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The first in the Legal Briefs series: What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana? The bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart. Learn more about author Emma Chase
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416514929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416514923
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sensible Melissa Romney-Jones proclaims to her enamored American client, Jonathan Riley, "I like to think I'm a vintage girl. A proper 1950s woman's woman," to which Riley responds: "A proper 1950s man's woman." Crackling with Brit chick wit, Browne's first novel stars a spunky whirlwind in search of love and money. Melissa, after losing her job as a London estate agent, starts the Little Lady Agency to attend to the social needs of single men. This requires Melissa to don a blonde wig and become Honey Blennerhesket, a posh "Mary Poppins in silk stockings." Running the new agency leads to the successful channeling of her inner glamour goddess and romance with Jonathan, but then she wonders, does he love Honey or Melissa? "Little lady" is a term that sounds as retro as Melissa's yearning for old-style romance, but her struggle to empower herself and deal with her feelings regarding the men in her life is as satisfying as free champagne. Browne's dead-on take revitalizes a genre already littered with worn-out Jimmy Choos and tattered miniskirts.
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From Booklist

Brown's charming debut finds Melissa -Romney--Jones losing yet another job, this time to layoffs due to a company merger. Out on the town with friends, Melissa runs into an old school acquaintance who is working for their old etiquette teacher as a companion for wealthy men. Melissa looks up the teacher and begins to schedule dates, but she's horrified to discover her old teacher is in fact running an escort service. Melissa quickly gets out of the business, but she's taken with the idea of a chaste version of it, and starts the Little Lady Agency to help socially clueless men and those merely in need of dates. Using the name Honey, Melissa accompanies one man to a family party, and helps another dump his girlfriend. She lands her biggest client in handsome American Jonathan, who just happens to be running the company she used to work for; but Melissa starts to wonder if she's losing her objectivity when she finds herself falling for Jonathan. A warm, winning tale. Kristine Huntley
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Customer Reviews

And, this books ending was way too tidy for my liking.
Kristen Gonzalez Kosar
Part of that may be how well I identified with the main character.
K. Williams
Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun Chick Lit book.
RL

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's been a while since I've found a book that I couldn't put down. Part of that may be how well I identified with the main character. The most pleasant surprise for me was how clean the story was. I enjoy reading the chick-lit beach books, but I don't like all of the sex that a lot of them have. This one was fantastic. I can't wait to read her next one; I hope it's an equally fun, clean read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Onie Wheeler on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on impulse at the airport due to its cute cover and the synopsis of the book and the book's author on the back of the book.

I know this statement is very puerile and vapid, but like the book's author, I collect red lipstick and etiquette books.

When I got back from my trip, I put it on my novel shelf since at the time, I was reading more "disturbing and deep" biographies and poetry that left me depressed.

Due to my reading too many depressing books (Sylvia Plath's books and poems are hardly high comedy), I decided to pick up this book in order to cheer myself up.

I found the book to be charming and I was also glad to find a contemporary book that was not full of graphic sex or violence.

I just love Melissa and her alter ego, Honey.

I was rooting for Jonathan and Melissa through the entire book.

And her father! What a jerk! I think his character is a great antagonist for poor Melissa!

I love the descriptions of Melissa's sisters. Allegra, the wilder sister and Emery, the vapid and shallow younger sister.

I do wish that Melissa's mother's character would be more developed, but I suppose that might stray from the author's intent.

I won't spoil the book's end, but it was cute and a paradox in all the right ways.

OK, this is not supposed to be "War and Peace" or even a Jacqueline Susann novel (Susann's novels are great, but always depress me).

The only "down side" I found at all is I do not like the title at all -- it gives the book a Old Lady flavor and it is far from that!

"The Little Lady Agency" it is just girly lit and fluffy as clouds on a beautiful summer day!

If you want a fun beach read or a feel good girly book, then I think you will love this.

Now I am off to order the sequel from Amazon: "Little Lady Big Apple"!

Oh yes, how about that Roger Trumpet's foul breath?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Greene on April 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good freshman effort from a new writer, who manages to make a novel interesting and readable without resorting to steamy sex scenes (not that there's anything wrong with those). The book has a dry with about it, and the characters are nicely drawn. The most engaging bit about this novel is that the heroine assumes a different persona -- a stronger, smarter, more attractive version of herself -- and who amongst us would not like to do that successfully from time to time? It's enjoyable to watch her integrate the different facets of her personality and resolve her assertiveness issues.

The ending could have been a tad stronger, but all in all, this is a very pleasant way to while away an afternoon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Hofmann on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I thought the premise sounded interesting, but the book was at best, okay. Why do authors have to make it so obvious where the book is going from page one. Are there no surprises?? I try new authors, and every now and again, find one who can write. But most are disappointing. Their skills are poor; they lack creativity; and they are criminally boring.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda on August 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I thought the summary sounded interesting, so I picked it up.

The author has a talent with her use of words and she writes very well, though I'll agree about too many adverbs. But there was an excellent balance of text and dialogue. Much of the story flowed very well, though there were parts that dragged.

I expected more funny situations she got into with her business and more of how her business developed. I also would expect that she would gain more confidence as it grew, but herein lies a big problem with this story: the characters.

Melissa was overly naive to the point of being stupid at times. She was far too troden upon by her family and at times I couldn't believe the things she didn't get. While I could see her being a bit naive since she was sheltered, it was over done.

Also, Melissa's preoccupation with was proper and with fashion got annoying. There was too much emphasis there.

Her parents were almost cartoonish. Her father was completely cruel, sarcastic and selfish. Her mother was a simpering doormat. And if her mother telling Melissa that her father had good points was supposed to round out his character - it didn't.

Also, Gabi was far too money-grubbing without explanation.

Jonathan's character was also hard to believe. He was supposedly a complete jerk at work yet so charming to Honey. Why? And it never made sense why Melissa/Honey fell for him. Was it only because he was charming to her? Her feelings for him came out of nowhere.

I had thought perhaps Jonathan was the red herring and she'd realize her feelings for Nelson. Nelson was the most rounded of the characters, though maybe he could have had a bit more in the flaw department. I can't even think of a flaw of his.
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