Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #9)

Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #9)

by Sophie Kinsella

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with a festive new Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.

“Funny, charming, and the perfect read to get into the holiday spirit.”—PopSugar

’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—even if that only means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents hosting, carols playing on repeat, her mother pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors coming ’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?

Becky’s sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave (again), and little Minnie needs 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 bighearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky wonders if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

Advance praise for Christmas Shopaholic

“Kinsella’s popular heroine, Becky Bloomwood Brandon, is back for a delightful ode to shopping, in the engaging eighth Shopaholic novel, this time with a Christmas theme. . . . Becky is as whimsical and wonderful as ever. . . . Kinsella delivers a solid and laugh-out-loud funny installment that longtime readers and new fans alike will gleefully devour.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593132821
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: Shopaholic Series , #9
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 5,533
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)

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.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1969

Place of Birth:

London, England

Education:

B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1990; M.Mus., King's College, London, 1992

Read an Excerpt

OK. Don’t panic. Don’t panic. I’ve got five minutes fifty-two seconds before my basket expires. That’s loads of time! All I have to do is quickly find one more item to bump up my total to £75 so I’ll get free delivery.

Come on, Becky. You can find something.

I’m scrolling down the BargainFamily site on my computer screen, feeling like a NASA operative keeping cool under unspeakable pressure. The onscreen timer is in my peripheral vision, ticking down steadily beneath a heading that reads, Your Basket Will Expire Soon! But you can’t give in to timer fear when you’re shopping on discount sites. You have to be strong. Like tungsten.

Shopping has really changed for me over the years. Or maybe I’ve changed. The days when I was a single girl, living in Fulham with Suze and going round the shops every day, seem ages ago now. Yes, I used to spend too much. I’ll freely admit it. I’ve made mistakes. Like Frank Sinatra, I did it my way.

(Except “my way” involved stuffing Visa bills under the bed, which I bet Frank never did.)

But I’ve learned some important lessons, which have genuinely changed the way I go about things. Like, for example:

1.I don’t use carrier bags anymore. They used to be my biggest joy in life. Oh my God, the feel of a new carrier bag . . . ​the rope handles . . . ​the rustle of tissue paper . . . ​(I still sometimes go and swoon over my old collection at the back of the wardrobe.) But now I use a bag for life instead. Because of the planet and everything.

2.I’m totally into ethical shopping. It’s like a win-win! You get cool stuff and you’re being virtuous.

3.I don’t even spend money anymore. I save money.

OK. So obviously that’s not exactly, actually, literally true. But the point is, I’m always looking for a good deal. I see it as my responsibility as a parent to procure all the items that my family needs, at the most cost-effective prices possible. Which is why BargainFamily is the perfect place for me to shop. It’s all reduced! Designer labels and everything!

The only thing is, you have to be a fast shopper, or else your basket expires and you have to start again. I’m at £62.97 already, so all I need is another item around 12 quid. Come on, quick, there must be something I need. I click on an orange cardigan, £13.99, RRP £45, but when I zoom in, I see a horrible lacy border.

White shirt?

No, I bought a white shirt last week (100 percent linen, £29.99, RRP £99.99. I must remember to wear that, actually).

I click on my basket to double-check on what I’ve already got, and a pop-up window bursts forth, announcing, You’ve Saved £284 Today, Becky!

I feel a flash of pride as I survey my items. I’ve saved a whole £284! I’ve got an adorable bunny rabbit dressing gown for Minnie and a fantastic DKNY jacket, down from £299 to £39.99 in clearance, and a huge rubber ring shaped like a flamingo, which we can use next time we go on holiday.

And OK, yes, I could theoretically check out now and pay £5.95 for delivery. But that’s not prudent. I’m not a former financial journalist for nothing; I know these things. It’s far more economically sound to find yourself something else that you need and get the free delivery.

Come on, there must be something. Tights? Everyone needs tights.

Oh, but I’m always bumping up orders with tights. I have so many black opaques, they’ll last me till I’m 105. And those tartan-patterned ones I clicked on last week were a big mistake.

I click on Homewares and scroll down the items quickly. Silver antelope sculpture, was £79.99, now £12.99? Hmm, not sure. Scented candle? Oh God. No. I can’t buy another one. Our whole house is like one big scented candle. In fact, Luke said the other day, “Becky, is there any chance of buying a candle called Fresh Air?”

