Meet Annie Valentine: stylish, savvy, multi-tasker extraordinaire. As a personal shopper in a swanky London store, Annie can be relied on to solve everyone’s problems . . . except her own.
Because as a busy single mum to two kids, Annie’s realised there’s a gap in her life as well as her wardrobe. But with her heart still hurting from losing the love of her life, Annie’s discovered that finding the perfect partner is turning out to be so much trickier than finding the perfect pair of shoes!
Can she source a genuine classic? A lifelong investment? Or will Annie realise that her perfect man is already sitting on the front row of her life…
Annie Valentine is stylish, savvy and great at her job, even if her boss thinks otherwise.
Being a single mother, she does the best she can.
What she is missing is a man.
Can she find the right one? Can he live up to the lost love of her life? Has the perfect love been in front of her all along?
The Personal Shopper was my introduction to Annie Valentine and to Carmen Reid. Although this book did take me a couple of chapters to get into, once I did, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting.
Annie feels like a real, relatable character. She has a need to be control and at work, she is. She’s straight talking and successful. However, due to past events, there is a vulnerable side to her that she tries to hide. This possibly leads to her making some questionable choices in her personal life.
The supporting characters are brilliant. Connor is a hoot (we all need a Connor I think,) and Ed – he’s lovely. As for Grey and Donna. No comment. Haha.
There are some laugh out loud moments where I found myself grinning madly and then the story would shift and I’d be feeling the sadness along with the characters. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster.
OK, no more as I don’t want to spoil it.
The Personal Shopper is a fun, emotional read that had me reading into the early hours. It would make a perfect holiday companion or failing that, a great escape away from the horrible weather.
(Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.)
About Carmen Reid:
After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers.
She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.
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