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By Sophie Kinsella

What’s a round-the-world honeymoon should you can’t purchase the peculiar memento to send again domestic? just like the twenty silk dressing robes Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) reveals in Hong Kong, or the hand-carved eating desk from Sri Lanka, or the, um, large wood giraffes from Malawi (that her husband expressly forbade her to buy).
 
in basic terms now Becky and Luke have back domestic to London, the place truckloads of these souvenirs have cluttered up their loft. The accounts are outrageous, Luke is livid, and Becky’s feeling particularly blue—until her mom and dad bring a few awesome information. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is confident her sister can be a real soulmate. They’ll buy groceries jointly, drink cappuccinos jointly, get manicures jointly. Then Becky meets Jessica and gets the surprise of her lifestyles. absolutely the shopaholic’s personal sister can’t hate shopping?
 
Praise for Sophie Kinsella
 
“Kinsella’s heroine is blessed with the resilience of ten ladies, and her damage-limitation mind waves are consistently sturdy for a giggle.”Glamour (U.K.)
 
“Kinsella has a real reward for comedian writing.”The Boston Globe
 
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and humorous. . . . You won’t need to store round to discover a extra profitable protagonist.”People
 
“Faster than a swiping Visa, extra strong than a two-for-one coupon, capable of purchase entire wardrobes in one dash during the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post

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You recognize. enjoyable. ” Jess doesn’t answer. “But besides! ” I say, attempting to conceal my deflation. “It used to be simply an idea. We don’t need to do it. ” I take off the Marilyn wig and turn off the dressing desk lightbulbs. The room is instantly plunged into semi-gloom, that's form of how i believe. i used to be particularly looking ahead to doing Jess up. I had these kind of nice rules for her eyes. yet by no means brain. we will nonetheless celebrate! “So! we could . . . watch a film? ” I recommend. “Sure. ” Jess nods. And besides, a film is best. every person likes video clips, plus we will chat in the course of the entire dull bits. I paved the way into the sitting room and gesture enthusiastically on the fanned-out video clips at the ground. “Take your choose. They’re all right here! ” “Right. ” Jess begins searching through the video clips. “Are you a 4 Weddings woman? ” I advised her. “Or Sleepless in Seattle . . . while Harry Met Sally . . . ” “I don’t mind,” says Jess ultimately, having a look up. “You decide on. ” “You should have a favourite! ” “These aren’t fairly my type of thing,” says Jess, with a bit grimace. “I want anything a section extra heavyweight. ” “Oh,” I say. “Oh, correct. good . . . i will be able to move and get a special video from the condo store should you like! It won’t take me 5 mins. inform me what you’d prefer to watch—” “It’s okay. I don’t are looking to positioned you out. ” She shrugs. “Let’s simply watch this sort of. ” “Don’t be foolish! ” I say with amusing. “Not should you don’t like every of them! we will do . . . anything else! No challenge! ” I smile at Jess, yet within I’m a piece disquieted. I don’t particularly recognize what else to signify. My backup plan was once the Dancing Queen karaoke tape—but anything tells me she won’t are looking to do this both. Plus we’re no longer donning the wigs. Why is every little thing so awkward? i assumed we’d be giggling hysterically jointly via now. i assumed we’d be having enjoyable. Oh God. We can’t simply sit down the following in silence all evening. I’m going to return fresh. “Look, Jess,” I say, leaning ahead. “I are looking to do no matter what you need to do. yet you’ll need to consultant me. So . . . be sincere. consider I hadn’t invited you the following for the weekend. What may you be doing right away? ” “Well . . . ” Jess thinks for a second. “I used to be imagined to be at an environmental assembly this night. I’m an activist for an area crew. We bring up information, manage pickets and protest marches . . . that sort of factor. ” “Well, let’s do this! ” I say eagerly. “Let’s set up a wood! It’d be enjoyable! i may make a few banners . . . ” Jess appears to be like nonplussed. “A wooden of what? ” “Er . . . I don’t brain! something. You’re the guest—you decide upon! ” Jess is simply observing me in disbelief. “You don’t simply manage pickets. you should begin with the problems. With the environmental matters. They’re now not purported to be enjoyable. ” “OK,” I say rapidly. “Let’s fail to remember the wooden. How approximately should you hadn’t been on the assembly? What could you be doing now? And no matter what it truly is . . . we’ll do it. jointly! ” Jess frowns in concept, and that i watch her face with wish. And a unexpected interest. For the 1st time i think like I’m truly going to profit anything approximately my sister. “I’d most likely be doing my accounts,” she says ultimately.

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