I’m just squinting at a bread bin shaped like Big Ben when a pop-up appears in front of my eyes—Your Time Is Running Out, Becky!—and my heart jumps in fright.

I wish they wouldn’t do that. I know my time is running out.

“I know!” I hear myself saying out loud. “Don’t stress me out!”

Just to reassure myself, I click back on my basket again—and my heart stops. The flamingo ring is sold out!

Sold out!

Noooo! I was too slow! Argh. The trouble with discount websites is, you can’t see the people snatching bargains away from you. Now my heart really is thumping. I’m not losing my jacket, nor Minnie’s dressing gown. I need to fill this basket and check out, pronto.

“Mummeee!” Minnie’s voice hails me from outside the door, immediately followed by Luke saying, “Minnie! Darling, leave Mummy alone when she’s doing her mindfulness. Sorry, Becky,” he calls through the door. “Didn’t mean to disturb you.”

“Er . . . ​that’s OK!” I call back, feeling a tiny stab of guilt.

I know Luke thinks I’m sitting here peacefully doing my mindfulness meditation. And I was. In fact, it’s still running in the corner of the screen, so in a way I am doing it, except I turned the volume down so I could concentrate on shopping.

It’s become a bit of a routine, my mindfulness. I come into the study and turn on the meditation and it keeps me mentally well balanced. And just occasionally I log on to a shopping site too.

The thing is, the stock on the BargainFamily site changes every day, so it makes sense to check out Deals of the Day. Minnie needs a new dressing gown, so I started with that—and then how could I not buy a DKNY jacket for £39.99? I mean, that’s an insanely good bargain and it’ll last me forever. Which meant that obviously I had to add some other items to get the free delivery. That’s when I turned down the volume of the mindfulness guy. He’s nice, but he’s a bit serious and he distracts you from the task at hand.

Anyway, shopping is mindfulness, if you ask me. I’ve forgotten about all my other worries right now. I’m in the moment. I’m in the zone.

I glance at the timer and my stomach flips over. Two mins thirty-four before my basket expires. Come on, Becky . . . ​

Hastily, I click on Accessories. That’s the answer. You can’t have too many accessories, can you? And I could always give one as a present.

I swiftly scroll down a page of boring clutch bags, weird hats, and nasty-looking gold necklaces. Every time a page loads, I feel a burst of optimism, but then my spirits fall. There’s nothing. What’s wrong with me? Am I that fussy?

I’m starting to think I’ll have to admit defeat and pay the delivery charge for the first time in my life, when the next page loads. And something catches in my throat. Can that be . . . ​

Are my eyes playing tricks on me?

I’m staring at a turquoise printed gossamer silk scarf. Surely it can’t be . . . ​

Denny and George? On BargainFamily? Seriously?

Blinking in disbelief, I read the description. Silk scarf, was £239, our price £30.

Thirty quid for a Denny and George scarf? Thirty quid?

I scroll down and there are two more underneath. All 100 percent silk. All stunning. All Limited stock. Shit. I need to hurry!

Without pausing to consider further, I start clicking. Buy. Buy. Buy. View Basket. Check Out. I feel like a virtuoso pianist, hitting all the right notes, on top of her game. And I’ve made it with twenty seconds to spare! My basket is intact! My credit-card details are stored; this should take no time. . . .

Your password is not secure.

A pop-up has stopped me in my tracks, and I stare at it breathlessly. What’s the problem now? I peer at the screen, reading the rest of the message.

Would you like to change your password? We suggest C?/x887dau.

I bet they do. Well, they can just sod off. My password is fine. Carefully, I type in Ermintrude2 and click a final Complete.

I lean back in my chair, panting as a new message appears on the screen. Congratulations! You saved £879 today!

I mean, it just shows. A penny saved is a penny earned, which means I’ve effectively earned £879. In one online shopping session! If I made that every day, it would be . . . ​I shut my eyes, trying to calculate. Well, anyway, a six-figure salary. I think sometimes Luke doesn’t appreciate this fact about me: that I’m quietly generating our family thousands of pounds, all the time.

