Book ReviewThe Little Lady Agency

Reviewer's Rating: 
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005

BOOK ONE: LITTLE LADY AGENCY SERIES. 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 fire-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...

Snap this book up if you can.  That's my advice when it comes to this series by Hester Browne.  When I first got my hands on, The Little Lady Agency, I noticed it was a big thick book...this meant one of two things.  1. A sloppy editing job that left in extra dialogue/scenes that would drag the flow of the story down or 2. Lots and lots of juicy plot twists that required a chunky bunch of pages.  I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong on both counts.  The reason this book has so many pages is because it's a solid, good read!

I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this story and what fun it was to vicariously put on a wig with Melissa and become the strict, 'Honey' putting everyone's lives in order...except her own.  The relationships in the book are well outlined and realistic.  The romance factor kept us guessing what turn would appear next right to the very end of the book.  And let's face it, I'm always a sucker for a naive, good hearted character who always believes the best in everyone.

The pace of the book is stroll through a park, but it's a sunny, warm day so who doesn't love that in the middle of a cold, long winter in Canada?  The intensity of the book comes from wondering just when 'Honey' will finally turn around and fix her own messy Melissa life.


The only slightly problem I had with this book was the very ending.  After hoping Honey would ream out Melissa's Dad (who was quite brutal with her throughout the entire book), it was such a short event I felt a bit cheated.  In fact, she didn't powerhouse him as Honey would have at all.  She fizzled and her friends held her up, her Granny held her up but Melissa didn't grow a backbone after all.  Huh.  Bit of a head scratcher for me, but I'm looking forward to book two-maybe inner strength is the name of the game there.

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