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Book Review: The Personal Shopper By Carmen Reid


Meet Annie Valentine: stylish, savvy, multi-tasker extraordinaire.

As a personal shopper in a swanky London fashion store, Annie can re-style and re-invent her clients from head to toe. In fact, this super-skilled dresser can be relied on to solve everyone’s problems . . . except her own.

Although she’s a busy single mum to stroppy teen Lana and painfully shy Owen, there’s a gap in Annie’s wardrobe – sorry, life – for a new man. But finding the perfect partner is turning out to be so much trickier than finding the perfect pair of shoes.

Can she source a genuine classic? A life long investment? Will she end up with a mistake from the sale rail, who’ll have to be returned? Or maybe, just maybe, there’ll be someone new in this season who could be the one . . .


Annie is a 37 widow with two children of 15 and 9. Her actor husband had passed away a few years ago. She works as a personal shopper at a high end store therefore she dresses the rich. She has so many side hassles of trading with last seasons clothing and accessories with the handiness that her job had actually brought to her.

I found her lifestyle very busy but then you begin to understand why she does what she does. After all, with each generation of people we try to have a better life for the next generation otherwise, what is the point of you struggling and your children struggling as they get to your age too?

She puts herself out there to make a better life constantly for her children. It was humorous at times. I just didn’t like the old lady’s voice as the audiobook I listened to had put me off this entertaining novel. Plus, we got to get an insight into those who cannot style to those that can style and seeing what they count as stylish based on your looks and body shape.

Overall, it was an interesting read.

4/5 Stars

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