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The Magic of Christmas [Paperback]

Trisha Ashley
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27 Oct 2011

Another deliciously seasonal and heart-warming tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick 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 could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!

Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847561160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561169
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies, and her latest novel, a reprint of Every Woman for Herself,was her sixth 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.
Her new novel, a reprint of Every Woman for Herself, will be published on May 8th, 2014. The dysfunctional Rhymer family, the result of a failed attempt by their father to recreate the Brontes, gather together at the Upvale Parsonage for what might well turn out to be the last time....
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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Praise for Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley:

‘This is the perfect novel to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s night.’ Closer Book Club

‘A lovely, cosy read.’ My Weekly

‘As warm as a glass of mulled wine on a cold winter’s night.’ Lancashire Evening News

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)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Cornucopia 10 Oct 2011
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Christmas is an important time in the village of Middlemoss, in fact they spend a great part of the year organising it starting in August with the Christmas Pudding Circle. Locals gather together to plan, the puddings they will make for the hampers for the senior citizens, as well as the annual Mystery Play which is held, ideas for flavours of ice cream, things to do with mincemeat, a glut of apples plus all the local gossip. A real village community project.

The circle is made up of the Postmistress and her husband, a local farmers wife, a infant school teacher, the retired vicars daughter and the main protagonist of this book Lizzy who in fact as well as being related to distantly through marriage to the locals in the `big house' scrapes a living my writing her on chronicles about real life in a cottage, in a little village and all the cooking and the goings on of the residents. In fact these chronicles form the opening of each chapter.

And so Trisha Ashley sets the scene as she does in previous novels. But this by no means twee, add into the Christmas mixture, a son going off to university, the new rather shy young vicar, a husband who seems to be a permanent surf bum and flits from women to women, without many of them knowing about each other, the dotty aunt at the `big house' owned by the Pharamonds, a pet sitting business, disappearing squirrels, a marriage, plenty of flirtations and lots of delicious sounding food that makes you want to start baking straight away. That complete mix gives you The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.

Fans of her books will perhaps recognise some of the characters, as this is loosely based on an earlier novel Sweet Nothings but has been reworked and with a lot more additional material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical book 18 Mar 2012
I never read books that look as though they are romances but having been introduced to Trisha Ashley via another Christmas book (read prior to Christmas to 'get in the mood') I am hooked. This one has the romance but without the over the top sloppiness. It has a good story with laugh out loud moments. Not a book to change your life but a great 'feel good' easy read that will send you looking for others by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Christmas. 13 Dec 2012
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Very slow story line and not particularly about Christmas. Not one of her best but a reasonable bedtime read.The cover was the most exciting aspect of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars editing what editing? 6 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Needs a jolly good edit so that it doesn't keep repeating itself, maintains characters correct names and gets on with the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of words with not much said 12 Dec 2012
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I did the wrong thing and judged by the cover, which I thought was lovely. A lot of words and without there being much point to the whole plot. Hate to admit it as I always finish books but could not persevere with this any longer and put it down after about two thirds in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put the book down!!!! 10 Dec 2011
This book is absolutely perfect read for around winter/Christmas time! it was a great read from beginning to end and to also read a story that is about Lancashire was great made me feel very homely :) i would recommend anybody to buy this and read it because you wont be let down at all! was very happy with the ending..was totally not expected and cant wait for her next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 6 Dec 2011
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I am a great fan of Trisha Ashley and really looked forward to reading this book. It didn't disappoint. Lovely to read at any time of the year but especially enjoyable as Christmas approaches and you need something to take your mind off the madness around you. The characters are as usual, believable and endearing - with the bonus of being down to earth enough to identify with. I can't cope with Superwomen who live in spotless houses and have vast amounts of disposable income!! Give me Trisha's (almost) reality any time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need a mug of hot chocolate!! 30 Nov 2011
As my title says a mug of hot chocolate along with a log fire is all that is needed to complete the snuggly warm glow I got from reading this. I just love her way of writing its easy reading that you can't put down.It goes on my list of things to make me feel Chrismassy along with "A wonderful life" film,cheesy Wham video of Last Christmas and the wonderful smell of cinammon/spiced apple scented candles!Excellent thank you Trisha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars As usual
As always, very enjoyable; a new Trisha Ashley is just the thing for a long train journey: undemanding and unremarkable.
Published 1 month ago by MAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by Trisha Ashley
I love this book. I have reread it at least twice. I have paper back and kindle version. The recipes look wonderful.
Published 2 months ago by K pike
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas read.
Trisha Ashley is the Queen of a good Christmas read. I need say no more! Read it just before the festive season to really get you feeling Christmassey!?!!
Published 3 months ago by Luci M
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Lovely story for Christmas time. Humerous and enjoyable. Trisha Ashley is a great author and makes her characters come alive.
Published 4 months ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly Christmassy
Bought this as I love Christmas stories and having already enjoyed 12 Days of Christmas by Tricia Ashley I thought I was in for another enjoyable treat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mrs sarah e hickman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Although this book ways a slow starter I really enjoyed the bartering between the two main characters... I'm glad I stuck with it.
Published 4 months ago by Erika Jayne Sissons
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Normally love Trisha Ashley books but struggling to get into this one. The only one of hers I haven't enjoyed. Shame
Published 5 months ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard going !!
I love all of Trisha's work, (I read '12 Days' ) every December, but this just never seemed to get going in her usual style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Hoskins
2.0 out of 5 stars Sack the editor
Same old Trisha Ashley formula in that she basically regurgitates the same plot as all her other books, but with just a few minor changes in location and character names. Read more
Published 5 months ago by VT
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant suprise
this is a new author to me but I would highly recommend her to you good characters and plots about the goings on in small lancashsire villages I cant, wait to read more of her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by cleopatra
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