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Christmas Shopaholic
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Christmas Shopaholic
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher and Love Your Life returns with a festive Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.“Sophie Kinsella keeps...
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher and Love Your Life returns with a festive Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.“Sophie Kinsella keeps...
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  • The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher and Love Your Life returns with a festive Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.
    “Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter.”—Jojo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars and The Last Letter from Your Lover
    ’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.
    Praise for Christmas Shopaholic
    “Funny, charming, and the perfect read to get into the holiday spirit.”PopSugar
    “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

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  • From the book 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...

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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 26, 2019
    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. These days, Becky is in lovely, leafy suburbia and living happily ever after with her husband, Luke, and young daughter, Minnie. When her parents take an apartment in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood in London, Becky is stuck with planning Christmas festivities for friends and family alike. While running her best friend’s gift shop at grand Letherby Hall, Becky encounters an old boyfriend, who’s now a musician, and his obnoxious girlfriend, who is determined to go into business with Luke. The villainess of this tale and her devious actions are a teeny bit far-fetched, but Becky is as whimsical and wonderful as ever. With hilarious scrapes only Becky could get into—including being locked into a pet store while buying a last-minute hamster for Minnie, integrating an all-male billiards club, and using a permanent Sharpie to mark names of new aftershaves on Luke’s skin as he sleeps—Kinsella delivers a solid and laugh-out-loud funny installment that longtime readers and new fans alike will gleefully devour. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from October 1, 2019

    Becky Brandon is anticipating Christmas the best way she knows, by making a (shopping) list and checking it often, and working at her friend Suze's shop in her stately home. But when her parents, who usually host a Christmas party, decide to move to trendy Shoreditch in East London, they ask Becky to take over this year. Becky's feeling a little anxious about it, especially when family members pile on the picky requests and an old boyfriend appears on the scene--can she manage her stress without hitting "buy now" on every shopping cart she fills? VERDICT The return of Kinsella's quirky and lovable characters who show genuine connection is reason enough to enjoy this story, but watching Becky overcome obstacles, self-imposed or otherwise, is inspirational. Readers might come for the laughs, but they'll leave with a warm heart.

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2019
    Kinsella's (I Owe You One, 2019, etc.) much-loved Shopaholic is back--and this time, it's Christmas. Becky Brandon is looking forward to spending Christmas with her husband and daughter at her parents' house, just like always. It's cozy and warm and, other than her favorite Christmas tradition (shopping), Becky doesn't have to do much of anything. But then her parents drop a huge surprise--they're moving to an apartment in the superhip London neighborhood of Shoreditch. Now, instead of Christmas sweaters and carols, they're into unicycles and avocado toast. Her parents' transformation into hipsters means that Becky has to host Christmas at her home in Letherby. Becky has no idea how to host a holiday dinner for her entire family and extended network of family friends, but she's never met a problem she couldn't shop her way out of. As usual, however, Becky finds herself stuck with a ton of problems. First, she needs to find the perfect gift for her husband, Luke, but in order to get it she just might have to petition an all-male billiards club to accept female members (Becky, of course, doesn't play billiards). She might be in trouble with the entire country of Norway after creating her own (fictional) version of hygge, "sprygge." Her environmentally conscious sister wants Becky to decorate a broom instead of a Christmas tree and have a vegan turkey on the table. And then there's her musician ex-boyfriend who unexpectedly shows up in town with his new girlfriend. With everything on Becky's plate, will she be able to create the picture-perfect Christmas she dreams of? Becky is still a hardworking, eminently lovable character who just wants to do the right thing, even if she usually screws everything up and finds herself in hilariously awful situations (like, for example, storing 30 pounds of smoked salmon on her front lawn under a duvet). A laugh-out-loud funny book that will delight longtime Kinsella fans and those looking for a cozy holiday story.

    COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    October 1, 2019
    It's been four long years since Becky Brandon, n�e Bloomwood, graced readers with a lighthearted adventure full of humor, warmth, and shopping. Kinsella's popular character?who first appeared almost 20 years ago in Confessions of a Shopaholic?continues her hunt for bargains with her husband Luke, her best friend Suze, and her daughter Minnie along for the ride. Working at a village gift shop, far from her old fast-paced city life, Becky continues to rally her blind optimism when asked to host Christmas for the first time while her parents try out a more hipster lifestyle in a trendy London neighborhood. Naturally the holiday season is full of shopping expeditions, family drama, and a school Christmas pageant to boot. Then an old flame arrives in town, equipped with a beautiful girlfriend with eyes on Luke, and a fellow school mother's marriage is in distress. Longtime fans will welcome Becky's return, but even readers new to the Shopaholic world will connect with the themes of the sandwich generation, marriage woes, and holiday spectacles that can threaten any family gathering.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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