Genre: chick lit/festive fiction
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? (From Amazon.com)
My verdict: Another Christmas cracker from kinsella! Though some say the plot is predictable, I say bah humbug! The writing is warm and funny and cleverly crafted and every reader can identify with Becky and the stress of hosting Christmas. This book shows that there is no such thing as a perfect Christmas and that we shouldn’t take our loved ones for granted. Come along with Becky as she gets herself out if tight spots but with a heart of gold and the best intentions no matter what goes wrong. Perfect package of festive fun. You’ll be crying with laughter and crying tears of joy as we all kind find one of Becky’s family and friends around our own dining table this Christmas! (Becky’s mum and dad remind me of my grandparents who desperately try to be in with the times!) Most importantly is the lesson Kinsella gives us in family and friends and ethically sourced vegan turkeys! This piece of prose is a sure fire way to get you in the festive mood! Not to mention Becky becoming a trailblazer in regards to women playing billiards… read it for yourself and find out!