One of our favourite reads this month is The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London, described by bestselling author Teri Wilson as ‘the romcom Carrie Bradshaw would have written if she were a dog person!’ It’s the charming and sexy story of NYC social media consultant Isla Thompson, who finds out the hard way that the internet can turn on its favourites. A laughing stock, and out of a job, she becomes dog-sitter for the Upper East Side’s most reclusive Mr Big, Theo Garrison, so that she can earn enough to support the dreams of her younger, ballet-loving sister. Her new job is caring for the pampered, designer-clad Dachshund Camilla, who is inclined to bite the hand that feeds her and pee on designer handbags. In time, Isla sees beyond the cranky exterior – of both dog and owner.
I gulped down this delightful bite of NYC glam, park views, labels and all … and I couldn’t help but wonder … what novels would the other SATC women, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda have written – or more likely read – while Carrie was in doggy daycare land?
I suspect Charlotte, SATC’s resident ‘princess’, would pick up Adventure With a Secret Prince by Andrea Bolter, in which loveless Jersey girl Gracie, intent on a career as a travel agent, hops aboard an NYC-to-Miami cruise, hoping to build her contacts list and earn some commissions. What she finds, instead, is a mysterious shipboard companion, Ras. He’s tall, built, with Asian features … and unwilling to reveal anyting about himself. In reality, Ras is the Crown Prince of Ko Pha Lano, an island nation in the Gulf of Thailand, escaping for a brief few weeks before his loveless arranged marriage to a party girl princess.
Gracie and Ras can’t help falling for each other … and despite all the obstacles, Charlotte, who as Carrie tells us always believed in love, will be betting on a happy ever after.
Samantha, meanwhile, would lap up the sophistication of Black Tie Bachelor Bid by Karen Booth. Can’t get in touch with the billionaire hotel developer she thinks could launch her boutique hotel in Connecticut? What else would heroine Taylor do but slam down $200,000 at a bachelor auction to buy hero Roman Scott’s time? SATC’s go-get-it PR chick would surely approve of Taylor’s chutzpah in grabbing her man, telling him what she needs … and then taking a little more than either of them expected. It’s a sexy, sassy story about getting what you want – plus it’s part of the M&B ‘Little Black Book of Secrets’ series. Whoever owns the little black book has it in for Taylor and her friends, and it’s full of the kind of gossip that would have Samantha smacking her perfect lips.
As for no-nonsense career-woman Miranda, I think she’d roll her eyes at the above (though she’d secretly read the books, too). She’d be more likely to grab An A-List for Death by Pamela Hart, in which TV researcher (and occasional unwilling reporter) Poppy McGowan finds herself at the middle of a media feeding frenzy when she’s photographed with rock god Nathan Castle. It only happened because Nathan’s glamorous mother, Poppy’s aunt’s best friend, has been found attacked and Poppy is helping out. Who can she trust, especially when there’s a murder, and the cops have Poppy’s archaeologist boyfriend Tol in their sights for the crime? I can just see Miranda applying her forensic mind to the problem … although even she might be stumped by the source of the poisoned ginger truffles.