Monday, July 5, 2010

TWENTIES GIRL by Sophie Kinsella

Published: Dial Press
Date published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-34203-2
Contemporary Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit.
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Lara Lington thought she was going slightly nuts when she started seeing the ghost of her feisty great-aunt Sadie. Normal people don’t see ghosts… they? Sadie wants Lara to find her necklace, the one she has had in her possession for more than seventy-five years and she can’t rest in the afterlife without it. What happens next is a tale of laughter, hijinks and love as these two find that the bonds of family and friendship really do run deep.

TWENTIES GIRL is a fun, light hearted chick lit story that will leave you laughing and smiling. I haven’t read one of this author’s books before and this was a delightful blend of comedy, laughter and tears. It will surely leave you breathless when the last page is read. Ms. Kinsella is a marvelously talented storyteller and writes a story that will captivate you from the beginning. This is told in the first-person so be warned if you don’t normally read that type of story. TWENTIES GIRL is a gem to read and has characters that fairly step off the pages to steal your heart.

Meet Lara Lington. She “meets” her great-aunt Sadie at the Sadie’s funeral and is stunned to see her roaming the place. Yep-Sadie is a ghost and she wants Lara’s help in finding her beloved necklace before she can rest in the afterlife. Lara thinks she is going nuts. No sane “normal” woman sees ghosts… they? But she agrees to help Sadie if only to get her to leave Lara alone! What ensures is a roller coaster ride that will have you laughing, cheering and smiling in the end. Two different women-both learn much about each other and Lara finds herself falling for the charmingly nice guy, Ed. Ms. Kinsella delivers two characters that are polar opposites. Lara is na├»ve, sincere and resourceful. Sadie is outspoken, opinionated and has firm ideas on fashion & romance. Lara and Sadie go on a search to find the missing necklace and in return, find out much more about themselves and each other than they ever knew. Ms. Kinsella has some intriguing secondary characters that keep the storyline flowing smoothly and the moments between Sadie and Lara were a laugh a minute. The plot weaved its spell around you and before you knew it, you were knee-deep into the story with some interesting twists to keep you flipping the pages.

TWENTIES GIRL is a story not just about family but friendships and inner strength as well. Lara learns to trust herself and finds a romance that will steal her heart in Ed. Sadie is a riot. Every time Lara encounters an obstacle, Sadie is there to push her onward-sometimes with unexpected results. Ms. Kinsella is a talented author who delivers a story that will leave you eager for more. If you enjoy a story full of interesting characters, mysteries to solve, and a romance to cheer for, then pick up TWENTIES GIRL. This is a perfect beach read this summer. I am looking forward to checking this author’s backlist titles for more reading enjoyment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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