Shopaholic & Baby: A Novel by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic & Baby: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic & Baby: A Novel

bySophie Kinsella

Paperback | December 26, 2007

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Becky Brandon’s life is blooming. She’s working at London’s newest big store, The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room) . . . and she’s pregnant. She couldn’t be more overjoyed—especially after discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery and the latest stroller to top-of-the-line medical care.
 
But when the must-have celebrity obstetrician Becky’s been so desperate to see turns out to be Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?
 
Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic & Baby
 
“From sonograms to the hottest baby strollers to tricked-out birthing rooms . . . Kinsella’s ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post
 
“Kinsella’s heroine is blessed with the resilience of ten women, and her damage-limitation brain waves are always good for a giggle.”Glamour (U.K.)
 
“As fun as a shopping spree.”Entertainment Weekly


From the Hardcover edition.
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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Title:Shopaholic & Baby: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:December 26, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick funny read It's hard to put these books down, they are very light and funny. Good summer reads!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series If you have read any of the Shopaholic series, you will not be able to put this book down. Hilarious and witty love series.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a funny read Love Sophie's books as they are so funny and easy to read. This one is particular was very funny and very difficult to put down. Maybe be laugh out loud.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better! This was one of the funnier books from the series. Always enjoy Sophia's books.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply relaxing! I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun read So funny and such a light read, the Shopaholic novels are always a good time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great vacation read one of those guilty pleasure book
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Baby makes it even funnier Have enjoyed the series and the baby one was a hoot! I had to pass this on to my daughters when they became first Moms and they laughed their way through as well.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from such a good read Loved to see Becky grow as a character with this new addition. #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laughed a lot! Very happy that I continued with the series!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sophie at her best If you are a Sophie Kinsella book lover like I am then this book will not disappoint you. This is a funny and sweet book from start to finish. You will not want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now a baby! This book is sweet and a real laugh out loud kind of book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious I love this series and found myself really laughing with this book! As a soon to be first time mum I've pulled it out to reread and laugh as Becky attempts to have everything perfectly chic and poised for her soon to arrive baby. It takes the neurotic side of the character and magnifies it without being annoying or aggrevating.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from still a easy read now she gets to shop for two
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic #5) by Sophie Kinsella hh, how times have changed. I used to consider these books a good guilty pleasure; now I find there's a lot less pleasure and a lot more guilt. Kinsella is still an amusing, energetic writer, but Becky really grated on my nerves this time around.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love the series! Kinsella is hilarious! Fast and light read.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read I read this when I was pregnant with my first child. I really enjoyed it as I could connect to some of her worries as well as the joys. I too wanted to buy everything for the baby but after reading this it put things into perspective and I just stuck to the essentials. But it satisfied my craving to shop without having to shop :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Cute You'll love the characters, sharing their madcap adventures and laughing all the way.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book I just love the Shopaholic series and I instantly can't stop reading.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable You can't help but fall in love with the characters in this series. Another great sequel.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved reading this book! It's a light, fun read with all of the shopaholic quirks!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG LOVE IT!! Omg I love love LOVE this book!! Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood just gets better every time! I heart her, and her addiction to shopping. And her bright ideas!!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great series looking for an enjoyable, easy reading series this is it. great book. love this author
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong Decent addition to the series. Same nuances of light humour. The first few were better but this was still enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from can't stop reading Poor Becky was insecure in this story and she has a good reason to be, that new doctor of hers is just evil and Luke is totally oblivious to everything. This story is fast paced and hilarious.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good funny, but i enjoyed the other ones more
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great Not as good as the first few #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read So great too follow the character since book one and now there's a baby!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I find this book witty, humorous, exciting, and so much fun to read!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Becky is hilarious, as always!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply fabulous Becky is back and the excitement is big. The entry of Luke's ex-girlfriend, a schemer who tries to rekindle her relationship with Luke, leads to a climax that will powerfully resonate in readers' minds.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the previous one Not a bad book but the series is starting to get old
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Huge improvement on Shopaholic and Sister Things started to fall off the rails in Shopaholic and Sister, but Sophie Kinsella found her groove again with this one. This was a bit more of a real story with real problems. Super fun again! :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series Love the shopaholic series and this book is no exception. Thought this one was rather sweet with Becky being pregnant. You see her grow as a character and as Always great for a good laugh with this series.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read Fun, light read. Some of Becky's antics seem unbelievable but overall enjoyable book that helps to pass the time. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy reading; Fun. The fifth book in this fun series by Sophie Kinsella is almost more fun than the others because who ever thought about how fun baby shopping could be? With all the excitement of a baby on the way and possibly a new home, Becky Brandon shops more and lands in more hilarious trouble as she tries to help her company thrive and keep her marriage together. No shortage of laughs in this one either.
