Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic #9) by Sophie Kinsella
Published October 15th 2019 by Recorded Books, Bantam Press
Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) now lives in a little village in England with her husband Luke and her young daughter Minnie. She works for her best friend, Suze, and continues happily to enjoy her true passion…shopping. What better time of year to shop, but at Christmas.
I love the Shopaholic series. I know I will laugh at Becky’s antics and sympathize with her situations. Becky loves to shop for herself, but she also loves to shop for others. It is her shopping for others, particularly Luke, that has her in some of the most hilarious situations. Throw in some family drama, online shopping, trying to get a gift on Christmas Eve and her idea to boost sales in the shop at Suze’s estate and this book is a fun, Christmas read.
If you are not familiar with this series, you might think that Becky is just a spoiled, high maintenance, airhead, but you would be wrong. She has her flaws, but in this book, you see her generous side and it is recognized by her family and friends. I really enjoyed this light-hearted, comedic Christmas story.
I did a read/listen for this book. It was the first time I listened to a book in this series and it was quite enjoyable. The story was narrated by Nathalie Buscombe and she did a wonderful job. I could picture Becky during this story. I will definitely listen to other books narrated by this voice actress.
Synopsis: ‘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.