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Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues [Kindle Edition]

Trisha Ashley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Tansy Poole inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, ‘Cinderella’s Slippers’ is born – providing the footwear to make any fairytale wedding come true…

Carrying everything a bride would want to walk down the aisle in, Tansy’s shop soon expands to carry shoe-themed wedding favours, bridesmaid gifts and even delicious chocolate shoes. It’s the dream destination for any shoe-lover!

If only everything in her personal life could be as heavenly – but with a fiancé trying to make her fit into a size 8 wedding dress, not to mention the recent discovery of disturbing family revelations, Tansy takes refuge in the shop’s success.

But one man isn’t thrilled by the stream of customers hot-footing it to Cinderella’s Slippers… Actor Ivo Hawksley, resident of the cottage next to the shop, is troubled by a dark secret in his past and has come to Sticklepond to nurse his own broken heart.

However, Ivo realises that he and Tansy have a link in their past and soon, they both find out how secrets shared can make a very strong bond indeed…

Forget the Jimmy Choos, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues is the only accessory you need for spring 2012…

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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

‘Fresh and funny.’ Woman’s Own

‘Packed with romance, chocolate and fun, this indulgent read is simply too delicious to put down.’ Closer

About the Author

Trisha lives in beautiful North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie recently foisted onto her by her student son and an equally neurotic but also vain, bad-tempered and chancy Muse. Her previous book, Twelve Days of Christmas, was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2010.

For more information about Trisha, please visit her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter (trishaashley).

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1037 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562777
  • ASIN: B006Y0HCX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT! 12 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is only the second novel I've read by Trisha Ashley. My first was Twelve Days of Christmas (also excellent), unrelated to this novel, but I enjoyed her writing style so much I didn't hesitate to purchase this book.

Where do I start? I loved everything about this book and author from her wit and humour, not to mention her beautifully descriptive writing which had me completely hooked and chuckling the whole way through from start to finish. I love the girly humour, the wonderful shoe clock - ten past sparkly pink stiletto time, wonderful metaphors, the name of not only Cinderella's Slippers but other business names mentioned in the novel, complete gems. The writing is so believable, you can't help feeling that Trisha Ashley has marketed a business in the past (and if not, should do) and her writing on food is positively mouth watering!

Being new to the village of Sticklepond, the characters where also new to me but I soon got to know them all. I really liked Tansy, full of integrity and long suffering at the hands of her two 'ugly' step sisters, horrid and manipulative as well as the 'evil' mother-in-law to be, Mummy Dearest. Mummy Dearest has Tansy's wimpy fiance Justin tied to her apron strings and has no intention of letting go. I loved Aunt Nan's good old fashioned strength of character and no nonsense, just get on with it, attitude and the special relationship between her and Tansy.

Oh what a joy, I enjoyed it so much I almost read it straight through, stopping only to sleep and for absolute necessities! This was helped along by the short chapters - who doesn't love them, I just kept thinking I'll just read one more!! I absolutely recommend this brilliant witty novel and I'm now looking to read the other books featuring the Sticklepond residents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A scrumptious read. 9 Mar. 2013
By Jan Fox
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This continued with the author's previous themes, of chocolates and weddings, but I really did enjoy it. Very easy and relaxing, with the usual broken relationship, and meeting with a handsome hulk at the beginning, with the reader knowing quite well that the heroine with get together with this much more suitable hero. Alls well that ends well. I loved reading about the wonderful chocolate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy Little Tale 24 Nov. 2012
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
You know what you're going to get with a Trisha Ashley: a good read with a main and a subsidiary romance, a woman with a problem falling for a man with a bigger problem, her friend who's in a similar boat and a challenge in life that looks like it might not work out, but does in the end.

This book is her take on the Cinderella story, and very enjoyable it is, too.

Tansy has to go and look after Auntie Nan up in Sticklepond (in that vague area of Lancashire she writes about), leaving unsatisfactory and mother-dominated fiancé, Justin, to his own devices in London.

Her aunt's shoe shop is run by Tansy's best friend, Bella, who was left high and dry with her daughter by the secretly gambling airline pilot she used to live with. The shop will be Tansy's one day and she knows just what she wants to do with it - turn it into a wedding shoe emporium.

After facts about Justin come out to shock Tansy away from the relationship and London, her only bolthole is Sticklepond. Then Auntie Nan dies, so she has to make the shop work.

Then an ex-boyfriend and fairly newly widowed actor, Ivo, moves in next door.

Read the first paragraph and put the rest together.

Yes, it is a bit formulaic, but still keeps your attention and provides a nice bit of easy-going entertainment. It is reassuring to read something familiar from time to time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All rather similiar 13 Feb. 2013
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I really enjoy Trisha Ashleys writing but have to say there are a lot of similarities in the plotlines of each book. The main character having only one or no parents either by desertion or death, and of course the main character always falling in love and ending up in a good relationship at the end. Having said that I will still go on to buy her new books as I enjoy her writing and obvious love of food, which she conveys mouthwateringly well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 4 July 2013
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I've only just discovered Trisha Ashley's books this year and I can't get enough of them. I intend reading them all. I can identify with some of the quirkiness of the characters.
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By Lucinda
Full of dry humor and wit, laugh-out-loud moments this is classic chick-lit at its very best by an outstanding author. I adored `Twelve days of Christmas' by Trisha Ashley and so was delighted at having the opportunity of reading more of her work, which similarly to many other chick-lit books is a real `feel good' story. Ideal for the woman who dreams of Jimmy Choos, chocolate boxes with ribbons and wedding dresses by Viviane Westwood this is a book that is as stylish as `The Devil wears Prada' with as much class as `Sex in the City'! Totally lush this tantalizingly tempting treat is a must-read, and one that I recommend for slipping into handbags or ideal for the Coffee shop break. Complete with EXCLUSIVE recipes by Tricia Ashley that are mouthwatering and delectable, this is a fabulous book and one that I rate 10 out of 10!

Tansy Poole dreams of weddings, shoes...and chocolate

And when she inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, Cinderella's slippers is born - providing footwear gorgeous enough to make any fairy-tale wedding come true. She'll even sell shoe-shaped chocolates as wedding favors! But soon Tansy feels like she's staring in her very own Cinderella tale, with two awful stepsisters causing no end of trouble, a long list of chores, and the tall, dark and handsome actor Ivo Hawksley on her doorstep - though sadly he's more of a Prince brooding than a Prince Charming. Ivo has come to the village to nurse a broken heart, but could a happy ever after be closer than he thinks?

This story reads like a `twisted fairytale' for the current and contemporary age, which one can relate to through the compelling, sincere characters and protagonist.
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