Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce


‘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…


The premise of this book sounded really interesting, along the same lines of the films ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘The Change Up’, among others. Most people will be familiar with this premise, but I have never seen one with opposite genders switching, so this gave the story it’s own twist.

The book is seemingly written with ease, it’s comfort reading at it’s best. It’s a light hearted read, that you’ll want to devour faster than the plate of mince pies or chocolate chip panettone you have. You are instantly transported into the chaos the is the Neil’s family household. Judy is chaotically baking mince pies, while trying to get the children ready, and she still needs to walk the dog. Not helping things is her husband, Calvin, who is being his usual helpless self. You immediately feel sympathetic towards Judy, as we’ve all been overloaded with things, be it family responsibilities or jobs at work, we’ve all experienced ‘those days’, but with Judy it just seems as per the norm, and you can see why she’s prickly with Calvin, they get into an argument, and so the swap begins.

The book has a great sense of humour, the slip ups that occur, whether it be Judy wearing her dressing gown while she is in Calvin’s body to the odd things they say to people, especially their children. Underneath all the humour though is a touching, heart-warming tale. Calvin really improves as a person, and you can see him gradually understanding why Judy was as stressed as she was.

Wonderfully festive, this book was a short, easy read that made me smile and laugh from beginning to end.

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Published by: Carina

Gratefully received from the Publisher for review.

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