About the book...
Single mum Cally’s life is all about her little girl Stella. She’s resigned to the fact that the only romance she’s going to get is from the rom-coms she watches, and with her busy job and her daughter, she doesn’t have time to even think about love.
But life gets very tough when Stella gets sick. Balancing her job as a recipe writer and looking after Stella is all consuming, so when Cally meets handsome baker Jago the last thing she wants to do is fall in love, especially when she’s been badly burned by a Prince Charming from her past.
Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally’s frozen heart and help her find true love and magic under the mistletoe?
About the author...
Trisha Ashley is the author of eleven contemporary romantic comedies, and her latest novel, a reprint of Good Husband Material,was her fourth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years. She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, have made her what she is today...whatever that is. Four of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire and three in Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship.
Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her student son, and a very chancy Muse.
I've read almost every book written by the lovely Trisha Ashley so I don't even read the synopsis anymore - I just know they're going to be good and she didn't let me down with this one.
This book initially sparked my interest when reading daily tweets about the North Wales sky on twitter. I didn't know there was so many ways to describe the sky! When Trisha had internet problems I really missed my daily updates.
This book has it all - a thoroughly good read, that touches your heart and at the same time is uplifting and yummy. Al that cake - oh how I wish I could bake! The descriptions are so good I'm almost convinced I could pull it off and make something edible for once.
Stella, a three year old with a serious heart defect needs an urgent operation if she is going to have a chance of survival. It can only be performed in America and even then it's not 100% guaranteed to succeed. Cally, her mother begins the mammoth task of raising the funds by selling her London home and moving back to Sticklepond to live with her mother. But she still has a long way to go before they'll have enough money to make the trip.
This book epitomises village/community spirit - everyone pulling together to help one of their own, despite the fact Cally has only been living in the village two minutes and her mother has had her own reasons for not playing a bigger part in village life.
I laughed and cried whilst reading this book. I particularly loved the way that Cally is so focused on Stella she can't really see what's under her nose. It really is a heart warming story that yes, perhaps you can predict which way the plot is going at times but that makes it better somehow. I was rooting for Stella and Cally and the further I got into the story the faster I read wanting to know if my predictions were right. It's not all straight forward though and there are a few unexpected turns that had me crossing my fingers and silently praying. It's all down to the wonderful ability of Trisha Ashley to describe things so vividly and in such a way I could picture the scenario as if I was there!
I highly recommend you bag the sofa, grab a coffee and some cake and read this book soon!
I gave this book 5/5 stars