It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco is home in London for Christmas after her first term at Aberystwyth University. She has started to write, and fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, a devilishly handsome musician from the wrong side of the river.
But Coco’s overbearing mother has other plans and resumes her campaign for Coco to meet and marry the ‘right sort of man’, preferably Kenneth, son of her best friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.
As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other.
A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone ‘prequella’ to the smash-hit Coco Pinchard series, with a glorious cast of characters including Daniel’s mother Ethel, sister Meryl – and a turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo…
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
A Very Coco Christmas is the prequel to the Coco Pinchard series and is a funny little book. With just bit over 50 pages, it’s a quick yet very enjoyable read which even those who are not fan of novellas will like.
I’m not the biggest fan of novellas, however lately I’ve started to appreciate more these short reads, especially since I didn’t have much time to read. However, this summer I read the third book in the Coco Pinchard series (Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex) and I knew I’m gonna enjoy this one too. I really really love Robert’s writing and his sense of humour, it’s fresh and effortless.
Coco Pinchard is sure one great character, and not the usual (stereotypical) chick lit heroine. In this novella, Robert goes back in time to where it all started, back when Coco was at the University and met her boyfriend Daniel. It’s also the time when Karen became Coco and started to rebel against her family, especially her mother. There are just too many funny situations and this is more of a humourous book than a romantic one, which is why I love this series so much. Romance books have become too safe of a territory, so reading Robert’s books has been really refreshing and just what I needed during some very exhausting days. They are the perfect books you need to relax and forget all about your every day problems.
However, there’s one thing I really found bit annoying and that was Ethel’s way of talking. As a character, I really like her, she’s crazy (in a good way) and it will grow on you fast. However, her dialect or the way she talks was so so hard for me to follow. Sometimes, I’d had to go back, reading these sentences a couple of times just to understand what she was saying. I know what Robert wanted to achieve with this, and it’s cute to a certain extent. But since I’m not that familiar with Brit dialects or slang, it was kind of hard to fully enjoy this novella and give it 9/10 or 10/10. I actually had the same problem with #3 in the series, and this was also one of the reasons (if not the main one) for rating that one 4* (8/10) too.
But, don’t be discouraged by this, A Very Coco Christmas is indeed very Coco…and Coco is one of a kind. If you need a short, funny read with bit of Christmas sparkle, look no further.
My rating: 8/10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Bryndza was born in the UK and lived in America and Canada before settling in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján. His debut novel The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard became an Amazon bestseller and two sequels have followed, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding and Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex. A Very Coco Christmas, is a delightful introductory novella to the Coco Pinchard series. When he’s not writing Rob is learning Slovak, trying to train two crazy dogs, or watching Grand Designs – all in the hope that he’ll be able to understand his mother-in-law, build his dream house, and get the dogs to listen.
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