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Christmas Shopaholic: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Ginaboop 27 days ago
This is my first read in the Shopaholic series. It was amusing and funny. It’s a perfect read for Christmas as if you are not in the festive mood yet, it will get you there after reading Rebecca’s holiday antics. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy.
ethel55 1 days ago
Will Becky every learn? Thankfully, no, not really. This was a lot of fun. Becky takes on Christmas, an old men's club, online shopping and silver llamas--a perfect addition to a fun rom-com series that hasn't yet showed its' age. I really liked catching up with all of these characters and even laughed aloud a few times. Her parents were especially dynamic and just goes to show that in the end, it's all about family.
GratefulGrandma 2 days ago
4.5 Stars: 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. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Renwarsreads 11 days ago
This book was a great addition to my holiday reads for this year. I was luck enough to get an ebook copy for an honest review. I have read other Sophie Kinsella books before but not the shopaholic series. I feel like now I want to go back to the beginning. Bex and her quirky friends and family are quite an enjoyable read. I found myself chuckling at some of the antics that she found herself in the middle of, almost like a child, she doesn't think about what may happen and just charges ahead trying to do the right thing. Really fun Christmas read!!
Renwarsreads 11 days ago
This book was a great addition to my holiday reads for this year. I was luck enough to get an ebook copy for an honest review. I have read other Sophie Kinsella books before but not the shopaholic series. I feel like now I want to go back to the beginning. Bex and her quirky friends and family are quite an enjoyable read. I found myself chuckling at some of the antics that she found herself in the middle of, almost like a child, she doesn't think about what may happen and just charges ahead trying to do the right thing. Really fun Christmas read!!
Anonymous 12 days ago
I received Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella as an ARC from NetGalley. I have read all of the books in the Shopaholic Series so I was interested in reading the latest installment. Becky Brandon is back with her wackiness and this time she is hosting Christmas for her family even though she has no idea what she is doing. Hijinks ensue as normal in one of these books but everything works out in the end. Becky is a fun and entertaining character and I love all of the other characters in this series too. If you are looking for a funny book to provide some comic relief in your life and you love rom coms then this is the book for you.
Amanda_Dickens 18 days ago
I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. Oddly enough this was my first Shopaholic book but I hav read almost all of her standalone books. This one read like it could have been a standalone if you are new to the series. It was so funny to read what the main character would do in order to get the gift for her husband. Even with this being a book pretty far into a series, there was still some character development and storyline progression. I am really excited to start this series from the beginning.
Amanda_Dickens 18 days ago
I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. Oddly enough this was my first Shopaholic book but I hav read almost all of her standalone books. This one read like it could have been a standalone if you are new to the series. It was so funny to read what the main character would do in order to get the gift for her husband. Even with this being a book pretty far into a series, there was still some character development and storyline progression. I am really excited to start this series from the beginning.
thenashvillewifereads 30 days ago
This book. Lol. I see it and it makes me smile, roll my eyes, and giggle. It’s so silly. So “oh my goooosh”. So HALLMARK but you canNOT not smile when you read this! I will say this... -1- I had a hard time in the beginning. It was ALL. ABOUT. SHOPPING. And I mean truly it was endless. I kinda thought about this becoming a DNF. Glad I didn’t stop! I feel like she could’ve taken out a bit of the beginning and went more into the story, the characters (she could’ve made her daughter a bigger part!) -2- I do want to note that I am giving this book a 4-star within its specific chick-lit genre. For chick-lit readers, I would highly recommend. This is part of a long line of books in her “shopaholic” series Sophie Kinsella has created however it CAN be read as a stand-alone. It’s fun, quirky and has some truly valuable take-always about family, our perceptions of others (and ourselves, honestly) among the more obvious: the true meaning of Christmas. Well done.
Kaceeey 3 months ago
