By: Kristen Finstad
I have always loved to read, but as I get older and life gets busier, it’s tough to make the time to sit down with a book. I’m notorious for reading 5 pages at a time and taking a year to get through a book. Lately, though, I’ve been taking my hour lunch break at work and spending it with a book! It’s been a great way to break up the day, get my mind off of work, and it’s allowed me to cruise through some good books that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to.
One of my very favorite authors is Sophie Kinsella. I like books that are lighthearted and relatable, and she checks those boxes. Her books are usually set in London, and that’s how I ended up reading my first book of hers – I was getting ready to spend a summer interning in London, and her book set the stage!
- I’ve Got Your Number
This is the first book I read, way back in the summer of 2014. It’s the story of a girl named Poppy who loses her engagement ring and cell phone in a hotel, and finds a phone that belongs to a stranger named Sam. She decides to use his phone as a means of communication until she finds her ring and phone, but in the meantime she becomes invested in Sam’s life by reading through his texts and looking through his phone. I don’t want to give away too much in any of these descriptions, so I’ll stop right there. 🙂
- Wedding Night
It wasn’t until this past fall that I read another one of Sophie’s books, but now I may be addicted. 🙂 Wedding Night is the story of two sisters, Lottie and Fliss. Lottie runs off and marries her old flame as a rebound from another breakup, and Fliss, who thinks the marriage was a total mistake, tries everything in her power to derail her sister’s honeymoon in hopes of annulling the marriage. The book was cute, cringeworthy and heartwarming all at once.
- The Undomestic Goddess
This features the story of Samantha Sweeting, a big-time lawyer vying for Partner at a prestigious law firm in London. On the morning that she’s about to find out that she did indeed make Partner, she realizes she made a huge mistake that will cost her client an unimaginable amount of money, and will cost Samantha her career. So she panics, hops on a train, and takes it to the countryside where she knocks on a door and ends up getting mistaken for a housekeeper. Instead of correcting them, she decides this is her life now. Aaaand, that’s all I’m going to tell you. Ready it – seriously. 🙂
- The Gatecrasher
Okay, this book is technically by “Madeleine Wickham”, which I believe is just a pen name of Sophie Kinsella’s. Same author, different style of writing. I will say, I wasn’t as big of a fan of this one. It’s about a woman, Fleur Daxeny, whose life goal is to crash funerals and meet rich single men, and make them fall for her just in time for her to run off with a chunk of their money. This story focuses on her journey with one particular widower her goal of getting his money, while simultaneously falling in love with him and his family (something she’s not accustomed to happening). Give it a read, but know that it’s not my favorite.
- Remember Me?
I’ve you’ve ever seen “The Vow” with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, the plot of this story will ring some bells for you. Its main character, Lexi, is a quirky Londoner who lives in a small, run-down apartment, has a mediocre job with a small paycheck, and a set of equally quirky friends. While out on the town with her friends, Lexi falls and hits her head. When she wakes up, it’s three years later, she’s in great shape, has perfect teeth, perfect hair, a designer handbag and a giant rock on her ring finger. She’s just been in a car accident and doesn’t remember the last three years, but finds out that she’s loaded, lives in an upscale loft with an equally-rich and good-looking husband and essentially has the perfect life. Or does she? That’s where I’ll leave it. I loved this one and am still a bit sad it’s over. A sequel please, Sophie?
Sophie Kinsella is also known for her Shopoholic series, which I haven’t dove into yet but would like to! Has anyone read any Sophie Kinsella or Madeleine Wickham books? Which are your favorite? What other authors do you recommend?