Becky is back but not with her cards sadly. She is back with her two-year-old mini shopaholic. Minnie Brandon hates to eat carrot, knows the names of the brands that matter, loves to go shopping either physically or virtually. In short, she is the perfect replica of Becky that we all love!
It’s a good thing that Minnie is available in this book because Becky has finally become so responsible that she does not go on rampage doing mad shopping. Well she doesn’t do it for herself. She does it for her daughter though. Come on, that’s being selfless!
The book begins with financial lessons to Minnie that only a person like Becky can teach. Becky and Luke are still living with Becky’s parents at their family home though Becky is still in search for a house with a shoe room. Luke finally settles out of court with Arcodas, a rogue client whom he sued in the last book. With things settling down at last, Becky finds herself wishing for a second child, a sibling for Minnie but Luke wants to discipline Minnie first before having another kid.
Becky finds a nanny to help discipline Minnie, something that doesn’t go well with her mother. But Becky feels that she may not get another nanny who can beat the present one in looks department (buck tooth and carrot coloured hair).
I just loved the christening ceremony episode that is sadly disrupted by the news about the financial depression and closure of Bank of London. It is depressing news all around. Everyone is worried about inflation and the state of their finances. Becky’s shopping clients cancel their appointments prompting her to instate a new service ‘Shop in Private’.
The main focus of the book is to host a surprise birthday party for Luke and keep it a secret. An impossible feat that only Becky could pull off successfully. She enlists Luke’s efficient secretary Bonnie to help her out with details but the list of people who unwittingly know about the party grows at an alarming rate thanks to an accidental mail sent to an official mailing list.
Parallel to this, you have sub-plots where Eleanor, Luke’s estranged mother wanting to bond with Minnie that prompts Becky to arrange a meeting between them. Becky loses her job in Look, thanks to the ‘Shop in Private’ service she has been offering secretive wives and Eleanor steps in to help Becky. Eleanor redeems herself in this book, for being a ice-cold bitch of a mother and in the end you actually feel sorry for her.
Some of the best moments of this book would be when Becky lands up in Eric’s school and helps him win the art award, meeting a prospective fire eater for the party, who turns out to be a college student who has learnt the art out of a youtube video!
I loved the ending, it was so perfect. Looking forward to the next one in the series.