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The Personal Shopper: Annie Valentine Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Carmen Reid
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the British publisher of Sophie Kinsella and Kathy Lette comes a story of love sprinkled with fashion.
A personal shopper in a swish London store, Annie Valentine can solve everyone's problems, except her own.
She's a busy single mother of two, but could there be a gap in her wardrobe for a brand new man?
Finding the perfect partner turns out to be so much more difficult than sourcing the ideal shoes…

'If you love shopping as much as you love a great read, try this. Wonderful!'
-- Katie Fforde

Product Details

  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMMQN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of Annie Valentine October 9, 2012
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I downloaded this book for free; I am glad I didn't pay for it. I am a bit of shopaholic and I tend to enjoy books about shopping and fashion, but this book was really hard to finish. It took me 4 attempts to finally finish.

Possible spoilers warning!!!!

Annie is so unlikeable; what a self-centered, stuck up person! I feel for those poor children being dragged around from one place to another. Her insistence and reasons for keeping her children in a private school even though she can't afford it is mind boggling. I was in private school from kindergarten till college, and I can tell you from personal experience that it doesn't guarantee your future, and no, it doesn't make one better than others who go to public school. That's just one example of the ridiculousness that Annie believes in. Not to mention, dating rich guy because she wants to be taken care of, and thinking one is most attractive because he lives on her dream street in the neighborhood. Her self righteousness makes it so hard for me to sympathize.

The twist about her husband is good, I must admit. I didn't see it coming, but again, I couldn't sympathize. I just felt sad for the children.

This is the first book by this author I've ever read. I am not a fan of the character or the formatting. I won't be buying the next books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formatting issues... July 16, 2012
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It's really hard to read a book that has no paragraphs.

I can handle single quotes where I'm used to seeing double quotes, I can handle run-on sentences, I can handle creative spelling.

Having no indentation or spacing or any kind of formatting to differentiate one paragraph from the next is too hard to read.

However, the three pages that I did read sound interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written July 22, 2012
By Janelle
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Very poorly written. Extremely slow. There were possibly 10 pages of decent writing which made it seem as though multiple people wrote the book. It did not flow well. Too many ill conceived ideas mushed together. Made worse by the formatting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over all a good read October 19, 2012
By Lynda
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I'm not much into fashion but I got the book for free so i said what the heck i'll give it a try.

It's nice and different and generally realistic i guess if your a fashion lover to the core.

I'm giving it 3 stars because I will most likely go and read the second book but I'm not 100% if I'm being honest.

My recommendation would be to give it a try because you may like it more than me, we all do have different taste right? I did finish the book so it isn't bad just not a favourite of mine that's all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Today's book review is a nice light-hearted romp into the magical world of shopping in high-fashion London.

The Personal Shopper is the tale of Annie Valentine, a single mum of two who works at a posh London department store as a - duh - personal shopper. She helps the extremely wealthy (and the occasional friend/colleague) invent and reinvent themselves through clothes and accessories. She's a sassy, saucy, sweetheart of a character, which of course means she runs afoul of a horrid boss, well-meaning but not-quite-right men, and the occasional whiny customer more often than she should. She is struggling to give her two children everything - without the means to do so consistently. Which of course brings on drama (of both the tearful and laughter-full kind) of its own. She's also struggling to figure out what she wants from - and for - her own life. She loves helping people express themselves through clothes, using wardrobe-as-weapon to help women (and the occasional man) realize who they are, and who they want to be - and she uses the tricks of her trade on herself as often as on others.

The ups and downs of Annie's life are familiar - both in this genre of book and to women everywhere. From teenage drama with daughter Lana to work challenges due to a snarky boss threatened by her success to man troubles as she struggles to balance what she thinks she wants with what she really needs, Annie is presented as a bit of an Everywoman - albeit one with WAY better shoes than most of us. She's a likeable enough character, although I must confess I occasionally found myself wanting to hold my hands over her mouth to stop her from calling everyone "Babes". I must confess that I also occasionally found myself shaking my head at the troubles she got herself into.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it wanting more July 9, 2012
As soon as I read this book, I emailed the author asking when the next one is coming out. It's such a fun read and the characters are great. Love Annie Valentine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitious boring theme February 26, 2013
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I finally quit reading this midway as it was a boring repeitious theme with the main character and all her complicated relationships with men, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Personal Shopper is definitely a material girl February 15, 2013
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I forced myself through a third of this book with the hope that it would get better, but it was just a book about clothes and shopping and a woman obsessed with material things. Where's the depth? Where's the character development? I couldn't take anymore and gave up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but
it was somewhat hard to read due to formatting issues - like really really bad. The story was a quick read, it was ok; luckily it was free. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Voracious Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars much alike
Although I like this series, don't look for anything heavy. They all have the same time and are good if you are looking for light reading and entertainment.
Published 9 months ago by ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for love
As we know wanting someone to love an come him to is something everyone wants. It's harder to find so some to love then for someone to love us.
Published 12 months ago by megan odom
4.0 out of 5 stars t
This is a generic book review that is being written to get this book off the “to be reviewed” list. I am a reader and I don’t necessarily read all of the books I put on my Kindle.
Published 14 months ago by J
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much about shopping!
Although 'shopping' is in the title I did not expect that to be THE subject of the book. The book did not hold my attention enough to get past the first few chapters.
Published 15 months ago by M. P. Ballard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick read! Enjoyed the whole series
I just finished reading all six of these and came back to write a review. I loved the fashion sprinkled in the stories and enjoyed the writing style of the author. Read more
Published 15 months ago by New Dyson fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Reading The Personal Shopper
This book was hard for me to get involved with it...I kept trying to get into it but didn't work.
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Snopek
4.0 out of 5 stars nice adventure
Love the books just bought the series & am almost done - keeps you interested & want to read more
Published 16 months ago by vicky
2.0 out of 5 stars YUK
was sooo boring....only read 1st chapter - but I guess it could have been a good read to just kill time.
Published 16 months ago by vveale
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cute Summer Read
The writing and descriptives just flowed for a great easy read at the beach. Don't get me wrong, it's got barely a plot to it but it's a fun read. Worth the price (it was free).
Published 16 months ago by Katherine Williams
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