Shopaholic Ties the Knot: A Novel by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic Ties the Knot: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Ties the Knot: A Novel

bySophie Kinsella

Paperback | March 4, 2003

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Life has been good to Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the top personal shopper at Barneys and she’s living happily with her boyfriend, Luke, in Manhattan’s West Village. But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking about marriage (or diamonds) or anything.
Then Luke proposes! Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother—who has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown; and her high-society soon-to-be mother-in-law—who insists on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings, on separate continents, on the same day . . . and Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?
Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic Ties the Knot
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”The Boston Globe
“Witty and hilarious.”Cosmopolitan (U.K.)
“Another entertaining entry in Kinsella’s unabashedly fluffy Shopaholic series . . . chock-full of the charming antics and asides that made the first two installments hilarious best-sellers.”Booklist
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”People
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.
Title:Shopaholic Ties the Knot: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.3 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:March 4, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fun read This series is such a cute one, and the characters simply grow on you. While I cringe at Becky Bloomwood's spending habits, she is just so quirky and fun, and I can live vicariously through her character (and hope my daughter never turns out like her, haha!)
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! This is yet another funny and engaging entry in the shopaholic series.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read this again for the second time. Love this book and the series!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yas great beach read and such a funny and witty continuation of the story
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extravagant. The adventures that Sophie goes on is extreme.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Series! I absolutely love this series and the author! all the books are a fun read and this one did not disappoint!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great vacation read one of those guilty pleasure book
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ties The Knot Great third book to add to the series. Rebecca is such a relateable character, I think there is a little shopaholic in all of us! I'm constantly giggling at the situations she finds herself in. Well done Kinsella.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't like the first book, but love this one! Her character took a little bit to get used to, but once I got over it, I fell in love with Kinsella's writing.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the story, every book in this series never disappoints #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just love it Relaxing read and just enjoy reading her books
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i don't know why i am drawn to these a real person like her would drive me nuts, but still its fun in a story
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good to hear she got married she got married despite all of things that were going wrong...
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yeah Becky and Luke A good addition to the series.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic #3) by Sophie Kinsella I love Sophie Kinsella's writing style so much! Her books are like candy and I can't get enough! I love how Rebecca isn't a totally likable character; she has her flaws but she always learns from her mistakes in the end and becomes stronger. I was obsessed with the first half of the book as I'm totally invested in Luke and Becky's relationship, but the wedding drama kind of dragged on a bit too long for me. Still really liked this book, though, and I will be reading the fourth very soon!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from shopaholic ties the knot another funny story to this series
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked It Another great addition to the series.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! If you love the shopaholic series you will love this one too! It is so fun!
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My personal favourite in the series Because I'd get just as carried away with planning my wedding as Becky does. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute a light sequel to the others, make you laugh out loud
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Continues to entertain If you liked the first Shopaholic, you won't be disappointed. Becky is cute, funny and flawed. You can't help but like the gal, and root for her. Nothing brain-stimulating, but fun to read.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! Another from the series and equally enjoyable as the first! Again, light and easy read.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious, but perfect! Shopaholic fans will definitely not be disappointed in this one. Becky and Luke are finally tying the knot, but of course, nothing ever comes easy when Becky's involved, and suddenly she's supposed to be getting married in two different countries at once. However, as always, Becky will find a way to make all turn out exactly as need be, and the hilarity along the way will have this book being a reread for me many times in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect wedding :-) More crazy adventures that is addictive to read to take my mind off from a crazy week.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from funny great book. it was very enjoyable
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun These books are very lighthearted and funny
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thumbs Up If you love Becky; then you’ll love this installment where she embarks on a large milestone; getting married! Of course, nothing for Becky ever comes easy.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic I really enjoyed this, a great light easy read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these books Another well executed book in this series. An easy light read that makes you want to read another.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thumbs-down There are better things to make the conflict of a novel than where to have a wedding.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stuff I love this series. But Becky's naive concepts about life and the real world always makes me laugh. But in this one you actually see Becky get things together and get her butt in motion to make everything right
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from l love this book!! This book is just like the other two, in the sense that it keeps making me laugh. I didn't think she would be able to solve her issue without hurting one persons feelings but geez I would never have thought she would have solved her problem the way she did. I love this book and I can't wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book :D I liked this a little more than Shopaholic Takes Manhattan , actually. I loved the ending :) I would`ve never thought that Becky would do that. (; A must read series. 4/5
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wouldn't It Be Great To Have 2 Weddings? LOL this book was LOOOOL. there were times i wanted to get into the book and slap rebecca in her face but dang i have to say this girl's a cat with a billion lives. where did my favourite shopaholic tie the knot? i recommend you read the book and find out!
