Read it on an overnight flight. Badly written and trite. I am struck anew by why I don't like the shopaholic books. Doesn't have a job. Everything gets tied up into a little bow. Just stop it already with this kind of chick-lit that assumes women only like shopping and men who don't like them to shop. Natalie Dashwood no relation to Marianne and Eleanor is a one dimensional paper Read it on an overnight flight. Natalie Dashwood no relation to Marianne and Eleanor is a one dimensional paper caricature of a woman.
Rhys Gordon was bought in the archetype store under the category "brooding hero type" ref: Darcy, Heathcliff, All the Sofia Kinsella heroes. Dominic made me laugh but he was overdrawn. The side characters were side characters and way too many of them. Katie also was running too many subplots in the book the main story of a relaunch coupled with the romance, Dominic-keeley-Gemma, the James' story, the blackmail plot, divorces and kept changing focus times a chapter with no warning whatsoever.
The amount of time "Natalie fled" or Katie lost track of timelines the wedding that was next Friday but moved to two Friday's hence There are some glimpses of what this book might have been. If only a ruthless editor had carved through it with a light sabre. Terrible, trite, putrid prose. Jan 01, Elaine rated it it was amazing. This is a light hearted chick lit which is definitely fun to read.
Natalie Dashwood, "it" girl and heiress of the Dashwood and James department store chain, loves to Shop with a capital S. Her life is going to change however when it becomes apparent that the family business is in trouble and has to bring in Rhys Gordon to try and change its fortunes. For the first time in her life she has to work and, even more devastating, has to curb her spending.
What follows is a really good read, one that y This is a light hearted chick lit which is definitely fun to read. What follows is a really good read, one that you know what the ending will be, but it really is fun getting to that ending.
It is a story of glamour, paparazzi, designer clothes, with plenty of drama and romance as well as bitching, backstabbing and danger. The story is very well paced and never boring. I didn't feel the need to skim through anything, just devoured the words on every single page. Even though Natalie is pampered and spoilt, especially at the start of the story, there is something irresistible about her.
I just couldn't help liking her and really hope that the author plans to bring her back in the future. A highly recommended read. Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review. Dec 17, Rebecca Raisin rated it it was amazing. This is one of those books that has you totally riveted from the get-go. The main character Natalie is hilarious and even though she came from 'old money' originally I still found myself relating to her antics, and her social life.
Well when I had a social life pre-kids! There are a number of different story lines, and Katie Oliver weaves them seamlessly. I found myself eager to keep reading to find out how they all connected, and because they were really well rounded characters, believable an This is one of those books that has you totally riveted from the get-go. I found myself eager to keep reading to find out how they all connected, and because they were really well rounded characters, believable and utterly life-like.
Dom, the rock star, was so funny, and added a real sense of that 'A' list life to the book. There were so many twists and turns in this book that kept me up way later than I should have been! I'm really looking forward to the second book in this series. And think anyone who loves rom com or chick lit will love it too. Jan 28, Rachel Gilbey rated it it was amazing.
Natalie Dashwood is the heiress to Dashwood and James, chain of department stores. Like most heiresses, she likes nothing more than spending as much as she can, and has little idea what anything is worth. However Dashwood and James are possibly going under, so her grandfather, Sir Richard, hires Rhys Gordon to try and turn the stores fortunes around. That is the most basic explanation of the main storyline, and although it may sound similar to many other books, you soon discover just how talented Natalie Dashwood is the heiress to Dashwood and James, chain of department stores.
That is the most basic explanation of the main storyline, and although it may sound similar to many other books, you soon discover just how talented Katy Oliver is, in her writing. There are twists and turns galore, various points of view, and a villain too! Pretty much anything you could want from a chick lit story is present in this book and more.
Very entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.. Jan 19, Gina Henning rated it it was amazing. Wow, I loved all the different story lines in this book. Each character was thoroughly developed and I enjoyed reading about them.
The majority of the story revolves around Natalie Dashwood who has lived a sheltered life with her limitless charge card in hand, but things are coming to a dramatic halt for her. Enter Rhys Gordon, he is tough though very swoonable and going to whip Dashwood and James Natalie's family's failing department store into shape, along with Natalie. The banter between Nat Wow, I loved all the different story lines in this book. The banter between Natalie and Rhys is classic and one you would want to go back and re-read much like viewing your favorite Rom-com movies, simply wonderful entertainment.
