In Confessions of a Shopaholic, we were introduced to Becky Bloomwood, a British woman in her mid-twenties who just cannot resist a Prada skirt or a Vuitton handbag. In The Shopaholic takes Manhattan, we witnessed her shopping sessions in Manhattan, were she followed her boyfriend, Luke Brandon. In each of the 2 previous books, her spending habits got her into big trouble, keeping us wondering how she was going to get out of some tricky situations…

The Shopaholic Ties the Knot begins as Becky gets ready to fly back to England, to be a bridesmaid for her best friend and ex-roommate, Suze Cleath-Stuart. Suze is about to marry her own cousin, Tarquin. As if choosing which dress Becky will actually wear to her friend’s wedding wasn’t difficult enough, she will soon find herself with a much bigger dilemma to solve after Luke asks her to be his wife.

Becky’s mother has dreamt of her daughter’s wedding all her life. As soon as she hears the news, she rushes into big preparations so that Becky can be married in her garden in Oxshott, England. Which would suit Becky perfectly… if Luke’s icy mother, Elinor, hadn’t started to plan another wedding for Becky, on the same day, at the Plaza, in New York…

For Becky, the situation will of course get much worse before it gets better, and you will have to read The Shopaholic Ties the Knot to know how she will pull this one off.

The Shopaholic Ties the Knot is as good and as hilarious as the two preceding books. Becky diverges slightly from the shopaholic aspect of her character, and the tone is sometimes a tad more serious. It has maybe less comic situations than the 2 other novels, but Kinsella introduces new hilarious characters in addition to the old ones (Danny, the lazy designer and Robyn, the overzealous wedding planner). Of course, Becky’s famous correspondence with her bankers continues, funnier than ever…

The Shopaholic series is certainly not literature, but is very entertaining. It can be compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary (though I find the Shopaholic books better written and funnier). Whether you relate to the character and her shopaholism or not, you will love this novel, if you are looking for an enjoyable yet completely frivolous book!

Rating: 4/5