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ties the knot - but where? Which would you pick? A modest hometown wedding, or a lavish NYC one? Becky can't decide either! I never thought I would enjoy this series so much; "Ties the Knot" was much more amusing than "Takes Manhattan", but you still have to read them in order to get the full story! You don't want to miss anything.
Date published: 2008-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one of Shopaholic series! This book was to me, the most interesting one out of all Shopaholic books. Here Becky shows her real intelectual strength and tricks the evil Elionor. I like that book better then the other ones, even though the rest was pretty funny too. I would recommnd this books for those times, when you don't want to think of anything. Very light, easy and fun lit.
Date published: 2008-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! Wonderfully witty and hilarious. Never a dull moment with Becky. I'm looking forward to her next adventure, unfortunatly it's all sold out!!! Make me some more!
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Sohphie Kinsella!!!!! This book was great. I loved it a lot. The troubles poor Becky has to go through just to get married!!! Sheesh, funny book though, recommed it for a summer read!!
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Shopaholic books! If you havent read any of the Shopaholic books - stop what you are doing and go get them! They are laugh out loud funny and so endearing. I find myself anxiously waiting for the next book in the series so I can find out what Becky is up to!
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very cute I'm very loyal to this series now. This wasn't quite "laugh out loud" as the others but still very charming.
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! I read the *Shopaholic books out of order and I started with Shopaholic takes manhatten. I liked it but wasn't crazy about it. Then I read this one and I absolutely loved it. I read the book in the matter of a few days because I couldn't put it down. It has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. This is probably the best book I ever read. Shopaholic and sister is good too. I can't wait for the next shopaholic to come out! You have to read this book!
Date published: 2007-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooray for Chick Lit! This was my first chick lit read. I couldn't put it down. SO funny, well-written, well-plotted, likable characters. Wonderful, light, reading. Sophie draws you in from the first page and the letters that begin every few chapters -- some of them are just priceless. Enjoyable and laugh out loud kind of book.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella has done an AMAZING job on this bo at first i read the 1st 2 books, but nothing compared to this one! 2 weddings for the same day and then luke has a breakdown, what a great book! i recommend to all teen girls, you have to read this
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the series This book was so funny. I was laughing out loud at the situations she gets herself into. I have to admit I am a bit of a shopaholic my self so I can kind of relate as to why she does the things she does. The stunt in the end is histerical. I was laughing so hard I was crying. You will love this book.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Becky Bloomwood... you drive me bonkers! The main character, Becky drives me crazy but she is absolutely hilarious at the same time. It is a good beach book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes quirky characters.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you like irritatingly indecisive and brainless I found the main character of this book to be somewhat annoying. I never felt any empathy or fondness for her, I was mostly always disappointed with the obvious turns for the worse in the plot. Even the end was completely predictable. I don't know the other books in the series and likely never will, but those are definitely some reading hours I'll never get back. This is not literature, this is not even amuzing or distracting, it was just bah.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooo Good!! I love all of the shopaholic books! This one was probably the best one. If this is the type of book your like, i'd also recommend "I did, but I wouldn't know", by Cara Lockwood. Those are my top two picks!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I love all Sophie Kinsella's books, but this has to be one of my absolute favourites. Not only did I laugh out loud, but I actually clapped my hands at one point! Yes, Becky Bloomwood, the main character, can be frustrating, but she is just so funny and has so many real aspects to her, that you can't help but love her. Pick this book up for a fun read.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A laugh-out-loud page turner This was the first book I had read in the series, and I immediately fell in love with Beck and her hilarious antics. I was planning my wedding at the time, and I could relate with some of the (albeit dramatic) problems she faced. I have since read all of Kinsella's books, but none have made me laugh as much at this one. Highly recommended if you're looking for a light summer read.