Book Review: THE MINCE PIE MIX-UP BY JENNIFER JOYCE (Christmas Fiction)
‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’
’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.
Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?
But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…
Judy is a busy mum, she works as a waitress at the local tea shop, bakes mince pies and cakes to make extra money, makes costumes for the school nativity, walks the dog, shops, cooks and looks after the children - her husband Calvin thinks she complains too much and has it easy. He thinks his life is hard with a bully of a boss, busy work schedule, driving through rush hour traffic every day.
When they get the offer to swap lives and bodies until Christmas Day by a fairy they jump at the chance.
There were some very funny moments, especially the part where Judy had to play in a football match with Calvin's mates followed by an evening drinking pints in the local pub! And Calvin had to learn very quickly to bake mince pies and cook the evening meal!
This is a quirky, funny, feel-good story. It's about taking each other for granted. It's about families.
A lovely festive read that put me in the Christmas spirit.
My thanks to Net Galley and publishers Carina UK for the opportunity to read this novel.