by Sophie Kinsella
reviewed by Kelly Smith
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When Lara Lington’s great-aunt Sadie passes away at the ripe old age of 105, her family puts in an obligatory appearance at her funeral. No family member has visited the old lady in decades and Lara, suffering from a break-up with her boyfriend, isn’t really sure why she’s there at all. It’s a good thing she was though, because Sadie appears to Lara in her full-on Roaring Twenties ghostly garb and demands that Lara find her necklace. Lara’s family thinks she must be having a breakdown (and Lara does too for a minute) but she presses on and decides (that’s what she tells herself anyway, Sadie can be awfully pushy!), to help Sadie find her necklace and living Lara and ghostly Sadie go on to forge a beautiful friendship.
Despite her unscrupulous uncle, reporting a fictitious murder, and embarrassing herself have to death (no pun intended!) in order to accommodate some of Sadie’s more outrageous demands, Lara finds Sadie’s necklace and uncovers the truth behind Sadie’s most heart-wrenching memory. Lara struggles with the idea of returning the necklace to Sadie because she knows what it will mean and she isn’t sure she’s ready to lose her great-aunt a second time. Will she? Won’t she?
When I picked up this book to read I was only a few pages into it when I realized that I had read it before when it was first published in 2009. This didn’t deter me though because I love Sophie Kinsella and, yes, I’ve read the entire Shopaholic series . I found myself rooting for Lara and Sadie in their exploits and at times wished I had a guardian angel like Sadie. Even though I knew how this book was going to end, I found myself, more than once, hoping that this particular copy ended differently so that I could continue to enjoy these two characters. Ms. Kinsella has a real knack for writing characters that the reader can relate to and seamlessly blends the serious with the humorous for a truly enjoyable read.