Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How to Stuff Up Christmas – by Rosie Blake

My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb:

'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?

A hilarious and heart-warming novel about Christmas, catastrophes and cooking, containing exclusive Christmas recipes, from the talented Rosie Blake.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Yay, Rosie Blake is back!!! I really enjoyed her debut novel How To Get A (Love) Life, so I was excited for this one. I think the title is genius and I just adore the cover. The blurb is very intriguing.

The story follows Eve. She is in a bad place at the beginning of the story, heartbroken! To get away from it all, she decides to rent a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve is a lovely character, very likeable and so much fun to follow around.

The way she meets Greg, the vet, for the first time is actually hilarious. All the scenes and moments are funny, vivid and bubbly. Rosie’s writing flows perfectly and the descriptions are spot on.

Greg is great, I liked him from the start. He hides something from Eve, which made him mysterious for her. We got to read about his side of the story as well. It made me understand him better and it explained a lot.

The way things move on between them was not as I expected. They had a strong connection from the start they way it all developed just didn’t seem authentic for me.

All the other characters/animals ;) in this story are great as well. From Eve’s best friend Daisy, her parents to her dog Marmite. They were all wonderful and added a beautiful spark to the story.

How to Stuff Up Christmas is a wonderful festive and Christmassy read. I loved the recipes in the story and it was all put together so nicely. This story is full of heart-warming and magical scenes, a Christmas Must-Read!


My possible cast:

Eve: Allison Williams

Greg: Ricky Van Veen

Rosie on Twitter: @RosieBBooks

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