As we all wrestle with sitting at home, a book meant to will fill you with holiday spirit may be the perfect escape.
Christmas Shopaholic is the latest installment in the Shopaholic series, featuring the loveable, ebullient Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood). Becky is earnest, determined, and loyal to her friends and family, but her eye for fashion and good deals can land her into some hilarious escapades, à la Lucy Ricardo. Becky is a self-described shopaholic, although over the course of the previous nine books she has progressively done her best to keep her spending under control. However, hosting a family Christmas for the first time proves to test her restraint during the biggest shopping season of the year, leading to mishaps and adventures that keep the reader laughing all the way.
Readers who have kept up with the series over the last nearly twenty years will be delighted that the endearing heroine is back in an enjoyable book full of Sophie Kinsella’s trademark warmth and humor. Readers who are not familiar with the series will still enjoy this book as a fun and festive standalone novel.
Becky loves Christmas and all the traditions her family has in place, the Christmas carols and her mom’s store-bought pudding that she pretends she makes, and her parents’ neighbors visiting in their garish holiday sweaters. Becky is busy planning out her gift list and trying to decide on a perfect surprise present for her husband who insists he only wants boring aftershave again, when her parents announce they need a change of pace and are moving to the hip London district of Shoreditch and it will be up to Becky to host Christmas this year. At first, she is elated and has grand plans to host the perfect holiday, but then she realizes it might not be as easy as it seems.
Her sister demands a vegan turkey as part of the Christmas spread, her mom and her mom’s best friend/neighbor are no longer speaking to each other, the perfect gifts for her family still continue to elude her, and to complicate things, her ex-boyfriend (now rock star) moves into town and seems to have some unclear motives towards Becky. In between tracking down the “ornament of the year,” balancing her job and home life, and planning the perfect Christmas day for all her loved ones, Becky can’t stop watching Hallmark holiday movies and taking advantage of Christmas deals online.
Readers will laugh and maybe even shed a tear along with Becky as she does her best to deliver the perfect Christmas, and find out what that truly means. For a little cheer any time of year, pick up Christmas Shopaholic.
Jenna Beers is a Library Assistant at the Graham Public Library and can be reached at email@example.com.