Book Review: 'Prada and Prejudice' by Katie Oliver

by - June 18, 2014

Published by Harlequin (UK)Limited
Pub Date: 2nd January 2014


He’s a man in possession of a large fortune….but is he in want of a wife?!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop. After all, as the heiress to the renowned London department store Dashwood & Jones she’s been wearing designer shoes since she could walk! But a socialite’s life isn’t as perfect as you might imagine… Natalie’s spending is spiraling slightly out of control, her rock star boyfriend is engaged to someone else, and it seems the family business is in financial crisis.

New high-flying business exec Rhys Gordon has been brought in to save the company from ruin, but what are his motives? And infuriatingly even a shoe-shopping spree can’t take her mind off his distracting and oh-so-charming smile…

Couture and confetti mix with scandal and intrigue in this wonderful tale of retail, romance and redemption.


People always say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but in the case you really can! I love the gorgeous cover and I loved the story.

When you are first introduced to Natalie Dashwood, she appears to be your classic spoilt brat! A girl who has everything and she hasn't had to work to get any of it. The way she treats some of the other characters initially leaves a lot to be desired - however, a great deal of her behaviour can be attributed to her upbringing, this is the life she knows.

The story begins with the true-to-chicklit whirlwind of a devastating nature for Natalie Dashwood - but what I love about this story is that it hasn't got the typically easy turnaround where the happy ending happens to fall into the protagonists lap. Natalie Dashwood has to learn the art of hard work and dedication when it comes to trying to save the family business.

Oliver has really developed fascinating characters, and I really enjoyed following Natalie and she found herself on a journey of self-discovery. With the need to become independent to save her family's company, Natalie becomes a strong, hard-working character, not without it's hiccups along the way.

'Prada and Prejudice' is full of surprises - it encompasses the usual alluring qualities of great chicklit, but I found myself experiencing a wide mix of emotions through the story. There was some brilliant laugh-out-loud moments which kept the book light and easy to read, with a fast pace to keep the reader interested.

Katie Oliver is a talented writer who mixes chicklit with some important life steps which anyone can adapt and relate to their own life.

To buy this book: Amazon

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