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Becky Bloomwood Rocks... I have just finished this book and am sad to see the series end. It has been a great read from start to finish. Becky's wild rollercoaster of a life is something we all can relate to. Kinsella has a great flare for writing quirky upbeat novels. A great summer read!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of series I have read all the books by Sophie Kinsella. She is one of my favourite authors, but this book was definately the best she has ever written. You won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better of the three I read all three shopaholic novels, and I found this one to be the best of the three.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funniest Book Ever This was the funniest book I have ever read. This was the first book that I have read that I actually laughed outloud in. Becky will drive you crazy with the kinds of messes she gets herself into. I could not imagine someone who would be like her. This is a must read.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Fun, laugh out loud read. I liked this better than the original.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Becky does it again! Becky is amazing in this novel. It is every woman's desire to have Becky's lifestyle. Living in Manhattan, with a rich boyfrnd, etc. She keeps you on your toes, because the humor she brings to not only her life, but everyone else around her, is outstanding. Sophie the author ensures that Becky gets herself into trouble even on her own wedding day! This truly is a must read!
Date published: 2005-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Ties The Knot This novel by Sophie Kinsella is a very light read. I appreciated the humour and loved that the book made me laugh out loud numerous times. Being the third book in this series much of the book was familiar. For example the bank letters and responses continued to create interest in the novel. Plus the familiar heroine Becky Bloomwood, now Becky Brandon, is still a procrastinator and still as clueless as ever! This novel did as they always do her justice in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to shop and any girl who loves to laugh while they read.
Date published: 2005-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow O mi goodness! I love these books, they are my new guilty pleasure. Actually all of this authors books are really good! I suggest every girl reads them. :)!
Date published: 2005-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book you can read again and again The entire Shopoholic series is like a good movie you can watch again and again! Sophie Kinsella's endearing writing style and and lovable characters are just some of what makes Shopoholic Ties the Knot an undenible success and a wonderful read. If you enjoyed the first two Shopoholic books you will definitely love the third .... if only the adventures of Becky Bloomwood could go on forever!
Date published: 2005-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Enjoyable Not as good as the first two books in the series, but still alot of fun. The main character is a nut - how anyone can themselves into the situations in this book is beyond me ... but hey, it's fiction.
Date published: 2005-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from old and new I have read all shopaholics books and liked them all but i didnt think thas this one was worth reading becky doesnt seem to grow up ! I expected her to learn from her mistakes as the years went by but she seems to be traped in her little world and never really recovering from any of her obssessions! I guess thats what made the 2 first books interesting but the third wasnt as captivating in my opinion! I mean characters are supposed to evolve in some kinda way! It was expected and wasnt very surprising! On another note, if you really like those kinda books then go fo it!!
Date published: 2005-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Ties The Knot This book is fabulous! All the fun of shopping without the guilt. Becky is adorable, you can't help but love her! I'm so excited for the fourth book! Read all three, it won't take long because you can't put it down!!
Date published: 2004-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than the first 2 If you can imagine it sophie kinsella has outdone herself with this one its even better than the first 2 novels, I hope she writes another one, hilarious ...for the true shopper and regular gal out there, if you love any of the other shopaholic books you will adore this one
Date published: 2004-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very funny I have read all three of them, I really enjoy all of them, can't wait for the fourth, shopaholic should continue on and on, from the book we can get idea to hide bills and shopping from husband.
