Eve is heartbroken after discovering her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to spend Christmas alone on a houseboat. Eve gets unexpected 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 keeps 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?
The first thing I have to say about this book is I just love the cover, its glittery, it’s Christmassy and it just shouts out at you to be read! It has to be one of the best covers for a Christmas book this year. From the first page of How To Stuff up Christmas I was hooked. The banter between Eve and her parents made me laugh out loud, considering I was on public transport at the time, people must have wondered about my sanity! I loved Eve’s dad, due to him being colour blind he often looks like a “wilted Sunflower”, so as you can imagine this book is full of warmth and humour. Rosie Blake has presented the reader with a set of characters you just love to read about, even Eve’s dog Marmite is highly entertaining, and it’s easy to see why he becomes the subject of a custody battle.
When Greg first meets Eve he wonders if she may have escaped from a mental asylum, you will have to read the book to see why (no spoilers), and their second meeting doesn’t fare much better. As the couple continue to meet up, Greg teaches Eve to cook, and their friendship begins to blossom, but Greg is a man of mystery and Eve is concerned she will be hurt again. I loved the dialogue between Eve and Greg, again it was full of humour and warmth, as is the dialogue between other characters in this book.
Many of the chapters feature random recipes, (and some of them are very Radom to say the least!) But highly entertaining) that reflect Eve’s personality and mood. It’s suffice to say Eve is not a good cook, in fact she isn’t even your average cook, when she attempts to cook Prawn and leek linguine, It all ends in tears when she gives her guests food poisoning! But with Greg’s help and guidance Eve begins to produce food her friends might actually enjoy
As I reached the end of the book and the recipe for “the perfect Turkey roast”, I could almost smell and taste it, and I’m sure I heard Christmas Carols somewhere in the background! All in all I found How To Stuff Up Christmas an enjoyable read, full of warmth and humour, and a book I would recommend to others to read over the festive season. My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers Corvus for an advanced copy
4 🎄🎄🎄🎄out of 5 from me
Publication day: 5th November 2015