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love this series. This book is one of my favourites as Becky has her doubts all the way through the novels about Luke loving her and at one point you actually think something bad is happening, and for good reason! But Becky's naive concepts about life and the real world always makes me laugh.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok. When I started reading this, I thought it was going to be as bad as the previous book but half way through, the book turned a bit better and little more entertaining. The book was not as funny as the first two and i think she should have ended the series when Becky got married. it had it's funny moments and times when you're just thinking "take that b**ch"...overall, first half was boring, second half was a bit funny.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!! By far I found this installment in the Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) series to be the most suspenseful yet. I found I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next and find out if the truth would be revealed. If you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed by this installment in the series.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Actually had me laugh out loud There were so many moments in the beginning of this book which actually had me laughing out loud with the wittiness of the characters. And although I love the shopaholic series, this book being the fifth one, I must say it has become very predictable for endings.
Date published: 2009-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extradordinary! Extrreamly well ritten, She has you begging for more(I am)
Date published: 2009-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rebecca, Baby and NO LUKE? this book had me in wayyy too much suspense. i cheated a little and asked my friend who had already read the book if i'd be able to forgive luke @ the end and stil like him. LOL. she gave me an answer but i'm not going to share it. this book is TOTALLY worth the read. i recommend you read the book & find out if luke's really as great a husband as he seems.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I think "& Baby" would have to be in my top three out of the Shopaholic series (1. Shopaholic, 2. Ties The Knot). I couldn't put it down - especially when the real drama hits! A real page turner! You can't help but laugh.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Cute I love Sophie KInsella she is just so funny And I have fallen In love with Becky Bloomwood and I loved this book it was so good and it was just so cool to see Becky as a mom. I highly recomend this book
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shopacholic Series OK... there are these series of books called Shopacholic. i have recently just finished reading the entire series and one thing is for sure these books are amazing!!! They are about this lady named Rebecca Bloomwood in her twenties who is addicted to shopping and just can't stop ! plus all this bad stuff happens to her, especially after shopping. all i am going to say is that this is the kind of series you MUST read. here is a list of all the Shopacholic books! 1-Confessions of a Shopacholic 2-Shopacholic takes Manhattan 3-Shopacholic ties the knot 4-Shopacholic and sister 5- Shopacholic and Baby *Just so you know the author of these books is Sophie Kinsella* Anywase ENJOY!!! *the book in the picture is just one of the books in the series*
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Becky now has to deal with being pregnant and going shopping..Hmm..how's she gonna pull this one off? Then when she gets the must have Celeb Doctor, life just tumbles down from there. Very heartwarming and funny. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!!! I read Something Borrowed and Something Blue (which were both excellent by the way) and this one was just the icing on the cake! I lent it to my friend who was expecting, and she LOVED it - returned it back to me in a week! She couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!!
Date published: 2008-05-28
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 A bit of fun These books where pretty halerious! All throughout the series something else was going on and that kept me on my toes! She should deffinatley keep writing because the way she writes is quite intreging. Keep the books coming!
Date published: 2008-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun read it when i was pregnant and that was really fun to read at the time
Date published: 2008-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as the rest of the Shopaholic books... Being a new mom, and a shopaholic myself, I was very excited to hear about this book. I really enjoyed other books in the Shopaholic series (Confessions of..., ...Ties the Knot, ...Takes Manhattan), but this one was quite disappointing. It was an easy read, and somewhat entertaining at times, but it just didn't make me laugh like the others. Overall it was too repititive (shop, fret about relationship, shop, fret about relationship...), and corny.
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sophie Kinsella delights readers again with Shopaholic and Baby. I found it to be just as hilarious as her other Shopaholic books. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a funny, light read.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie does it again! Shopoholic & Baby is great!!! Sophie Kinsella has a wonderful way of making her readers laugh and want to shop! :) The other books from the Shopaholic series are fabulous and this one is no different. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit!! I've followed all the Shopaholic series and I absolutely loved it. It's almost like Sophyie knows about the Shopaholic in alll of us. I loved it. Please keep it coming. Everyone woman want's to read a book she can relate to.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Of course Sophie Kinsella knocks this one out of the park...again. She is such a talented writer, and she brings me back for more. Becky is hillarious in this book yet again and keeps you wanting more, if you thought that Becky was crazy in the other books, now you'll find a pregnant one on top of it all...BRILLIANT!!!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kinsella does it again! Kinsella has proven that she is a comic genius. This writer has one active imagination and she masterfully brings readers into this world. Her characters are loveable and real, and finely drawn. This story is hilarious, laugh out loud funny and I've recommended this one to all my friends! Whether or not you're in a relationship or "expecting" you will find this story appealing. Kinsella continues to wow audiences everywhere with her magic touch. Each page will certainly keep you smiling and entertained!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and fun read! I really loved this book. If you are a fan of all the other shopaholic books, you will love this one too. It will definetely make you laugh. I give it two thumbs up.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic As always, this sequel is as fun to read as all the other shopaholic books. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another classic At first I thought these would't be any good (I didn't like the titles) but a few years later, someone recommended this series and I read them all within the month. They are fabulous!!!!!
Date published: 2007-11-27

