Thursday, 30 January 2014

Prada and Prejudice - Katie Oliver

About the book...
He’s a man in possession of a large fortune….but is he in want of a wife?!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop. After all, as the heiress to the renowned London department store Dashwood & James she’s been wearing designer shoes since she could walk! But a socialite’s life isn’t as perfect as you might imagine… Natalie’s spending is spiralling slightly out of control, her rock star boyfriend is engaged to someone else, and it seems the family business is in financial crisis. 

New high-flying business exec Rhys Gordon has been brought in to save the company from ruin, but what are his motives? And infuriatingly even a shoe-shopping spree can’t take her mind off his distracting and oh-so-charming smile… 

Couture and confetti mix with scandal and intrigue in this wonderful tale of retail, romance and redemption.

About the author...
Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order). She currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband and three parakeets, in a rambling old house with uneven floors and a dining room that leaks when it rains.

Katie has been writing since she was eight, and has a box crammed with (mostly unfinished) novels to prove it. With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more (and hopefully, better) stories. She even finishes most of them.

My thoughts...
Prada and Prejudice.  What a fab title and what a beautiful cover!  I had an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I'm more than happy to give.  
The story revolves around Natalie Dashwood, heiress to Dashwood and James a beautiful but failing department store, in my eye it was very much like Macy's in New York! I do like to visualise a setting.

My first impression of Natalie was - spoilt brat!! She has never had to work and has managed to successfully wrap her grand-father around her finger.  Despite a generous allowance from him she still manages to sweet talk him into letting her have the latest clothes and bags from the store on his account - all of which very much taken for granted, she's not a bit grateful and he's not learnt how to say no.
I just cringed at the way she treated Rhys Gordon. Whilst she was working in the store in the run up to Christmas he came in to shop. He was brought in to try and turn the company around and the staff hadn't met him at that point. I guessed he was some sort of mystery shopper - no real customer would have put up with the abuse! 

The book rattles along at a fair old pace with Rhys and Natalie coming head to head on many occasions. Both are strong willed and it was interesting to watch the fireworks.  Natalie had the ability to light the blue touch paper and then leave.  Often jumping in with both feet only to have to come back and apologise.  It was a joy to watch her find herself, being forced to work gave her purpose and her character evolved and strengthened before my eyes.  

This was an enjoyable, easy read, ideal for curling up with a coffee and a bar of chocolate on a rainy weekend - which I did! It had a good mix of characters, some to love, some to pity and some to hate!  I went through more emotions than usual when reading this book. I laughed out loud, cursed and prayed for a particular outcome. I wasn't expecting to feel sadness and fear though - but I did.  The story isn't all predictable like some chick lit and yes you get a happy ending or two - but not for everyone involved in the many plots!
Katie Oliver is clearly an author to look out for, I'd highly recommend this book to all chick lit lovers out there and I'll be chomping at the bit until I get to read her next novel 'Love and Liability'.

A big thank you Katie for the shoes - but you had my heart in my mouth and shouting out loud "How could you let her do that with Louboutins?!"rada and Prejudice.  What a fab title and what a beautiful cover!  I had an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I'm more than happy to give.  
The story revolves around Natalie Dashwood, heiress to Dashwood and James a beautiful but failing department store, in my eye it was very much like Macy's in New York! I do like to visualise a setting.

My first impression of Natalie was - spoilt brat!! She has never had to work and has managed to successfully wrap her grand-father around her finger.  Despite a generous allowance from him she still manages to sweet talk him into letting her have the latest clothes and bags from the store on his account - all of which very much taken for granted, she's not a bit grateful and he's not learnt how to say no.
I just cringed at the way she treated Rhys Gordon. Whilst she was working in the store in the run up to Christmas he came in to shop. He was brought in to try and turn the company around and the staff hadn't met him at that point. I guessed he was some sort of mystery shopper - no real customer would have put up with the abuse! 

The book rattles along at a fair old pace with Rhys and Natalie coming head to head on many occasions. Both are strong willed and it was interesting to watch the fireworks.  Natalie had the ability to light the blue touch paper and then leave.  Often jumping in with both feet only to have to come back and apologise.  It was a joy to watch her find herself, being forced to work gave her purpose and her character evolved and strengthened before my eyes.  

This was an enjoyable, easy read, ideal for curling up with a coffee and a bar of chocolate on a rainy weekend - which I did! It had a good mix of characters, some to love, some to pity and some to hate!  I went through more emotions than usual when reading this book. I laughed out loud, cursed and prayed for a particular outcome. I wasn't expecting to feel sadness and fear though - but I did.  The story isn't all predictable like some chick lit and yes you get a happy ending or two - but not for everyone involved in the many plots!
Katie Oliver is clearly an author to look out for, I'd highly recommend this book to all chick lit lovers out there and I'll be chomping at the bit until I get to read her next novel 'Love and Liability'.

A big thank you Katie for the shoes - but you had my heart in my mouth and shouting out loud "How could you let her do that with Louboutins?!"
I gave this book 5/5 stars

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