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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Colgan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Product Description


Sheer indulgence from start to finish (Sophie Kinsella)

A Jenny Colgan novel is as essential for a week in the sun as Alka Seltzer, aftersun and far too many pairs of sandals (Heat)

A naturally funny, warm-hearted writer who creates characters to love and care about long after you've finished reading (Lisa Jewell)

The perfect summer sunbather, easy to read, packed with gags and truths (Irish News)

Sweeter than a bag of jelly beans . . . had us eating up every page (Cosmopolitan)

Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well observed (Daily Mail)

One for those lazy afternoons at the beach (Take a Break)

A delicious comedy (Red)

Book Description

From martinis in stilettos to baked beans on the floor, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (winner of the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance) and Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams (RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013 winner).

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030E3YY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what the doctor ordered!! 18 Jun. 2009
I love the pure escapism of this book and found myself laughing, crying and totally empathising with Sophie, the spolit but lovable heroine of this story. They only problem i had was the fact that i have lost a whole day of my life and am now dreadfully behind with everything. This book should come with a warning - 'Don't pick me up unless you have free 24 hours!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK-ish read with some good moments 3 July 2014
Sophie Chesterton tells us her story in her own words; she is a spoilt little rich girl who is totally indulged by her wealthy father in terms of parties, jewellery, handbags, clothes and anything she wants. Until the day her boyfriend dumps her for her best friend and her father dies; Sophie’s perfect world comes crashing down around her perfect little ears. When the terms of her father’s will is revealed Sophie finds there is no money left, and a clause in the will dictates that Sophie has to go out in the world with nothing, find somewhere to live and support herself. She is literally kicked out by her stepmother and this is where it became unrealistic. I was getting annoyed with the book by this point, and felt it was a bit juvenile, and wasn’t expecting much as I really didn’t like Operation Sunshine. It did pick up though as we follow Sophie’s journey as she slums it. She moves into a complete dive with a group of students and cleans the place instead of paying rent. She takes a low-paid job photographing page three models. She finds out who her real friends are and discovers a lot about herself. I wasn’t convinced by the relationship side of things though and wasn’t sure where Jenny was leading us; not to the actual ending, I didn’t think! It was an OK read and had some very good moments but not a classic for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really like this one! 5 Aug. 2009
By Sue
I haven't given 5 stars for ages but I really enjoyed this one - one of the author's best. Have passed it on to my 16 year old daughter. Well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful riches to rags story 11 May 2009
Jenny Colgan has done a fantastic job of making the old story of a girl who has it all and then loses it completely original. How Sophie Chesterton deals with her change in fortunes is hilarious, but also remarkably touching. She learns hard lessons but is ultimately victorious in life and love. I was laughing out loud in parts and teary-eyed in others. Colgan is an author who succeeds at writing a deeper kind of chick lit novel. 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, funny reading 17 Nov. 2012
By JR_82
I picked this book basically for two main reasons: because I wanted to relax with a light reading and because I wanted to find once again that type of characters Mrs Colgan had managed to create for a previous book of hers I had read not that long ago - Sweetshop of Dreams: well described, funny, down-to-heart as if they were real.
Well. If I was not at all disappointed by the second, definitely I was by the first. OK, I told you, I chose this book 'cause I was looking for a reading I could easily carry on with even when I was knackered at late night. But maybe in this case reading was too... easy. I soon found out that the plot of this book, which in Sweetshop of Dreams started to lack only by the last third of the story on, was really shabby indeed.

Sophie Chesterton is awfully rich, deeply loved and extremely beautiful. She has all a girl can dream of and if she wants more she doesn't even need to ask. Her dad loves her to bits and would do anything - anything! - to make her happy. Until the day this rich lifestyle comes to an end and Sophie finds herself forced to learn how to carry on on her own.

Of course this is a girlish book. No doubts on that, non even the slightest. The title, the sparkling cover, the layout: this book is nomore than a girls' magazine - just packed in a book. Still maybe I expected a bit more than those hundreds of romantic clichés Jenny Colgan generously squeezed within its pages. Sophie's new life is turning up being surrounded by fortunate events and stunningly beautiful guys, and even when crap is at its highest there's always a well-breed lower-class bloke ready to support her. OK, fair enough I thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun. 8 April 2013
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I enjoyed this chick lit. I have read many of Colgan' s novels and I have laughed with most of them. This book was funny at times, but there were few. The protagonist was different to your usual female heroine, because she is a character that you dislike, that is until she finds the revelation that helps her see that money and status does not always provide happiness, a cliche but done with humour and realism. I shall continue to read Colgan' s novels. I recommend Amanda's Wedding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, unable to put it down! 18 Feb. 2010
I originally discovered Jenny Colgan by picking up here book Where Have All the Boys Gone? I loved it and was unable to put it down! So when I saw her latest book Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend in a local supermarket, I couldn't resist picking it up.

The book tells the story of a socialite-IT-girl Sophie Chesterton whose life evolves around parties, clothes, diamonds and all things shiny and sparklie, all paid for by her rich father. All seems perfect in Sophie's world until disaster strikes, daddy's gone and so is daddy's money. Sophie is forced for the first time in her life to slum it: moving in with University students, having to clean to pay her way (rather than have a housemaid), working long hours in a low paid job photographing page 3 models (rather than her voluntary work in an excluse fashion photographers), etc.

In the book you follow Sophie's journey as she deals with her fathers death, builds a relationship with her step mother, discovers love, makes new friends and rediscovers old ones, finding out about the interesting and funny experiences that happen along the way. One particularly funny scene is when Sophie uses oven cleaner to clean the toilet, one of the boy students she lives with uses the toilet and Sophie hear's a scream from the bathroom. Hilarious!

In the end you come to care for Sophie and really appreciate the journey and life changing experiences she undertakes along the way. If you love chick-flick-books, a bit of entertaining, light reading, you'll love this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
When I first started reading this book I didn't think I was going to be able to get into it but I did and I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars chic lit cliche
Ok read for a beach holiday, guilty pleasure read I would say.
Published 5 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute detail of the this book..
Published 6 months ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds are definitely a girls best friend
Another great read from jenny Colgan
The setting was mainly in London. It follows the story of Sophie Chesterton, a spoiled daughter of a wealthy man who spent most of her... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lady from Aberdeen
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable novel
After a sad start, this novel turned out to be quite a nice story. Unfortunately, insufficient for me to take the risk of future purchases from this author.
Published 7 months ago by SJellicoe
5.0 out of 5 stars All's well that....
Loved this book!!!! Laughter sadness hope all of this in one short book
Could not put down beautifully written
Perfect end
Published 9 months ago by N. Gooden
4.0 out of 5 stars Great girly book
Great story couldn't put it down ,lots of great twists and fab ending lived it would defo recommend to my friends
Published 10 months ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars diamonds
so true, diamonds are a girls best friend. I love her books and haven't read a bad one yet. this is yet another fabulous book, a really good laugh out loud book.
Published 11 months ago by fairy girl
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect escap
I remember when i first saw this book in the supermarket as a teenager. I had never heard of the author but i was strangely attracted to the blue/teal cover and shiny sparkling... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great page tuner, fab characters
Great story and a good page turner, always a shame when you finish her books, leaves you wanting more. recommended
Published 14 months ago by Jack D
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