Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Shopaholic #3.5) by Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date: December 10, 2014
The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).
They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.
But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?
In Shopaholic on Honeymoon we go back to the story of Becky and Luke Brandon in between Shopaholic Ties the Knot and Shopaholic and Sister. Becky and Luke have ventured out on their one year honeymoon. First stop Venice. Then Prague… and the rest is Becky’s surprise for Luke. He isn’t thrilled on the idea of taking a year off of work but Becky thinks it’s exactly what they both need to solidify their new marriage. The whole point of the trip [in Becky’s mind] is to de-stress and relax. Which isn’t the easiest thing for Luke to do. He’s a man of schedule and order.
I love Sophie’s writing style and the way she’s created Becky’s character. Becky is absolutely nutty in the way she always manages to rationalize her obscene purchases. It’s a bit sad though, to see her always striving for the next item that will complete her life and change everything. She needs the art easel and paper and art set, she needs the yoga lessons, the ravioli making class, an art study class and the list goes on. Everything intrigues and interests her and she always seems to think she can do it all. She’s lucky that she married someone that can afford her terrible shopping habit, but it makes you wonder where she’s going to put it all and if she will every be satisfied with life if she would stop worrying about buying so much stuff.
Shopaholic on Honeymoon was a cute short story, but I personally would’ve preferred to have seen this short story come out prior to the fourth Shopaholic book because it would have been better to read the novels in chronological order. I suppose it’s better late than never, as I always wanted to know how the honeymoon went. Although Luke Brandon has more money than he knows what to do with, in my mind, it was a bit far-fetched that anyone would even consider taking one year to go on honeymoon. 4 Stars for another bit of kooky laughter from Sophie Kinsella.
My Rating 4/5 Stars
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