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The Personal Shopper by Carmen Reid


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…

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I had so much fun reading this book- and I now want Annie as my BBF (primarily so she can take me clothes shopping!). I adored her character - sassy, quick-witted, sharp, dry, yet warm and down-to-earth and with good business sense. Some of the situations she lands herself in are hilarious. She's a force to be reckoned with and I particularly empathised with the way she used clothes and personal grooming as an armour - I've done the same myself in the past.

Although this book does have a lighthearted, almost flighty feel at the start, when you dig deeper into the pages it becomes more serious, as the reasons for Annie's drive when it comes to making sure her children's lives aren't disrupted by a change of school, and why she flips properties and sells on eBay, etc, becomes clear. There is a side to this story that isn't immediately apparent at the start and it endeared Annie to me.

And I'm delighted to see that this is the start of a series, and there are more Annie Valentine books for me to escape into!

About the Author

Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman's fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. 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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