17 April 2011

Twenties Girl

Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without.

Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life.

But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?

I loved Kinsella's books, but actually paused when I read the synopsis for this one. I'm not into paranormal stories. I find it very difficult to suspend my disbelief in that way. But, I picked it up in spite of the ghost theme and am so glad I did. I was able to get right into the story because of the main character of Lara. She's one of those great chick lit heroines who is the easy-going, sweet, well-meaning younger sibling of a strong, controlling, annoying older sister. She captured me in the first few pages, and so I was invested in finding out how she deal with the ghost of her great-aunt. And what a ghost Sadie is! She's a bit annoying in the beginning but wonderful in the end. As she's "helping" Lara to update her wardrobe and look. Both Sadie and Lara (and yummy Ed) are wonderful characters. Kinsella knows how to write characters and storyline that are different each time, but wholly involving. 

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