FICTION

Christmas Shopaholic

Dial. (Shopaholic, Bk. 9). Oct. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9780593132821. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780593132845. F
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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.

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