I’m back with a review for Rachel’s Random Resources, this time with a unique twist on a Christmas tale – Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield.
Title: Eve’s Christmas
Author: Julie Butterfield
Length: 250 Pages
Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas. Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas. So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.
But even the best laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.
As someone who is horrified by the glorified commercialism that has become the Christmas season, I can totally relate to Eve’s cynicism around the over-priced decorations and insane meals that people feel obliged to present over December. I enjoyed watching her descent into madness as she tried to recreate the “perfect” Christmas – mostly because it might have echoed mine.
Unlike a traditional romance, Eve’s Christmas sees an already established relationship take on a new edge when the main character decides to compete with her husband’s BFF.
The depiction of her thought processes as she does so; the mishaps and adventures, and the secrets uncovered along the way, made the entire experience so relatable. Just about everyone dreams of having a Christmas spread worthy of the best Home & Garden magazines, and watching an ordinary mom and wife take on the challenge – at great risk to her own happiness in the process – was both hilarious and nerve-wracking.
I loved this book!
Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.
Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, ‘Did I Mention I Won The Lottery’ is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!
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