Katie Oliver has made a striking debut with Prada and Prejudice and I'm excited about reading the next in the series. Aug 29, MetLineReader rated it really liked it Shelves: Needed a light, fluffy read to break up the tension from a couple of dark, intense thrillers Now before any of my highbrow fr Needed a light, fluffy read to break up the tension from a couple of dark, intense thrillers Now before any of my highbrow friends get huffy, it's a 4 star for its genre.
I really enjoyed it for what it is. Nov 30, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: I tried this book awhile ago and DNF'd it. I am glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it. Of course I loved Rhys, he is Mr. Natalie reminds me more of a cross between Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood.
The 21st century Alex didn't speak much but accepting her dance offer was a step and through that small act, I'm sure she got the approval even if one particularly was reluctant of being 'cool' from the girls she went clubbing with. Overall, this book is a fun and easy read and I enjoyed every page of it! Overall, this book is a fun an My Thoughts: Nov 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing. There was no hold up, no senseless bl This book is just amazing. I think she is exactly what Callie needed. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop.
There's a large supporting cast with a few side stories which keep the story interesting. All problems tend to work out easy and neatly, which isn't reality but I like a lack of reality sometimes. I will read the rest I tried this book awhile ago and DNF'd it. I will read the rest of this series. Mar 21, Julie Stock rated it really liked it. Sometimes, what you're looking for is a nice, easy chick-lit story and this book fits that bill perfectly. I liked the setting and thought the author did really well to capture the Englishness of it all, given that she's American.
I liked the main characters and followed their path towards their inevitable happy ending with enjoyment. I thought all the sub-plots were well-drawn too. I would recommend this as an easy-to-read rom-com that will keep you reading on to the end without any problem at Sometimes, what you're looking for is a nice, easy chick-lit story and this book fits that bill perfectly. I would recommend this as an easy-to-read rom-com that will keep you reading on to the end without any problem at all.
Dec 06, M. Cavani rated it did not like it. Omg, I don't know how I came to the end of this stupid book and how I waste my precious money buying this digital copy. First of all, you shouldn't name your book after a famous author if the book doesn't have ANYTHING in common with one of the most popular classics in literature, and second, don't keep doing it. Please, save yourself from this stupidity, characters are weak and the story is poor. I found myself more jumping pages than reading them. Jan 15, Gemma rated it liked it Shelves: I do wish that goodreads would add half stars.
For me there was too many plots going on and that meant that the main plot was not explored properly. This meant that the characters suffered. Like others, I was confused if this was a homage to austin. Jan 19, Book-shelf Shelf rated it really liked it. The way this story starts reminded me of 2 other books about department stores.
The story of Natalie and the store is brilliant with many colourful characters adding lots of flavour and fun. The action never stops and this is definitely an un-putdownable book! Jan 03, Ailish Sinclair rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed reading this over the new year. I loved the London setting, the characters were likeable and the ending satisfying. Fun fast read, reminds me of Sophie Kinsella books.
Plus I miss London so I enjoyed having it as the setting. Dec 31, Debi Smith rated it it was amazing. Katie is masterful in the romantic comedy genre. She keeps me laughing and wanting more. Nov 03, Susanne marked it as dnf. DNF at 25 percent. There was nothing wrong with this book, but it didn't stoke my reading fire either. I love Katie and I love Natalie Dashwood! The story is very well written.
So much fun and full of surprises: Jan 25, Jean rated it did not like it. At some point, I'll learn my lesson and realize you get what you pay for. This was so hard to read, I thought the end would never come. Jul 17, Sherri Hollister rated it it was amazing. Fantastic and Very British Tempers and tensions rise as Rys and Natalie strive to save her family's stores, fall in love and sort out the chaos of their intertwined lives.
The fast pace and interesting cast of characters makes this a series I'm excited to read. This is my first by author Katie Oliver but it won't be my last! Videos About This Book. Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco not necessarily in that order. She currently resides in South Florida with her husband, two parakeets, and a dog. 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 Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco not necessarily in that order.
