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Book Review: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend by Jenny Colgan

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend by Jenny Colgan

This is a fresh and funny riches to rags tale that is thoroughly entertaining. Sophie Chesterton is daddy’s little darling and he won’t deny her every whim – designer clothes, a hefty allowance and all the freedom in the world to be seen in all the right places with all the right people. But then her father dies and his will stipulates that she has to make her own way in the world for a set period of time until she can receive her inheritance. Sophie has no choice but to square her shoulders and make her own way. She finds a hovel to live in with four smelly boys, scraping together a living as a photographic assistant. Having never even made even a cup of tea in her life, hers is a hard learning curve when she can’t afford to pay full rent so is put in charge of doing the flat housework too. Sophie is desperate to get her old life back and soldiers on bravely – but what if she never enjoys the high life again? Does she need diamonds to make her happy?

Sophie’s character is an absolute delight as she flounders around in her new world, the poor little rich girl completely out of her depth with everyday life we all take for granted – making mistakes that had me laughing out loud. (Can you imagine using oven cleaner to clean a toilet? The results are hilarious!) The cast of characters around Sophie are equally memorable. Her bitchy old friends turn up at inconvenient times to witness her humiliation, but as her relationship with them is tested her new friends prove to be a source of support even if they live on beer and baked beans instead of caviar and champagne. This is a fabulous, light-hearted read with a big heart.

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