Christmas Shopaholic [Sophie Kinsella]

Start Date: 28 February 2020

Finish Date: 29 February 2020

Source: National Library Board, Singapore (paperback)

Goodreads link.

Goodreads summary:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Notes:

  • This was utterly joyous. I loved how it managed to stay slapstick and kind throughout the book, without ever losing control of the plot or the characters. That takes fantastic skill and talent.
  • It’s been a slightly stressful beginning to the year (and that was before we got into a global pandemic), and enjoying this book so much, that too by accident – I wasn’t carrying my own books on holiday so I pinched my wife’s – made me realise that reading similar light fiction for the next few months is probably a great coping strategy. On to more Sophie Kinsella! And I welcome your suggestions for anything similarly light hearted and light souled.

 

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