Series: The Little Lady Agency #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2006-09-05
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Melissa Romney-Jones can bake a perfect sponge cake, type her little heart out, and plan a party blindfolded. But none of that has helped her get far in life or in love. When she gets fired -- again -- she decides to market her impeccable social skills to single men. To avoid embarrassing her father, a Member of Parliament, Melissa dons a blond wig and becomes Honey, a no-nonsense bombshell who helps clueless bachelors shop, entertain, and navigate social minefields. She even attends parties if a client needs a "date." But when a dashing American starts to request Honey's services on a regular basis, it's only a matter of time before Honey's and Melissa's worlds collide....
I’ve always thought that British authors write the best “chick lit.” Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, and Helen Fielding (among others) set the mark high for authors in the genre, British or not, so I had high hopes for The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne.
I thought the concept of The Little Lady Agency was brilliant. Super organizer, Melissa, starts an agency that handles the tasks meant for a “little lady,” only for those who don’t have (or want) girlfriends. The Little Lady Agency will do anything except laundry or sex. I generally liked Melissa but I wasn’t a fan of how utterly clueless she was about her alter ego, Honey. She kept saying things like, “Oh, that wasn’t me. It was Honey.” I kept face-palming myself and saying “You idiot, YOU are Honey.” I get that she has self-esteem issues but for someone so smart she really could be an idiot sometimes. I’m also iffy on the Nelson, Jonathan, Melissa love-triangle. I couldn’t ever get a good read on where Browne was going with it. I do know that it’s addressed and resolved in the next three books.
I really loved the quirky situations in The Little Lady Agency: the situations. Honey wrangles some truly amusing men. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. My favorite is the guy who hires Honey to break up with his clingy girlfriend. Then he gets clingy on Honey. He’s a borderline stalker, but she handles him with charm and style (and a little help from Jonathan).
In the end, I liked this book. I thought it was funny and had an original story. It’s not my favorite British chick-lit but it was a fun read. It’s hard for me to explain why I can’t give it any more than 3 stars. I always find 3-star reviews the hardest to write. If it helps, I won’t rush out to pick up the next book. I will put it in my library tote if I see it on the shelves though.
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