness. Girls, if you meet any of these gentlemen, beware. I have a general expectation of fluff from Ms. Kinsella, all hot fudge on Dutch chocolate ice cream with no thinking involved just delightful and restful. It took me a couple of chapters before I figured out we were in new territory. While by no means as dark as "Vera" or "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall", I think the author did an exceptionally fine job of treating a difficult subject in an inviting, humorous to say nothing in a quite accessible manner. Rosalyn Landor did a workmanlike job narrating.
If you have enjoyed other books by this author, you will like this one as well. The narrator's accent and distinct characterizations delightfully convey this light hearted story.
I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books, but I found this book a little too unbelievable. Some of the situations this character finds herself in, and how she comes to some conclusions are a little far-fetched. I found myself frowning in some parts instead of laughing. It was a fun book, but not as enjoyable as her previous books.
I love sophie kinsella but this book and/or the reading of it it painfully slow to listen to.
All of Sophie Kinsella books are fun to listen to!
The twists and turns
all of them
I like the title
I did enjoy the story overall and the journey that Lexi takes is an interesting one. There was a lot more swearing than I would have preferred, so that was a little hard to listen to, but other than that it was an fun story to listen to.
Yes, Sophie Kinsella tells a good story, even if they do seem to follow a bit of a formula. There's a lot of similarity in her characters, but she knows her characters and writes them well.
I read a lot of Agatha Christie and there was some mystery to this story, so it was thought provoking. Sophie Kinsella writes good comedy, not so sure about the mystery. I think that she held too much back for too long.
I could imagine an interesting follow up with her mother, sister and business venture.
I have been a fan of Kinsella's since, "Can you Keep a Secret?", but this storyline was just too slow moving and predictable for me. I kept waiting and waiting for something interesting and funny to happen but am disappointed to say nothing ever did. Aside from a few funny parts and the narrator's English accent, the book was a waste of my time. I hate to admit, but I couldn't wait for the end to occur so I could move on to my next audio book. The aforementioned book by Kinsella is absolutely worth listening to though.
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