Date published: 2004-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three chears for Becky! I have read all 3 shopaholic books and loved them all. They are such an easy read, and are excellent for sweeping you away from the everyday stresses of life. Whenever I feel anxious, I just open up the book and laugh about how Becky is able to mess things up just like the rest of us. And no matter how bad things get, she always manages to find a way out, some sort of creative solution. I cannot wait to read the next book. I recomend this novel to anyone who wants to kick back and relax. WARNING: The shopaholic books are very addictive!
Date published: 2004-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! i have read all 3 books in the series now.. i thought it would take me forever to read the first one but i couldnt put it down it was just soo good i think all i did for 3 days was read. Then i couldnt wait to get the next book. The final book is a brillant ending to this series that i loved so much. I felt complete at the end. I reccommend this book to EVERYONE! young or old.
Date published: 2004-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FabityFabFab Hilarious excellence, for any-one who enyjoys the humourous, uplifting writing of Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones) this book is a must read, this book is even funnier then the first two Shopaholic books.
Date published: 2004-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You will feel complete You will feel complete after you read the final chapter in Becky's story. I would definitely recommend buying the whole set, and reading them in order. This was just a nice appropriate ending. In this book I found that Kinsella's writing skills were displayed beautifully when she was describing situations, people and places. Just very poignant, and enjoyable. Especially good for girls who have never been married, and those that have alike.
Date published: 2003-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait To Read The Next This book was as good if not better than the other 2 in the series. I can't wait for the next book coming March 2004 hopefully, although it's not in the Shopaholic series.
Date published: 2003-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tying of Knots....... err.... Lose Ends... First of all, I really want to say how much the presumably last novel from the series Shopaholic brought out the inner personalities of characters such as Luke, who everyone in the world, including Becky herself, believes to be a strong, determined, stern, never-let-anyone-faze-him and composed businessman with no insecurities and weaknesses was actually as vulnerable as a kitten. Becky the humorous, kind-spirited personal-shopper-at-Barney's was viewed as a very irresponsible, flaky airhead actually took charge and changed a few lives. This really ties the knots for the series with Luke back to his normal state, businesslike mode and Becky as fun as ever off to their honeymoon around the world. With two, equally important weddings prepared for Becky, it's a haliarious tale of choosing between fame or family and a must read for teens and adults. I know because I've stayed up until four in the morning just to finish it!!!
Date published: 2003-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite saving the best for last ... Having read the previous two novels, I was quite looking forward to Becky's third adventure. However, I was sorely disappointed with the fiascos and dramas that were Becky's life in Shopaholic Ties the Knot . I found myself annoyed that Becky was incapable of making any decisions and her antics grew tiresome. In sum, there are some interesting points and the novel was an easy, albeit unfulfilling read. I was expecting more humour from Becky and less drama, but it was nice to complete the trilogy all the same.
Date published: 2003-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! I've enjoyed all three books of the series. They have definately kept me laughing and relating to Becky!! Waiting anxiously for a fourth....
Date published: 2003-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I absolutely loved this book! The adventures of Becky Bloomwood continues and it is as hilarious as ever! I finished it in one night. Those looking for a light read and a funny enjoyable one should pick this book right up and read! It won't disappoint. Also, those who read these books might like to know that Sophie Kinsella also writes under the name Madeleine Wickham. Her other books are good too! Take a look!
Date published: 2003-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Becky Bloomwood, the heroine, does not disappoint in this fun and great summer read. She has such endearing qualities that even when she makes all the wrong decisions in life and just want to strangle her, you keep rooting for her all the way through to the end. You will not be able to put this book down!
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! What and awesome book! I loved it, it sounds like Luke is pretty hot. BYE 4 NOW!!!
