Christmas Shopaholic

Title: Christmas Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Series: Shopaholic #9
Publisher: Bantam Press

[Synopsis]

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?

[My Review]

Christmas Shopaholic is the 9th release in the Shopaholic series (and the first for years!) – a series I remember from my youth and really loved, so getting stuck into this one felt like returning to old friends! It’s as silly and light-hearted as ever, but at the moment that’s just what I needed.

It made me smile, chuckle and offered a real distraction in its pages, which is why I sometimes pick up books like I this – I want some real escapism, and Christmas Shopaholic offers just that – and does it brilliantly.

The plot is simple but entertaining (with some really silly bits to keep things ‘very Becky’) and Luke is just as charming a husband as I remember. The characters are all great fun and the festive elements means it’s a great Christmas read whether you’re already a fan of the series or not (I’d recommend starting from the beginning if not though, as then you have eight other books to enjoy before this one, and you’ll ‘get’ more of Becky’s character!)

[Rating: 4/5]

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