Sunday, 22 November 2015

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. 

A Christmas Cracker is out now For kindle  or paperback in all bookkshops.

Friday, 6 November 2015

The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper



What if your first love was your only love?
When Molly is diagnosed with a life changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call best friend Ed in a crisis?
Ed. The very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in very different directions. They could only ever be friends.
Suddenly Molly starts to question every decision she’s ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? Back to the very beginning. When the only certainty they shared was each other …




I have read a few books lately with the formula of, boy and girl meet, hate each other until the last chapter then they fall in love. Predictable and I'm a bit bored with it.
I'm glad to say that this book, although it's a love story is different and I lost myself in it.

Molly and Ed love each other but circumstances prevent them doing anything about it, so they decide that they're meant to be just best friends.  Life moves on and they meet other people and have other relationships but when things in each of their lives go wrong they each turn to the other for support. The reader just knows they have to be together but I was never sure it would happen and I was still guessing right up until the last chapter.
I loved Molly and Ed and I loved they way Ed always put Molly's feelings first even if it made him look bad.
I think the author Ella Harper has been clever in her writing of this book. It does not run along the lines of the formula I spoke about at the beginning.
The story goes between the present and the past and it is through that we learn of how Molly and Ed met and what happened to bring us to their present day predicament.
I'm not going to divulged any more of this story except to say it is beautifully written and kept me wondering until the end when the tears came.

The Years of Loving you is our for Kindle download on Amazon UK
and out in paperback and in the shops on 19th November.
The author Ella Harper also writes as Sasha Wagstaff.