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? No? Have you even started? Meet Becky. She’s a gal that flat-out lives for shopping! All day...every day! And when Christmas rolls around? Well, you can just imagine! She’s in seventh heaven and her shopping mania jumps right off the charts! This year, Becky has something new to contribute other than wonderful presents. She’s been handed the awesome family task of making Christmas dinner with all the fixings and events for the day. She’s head-over-heels to take on this mighty challenge, but quickly discovers she’s in way over her head! First issue, she can’t stay focused, worrying she might miss a great deal if she isn’t watching for it. But all her friends and family have requests and suggestions on what they would like at the dinner. And good ole’ Becky is determined to do it all, as to not upset anyone. This is book 9 of the shopaholic series, (love that name) but it’s a first for me. I admit I did have a bit of trouble warming up to Becky. I thought she was over the top and grew annoyed with her at times. “Come on Becky! Focus!” Once I realized she wasn’t going to listen to me, I sat back, went for the ride and enjoyed her quirkiness. Turns out Becky is a delightful, kind, loving and a hilarious character! I grew to love her and was rooting for the best Christmas ever! A super fun laugh out loud read! I’m a new fan to the series and will be watching for the next release! A buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley Random House Publishing and Sophie Kinsella for an ARC to read and review
3900980 3 months ago
Anyone who has read Sophie Kinsella's Shopoholic series will not want to miss this newest installment after Kinsella took a brief hiatus from Becky to work on other projects. Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) now lives in a little village in England with her darling husband Luke and her young daughter Minnie. She works for her best friend and continues happily to enjoy her true passion...shopping. When her parents move into a very unconventional neighborhood, Becky decides to host Christmas at her house. Which means not only preparing her place and shopping for gifts, but it means she needs to grant the wishes of her guests, who seem to be multiplying on a daily basis. Her father has a new obsession with avocado and would like a supply on hand at Christmas dinner, her sister is insisting she won't come unless there is a vegan turkey and of course there are the brussel sprouts. In the meantime, an old flame of Becky's has moved into town with his new girlfriend and they have taken an unusual liking to Becky and Luke. And per usual there are misinterpreted goings on with laugh out loud blunders. Becky's most comical errors (I truly don't want to give them all away!) are when she desperately tries to find her husband a Christmas gift and the lengths to which she will go to find her daughter the only gift she wants for Christmas. And of course thrown into the mix of the story are Becky's shopping sprees which make for pure delight for the reader. I read this book with a smile on my face from beginning to I never want it to end. As she goes from one misadventure to another, as she innocently makes major mistakes, you think this book cannot get any funnier and then it does! \
Kris601 3 months ago
I remember when I first read Confessions of a Shopaholic and I fell in love with Becky Bloomwood, now Becky Brandon. I just love this character so much and I'm so glad I got an opportunity to revisit this series with this latest installment, just in time for some holiday cheer. In this new book, Becky is taking over the Christmas dinner for her entire family since her parents have temporarily relocated and can't host the dinner. So now Becky has to have the dinner all cooked, the shopping all done and her house looking festive for the holidays. If you've read any of the books in the Shopaholic series, you can probably imagine the trouble on the horizon as Becky goes into overdrive planning for the holiday! If you haven't read the series, never fear! You can leap right into this one without any problem at all. This book is warm, charming and funny and it's perfect to lift your spirits. I definitely want to go back and read some of the books I've missed in this wonderfully fun series! I loved it!
Literaturebabe 3 months ago
Get ready! Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is back and shopping more than ever! Yes it totally IS possible to shop more; while convincing yourself that you are shopping less (smart!), yet still able to help the economy (super smart!) and the environment (bonus!) and local businesses (fantastic!) and ... I mean really, if Becky doesn't spend 150£ and get the free shipping then she's not saving any money or getting a great deal...and really one can always use an extra totebag or10 right? (Handmade, locally sourced from a co-op...think of the orphans!) And so begins another delicious installment in the shopaholic saga ... and Becky, our shopping heroine, truly at her shopping best, is tasked with the ultimate family celebration... Hosting Christmas! Sophie kinsella does not disappoint her shopaholic fans! This is the too hilarious Christmas story of over-the-top-mega Christmas shopping with this-cant-be-happening out of control Becky escapades! Becky hosting Christmas!... Presents, chestnuts, trimming the tree, family singing Carol's and a llama... what could possibly go wrong? Thank you NetGalley The Dial Press, Random House Publishing Group and the uber talented author Ms. Sophie Kinsella for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Christmas Shopaholic"
Ryman425 3 months ago
This was a fun return to the antics of Becky Brandon née, Bloomwood and all her family and friends. Becky is ready for Christmas at her parent's house, but it turns out they're moving to an apartment so Jess and Tom can use the house. This leaves Becky as the hostess and shenanigans ensue. I don't want to give away anything about the rest of the story because it's more fun to experience it all with Becky and pals. I give this a solid 3.5 stars. The end has a situation while Becky is getting a gift at last minute for Minnie that was just not needed and annoyed me. Thank you too Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!