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Chapter OneOk. Don't panic. Everything's going to be fine. Of course it is.Of course it is."If you could lift up your top, Mrs. Brandon?" The sonographer has a pleasant, professional air as she looks down at me. "I need to apply some jelly to your abdomen before we start the scan.""Absolutely!" I say without moving a muscle. "The thing is, I'm just a teeny bit . . . nervous."I'm lying on a bed at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, tense with anticipation. Any minute now, Luke and I will see our baby on the screen for the first time since it was just a teeny blob. I still can't quite believe it. In fact, I still haven't quite got over the fact that I'm pregnant. In nineteen weeks' time I, Becky Brandon, née Bloomwood . . . am going to be a mother. A mother!Luke's my husband, by the way. We've been married for just over a year and this is a one hundred percent genuine honeymoon baby! We traveled loads on our honeymoon, but I've pretty much worked out that we conceived it when we were staying in this gorgeous resort in Sri Lanka, called Unawatuna, all orchids and bamboo trees and beautiful views.Unawatuna Brandon.Miss Unawatuna Orchid Bamboo-tree Brandon.Hmm. I'm not sure what Mum would say."My wife had a slight accident in the early stages of pregnancy," Luke explains from his seat beside the bed. "So she's a little anxious."He squeezes my hand supportively, and I squeeze back. In my pregnancy book, Nine Months of Your Life, it says you should include your partner in all aspects of your pregnancy, otherwise he can feel hurt and alienated. So I'm including Luke as much as I possibly can. Like, last night I included him in watching my new DVD, Toned Arms in Pregnancy. He suddenly remembered in the middle that he had to make a business call, and missed quite a lot--but the point is, he doesn't feel shut out."You had an accident?" The sonographer pauses in her tapping at the computer."I fell off this mountain when I was looking for my long-lost sister in a storm," I explain. "I didn't know I was pregnant at the time. And I think maybe I bashed the baby.""I see." The sonographer looks at me kindly. She has graying brown hair tied back in a knot, with a pencil stuck into it. "Well, babies are resilient little things. Let's just have a look, shall we?"Here it is. The moment I've been obsessing over for weeks. Gingerly I lift up my top and look down at my swelling stomach."If you could just push all your necklaces aside?" she adds. "That's quite a collection you have there!""They're special pendants." I loop them together with a jangle. "This one is an Aztec maternity symbol, and this is a gestation crystal . . . and this is a chiming ball to soothe the baby . . . and this is a birthing stone.""A birthing stone?""You press it on a special spot on your palm, and it takes away the pain of labor," I explain. "It's been used since ancient Maori times.""Mm-hmm." The sonographer raises an eyebrow and squeezes some transparent gloop on my stomach. Frowning slightly, she applies the ultrasound probe thing to my skin, and instantly a fuzzy black-and-white image appears on the screen.I can't breathe.That's our baby. Inside me. I dart a look at Luke, and he's gazing at the screen, transfixed."There are the four chambers of the heart. . . ." The sonographer is moving the probe around. "Now we're looking at the shoulders. . . ." She points to the screen and I squint obediently, even though, to be honest, I can't see any shoulders, only blurry curves."There's an arm . . . one hand . . ." Her voice trails off and she frowns.There's silence in the little room. I feel a sudden grip of fear. That's why she's frowning. The baby's only got one hand. I knew it.A wave of overpowering love and protectiveness rises up inside me. Tears are welling in my eyes. I don't care if our baby's only got one hand. I'll love it just as much. I'll love it more. Luke and I will take it anywhere in the world for the best treatment, and we'll fund research, and if anyone even dares give my baby a look--"And the other hand . . ." The sonographer's voice interrupts my thoughts."Other hand?" I look up, choked. "It's got two hands?""Well . . . yes." The sonographer seems taken aback at my reaction. "Look, you can see them here." She points at the image, and to my amazement I can just about make out the little bony fingers. Ten of them."I'm sorry," I gulp, wiping my eyes with a tissue she hands me. "It's just such a relief.""Everything seems absolutely fine as far as I can tell," she says reassuringly. "And don't worry, it's normal to be emotional in pregnancy. All those hormones swilling about."Honestly. People keep talking about hormones. Like Luke last night, when I cried over that TV ad with the puppy. I'm not hormonal, I'm perfectly normal. It was just a very sad ad."Here you go." The