Today’s Blogmas Post is a review of How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake.
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?
This book is everything I love in a festive read and more. I loved that for this book the author did not go for the typical ‘family’ set up but it was still full of all the christmassy things that I love. The Characters in this novel had my heart from day one. I love that the storyline includes a lot of humour and it is not just sad.
The book is started off with a recipe made by Eve’s friend in order to attempt to cheer her up after finding out that her ex partner cheats on her. The whole story follows Eve as she makes plans for her festive season.
I love that the book is full of festive recipes throughout, I very much need to try these things out. I so enjoyed this book and absolutely raced through it because it was such a fun read. I appreciated the idea of trying to avoid Christmas but still paying homage to the festive season and that is just the kind of thing that Eve is doing in this book. I thought the story was told really cleverly because this is not an overtly Christmassy tale, but a romantic comedy about a strong female-I loved it!
I really liked the character of Eve. She was totally relatable and so I found myself really wanting all the best for her. She makes decisions and then sticks to them (nothing worse than a wishy washy heroine who can’t make up her mind!) and I really respected her as well. The other characters in the book are also well written. We all have a friend or relative who seems to have it all and therefore seems that little bit unapproachable, that is Eve’s sister.
We all know the guy who seems to blow hot and cold and we just can’t quite figure out and that is the very handsome vet in this case. This character I think is someone we all related to… because we all know someone who acts in this way. There is also a strong sense of community between the character which really keeps with the Christmas message especially in Christmas of 2020!
I loved the fact that this novel is set at winter as it made me want to stay snuggled up with the book, a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate.
My favourite things about this books is that it is not a typical break up story Eve does not just roll over and get sad over the break up, she in fact turns around and decides to better herself. Eve learns a new skill and let’s be honest she absolutely bosses the self love and determination.
Have you read how to stuff up Christmas? What is your favourite thing to bake?