LGandhi 3 months ago
I have soooooo missed Becky!!!!!!! Let me just start off by saying if you haven't read this series before now, stop what you're doing and go check it out. The lovely thing about Christmas Shopaholic is that it can be read as a stand alone book, but having some of the background just makes it even more funnier. Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is back and she is feistier than ever. Her crazy antics, shopping extravaganzas and hilarious letter writing are in full force when she is asked to host Christmas. Who wouldn't want to host Christmas? This is just another excuse to go shopping!!! I've got to get that llama Christmas ornament that is THE ornament to have this year!! Becky is one of those people I wish I had in my life as a friend. She will always keep life lighthearted and exciting and keep you on your toes. This book is so much fun to read and it's the perfect holiday book. So many of the situations Becky gets herself into, I feel like could happen in real life as extreme as they are. I laughed so hard I cried. And isn't that also what the holidays are about - fun and laughter too? This book and these characters will give you bowls full of belly laughs, keep you entertained and get you in the festive holiday spirit!!! Get your copy today, you don't want to miss this one!!! My thanks to Sophie Kinsella, Random House Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
If you think the holidays are crazy with your family, try being Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood)! Once again, Becky has found herself in a situation that she can't shop her way out of and it is wonderfully fun. This festive addition to the Shopaholic series is one you don't want to miss! Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
⭐️Book Review ⭐️ Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella 4/5 Stars As a love of all Kinsella’s shopaholic series, I knew this book would not disappoint me. I mean, this has to be the ultimate shoppers dream or nightmare at Christmas- right?! Becky returns in classic form as she is thrown into hosting Christmas this year. Her parents have moved into a young, hipster area of London leaving their home in the capable hands of Becky’s sister Jess and her husband Tom. This brings the obvious chaos to longtime lovable neighbors Janice and her hubby. Becky is on a tear trying to find perfect presents for all, creating the perfect Christmas for everyone and forgets to enjoy herself in the mix. There are the usual Becky and Suze mixups and even and old boyfriend mishap to spice up the storyline. Not your typical Christmas story, but sure to make you laugh this holiday when you need it! **Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. **
DragonNimbus 4 months ago
I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's book, so I was thrilled to read an ARC of her newest book and delighted that it was next in the Shopaholic series. All the beloved characters are back. Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), her husband Luke, and toddler Minnie have left London for a quieter life in Letherby - closer to Mum and Dad, and best friends Suze and Tarkie Cleath-Stuart and their three children. Becky works for Suze at the Letherby gift shop, in sales and designing imaginative displays. Their children attend the same school so they share babysitting, PTO and carpooling as well as a little gossip here and there, especially when Becky's rockstar former boyfriend shows up out of the blue, renting a cottage on the estate.. Becky's sister Jess and her husband Tom are coming for Christmas from Chile where they are working and trying to adopt a child. Becky's folks loaned Jess their home for the visit and rented an apartment in Shorediitch, a hip part of London. So Becky agrees to host Christmas for the ENTIRE FAMILY including Tom's parents, who are Becky's parents best friends. And this is all in the first few chapters! Christmas Shopaholic is full of shopping, fun and family, with lots and lots of Christmas cheer.. Becky gets in to and out of scrapes including breaking a centuries long tradition at a men's billiards club. She has to deal with the ex-boyfriend, her parents' introduction into hipster life, and helps a desperate single mother. She tries to put on a perfect Christmas and please everyone, all while shopping for the Christmas dinner, the must-have Christmas ornament, and the perfect presents for her family. While staying true to the Shopaholic canon, Kinsella has created a fresh, new Christmas classic. Readers can enjoy the book without having read the others in the series, but why deny yourself the pleasure!! Perfect for putting you in the holiday mood!
TinaLynne 4 months ago
Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It was so wonderful to spend some time with Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood again, and I flew through this book. I've read all of the other books in the series, so it was like being reunited with old friends. True to form, Becky found herself in lots of different scrapes and awkward situations, some of her own making, but some just because it seems that she attracts chaos! Having the story take place around Christmas added a really fun element, and I could definitely relate to some of the madness. Sophie Kinsella writes Becky as maddeningly, impulsively silly, yet she's also intelligent, and she has such a big heart! I so enjoy the relationship between her and Luke as well. I loved this book, and I'll read it again around Christmas!
