☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
When sweet, naive Melissa seeks a job with her old Home Economics teacher she is halfway through the interview before it dawns on her that Mrs McKinnon isn’t interested in her cookery skills, but is in fact running an escort agency. Melissa panics, but she needs the cash – and what harm can providing lonely men with stimulating conversation over dinner do? More exciting still, she’ll get to wear a disguise…Enter her alter ego: Honey. As flirty and feminine as a Bond girl, as confident and sexy as Mary Poppins in silk stockings, Honey brings out a side to Melissa she never knew she had. A side that will get her into hot water, (and out of it) and that she’ll never want to lose.
I first read The Little Lady Agency in 2012. It was my first romantic comedy, and it remains one of my favorite all time books. I recently picked up the audio version of the book, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read the book.
I absolutely adore Melissa, the main character and narrator of the story. She is smart, efficient, pretty, yet self-effacing. I love her naiveté and her old-fashion values. She is horribly unlucky in love and all too trusting (which is part of her charm and also her downfall when it comes to men). On the other hand, her best friend and roommate, Nelson, is a total winner. He’s wonderfully supportive and an all around great guy. Melissa’s other friends, family, and acquaintances provide headaches for Melissa and laughs for the reader.
Ms. Browne’s writing flows, the dialogue feels natural and organic. She provides the right amount of detail to paint the scenes in the readers’ minds. Her dry humor is fantastic! The Little Lady Agency is a delightful, lighthearted story. I’m enamored with the characters as well as Melissa’s brilliant idea for her agency. This charming book is the first in a series of three books, and it is wonderfully brought to life by narrator, Lara J. West.
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