Now upon reading the jacket of this book I was a little concerned. Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing does not normally involve ghosts. To say I was a little scepticle was an understatement!
The first 5 chapters of the book I spent telling myself that I would give the book a fair chance. By chapter 6 I needn’t have bothered as I flowed through the book in no time and actually found myself getting carried along with the story.
We meet Lara who to be truthful is a bit of a flake. She is pining after her ex boyfriend who clearly isn’t interested and attends the funeral of her great aunt Sadie. She had never met Sadie and had no idea what was in store for her when she attended the funeral. To her surprise, her great Aunt Sadie appears in Lara’s life as a ghost, and spends the whole time getting Lara to chase around looking for a lost necklace that she so desperately needs before crossing over.
Along the way we meet Lara’s partner in business Natalie, who has done a bunk and left Lara to run her company. We also meet a man named Ed who Lara meets under extreme (and very funny) circumstances! Sadie ends up forcing Lara to perform a lot of strange things for her that Lara wouldn’t normally dare do. At first Lara is convincing herself that all she needs to do is find this necklace, give it to her Aunt Sadie and let her cross, so she can move on with her own life. Lara is constantly fighting with her Aunt Sadie over her ex-boyfriend, who Sadie thinks is no good and whom Lara is still in love with. We also meet Lara’s Uncle Bill who is famous for making and starting a very popular coffee chain. Lara finds herself becoming closer to Sadie and eventually, with the help of her Aunt, she starts to make decisions regarding her own life and makes changes to herself along the way without even realising it.
I must say that I didn’t start off with high hopes but can honestly say with my hand on my heart I enjoyed this book and the characters thoroughly. Aunt Sadie is very funny and some of the things she did or made Lara do had me chuckling to myself. In turn some of the scenes between Ed and Lara made me feel like I was sitting right next to them. That in itself is a sign of a fantastic writer. Although I had my reservations they were completely unfounded. Although this tale is not the ‘norm’ Girl meets boy and falls in love tale that we find, I thought it was brilliantly written and would recommend.