Tuesday 17 December 2013

A Very Coco Christmas by Robert Bryndza

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco is home in London for Christmas after her first term at Aberystwyth University. She has started to write, and fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, a devilishly handsome musician from the wrong side of the river.

But Coco’s overbearing mother has other plans and resumes her campaign for Coco to meet and marry the ‘right sort of man’, preferably Kenneth, son of her best friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone ‘prequella’ to the smash-hit Coco Pinchard series, with a glorious cast of characters including Daniel’s mother Ethel, sister Meryl – and a turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo...

This is a prequella to the Coco Pinchard series, and I absolutely loved it! I read the blurb, but you never quite know what the book will be like until you start reading it and I read it within an hour! It was unputdownable!

In just over 50 pages I learnt so much about the characters and Coco and her family. Coco is coming home for the Christmas holidays from her university in Wales. She doesn't really want to go back home to her parents as she would rather stay with her new boyfriend Daniel. Coco's Mother is incredibly overbearing and would in no way approve of Daniel, him being totally beneath Coco's snobbish Mother's expectations. Things however get set in motion for a very funny Christmas and Coco's Mother ends up with more guests than she expected!

I think Mrs Pinchard has got to be my favourite character. She made this book for me as well as the turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo!

I have not read the rest of the Coco Pinchard series, but I certainly want to now! I think Robert Bryndza is definitely one to watch!


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