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  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Oct. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1846487390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846487392
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 18.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,024,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies, and her latest novel, Creature Comforts, is her seventh 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 that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, have made her what she is today...whatever that is. Five 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 and include delicious recipes at the back.
Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.
She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of Literature Wales.
Creature Comforts will be published in paperback in June 2015 and A Christmas Cracker will follow in October 2015.
Trisha has a website at www.trishaashley.com where you can find out more about her, sign up for her newsletter, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.

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Praise for Trisha Ashley:

‘Trisha Ashley writes with remarkable wit and originality – one of the best writers around!’ Katie Fforde

‘Full of down-to-earth humour.’ Sophie Kinsella

‘Full of comedy and wit.’ Closer

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About the Author

Trisha Ashley was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, and gave up her fascinating but time-consuming hobbies of house-moving and divorce a few years ago in order to settle in North Wales. Trisha is currently working on her next novel, Wedding Tiers, to be published by AVON in 2009.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Cozymysterycrazy on 8 Nov. 2008
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I've loved Trisha Ashley's books for their originality and the strong, practical, earthy attitude of most of her leading ladies. Only in one of the more recent books (The Generous Gardener aka Sowing Secrets) was there an irritating element of spinelessness about the heroine when it came to men.

In the latest, Winter's Tale, it's back again and really set my teeth on edge for most of the book. Whilst sensible and efficient in all other aspects of her character, when it came to men this woman appeared to keep her brains in her knickers. I began to feel cheated by the author because she let this unlikely situation drag on for so long that it became an annoyingly obvious (and lazy) plot device. In contrast, the rival romantic development was tepid at best.

If it wasn't that the other elements of the story were charming and engrossing, I would have binned the book long before the end.

However, while it is my least favourite book so far, I still quite enjoyed it; but the 'romance' part was just too weak this time and she let the really quite nasty 'baddie' off far too lightly (again - see The Generous Gardener). IMHO, Ms Ashley's come-uppance for the men who treat her heroines badly has so far fallen far short of being really satisfying, aside from the classic frying pan incident!

I'll still look forward to the next book, but I do hope she goes back to her strong-minded heroines.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2009
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I loved this book, the best piece of popular fiction I've read in 2008. It has all the ingredients I enjoy: solid yet quirky characters, good background details, steady development and a ghost. Brilliant!

This is a real smile-along book. The humour is gentle and grows as the reader becomes familiar with the characters. I think the New Age theme is applied with a very deft touch. Sophy and Lucy make real sense as the products of (and reaction to) a New Age upbringing, but not in any derogatory sense. Somehow, they pull aspects of different perceptions into what Trisha Ashley portrays as ordinary life.

The aunts Hebe and Ottie are lovely old landed gentry British eccentrics. The ghost, and her own sad story at the head of each chapter, is a nice touch, adding a bit of sentiment.

Seth, the moody, handsome gardener is exactly what is required to balance out the handsome, odious Jack. Lots of lively minor characters populate a finely imagined stately home, and to top it all it's one of those stories where someone achieves what they set out to do through hard work and their own special skill.

A great, all-round, feelgood book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2011
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After having recently read `The Twelve Days of Christmas' by the same author and enjoying it, I was also swayed to buy this book on the Kindle, seduced by the bargain price, pretty snow-covered cover and being in the mood for yet more festive-type chicklit (I'm not joking- after her other book I went on a mince pie making binge and wrapped all of my presents in one night)!

There's something infinitely reassuring about reading cosy twee romance novels at this time of year and this book was no exception though I hasten to add that Christmas doesn't really make much of an appearance until towards the end of the novel, unfortunately and even then it is only fleeting. It was still a sweet little read, despite not being as festive as I'd anticipated- though not as strong as her other novel.

The story revolves around Sophy Winter, a woman who doesn't have a whole lot of luck and who unexpectedly inherits a stately home off her late, estranged grandfather- the home she grew up in until her mother spirited her away from there when she was six years old. With her handsome distant (manipulative) cousin Jack, trying to claim the place as his own, not to mention all the staff of the house relying on her to restore it to its former glory, can Sophy make a go of Winter's End? And in the process, will her own luck start changing?

The story has a little bit of everything- ghosts, witches and family legends, as well as romance and some interesting characters. Though the writing of the story was not exceptional and did feel a little bit forced and relying too much on coincidence in places, it still flowed nicely and I became involved in the plot. It did have similarities to the other book too- there was another diary plot intertwined with this as well as a manor house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Dracup on 19 Aug. 2011
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Much of what I want to say about this delicious book has already been said by other reviewers - with special reference to M.J. Saxton. So rather than give an outline of the story I will begin by commenting that by the close of the Prologue I had already fallen in love with it. Trisha Ashley has this beautiful knack of telling you such a lot in just a few paragraphs and telling it to you in such a way that you don't get reader's indigestion.
Ashley writes with a wonderful combination of wit, warmth and lots of heart. She is also an author who clearly cares about her characters and invites us as readers to be sympathetic to their flaws and foibles. And yes, it's true that I wanted to shake heroine Sophy for persisting in closing her eyes to her intial instinctive suspicions about Jack, and it's true too that I was shaking my own head in despair at the way she allows herself to stay in denial about his covert treachery simply because he is such a charmer.
But surely that is what a good book should do - make you concerned enough about the characters to feel cross with them. If fictional characters were morally impeccable, kind, considerate and totally sensible in all they said and did, then there would be no stories worth telling.
You could perhaps argue that Jane Eyre should never have been crazy enough to go back to Mr Rochester, and that Rebecca's unnamed successor should have booted old Maximillian into the middle of next week quite early on in the story. And what about Scarlett O'Hara and her goings on? But if they had all been driven by common sense then millions of readers would have been denied millions of hours of reading pleasure.
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