On more than one occasion, Olivia's imagination gets the best of her and she finds evil dwelling behind the scenes of every fashion story she encounters. She's about to get sacked if she can't pull in a real story. So what happens when her over-the-top suspicions are true?
It's a fun listen. Light and laughable. The woman actually does have good instincts and some smarts to get her through numerous sticky situations. I enjoyed it!
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The title does not do this book justice. I expected a book about a woman who was hyper imaginative and flighty. Instead, what I got was an entertaining spy thriller with a very compelling plot. I read it because it was from the same author of Bridget Jones Diary, which I enjoyed, it was actually much better than that book.
Story of a dizzy reporter with a wild imagination that sends her all over the world chasing stories. Her latest imagining is that a hollywood head hunter she has met is actually a terrorist in disguise. It was an all right read, but not really my kind of book.
This romance/thriller/spy novel is a fast, breezy read. Despite some of the most unlikely plot twists, the action moves forward in an enjoyable manner and the reader comes to really care for Olivia. Recommended as a quick, fun novel.
The book was written around the time that the United States was looking for Osama Bin Laden, so this is a thread that ties the book together. The character is not as well developed as I would have hoped. It was difficult to see how she gained the skills necessary to complete the missions assigned to her. You definitely need to suspend belief while reading this book.
from back of book:
"If Bridget Jones shaped and named a certain kind of life in the 1990's, it looks as if Olivia Joules, Helen Fieldig's new heroine, may do the same for the new decade." - The Times (London)
From front cover:
Move over, 007: a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage armed with her own pocket survival kit, her Rules for Living, her infamous overactive imagination, and a very special underwire bra.
I'm a huge fan of Helen Fielding and the Bridget Jones books, but this is one is great because it's got some action and mystery added to the fun and romance. Great book - read it almost in one sitting (on a transcontinental flight).
Olivia Joules, similar to Bridget Jones, is always getting herself in trouble. You really find yourself wondering what far fetched scheme her imagination is going to come up with next. But is it really her imagination...or is it reality? You be the judge.
Helen Fielding 1st Mystery with a dash of romance and her usally all to human female hero. This book was very well written for a 1st time jaunt from romance chick lit to Mystery and well done. I am wanting more of Olivia Joule adventures and to date none have been done, which makes me said as this book was soo good and the people were well written and plot was great. Ms. Fielding should write more about Olivia Joules and be done with Bridget Jones.
I love this book. I love it so much I've read it about 5 times. Olivia is by far my all time favorite Helen Fielding charecter. She is adorable, spunky, vivacious and silly. It is a goofy story that is predictable but it such a fun read. Seeing the world through Olivias eyes is a riot. I first "read" this book as a CD narrated by Josephine Bailey. It was the only version I'd recommend listening to.
I love this book. I love it so much I've read it about 5 times. Olivia is by far my all time favorite Helen Fielding charecter. She is adorable, spunky, vivacious and silly. It is a goofy story that is predictable but it such a fun read. Seeing the world through Olivias eyes is a riot. I first "read" this book as a CD narrated by Josephine Bailey. It was the only version I'd recommend listening to. She is one of the best narrators I e had and I will actively seek out Audio books just because of her. She makes Olivia leap off the page and really lends a great image of how Helen Feilding would have wanted her to be seen.
This was funny. Hard to initially get into but once I understood the style it became more enjoyable. Generally don't care for female narrators but really enjoyed Helen Fielding. The kick of it is many of the things about her "overactive imagination" are things I'd say many people think but don't actually act upon. Recommended.