Publication: 17th October 2019 – Transworld Books
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?
Becky Brandon née Bloomwood is baaack!!! Who has missed the world’s best shopaholic? I have been waiting for a new novel featuring my favourite heroine and I was so happy to hear that, for the first time, she would be in a Christmas novel. After all, we’ve seen her finding the perfect job, getting married, having a child, conquering Hollywood, and road-tripping around America, so we need to see her hosting Christmas. Of course, it will be full of difficulties and hilarious because that’s what happens in all her stories.
Becky loves Christmas and she’s been really looking forward to spending it at her parents’ house like every year, instead, at her mother’s request, she is hosting Christmas at her house and she’s invited family and friends and it’s not easy to satisfy everyone’s desires. Becky is not only busy organizing Christmas at her house for the whole family, but she also manages to change the tradition of a 200-year-old all-men club, to get stuck in a skylight, and to invent a new Norwegian word, among other things.
I have been reading the Shopaholic series for almost twenty years now and every time a new novel comes out I get excited before I start reading it, I am not disappointed and I laugh out loud while I am reading it, I eagerly hope for a new one as soon as I finish reading it. I love Becky. She is the same altruistic, friendly, and unique person she’s always been. Trying everyone to get along, worried about her sister, helping a fellow mother who is practically a stranger, Becky’s life is far from boring. Her addiction to shopping is still high, especially now that she does shopping online and it is delivered directly at her door and the Denny and George scarves are back. Becky’s daughter Minnie is adorable, I love her husband Luke, Suze is the best friend in the world, and Becky’s parents and their neighbours Janice and Martin are as hilarious as ever.
Christmas Shopaholic is another addictive and fantastic Becky story with a festive atmosphere, an engaging and captivating plot, and a beautiful and moving ending that made me shed a couple of tears. My favourite series from my favourite author, I hope that we won’t wait for four years for another Shopaholic novel…
A huge huge thank you to Becky Short and Transworld for providing me with a copy of this novel and happy publication day to Sophie Kinsella, Christmas Shopaholic is out today!