Blogmas Day 16: How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake


Published: 5th November 2015
Publisher: Corvus
Pages: 304

On the sixteenth day of Blogmas…


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 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.ย 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?


Thank you to Corvus for kindly sending me a review copy.

Rosie’s festive read opens with a lot of dialogue between Eve and her parents. Rather than talking TO her, her Mum believes it’s best to talk AT her – hello relatable opener. Eve has recently become single because her boyfriend decided it was best to go off and “shag” (Eve’s words, not mine) someone else. Yikes! With the company of her work best friend Daisy, she starts to realise that being in her rather beautiful once-shared-with-that-cheater flat at Christmas time is not her best option. This reminded me quite a lot of Cameron Diaz in The Holiday; no complaints from me, brilliant film!

“You cannot have a sensible opinion wearing pyjamas.”

I was quite surprised by the change in narrator as rather early on, we hear from a character named Greg who later on, comes to Eve’s rescue (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb!). The opening to his story was quite interesting – going home to someone you didn’t want to see anymore – that’s a recipe for a fictional disaster. His job at as a vet was really interesting and Rosie portrayed it in a light which left me wanting more. His character was kind, gentle and caring – what more could you ask for? With Eve, it literally was as if her middle name was disaster but for some reason, I couldn’t help but laugh at her prawn incident. Rosie left a lot of it to the readers imagination (thank you!) and I found myself still giggling whilst starting a new chapter.

“And you paid for my tampons, but you never claimed ownership of them.”

When Eve found herself on a tied up boat for a few days before Christmas, I had a firm idea of what may happen and it all fell quickly into place. Greg really was a lovely main male character but the spark between them was barely there for me. When they met for the first time, we had two chapters of the same conversation but from the two perspectives and honestly, I didn’t like that element. Overall, I really did enjoy the beginning but for me, it just lacked the festive sparkle.

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