Date published: 2003-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The anticipation of this book's release had my credit card twitching and it did not disappoint! Becky Bloomwood seems to have been carefully crafted to be in sync with all of us out there who can rationalize just about any purchase (no matter how extravagant) and can't understand why others don't see it the same way! Cheers to Sophie Kinsella for creating such a brilliant character who makes the rest of us say, Oh thank God there are others out there like ME!
Date published: 2003-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow. Sophie has done it again. Another great book. This woman has talent! I was extremely impressed with this book. It sucked me and I didn't want to leave! I am looking forward to her new series! I wish I could give this book ten stars.
Date published: 2003-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shopaholic Ties the Knot I loved this book. It was a real page turner. I absolutley couldn't put it down. It is very well written and I can't wait to read her other books...
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faaaaaaaaaaaabulous I am a huge fan of Becky and her eccentric ways and have been anxiously awaiting a follow up to her trip to the Big Apple. This was what I expected and much more. As per her previous books, Ms. Kinsella has provided another wonderful read that was such a page turner I couldn’t put it down! I read this in a 6 hour reading marathon! This is a hilarious, account of weddings gone out of hand. A brilliant read! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Becky next!
Date published: 2003-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful I can't get enough of Becky Bloomwood. I enjoyed this book more than the other two. That's saying something , because most sequels aren't as fun as the originals. The one problem is that Becky is far too ditzy for a 27-year-old. Most women realize that raising children is about more than walking them around in prams and buying them cute outfits. Not Becky. I also thought the ending was a tad too pat. Still, I didn't want it to end. It looks like this is the last we'll see of Becky, since the last pages advertise a new series.
Date published: 2003-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious This book would definitely go on my list of absolute must-reads. At one point, there were actual tears pouring down my cheeks from the great amusement I was taking from the book. My friends thought I'd gone senile. It is such an entertaining read I simply could not put it down. Grab a copy and have a laugh.
Date published: 2003-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Way to Go Sophie! You did an excellent job on this book too. It was just as much fun as the other two books. There were not as many witty one-liners in this one as I found in the other two, but I still loved it. I hope that the next episode of B.B's life is Shopoholic has a baby! I just can't wait. Keep up the good work. Cheers!
Date published: 2003-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Page This book went beyond my expectations. It took a shopaholic view on how to plan a wedding with all the mishaps and misunderstanding. By far the best book. I look forward to the new series.
Date published: 2003-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly the best of the three I must say that I was never much of a reader until I discovered these books and I've never been known to read 3 books so quickly. I must say that Becky Bloomwood is quite the character and I love it! I found myself laughing several times out loud, even on the subway and found it even harder to put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen next and how it was all going to pan out in the end. I finished the book over the weekend and now I don't know what to do with myself. My next question for Sophie is ... is this the end of Rebecca? Happy Reading!
Date published: 2003-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One more laugh for Shopaholic This is a laugh a minute story of love, life, and of course... shopping!!! Every Shopaholic should buy this book... and trust me, you will not be able to put it down!!!!
Date published: 2003-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from book fo the year this is one of the best books that has come out in the year and most likely to hold this title throughout the year. it truely holds up to the shopaholic standard for comidy, romance, and adventure all in one. add this one to your shoping cart.
Date published: 2003-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Priceless A guilty pleasure as only a Shopoholic book can be. I was lucky enough to obtain an advance copy of this book in December of 2002 and I couldn't put it down. I don't think any Shopoholic book has taken me more than a day to read this one included! I only hope that there are more adventures of Becky Bloomwood on the way!
Date published: 2003-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud wonderful I plucked this book hot off the press yesterday and curled up with it the minute I got home. Immediately I got that familiar feeling of being enveloped into the world of Becky Bloomwood. It's impossible not to feel connected with this character, she's so decent yet at the same time her antics are an absolute riot! Just like Becky gets caught up in the flow of events around her, I was entirely wrapped up in this novel, unable to put it down until I had finished the last line. Shopaholic Ties the Knot is brilliant and definitely won't disappoint anyone who adored the first two novels. Buy it, read it, love it!