sonographer taps at her keyboard again. A row of black-and-white scan pictures curls out of the printer, which she hands to me. I peer at the first one--and you can see the distinct outline of a head. It's got a little nose and a mouth and everything."So. I've done all the checks." She swivels round on her chair. "All I need to know now is whether you want to know the gender of the baby.""No, thank you," Luke answers with a smile. "We've talked it through at great length, haven't we, Becky? And we both feel it would spoil the magic to find out.""Very well." The sonographer smiles back. "If that's what you've decided, I won't say anything."She "won't say anything"? That means she's already seen what the sex is. She could just tell us right now!"We hadn't actually decided, had we?" I say. "Not for definite.""Well . . . yes, we had, Becky." Luke seems taken aback. "Don't you remember, we talked about it for a whole evening and agreed we wanted it to be a surprise.""Oh right, yes." I can't take my eyes off the blurry print of the baby. "But we could have our surprise now! It would be just as magical!"OK, maybe that's not exactly true. But isn't he desperate to know?"Is that really what you want?" As I look up I can see a streak of disappointment in Luke's face. "To find out now?""Well . . ." I hesitate. "Not if you don't want to."The last thing I want is to upset Luke. He's been so sweet and loving to me since I've been pregnant. Recently I've had cravings for all sorts of odd combinations--like the other day I had this sudden weird desire for pineapple and a pink cardigan. And Luke drove me to the shops especially to get them.He's about to say something, when his mobile phone starts ringing. He whips it out of his pocket and the sonographer puts up a hand."I'm sorry, but you can't use that in here.""Right." Luke frowns as he sees the caller display. "It's Iain. I'd better call him back."I don't need to ask which Iain. It'll be Iain Wheeler, the chief marketing honcho of the Arcodas Group. Luke has his own PR company, Brandon Communications, and Arcodas is Luke's big new client. It was a real coup when he won them and it's given a fantastic boost to the company--he's already hired more staff and is planning to open loads of new European offices on the back of it.So it's all wonderful for Brandon Communications. But as usual, Luke's working himself into the ground. I've never seen him so at anyone's beck and call before. If Iain Wheeler calls, he always, always calls him back within five minutes, whether he's in another meeting, or he's having supper, or even if it's the middle of the night. He says it's the service industry and Arcodas is his mega-client, and that's what they're paying for.All I can say is, if Iain Wheeler calls while I'm in labor, then that phone is going straight out the window."Is there a land line I can use nearby?" Luke is asking the sonographer. "Becky, you don't mind . . .""It's fine." I wave a hand."I'll show you," the sonographer says, getting up. "I'll be back in a moment, Mrs. Brandon."The two of them disappear out the door, which closes with a heavy clunk.I'm alone. The computer is still on. The ultrasound probe thing is resting next to the monitor.I could just reach over and--No. Don't be silly. I don't even know how to use an ultrasound. And besides, it would spoil the magical surprise. If Luke wants us to wait, then we'll wait.I shift on the couch and examine my nails. I can wait for things. Of course I can. I can easily--Oh God. No I can't. Not till December. And it's all right there in front of me . . . and nobody's about. . . . I'll just have a teeny peek. Just really quickly. And I won't tell Luke. We'll still have the magical surprise at the birth--except it won't be quite so much of a surprise for me. Exactly.Leaning right over, I manage to grab the ultrasound stick. I apply it to the gel on my stomach--and at once the blurry image reappears on the screen.I did it! Now I just have to shift it slightly to get the crucial bit. . . . Frowning with concentration, I move the probe around on my abdomen, tilting it this way and that, craning my neck to see the screen. This is a lot easier than I thought! Maybe I should become a sonographer. I'm obviously a bit of a natural--There's the head. Wow, it's huge! And that bit must be--My hand freezes and I catch my breath. I've just spotted it. I've seen the sex of our baby!It's a boy!The image isn't quite as good as the sonographer's--but even so, it's unmistakable. Luke and I are going to have a son!"Hello," I say aloud to the screen, my voice cracking slightly. "Hello, little boy!"And now I can't stop the tears rolling down my cheeks. We're having a gorgeous baby boy! I can dress him up in cute overalls, and buy him a pedal car, and Luke can play cricket with him, and we can call him--Oh my God. What are we going to call him?I wonder if Luke