Book dragged in the middle.
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.
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.
Great fun! I read it in one day and thought it was a perfect summer read. Fun, travel, intrigue...I really liked it.
After reading both Briget Jones books, I expected this to be funnier. It took me a few chapters to get into the story line but I liked it nonetheless.
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.
not as funny as Bridget Jones Diary but gets better as the book goes along
Great book, not too long, not too short, lots of great plot twists
Not as good as the Bridget Jones books, but a light read that is set in very current times.
From the author of Bridget Jones's Diary, another heroine thas fun, adventurous and a little bit like all women.
I read maybe the first 100 pages of this book, and could go no further. It just seemed silly.
By the author of Bridget Jones Diary, this is another fun romp. Not as good as Bridget but worth a read.
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)
If Bridget Jones married James Bond and they had a daughter, she would be Olivia Joules. Fabulous. Fashionable. Fearless? Well ... definitely fun.
My expectations were high due to the author's previous work (Bridget Jones Diary, for one), but this book was a disappointment to me.
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).
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.
Excellent book, very funny. Liked it as much, if not more than Bridget Jones, hoping for a sequel.
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.
Very entertaining and easy read.
Quick and easy read. Olivia is a lovable character in much the same way as Bridget Jones.
Seems lightweight at first, but overall a fun read. Olivia is NOT Bridget Jones.
Wonderful book, lots of fun. If you are a Bridget Jones fan, you must read this book.
Olivia Joules, a lovable character with a James Bond alter-ego is always getting herself in trouble.
Another funny heroine-and a good read-from the author of Bridget Jone's Diary
This is night and day from Bridget Jones, but it is entertaining - sort of a "chicventure".
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.