Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Publishing Date: 17th October 2019
Series: Shopaholic #9
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!
The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.
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?
In “Christmas Shopaholic” Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood) is supposed to host Christmas for the first time. It not only throws her into a buying frenzy – as we all know, Becky doesn’t need excuses like Christmas for a shopping – but also put her under tons of stress. She has a big family and a huge bunch of friends who are all invited and all of them are either fighting with each other or have special requests, or suggest what would be best, or there are also people who will try to sabotage Becky’s day. From inventing a new word that goes viral, through marking Luke, having 30 lbs of frozen salmon on the front lawn, to being locked in a pet store on Christmas Day – will Becky manage this time?
“Christmas Shopaholic” is everything I have expected. It’s fabulously entertaining and it has moments when it feels really poignant, and no matter what you think about Becky, how frustrating she can be, she has one of the biggest hearts in the world and it is impossible not to love her. It is a series that has potential to be never – ending and personally I wouldn’t say no to another book, and another, and another one, while theoretically the shtick should be already stale on the series, but no, Becky still entertains and still sounds genuine and her usual self.
There were so many funny and hilarious scenes, and while many of them made me smile, the one when Becky was trying aftershave on Luke made me laugh out loud, oh help, really, I’m still laughing only thinking about it. The emails, messages and Google searches at the end of some chapters were abso – bloody – lutely brilliant, I really laughed my head off when reading them.
I am always amused with Becky’s antics – she never lets me down, and yes, the way she does her shopping sounds very familiar. Sure, she can be too much sometimes but she’s also charming and adorable in her spontaneity and thinking about everybody else, about creating the perfect Christmas and forgetting about herself. She may worry too much what other s think of her and she may still make bad choices when it comes to shopping, but she is warm, caring and lovely mum, friend, sister and daughter.
The book also features all of the other characters that we got to know so well and love, and it was a real joy to see them again, hear their banter and the way they complicated their lives. There were moments that I frown at Suze, she was somehow, I’m not sure, so cold and not so friendly to Becky, and Jess, well, Jess was not funny anymore, oh got, she was exhausting.
It was a fast – paced, amusing and brilliantly written light – hearted book full of festive spirit. I loved spending my time with Becky, seeing her interacting with Luke and Minnie. It was touching, it left me feel warm inside and the end, well, the end was epic! Highly recommended!