Blast from the Past: The Little Lady Agency

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
376  pages — 5/24-28-2006 — fiction/comedy
Recommended by: People Magazine
Borrowed from: public library
Recommend to: Kirsta, Katy {best friend and sister, respectively}

Melissa is well organized, but Honey is even more. This hilarious (debut) book is about Mel running an agency to men who need organized in any way. She’s a “nanny but for adult men.” Along with her there’s her flatmate Nelson and best friend Gabi. And a irresistible man named Jonathan who Mel is determined to believe he only loves Honey. So basically this is a novel about a girl who thinks she’s being a completely different woman, but everyone else realizes she’s just showing more of herself as Honey. Whatever Honey has, it’s in Mel, but as Mel she doesn’t know how to let it out.

“It’s rude to refuse a compliment, even if you don’t quite believe it.” (p3)

“You only get one chance at life…you can’t go on hiding…you’re going to miss out if you don’t start grasping…a bitmore.” (p266)

“It’s much better to have a marriage with ups and downs than for it to be monotonous. More reason to stick together if you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” (p275)

In a marriage…
“Well, you need a bit of independence. And respect. And some shared interests. Um, the same sort of sense of humour helps. You need to be able to live together and understand each other. Know when to give each other some space, and when to be close. You want a partner who can make you feel secure, and loved, so you can reach your full potential, someone who can inspire you and encourage you to try again if things don’t work out. Someone who loves you for who you are, not who you might turn into, or who you once were.” (p226)



Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


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