Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Asby

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?

Told with refreshingly dry wit, this is a holiday story of multiple surprises. It reads well as a stand alone. The characters are all eccentric and perfectly individual. It seems that Baby is going to make an entrance ahead of schedule even though the "experts" assure Ashley there is plenty of time.
A chance meeting in a grocery parking lot saves the day and begins new friendship.
Holiday stress is exacerbated by extended family drama all of whom have well meaning advice. 
Baby's early arrival also messes with the schedule for Ashley's YouTube show. It seems like her substitute presenters did an amazing job until she the response by her top competitor.
One again, everyone has advice on what Ashley should do. New mother hormones surge!
The book culminates with an active and intense, heart-pounding party encounter. 
Overall, funny, heartwarming, and reminds us that no matter how they show it, family always cares.

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.

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