Date published: 2003-03-05

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Chapter OneOK. Don't panic. The answer will come to me any minute. I just have to think hard about what marriage is all about. It's about love, obviously. And companionship, and mutual support. And . . . soup?My eye rests on a huge antique silver tureen, complete with ladle. Now, that would make a perfect wedding gift. I can just see it: Suze and Tarquin sitting by the fire, ladling soup into each other's bowls. It'll be all lovely and domestic and heartwarming, and every time they drink soup they'll think of me.Perhaps I could even have it engraved. "To my best friends Suze and Tarquin on their wedding day with love and affection from Becky." And a little poem, maybe.Mind you, engraving is quite expensive. I'd better check how much it would all come to."Excuse me, how much is this soup tureen?" I say, turning to Arthur Graham, who is the owner of Graham's Antiques. This shop has to be one of my favorites in the West Village. It's small and intimate like someone's home, and everywhere you turn, there's something you might want. Like that fantastic carved chair, and a hand-painted velvet throw, and that amazing grandfather clock over in the corner . . ."The tureen?" Arthur comes over, dapper in his jacket and tie. "This is very special. Eighteenth-century silver. Exquisite craftsmanship. You see this detail on the rim?""Beautiful!" I look obediently."And it's priced at . . ." He consults a little book. "Four thousand dollars.""Oh, right." My smile falters, and I carefully put the ladle back. "Thanks. I'll . . . keep looking."So maybe marriage isn't about soup. Maybe it's about . . . chess? I run my hand over a beautiful old chess set, all set up as though a game's in progress. But I'm not sure Suze knows how to play chess.A clock? No.A . . . an antique barometer?Oh God, I'm really clutching at straws here. I can't believe it's Suze's wedding in two days and I still haven't got her and Tarquin a present. Or at least, not one I can actually give them. Months ago I bought them this gorgeous picnic hamper, filled with picnicware, a champagne cooler, really cool knives and forks, and even a rug. It took me ages to choose all the stuff, and I was so pleased with it. But Suze phoned last night to check what time we'd be arriving, and told me her aunt had just given her a fantastic present--a picnic hamper filled with Conran tableware!Well, no way am I giving Suze the same present as someone else. So here I am in the only place I can think of where I'll find something unique. Except . . . what? She hasn't registered for gifts, because she says she hates the idea of asking people for things. And anyway, I'd never just get her some boring set of plates off a list. Suze is my best friend, and I'm going to be her bridesmaid, and my present has to be something really special.I can feel myself starting to get anxious. OK, just think laterally. What do Suze and Tarquin enjoy doing?"Do you have any horse saddles?" I ask in sudden inspiration. "Or . . . bridles?""Not at the moment."Oh well. Anyway, I'd have to get two, wouldn't I? And they probably wouldn't even fit the horses properly . . .A carved music stand? Except how would I get it home on the plane? And anyway, neither of them plays an instrument. A marble bust of Abraham Lincoln? A picture of . . .Hang on a minute. I push the bust of Lincoln aside and look carefully at the old trunk he's been resting on. Now that's rather nice. In fact it's very nice. I undo the straps and gently lift the lid, inhaling the smell of old leather.Wow. This is stunning. All pale silk and leather straps, and a mirror, and little compartments to put your cuff links in. Suze will adore this, I know she will. She can use it to keep jumpers in and when she and Tarquin go on a cruise a porter can wheel it up the ramp for her and she'll look all glamorous and film-star-like.And the point is, even if someone else gives them a suitcase or something, one of my great maxims of life is: you can never have too much luggage."How much is this trunk?" I ask Arthur Graham a little nervously. Please don't let it be $10,000--"We've had that a while." He frowns at it. "I could let you have it for . . . three hundred.""Perfect." I breathe a sigh of relief. "I'll take it."Mission accomplished! I've got Suze's wedding present! Thank goodness for that. Now all I need is my bridesmaid's dress, and I'm there."It's Miss Bloomwood, isn't it?" says Arthur, opening a large leather-bound notebook. "I'm sure we have your address . . . And yes. Here it is." He smiles at