would go for Birkin. Then I could get a Birkin to be his nappy bag.Birkin Brandon. That's quite cool."Hi, little baby," I croon gently to the big round head on the screen. "Do you want to be called Birkin?""What are you doing?" The sonographer's voice makes me jump. She's standing at the door with Luke, looking appalled. "That's hospital equipment! You shouldn't be touching it!""I'm sorry," I say, wiping my eyes. "But I just had to have another quick look. Luke, I'm talking to our baby. It's just . . . amazing.""Let me see!" Luke's eyes light up, and he hurries across the room, followed by the sonographer. "Where?"I don't care if Luke sees it's a boy and the surprise is ruined. I have to share this precious moment with him."Look, there's the head!" I point. "Hello, darling!""Where's its face?" Luke sounds a bit perturbed."Dunno. Round the other side." I give a little wave. "It's Mummy and Daddy here! And we love you very--""Mrs. Brandon." The sonographer cuts me off. "You're talking to your bladder."Well, how was I supposed to know it was my bladder? It looked just like a baby.As we walk into the consultant obstetrician's room, I'm still feeling rather hot about the cheeks. The sonographer gave me this huge great lecture about how I could have done damage to myself or broken the machine, and we only managed to get away after Luke promised a big donation to the scanner appeal.And, she said, since I hadn't been anywhere near the baby, it was very unlikely I'd seen the sex. Hmph.But as I sit down opposite Dr. Braine, our obstetrician, I feel myself start to cheer up. He's such a reassuring man, Dr. Braine. He's in his sixties, with graying, well-groomed hair and a pinstripe suit and a faint aroma of old-fashioned aftershave. And he's delivered thousands of babies, including Luke! To be honest, I can't really imagine Luke's mother Elinor giving birth, but I guess it must have happened somehow. And as soon as we discovered I was pregnant, Luke said we had to find out if Dr. Braine was still practicing, because he was the best in the country."Dear boy." He shakes Luke's hand warmly. "How are you?""Very well indeed." Luke sits down beside me. "And how's David?"Luke went to school with Dr. Braine's son and always asks after him when we meet.There's silence as Dr. Braine considers the question. This is the only thing I find a tad annoying about him. He mulls over everything you say as though it's of the greatest importance, whereas you were actually just making some random remark to keep the conversation going. At our last appointment I asked where he had bought his tie, and he thought about it for five minutes, then phoned his wife to check, and it was all a total saga. And I didn't even like the stupid tie."David's very well," he says at last, nodding. "He sends his regards." There's another pause as he peruses the sheet from the sonographer. "Very good," he says eventually. "Everything's in order. How are you feeling, Rebecca?""Oh, I'm fine!" I say. "Happy that the baby's all right.""You're still working full-time, I see." Dr. Braine glances at my form. "And that's not too demanding for you?"Beside me, Luke gives a muffled snort. He's so rude."It's . . ." I try to think how to put it. "My job's not that demanding.""Becky works for The Look," explains Luke. "You know, the new department store on Oxford Street?""Aah." Dr. Braine's face drops. "I see."Every time I tell people what I do, they look away in embarrassment or change the subject or pretend they've never heard of The Look. Which is impossible, because all the newspapers have been talking about it for weeks. Yesterday the Daily World called it the "biggest retail disaster in British history."The only plus about working for a failure of a shop is that it means I can take as much time off as I like for doctors' appointments and prenatal classes. And if I don't hurry back, no one even notices.“I’m sure things will turn around soon,” he says encouragingly. “Now, did you have any other questions?”I take a deep breath. “Actually, I did have one question, Dr. Braine.” I hesitate. “Now that the scan results are OK, would you say it’s safe to . . .you know. . .”“Absolutely,” Dr. Braine nods understandingly. “A lot of couples abstain from intercourse in early pregnancy.”“I didn’t mean sex!” I say in surprise. “I meant shopping.”From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic & Baby   “From sonograms to the hottest baby strollers to tricked-out birthing rooms . . . Kinsella’s ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick.”—Publishers Weekly   “Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post   “Kinsella’s heroine is blessed with the resilience of ten women, and her damage-limitation brain waves are always good for a giggle.”—Glamour (U.K.)   “As fun as a shopping spree.”—Entertainment WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition.