Melissa Romney-Jones is a shy brunette from London, daughter of an MP, socialised in a elite girls’ school, good at organising and sewing clothes like a 50s role model.
Honey Blennerhesket on the other hand, is a self-confident blonde in sexy dresses, suspender-belt, silk stockings and tortoiseshell glasses, she is Mary Poppins meets Bond girl.
As you can imagine now Mel falls in love with Jonathan but she doesn’t know whether he is only interested in Honey for business reasons and even if he’s not…he only knows Honey, an artificial alter ego of Melissa, but not Melissa.
What I love about “The Little Lady Agency”
- I love Mel as a character. I love the way she knows all about etiquette and the joke about being a 50s throwback. I have the feeling she is very authentic.
- I love the doppelgänger motif. I think the idea for the agency is brilliant and I very much enjoy how Honey solves problems of certain people. I’m fascinated by the transformation of Mel to Honey and how sexy underwear can make you feel more self-confident. Also the borders of her profession give food for thought. She is literally selling herself (without being a prostitute). Is that a feminist profession even though she looks so unfeminist in her short skirts?
I must admit I had high expectations towards “Little Lady Big Apple”. I kept longing for Melissa-Honey-transformations, I kept longing for Nelson (who was so far away, out at sea most time throughout the novel) and at times I was looking for the climax, a big bang, but it all went rather smooth. I think the novel would gain perfection if it was a little more condense. Still, it’s one of the best chick lit series I know. And I’m sure you need a Little Lady to improve your life as well!
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