When Jennifer or Jenny Marston got in contact with me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of the blog book tour for Sylvia Ashby’s new book called the Prosecco Christmas I was delighted to say yes. I read Sylvia Ashby’s book Pot Love and did a review on it a while back. If you haven’t read It you can read it here: https://girlmasked.com/2017/09/27/pot-love-review/
Below is the media kit for Prosecco Christmas:
Blurb: Family is where life begins.
And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?
Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child.
But babies have a habit of being unpredictable.
So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do?
The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.
Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?
Author bio: Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!
She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.
I read this book the week after Christmas and it was a lovely way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. As you can read in the above blurb this book features main character Ashley and her husband Giacomo as they both become parents. Ashley is a You tuber and has her own You tube channel called the Sinking Chef. The book, as you may have already guessed from the title, is set at Christmas time when Ashley and Giacomo’s family come together to celebrate Christmas and the birth of their baby who’s born on Christmas eve.
One of my favourite things about this book is how the characters really come to life when you are reading the story. I have an idea of what I would imagine Ashley and Giacomo to look like in my minds eye. I love how each character is so different. To me, Giacomo is really laid back, loving and caring to everyone, especially those he loves. Ashley is really bubbly and can get stressed easily, complete opposite of Giacomo but I love their relationship and how well they get on and compliment each other.
This story covers a wide range of themes and I really admire how one story can address important issues like family, friendships, love, motherhood and bullying. I love reading about all the different things that happen to Ashley’s family especially the relationship she has with her mother. It was wonderful to see their relationship blossom throughout the story which was definitely influenced by Ashley becoming a mother. I don’t have children myself but it was really nice to be educated on the world of motherhood and how life changes when a new born enters your life and the life of your family. This book really showed how stressful and how rewarding motherhood can be.
As I mentioned this novel also deals with bullying and teasing or any sort of hateful / hurtful behaviour in general. It deals with the effect of it on both the bully and the victim which is not something that is usually in books so it made a nice change. Eatwell, one of Ashley’s YouTube competitors starts making some really nasty comments about her, her family and her channel. I loved watching Ashley grow and develop as a character and as a person by first feeling incredibly panicked and hurt by Eatwell’s comments to supporting her mother’s advice and coming up with a strategy to combat the problem. It was also interesting to find out the reasons behind Eatwell’s unjust behaviour and it made me feel a little sorry for Eatwell’s younger self. True sign of a good book!!
There were only two things that bothered me about this book and that was the pacing and the backstory (I hope I’m using the correct word!). I loved the pacing throughout the book and I admire how it can be fast paced and so much fun events can be fitted into the story but the one time I changed my view on it was the ending. I felt everything sped up a little too much at the end. I don’t want to give out too many spoilers but there’s a fight between a group of characters and I would have loved to see more of the aftermath and discussions between the characters. I suppose on the other hand that does leave us as readers wondering what will happen to them and that is always a plus as it has certainly kept me interested to find out if there will be a sequel! The second point is that is something happened in the novel that maybe readers weren’t completely familiar with there was a small piece explaining it which I felt at times wasn’t completely necessary. It wasn’t a major thing but just something that I noted!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good cosy read with themes that they can relate to their own lives. I’d recommend it to both young adults and adults as it can teach you a lot about the world and make you think about your life as well as the lives of the characters in the book.
Huge thank you to Jenny Marston who’s blog is: https://jennyinneverland.com/ for sending me this book to review and inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
Hope you enjoyed reading this book review.
If you do read it please let me know what you think of it!