This book review is part of the Prosecco Christmas Blog Tour, hosted by Neverland Blog Tours!
For more information about other blog stops, you can find the schedule here.
Here we are again, my lovelies!
Sylvia Ashby is back with a new festive, food fueled adventure.
While I enjoyed her second book, The Sinking Chef, there were elements – such as the representation of Youtubers – that I felt broke the immersion of the book. Yet when I was approached by Neverland Blog Tours and asked to review Prosecco Christmas, the third book in the series. I was curious.
Where would the author take the story?
Would be any improvement from the last book?
Driven by these questions, I gave the book a read.
And guys: She knocked it out of the park.
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?
This book is a wild ride.
There is so many different plot threads to juggle – from the baby, to the Youtube stream, to the different sets of parents. Yet each one is memorable, and it’s entertaining to watch all of these different conflicts crash together. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Ashley, who is at the center of all this Christmas chaos.
Once again, the protagonist’s narrative voice holds this story together. Her little quips, whether they’re about herself or others, kept a smile on my face throughout the entire novel. And despite some of the OTT elements of this story, the relationship between her and Giacomo continues to be one of the most genuine, heartfelt parts of the book.
As for my prior issue with Ashley being a youtuber – and, more specifically, the way Youtubers are represented – I can rest easy. In Prosecco Christmas, the subplot about the Christmas Eve streaming event is handled really well.
Rather than something that could be done on the side, or is an after-thought, Ashley really cares about letting her followers down. It makes sense that she wouldn’t be on her full Youtube game, considering she’s pregnant and all. As such, disappointing her fans by not making the Christmas live-stream is that much more important. As someone who wants to see more things like Youtube represented in books, I came away from this book very happy.
If you’re someone who loves those chaotic Christmas movies – where everything that could go wrong does go wrong – then you’ll absolutely love this book. Funny, charming, and full of heart, Prosecco Christmas is a book that can bring festive fun all year round.
Have you read Prosecco Christmas? What are your favourite festive books? Leave a comment below, or tweet me @ERHollands. And hey, if you wanna know more about the author, check out my interview with her here!