Friday, 20 November 2015

Book Review: How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake!

Has anyone else been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down on BBC? It's my new favourite show. And if you take the pottery, focus in on the houseboats in the background, add Christmas, then you have just a few of my favourite things that all feature in How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake!*
Christmas books have the prettiest covers!



'Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you've found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance's phone... 

Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve's boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen. 

But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve's best friend Daisy know that she isn't telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve's boat? 

I really enjoyed this book. It started slowly but I ended up reading for three hours straight to get to the end and find out how it turned out for Eve. It's weird because I write a character called Eve, and Rosie Blake's Eve is a little bit like me. She decides to hide from her problems and spend December on a houseboat far from home, but whenever she talks to her ex, she takes no nonsense. If you're looking for a book with a main character who feels human, How To Stuff Up Christmas will fit the bill.


The writing is very simple but I think it works to it's advantage. It is, for lack of a better term, chick lit and it's fluffy and fun for the holiday season. There's nothing to trip over while you're reading, but there's also no beautiful sentences to savour. It's a win some-lose some kind of situation. But it did make me feel really Christmassy while I read it, there's scene setting like: "-she had sat on a bench next to the enormous Christmas tree with a hot chocolate, the air smelling of pine needles, her shopping bags around her feet-" and doesn't that just sum up December?


The mysteries about Daisy and Greg seemed pretty obvious from the get-go and I spent most of the book feeling smug that I had figured it out, but ended up being wrong on one! Not so smug after that. I still don't know what the heck was up with the goose though. This story does keep you guessing about where it's heading, but there's nothing too drastic or angsty.


Rosie Blake has written a really great contemporary cosy Christmas book I think a lot of people will enjoy this Winter. So if you want to spend Christmas Eve with Eve, you can pick up a copy here!

Will you be reading this book at Christmas? What's your favourite Christmas book?


*I received this book from the publisher. It hasn't changed my opinion.

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