Booksheartwine 4 months ago
Becky is back, and this time she is in charge of the family Christmas event! But in true Shopaholic fashion, everything goes wrong, and only Becky can save the holiday. This year her family moved to a super-trendy London suburb alienating their best friend, her sister seems to have a big secret, and everyone has a different definition of what a Christmas holiday should be. To add to the chaos, Becky has to sew a nativity costume for school, plan the perfect gift for Luke (expect some funny escapades there!), and find a meat-free turkey. In this latest installment, Becky finds a way to get into even more scrapes -- with hilarious results! Christmas Shopaholic is already one of my favorite of the Shopaholic books. In fact, (spoiler here) when she experiences a "wardrobe malfunction" I was laughing so hard my husband insisted I explain the whole thing so he could laugh too (he didn't as he couldn't understand wardrobe issues). The latest in the Shopaholic family is so relatable and current you'll find yourself nodding your head--especially when she is party planning or choosing the perfect gifts. Don't just put this one on your Christmas list. You will want to have this one read before Christmas.
LH_Writes 4 months ago
Awesome. I loved this book so much. My favorite Shopaholic book since Mini-Shopaholic (and possibly since Shopaholic Ties the Knot). I'm glad that Becky seems to have grown as a person, I love that her problems extend to things other than over-spending - but she's also true to who she is. She's passionate about things. She cares about people. Such a great, heart-warming story.
PanglossMystic 5 months ago
Readers of the past Shopaholic books will want to read this one. Our heroine, Becky, faces organizing Christmas for her friends and family, along with her usual shopaholic mishaps. Her shopping is updated a bit in this book, and she's into online shopping now. This is a solid book in line with the previous novels in this series. However, I would have preferred a shorter book with a few less plot lines and new characters for a Christmas book. Nonetheless, it was good to check in with Shopaholic and see what she's up to these days.
EKB13 5 months ago
When first seeing that there is another book to the Shopaholic series, I immediately request it and then am elated to received this ARC. But then I wonder...will it be the same? Will it grab me like all the other Shopaholic books? Thank God the answer is YES YES YES! Sophie Kinsella has done it again- bringing the delightful Becky Bloomwood to life and this time with a holiday spirit that I think a lot of us can relate to. There are plenty of LOL shopping moments throughout and it's so wonderful to see this character mature (now married with a child) but still be able to bring us to giggles with her antics! This is a must-read for anyone who has loved the previous Shopaholic books...its such a fabulous escape into Becky's world! Such a fun way to kick off the Christmas season! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I currently have a library hold on one of Sophie Kinsella’s books – you can imagine how happy I was to receive a copy of “Christmas Shopaholic”. The book was everything I hoped for… and more! I loved the references to earlier adventures of Becky Brandon, nee Bloomwood. I enjoyed catching up with her family and friends. I could relate to her stress over hosting events in her home. This was just a very enjoyable book for me. I have stated on several occasions that I am stingy with stars but I happily give this book 5 stars!
Anattorneywrites 5 months ago
Reading a “Shopaholic” novel is like indulging in a favorite dessert; you know what to expect, but the delightedness is what makes it so enjoyable, but it’s not something that you’d want to eat every day. Fans of Becky Brandon née Bloomwood will not be disappointed in Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, “The Christmas Shopaholic.” I love Sophie Kinsella’s stand alone books, but I hadn’t realized how much I had missed Becky until I opened this book to its first chapter where Becky’s typically instructed herself not to panic. Becky’s parents have rented a flat in London while Becky’s half sister stays at the family home in Oxshott while waiting to adopt a child with husband, Tom. Accordingly, the family has tasked Becky with hosting Christmas, which she plans for in typical Becky fashion,. This means going the extra mile (and beyond) for husband Luke’s gift, making Minnie’s costume for the Nativity play, and deciding on purchasing multiple Christmas trees versus one. If that isn’t enough, there are subplots aplenty including a return of an old boyfriend of Becky’s, an invention of a Norwegian holiday, a estrangement between Becky’s mom and neighbor, Janice, and helping school mom, Steph, cope with her husband’s infidelity. Nothing unexpected happens in this novel—Luke continues to heroically put up with his wife’s antics, Becky hilariously misinterprets several situations, and family and friends pull together for a warm and happy ending, but isn’t what one wants most from a good dessert is a satisfied feeling? This novel is a perfect treat for Becky and Sophie Kinsella fans. I'd like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me a copy of this novel.