Title: Christmas Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Page Count: 448
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with a festive new Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.
’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness . . . which actually means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.
But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents host, carols play on repeat, her mother pretends she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors come ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch—unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados—and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?
Her sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave—again, and little Minnie demands a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old-boyfriend-turned-rock-star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her big-hearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky starts to wonder if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is the ninth book in the contemporary romance, chicklit Shopaholic series. The series does follow one character, our Shopaholic Becky, and would probably be best to read in order from the beginning. However, being a late to the club but now a fan of Sophie Kinsella I did read and understand this one just fine as a standalone.
The title of this series will give readers a hint into the character of this series and her obsession with shopping and finding the latest bargain. This all holds true for Becky in this latest installment that catches up with her and her family and friends at Christmastime. After Becky’s parents have decided to move to a hip new neighborhood in a smaller place Becky finds herself tasked with organizing and hosting her first Christmas and wants it all to be perfect for everyone despite their differences.
Even though I went against my own rule of not jumping into an ongoing series with this one I still found myself absolutely enjoying it. I never felt lost or missing anything with the characters or story which is saying alot since I know the series has been around for quite a while. Instead I was quickly swept up in Becky’s craziness and laughing practically at each turn of a page. Sophie Kinsella has such quirky and fun characters that I couldn’t help but become a fan and of course I’ll look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, Surprise Me, and, most recently, I Owe You One. She lives in the UK with her family.