SHOPAHOLIC AND SISTER
After spending nearly a year traveling, perennial shopaholic Becky and husband Luke return home early from their lengthy honeymoon. Becky, who expects her family and friends to welcome her, is in for a surprise. Her parents are acting strangely, and her best friend Suz seems to have replaced her. Then Becky discovers she has an adult half-sister named Jessica. Once she's recovered from the shock, Becky couldn't be more thrilled. Now she'll have someone new to shop with.
But Jessica turns out to be thrifty and hates shopping. The two butt heads, which makes for some tremendously witty dialogue. Although Becky's compulsive shopping and Luke's distractedness continue to grow thin, the various story angles provide enough humor and pathos to keep fans of this series happy. New readers should definitely start at the beginning, Confessions of a Shopaholic. (Oct., 368 pp., $23.00)
Samantha J. Gust