With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more and hopefully, better stories. She even finishes most of them. Here's to love and all its complications But some things are timeless, like cute boys and good friends, and Callie finds both during her search for a way home. She also discovers something she never had before--her own self worth. In addition to building a winning character, Mandy Hubbard does an exceptional job of bringing Regency England to life.
From the satin gown fabrics and whale bone corsets to the opulent ballrooms and intricate line dances, sensory details permeate this book. But the story never gets bogged down in historical details, because Callie's lively, modern character drives the action. Aug 27, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: When she overhears a group of popular girls talking about how they plan to sneak into a club that night, Callie is determined to join them. But first she needs something to make her cool - Prada heels!
Callie is a huge klutz and one step in those three-inch Prada heels sends her tumbling over - and waking up in ! There Callie gets mistaken for a long-lost friend of Emily. Callie soon gets mixed up in family scandal, engagements, and high society - and she can't seem to keep from butting heads with the arrogant but very hot duke Alex. This book was so much fun - I loved every minute of it! Callie is a fun modern girl and Regency England just isn't sure what to do with her.
I loved the author's ideas of how a modern girl would react to the customs and society of Callie's adventures were creative but felt realistic. I mean really, what would a modern girl do about corsets and the lack of indoor plumbing? I really enjoyed the interaction between Callie and Alex. Mandy Hubbard gives a perfect nod to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and their relationship was loads of fun to read. The thing I loved the most was that the story jumped right in!
I get annoyed when books tell you in the synopsis that something will happen, but it takes pages and pages to even get there. Callie lands herself in by the second chapter -which means most of the story has a historical setting and the action starts from the beginning. This was an enjoyable, delightful read that readers of romance or historical fiction will enjoy. I can't wait to read more from this fabulous new author! May 01, Arlene rated it really liked it Shelves: Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard is such a good read.
I enjoyed it from the very first few pages. The main and secondary characters are extremely likeable and their adventures and struggles captivate you from the moment you meet them. Callie is on a high school trip to London. Unfortunately her klutziness works against her and she slips, hitting her head and tumbling back in time. Thrown years back, Callie must find the courage, self assuredness and confidence to get her through this misfortune. Ironically, these same qualities can come in handy if and when she finds her way back to the present.
I enjoyed it very much!! Nov 05, Jenn rated it it was ok. Prada and Prejudice showed a lot of potential: However, it ended up being a major disappointment for me because of mainly one thing: I didn't like her attitude and, for the most part, wasn't able to relate to her. On the other hand, I could definitely see the connections between the originial Pride and Prejudice and this book, and I l Full Review here: On the other hand, I could definitely see the connections between the originial Pride and Prejudice and this book, and I love allusions like those!
This was Mandy Hubbard's first book, so I'm not writing her off my reading list for now, but hope to see improvements in the future!
View from the other side: Maybe my view is uncommon because I've read many reviews that say Prada and Prejudice is a fun, light read. Technically, the plot was at a reasonable pace and there was definitely some romance stirring up. My main issue was Callie, and I think if you're not bothered by her, you might actually enjoy this book.
May 01, kari rated it really liked it Shelves: Prada and Prejudice is a fun, breezy read and I enjoyed it. The story moves along quickly and never falters start to finish. Mandy Hubbard creates interesting characters. Who, as a teenager, felt they didn't fit in? Her unexpected trip back to is filled with good intentions, mistakes and well, prejudices that she makes by not having all the information. There is no Darcy or Elizabeth in this one so it's not a re-telling of the Auste Prada and Prejudice is a fun, breezy read and I enjoyed it. There is no Darcy or Elizabeth in this one so it's not a re-telling of the Austen classic.
All the characters are well-developed and act according to the world they live in. Although Callie tries hard to behave with the proper manners, her twenty-first century thinking gets her into trouble more than once but she tries hard to do what's right. There was a very satisfying conclusion to the story.
I look forward to Mandy Hubbard's next book. Feb 19, Emily Ellsworth rated it it was ok. This book just wasn't for me. I could see how it would appeal to some readers, but frankly, I pretty much just chuckled through the whole book. Not in a good way. Some things about Callie's character were charming, but I felt like ultimately she had zero growth as a character. And, I got the impression that the author did zero research on the time period that the book took place in. Mostly, I'm just happy that the book was short.
