Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella

Audio-This was not the funny story I have grown used to from Sophia Kinsella. It had it’s funny parts, but it had a feeling of melancholy through much of the book. Perhaps because I saw myself in the characters flaws.
Lara is a nice young lady with her own business and a fabulous boyfriend. Everything is going her way. Till her fabulous boyfriend dumps her, without saying why. Her partner leaves town, and all their clients that she was to take care of. She has no idea how to handle this side of the business. Her parents and friends thinks she’s gone ‘nutters’ texting her ex constantly. To to it off she is being haunted by her Great Aunt. (What a mess.)
Sadie is her Great Aunt, she has just died at the age of 105 in a nursing home. She wants something, something that was hers and now it’s lost. She in a funny lighthearted character that shows up in her twenties.
The two of them engage in all kinds of craziness. The search opens many new doors, and slams a few others closed. Lara has a chance to learn of her heritage and learn her own heart in this journey. Perhaps even give up her obsession with her ex ?
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was so close to my own life, with her job, her partner, her love, her obsession. I can’t wait to read another book from this author.

Side Talk-Geesh, she’s and executive recruiter, I was for over 20 years.She stalked and obsessed over some stupid relationship, yes,I did that too. (I was only in my twenties, and stupid) She had her business nearly go under because of a cheating lying partner, yep had that too. It took me years to recover from that little adventure. She got to know one of her ancestors. She learned about life from new eyes. I had the blessing to be able to spend time with my Grandparents and other elders and listen to their stories.  it was just so deja vu throughout the story I had goosebumps.

Ever Read a book that did that to you ?

Okay what did I cook ? I had ton’s of tea and cookies that my daughters made. But the winner of the week had to be the soup. Even my blue cheese hating kids loved it.

I had to have Stilton Cheese. Omg it was so good. I think it’s one of my favorites now. I found this tasty recipe on About.com- http://britishfood.about.com/od/start3/r/leekstilsoup.htm

Ingredients:

  • 8 leeks, trimmed, washed and finely chopped in a food processor
  • 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 50g/2oz Butter
  • 1 tbsp light and mild olive oil
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and diced
  • 1.5l/3 pt litres vegetable stock
  • ¼ pt/150ml single cream
  • 8oz/225g stilton, crumbled
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

Serves 6

  • Gently sweat the shredded leek and celery in the butter and olive oil for 5 minutes to soften. Add the diced potato and stock. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Whiz in batches in a food processor with the single cream, Stilton and seasonings to a coarse consistency. Top with strips of cooked leek and serve with warm crusty granary bread.
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