A Christmas Cracker by Trisha Ashley
This Christmas is about to go off with a bang!
Things can’t possibly get worse for Tabby. Framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she suddenly finds herself without a job. Then to make matters worse, Tabby’s boyfriend dumps her and gives her cat away to a shelter.
But rescue comes in the form of kindly Mercy. A master of saving waifs and strays, Mercy wants Tabby to breathe new flair into her ailing cracker business. Together, they’ll save Marwood’s Magical Christmas Crackers.
But someone has other ideas. Mercy’s nephew Randal thinks Tabby’s a fraudster. Stubborn, difficult and very attractive, her future depends upon winning him round. But it’s that time of the year when miracles really can happen. Standing under the mistletoe, Tabby’s Christmas is set to be one that she will never forget . . .
When I first started to read this book I had to check it was really written by Trisha Ashley. It didn't start off like one of her books. When the lead character Tabby went to prison for a crime she didn't commit, framed by someone she thought was a friend I really had to check who had written it.
Like every Trisha Ashley book it redeemed itself when Mercy entered and saved the day. Tabby is being released from prison,she has no where to go as her horrible boyfriend has told her not to come back to his flat. Mercy offers her a job and a place to live. Mercy owns and runs Harwoods Magical Christmas Cracker factory. Things are not going well and as she sees how artistic Tabby is she wants her help to turns things around. Her nephew Randal is part owner and wants to renovate the factory and turn it into a tea room. With the help of a wonderful cast of people the story unfolds.
I love Trisha's books. I love that she mentions villages and people from her other books. I love the familiarity. The beginning of the book is filled with not nice people but we are soon introduced to the ones who make life worth living.
I liked Tabby although I did want to shake her a bit. Mercy is wonderful. Randal is okay but gets better and his girlfriend made me laugh,I loved her dog too.
A good festive read and when it's over you'll want to go and live in the village.
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