I'd recommend it for a year-old girl that likes romance, b This book just wasn't for me. I'd recommend it for a year-old girl that likes romance, but isn't old enough to understand Pride and Prejudice. I think I should have learned by now that chic-lit just isn't my genre. Nov 09, Kristina rated it it was amazing. I completely adored this book. I wasn't sure how into regency England I was going to be but it turns out I'm a huge fan.
The story is about a girl named Callie who is on a school trip to London. She's sorta clumsy and is feeling lonely and wants to get in with this particular group of girls. She thinks buying an expensive pair of Prada shoes might do the trick and when walking out of the store in her new shoes, falls and hits her head, and I completely adored this book.
She thinks buying an expensive pair of Prada shoes might do the trick and when walking out of the store in her new shoes, falls and hits her head, and wakes up in the s. She has to figure out how she's going to get back home and in the meantime, how she's going to survive staying in a castle impersonating an expected guest with a super cute Duke, and a great new friend, without getting caught or into any more trouble.
Teens will LOVE this book. Eigentlich war ich mir durchgehend sicher, dass es ein 5-Sterne-Buch wird - Tja und dann kam das Ende Wobei viele es als total total toll empfinden werden, da bin ich mir fast zu pro sicher. Oct 04, Lexie rated it really liked it Shelves: What can I say beyond 'oh my god why couldn't this happen to me? The title of course eludes to that most famous work, Pride and Prejudice, but unlike a lot of the Austen-esque sequels and re-invents coming out this year it has very little to do with those characters and more to do with the setting, attitudes and way of life.
Callie is a hoot. Once she acclimates to the situation she doesn't sit idly by and let things happen around her like she did in present day. She helps t What can I say beyond 'oh my god why couldn't this happen to me? She helps to build Emily's confidence, tramples all over Alex's highhanded treatment of women and attempts to make things perfect. Of course that old saying 'The road to hell is paved in good intentions From a historical angle the book works well to explain the nuances of society back then without laboring on about them.
Since Callie is impersonating an American to begin with its naturally assumed she knows next to nothing about how to behave in public or private anyhow. Some things about society never changes despite the superficial trappings and in many ways I think that, that lesson is the most important to remember. My favorite part of the book is when Callie and Alex are discussing his lands about halfway through the book or so.
Soon as he mentions fox-hunting Callie is horrified. Even after she explains she knows what is entailed in fox-hunting he still acts like she has no understanding of it. Callie, thankfully, doesn't let him think she's okay with it and verbally smacks him down. Fox hunting indeed barbaric! Its a short read at just over pages, but there aren't any parts that drag or seem dull. They both try to set things right from a modern perspective, but ultimately learn its better to work with the system then against it.
Oct 29, Valerie rated it really liked it Shelves: Prada and Prejudice is one of those books that uses the famous Pride and Prejudice book to gain attention. It worked, at least I know it did for me. I didn't expect it to be a lot like the Austen writing, which is good because the author is clearly modern just like her character, Callie. Callie is supposed to be smart and a complete kluts which is why, in a way, she "falls" into She is funny and Hubbard does a great job in making funny scenarios.
It isn't one of the funniest books I've read Prada and Prejudice is one of those books that uses the famous Pride and Prejudice book to gain attention. It isn't one of the funniest books I've read but it made me chuckle numerous times. The writing is smart and light which I liked.
Alex is- of course- misjudged by Callie. This is where the Austen feel comes into play. I liked virtually every s character; even Victoria who is the poster child of the s rich, snobby, nosy, old lady. Emily is a great friend. I think she is exactly what Callie needed. She is so earnest and happy. I can see why Callie was so intent on breaking off Emily's engagement with the old man. Its depressing to think that of this happy, young, lively girl marrying an old man.
I loved all the arguments that Callie and Alex have since I knew who was right and who was going to win. Um…not to be a party pooper, but why in the world would a Duke be called Lord Alexander? I immediately thought this Everything Austen Challenge was just a great idea! I am enjoying the Everything Austen Challenge also. Such a great idea, I wish I had thought of it first! Thanks for your compliment on the review. It is a fun read.
I remembered Lost in Austen in this one. Time travelling and playing along with the story.. That would be weird to arrive in old Harksbury whatever that is in high heels and jeans! Romancing Trashy Novels 5.