Thursday 24 December 2015

Book Review: How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake

Title: How to Stuff Up Christmas
Author: Rosie Blake 
Published: 5th November
Publisher: Corvus

Before I say anything else, I must comment on how wonderfully Christmassy that cover is! It's glittery and just lovely! Definitely has that stand out factor with some of the other Christmas covers out there.

Anyway onto the book itself. I had previously read Rosie's debut How to Get a (Love) Life and really enjoyed it's lightheartness, so was eager to read Rosie's next book.

How to Stuff Up Christmas is again a very enjoyable, lighthearted (although sad in places) story that once again had me laughing and gave me a form of escapism. Eve is also looking for an escape, her now ex-boyfriend Liam cheated on her and Eve doesn't want to be around at Christmas with all the memories of last year. Eve decides to get away from it all by going on a pottery course over Christmas in Pangbourne and ends up staying in a gorgeous little houseboat. But Eve might be in for an unexpected surprise this Christmas.

The village of Pangbourne and the boat that Eve stays on, sounded so picturesque and idyllic. I may not live in a city as such, but I would love to live in a village that of Pangbourne where everyone knows each other by sight and is peaceful and tranquil- apart from the geese you come across.

Eve is a lovely character and I do feel sorry for her at times, but she also frustrated me when it came to Greg. I think I say this for many novels like it, I just want to shake her (gently) and tell her to listen to her heart and not her head. If this didn't happen though then we wouldn't get the funny story that is How to Stuff Up Christmas, so frustrations aside, Eve makes this a joy to read.

As with every chick lit/romance story, there is a little bit of predictability, but this never deters me as the story is always still enjoyable.

I loved the little recipes throughout the book and how they featured in each chapter. Eve's sudden penchant for cooking has made me want to pick up on my culinary skills (I say that lightly). It was a lovely added extra.

Another wonderful, funny and lighthearted read to read this Christmas from Rosie and I look forward to her next story.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful read. Don't you just love those small friendly towns in fiction? I see that you are reading Uprooted. I look forward to carving out some time for it myself. Happy New Year.

    1. Totally, love that small community feel :) Yes finally got round to it- been meaning to read for ages, but quite a big one! Half way through now. It's good, hopefully will finish this weekend. Hope you manage to find some time for it too. Happy New Year :)