me. "Is that all for today?"I don't need anything else. I don't even need to look around the rest of the shop."Um . . . Well." Idly I glance around again. It's always a good idea to have your eyes open when you're in antique shops, because there are some really good bargains out there. And it's all a good investment. I mean, this is how some people make their money.Through the door to the back room I see the corner of a lace shawl, and feel a tug of desire. Antique shawls are so in at the moment. And since I'm buying the trunk, it occurs to me, Arthur might give it to me for half price. Or maybe even for free!Oh, come on. I'll just have a quick look. But only at very small things, because I've promised Luke no more furniture."I'll have a bit of a browse." I smile back at Arthur. "Thanks."I head happily into the back room and reach for the lace shawl, but close up it looks a bit ragged. I put it down again and pick up a cocktail shaker. This is nice. Maybe I should get it for Suze as well."This is cool!" I beam at Arthur, who has followed me in."It's fun, isn't it?" he agrees. "It goes with the 1930s cocktail cabinet.""Cocktail cabinet?" I echo, feeling prickles of interest. "I didn't see a--""Here." He walks over to what I thought was a cupboard, unhooks the front flap, and displays the mirrored Art Deco fittings inside. "You see, here's where your bottles go . . . here are your highballs . . ."I gaze at it, completely smitten. A real, genuine, 1930s cocktail cabinet. I've always wanted a cocktail cabinet.Just think, if we had one of these in the apartment it would change our lives. Every night Luke and I would mix martinis, and dance to old-fashioned songs, and watch the sun go down. It'd be so atmospheric! We'd have to buy one of those old-fashioned record players with the big horns, and start collecting 78s, and I'd start wearing gorgeous vintage tea dresses.We have to have this. We have to. This isn't some boring chair, or set of shelves. This is different. Luke will understand."How much is that?" I say, trying to sound nonchalant. I'm rather good at getting good prices in this shop. The trick is to sound as though you don't care whether you buy it or not."This?" Arthur looks at it thoughtfully, and I hold my breath. "This really should be seven hundred dollars. But since you're taking the trunk as well . . . I could let you have the pair for . . . eight hundred?"Eight hundred dollars. For a wedding present and a unique cocktail cabinet that we'll treasure all our lives. I mean, this isn't like buying some pair of shoes that you'll forget about. This is a genuine investment for the future."I'll take them!" I beam at Arthur Graham."Excellent!" He smiles back. "You have a very good eye."Luke and I've been living together in New York now for a year, and our apartment is on West 11th Street, in the really nice leafy, atmospheric bit. There are ornate little balconies on all the houses, and stone steps up to all the front doors, and trees all along the pavement. Right opposite us lives someone who plays jazz piano, and on summer evenings we stroll up to the roof terrace that we share with our neighbors, and sit on cushions and drink wine and listen. (At least, we did that one time and I'm sure we will again.)As I let myself into the house, there's a pile of post for us in the hall, and I quickly flick through it.Boring . . .Boring . . .British Vogue!Boring . . .Oh. My Saks Fifth Avenue store card bill.I look at the envelope for moment, then remove it and put it in my bag. Not because I'm hiding it. Simply because there's no particular point in Luke seeing it. I read this really good magazine article recently, entitled "Too Much Information?" in which it said you should filter out the day's events rather than tell your partner every single tiny thing and overload his or her weary mind. It said your home should be a sanctuary, and that no one needs to know everything. Which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense.I put the rest of the post under my arm and start to walk up the stairs. There aren't any letters from England, but then, I wouldn't expect there to be today, because tonight we're flying home for the wedding! I just can't wait.Suze is my first friend to take the plunge and get married. She's marrying Tarquin, who's a really sweet guy she's known all her life. (In fact, he's her cousin. But it's legal. They checked.) The wedding's going to be at her parents' house in Hampshire, and there's going to be loads of champagne, and a horse and carriage . . . and best of all, I'm going to be her bridesmaid!At the thought, I