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The Magic of Christmas

Author – Trisha Ashley

Trisha Ashley is an English author who has written over thirty novels and is a Sunday Times best selling author.  She lives in North Wales.

The Magic of Christmas was previously published as Sweet Nothings, which was been reworked has the addition of fabulous new material.

Social Media Links

Twitter – @trishaashley

Facebook –  www.facebook.com/TrishaAshleyBooks

Website – www.trishaashley.com

Publisher – Avon

Pages – 384

The Blurb –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband when tragedy strikes and she finds herself widowed.  Her Christmas Pudding Circle – a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – offers her a welcome distraction, whilst a simmering rivalry with local cookery writer Nick erupts over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show…

Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play.  But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve?  Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or will someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!

I got this book from my ever growing to be read pile, which threatens to crush me every day.

My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book.  It is the first I have read by Trisha Ashley.  It is a great mix of friendships, friction and food.  The village of Middlemoss sounds a lovely place to live, a close knit place full of its own traditions.

Lizzy has been unhappily married to Tom for years, the spark that first connected has long since died and he spends more and more time away from home.  However Lizzie is content with her son Jasper and her extensive culinary concoctions, that made my mouth water when she described making them.

The book follows Lizzy from mid August through to Christmas, a time where her life changes forever and she finds herself finding out secrets, saying goodbye to loved ones and embarking on a new life.

Each chapter brings new culinary delights and I was very tempted to try out the recipes even though I’m a terrible cook. I loved how she would just whip up some chocolates, biscuits, candy floss or a pie.  Her house sounds divine with smells of all a country kitchen and makes me very envious.  The recipes link in well with the flow of the story and the book that Lizzy is writing throughout the book.

This is a perfect Christmas read, so grab a cup of tea and something sweet because this book will make you hungry.  Also if you are tempted by any of the recipes, they are included at the back of the book, so you can try them out for yourself.

I will definitely be reading more of Trisha Ashley’s books.

To buy the book click here

This book counts towards my British Book Challenge

 

 

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