feel a pang of yearning. I'm so looking forward to it. Not just being bridesmaid--but seeing Suze, my parents, and my home. It occurred to me yesterday I haven't been back to Britain for over six months, which suddenly seems like a really long time. I completely missed Dad getting elected captain of the golf club, which was his life ambition. And I missed the scandal when Siobhan at the church stole the roof money and used it to go to Cyprus. And worst of all, I missed Suze getting engaged--although she came out to New York two weeks later to show me her ring.It's not that I mind exactly, because I'm having such a great time out here. My job at Barneys is perfect, and living in the West Village is even more perfect. I love walking through the tiny tucked-away streets, and buying cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery on Saturday mornings and walking back through the market. Basically, I love everything I have here in New York. Except possibly Luke's mother.But still. Your home's your home.As I reach the second floor, I hear music coming from our apartment, and I feel a little fizz of anticipation inside. That'll be Danny, working away. He'll probably have finished by now! My dress will be ready!Danny Kovitz lives upstairs from us, in his brother's apartment, and he's become one of my best friends since I've been in New York. He's a fabulous designer, really talented--but he's not that successful yet. Five years after leaving fashion school, he's still waiting for his big break to come along. But like he always says, making it as a designer is even harder than making it as an actor. If you don't know the right people or have an ex-Beatle as a father, you might as well forget it. I feel so sorry for him, because he does deserve to succeed. So as soon as Suze asked me to be her bridesmaid, I asked him to make my dress. The great thing is, Suze's wedding is going to be stuffed full of rich, important guests. So hopefully loads of people will ask me who designed my dress, and then a whole word-of-mouth buzz will start, and Danny will be made!I just can't wait to see what he's done. All the sketches he's shown me have been amazing--and of course, a handmade dress will have far more workmanship and detail than you'd get off the peg. Like, the bodice is going to be a boned, hand-embroidered corset--and Danny suggested putting in a tiny beaded love-knot using the birthstones of all the bridal party, which is just so original.My only slight worry--tiny niggle--is that the wedding's in two days' time, and I haven't actually tried the dress on yet. Or even seen it. This morning I rang Danny's doorbell to remind him I was leaving for England today, and after he'd eventually staggered to the door, he promised me he'd have it by lunchtime. He told me he always lets his ideas ferment until the very last minute--then he gets a surge of adrenaline and inspiration. It's just the way he works, he assured me, and he's never missed a deadline yet.I open the door and call "Hello!" cheerfully. There's no response, so I push open the door to our all-purpose living room. The radio is blaring Madonna, the television is playing MTV, and Danny's novelty robot dog is trying to walk up the side of the sofa.And Danny is slumped over his sewing machine in a cloud of gold silk, fast asleep."Danny?" I say in dismay. "Hey, wake up!"With a start, Danny sits up and rubs his thin face. His curly hair is rumpled, and his pale blue eyes are even more bloodshot than they were when he answered the door this morning. His skinny frame is clad in an old gray T-shirt and a bony knee is poking out of his ripped jeans, complete with a scab that he got Rollerblading this past weekend. He looks like a ten-year-old with stubble."Becky!" he says blearily. "Hi! What are you doing here?""This is my apartment. Remember? You were working down here because your electricity fused.""Oh. Yeah." He looks around dazedly. "Right.""Are you OK?" I peer at him anxiously. "I got some coffee."I hand him a cup and he takes a couple of deep gulps. Then his eyes land on the pile of mail in my hand and for the first time, he seems to wake up.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic Ties the Knot   “Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”—The Boston Globe   “Witty and hilarious.”—Cosmopolitan (U.K.)   “Another entertaining entry in Kinsella’s unabashedly fluffy Shopaholic series . . . chock-full of the charming antics and asides that made the first two installments hilarious best-sellers.”—Booklist   “Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People