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Twelve Days of Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Trisha Ashley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

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Praise for Sowing Secrets, A Winter’s Tale and Chocolate Wishes:

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

‘A lovely warm book, full of down-to-earth humour - and top tips on restoring a stately home!’Sophie Kinsella

‘Full of comedy and wit.’ Closer

‘Trisha Ashley… makes for enjoyable reading.’ The Times

‘Fresh and funny.’ Woman’s Own

‘Searching out something indulgent for curling up with as the nights draw in? Look no further … with this Cinderella tale of love complete with handsome (natch) hero.’ Publishing News

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

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Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she's asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible – the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities

Sculptor Jude Martland is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother ran off with his fiancée. He’s keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.

Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.

Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for – it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (28 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EJTQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies, and her latest novel,Wish Upon a Star,was her fifth 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 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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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas spirit 3 Nov 2010
By Lally
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a novel to get you into the spirit of Christmas, this is the book for you. Feisty and self-sufficient Holly is determined that Christmas is going to be just another day, but Fate has other plans in store, in the shape of gorgeous Jude - who's also anxious to avoid getting up to anything too festive.

Snowbound in the wilds of Lancashire, Jude and Holly find they are drawn to each other, and Christmas begins to cast its spell. This is a perfect story for Trisha Ashley fans, full of Trisha's trademark wit and quirkiness, delightful minor characters (I loved the Fanny Cradock clone even though, like Holly, I too felt a bit sick at the thought of pinwheel sandwiches), surprising situations and a heart-warming finale. There's some very inventive and satisfying plotting in this story, and you'll finish the book with a big smile on your face.

Oh, and make sure there's something delicious in the fridge, because reading this book will definitely make you hungry - can't wait to try some of Holly's recipes myself!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab 4 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Loved this book right from the beginning - Holly is brought to life and make you care for her after all she has been through - although you think you know what will happen, there is a slight twist in the tale which I loves.

Loved Merlin, made me want to go an buy a lurcher and I loved Jess, she is like the daughter, niece you would want.

Lovely story - on the bookshelf as sure I will read another couple of times
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Romp! 23 Oct 2010
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Trisha Ashley has produced a super read; full of the marvellous throwaway lines which she sprinkles throughout her highly enjoyable novels! As an example of many that made me chuckle:

"I sincerely hoped the slashed top part was held on with boob tape, because otherwise she would be in serious danger of dangling her little dumplings in the dinner".

The novel is populated by believably flawed characters and Ms Ashley is so kind that even the least unloveable characters become more human as the story unwinds.

I read it on the day it arrived in the post and look forward to passing it on to friends who enjoy a well written lighthearted romp!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is the paperback version of comfort food. Yes, we all know we should be eating pulses, wholegrains and boil-for-days beans but sometimes you just want to bunker down and eat marshmallow chic lit'. Fittingly I read this homage to all things Christmas - quietly gorgeous heroine called Holly gently plodding her way through hillocks of snow, mounds of food and mountains of eligible men while she is improbably holed-up in a rambling old hall - during the snowbound Nov/Dec 2010 period. Perfect.
It was lovely to curl up with Holly as she takes on a seemingly sterile house sitting job which sees her duties extend from looking after one house, one horse, one dog to becoming a brood mare to a rambling family and an unlikely quartet of hunks all seeingly vying for her attention...although you don't need waste a Christmas wish wondering which one of our fabulous foursome will triumph. The story is a bit short on surprises and twists and relies a bit too merrily on characters making unlikely assumptions - our hero Jude follows Holly around like a lap-dog for most of the latter stage of the book but we have to believe that Holly (a) doesn't notice (b) doesn't fancy him (c) is convinced he's a cad/her long-lost cousin/not her type etc etc.
But I didn't really care. Like most marshmallows, it's light, fluffy and heart-warming in a oh-so-cheesy way which is utterly fogiveable. The only unforgiveable element - as pointed out by another reviewer - is Holly's take on her professional chefing abilities.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the joys of Christmas 24 Oct 2010
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I have read most of Trisha Ashley's books and this is one of the best: Merlin is the character I prefer, closely followed by Lady and Billy! The heroine is again very different from other heroines of romantic novels and the main main character is dark and broody (move over, Fergal Rocco, I have a new dream man!). I dislike snow intensely and there is plenty of it in this book but it is so well described, I loved the white landscapes! Thanks, Trisha, for entertaining your readers so well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 1 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Been snowed in here, just the opportunity for a good long read and what a read! This book transported me into the heart of a family and I will miss the characters now that I have finished reading it. Can only add to what has already been said that it is a warm cosy read and so well written that I recommend it to everyone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 1 Nov 2010
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Holly Brown has two jobs, in the summer time she host/prepares dinner party's for people. In the winter she house sits to have a rest.Holly hates chirstmas as she was born on christmas day and her mother died while giving birth to her. Also her husband died one christmas in an accident and last christmas her grandmother (who brought her up) died.

So when a house sit comes up for christmas she jumps at the chance so she can shut herself away from everyone and read her grandmothers diary's.

When Holly arrives at the house she finds she has to look after a horse called Lady and the dog Merlin (and not forgetting the goat Billy!). She also has the owner Judy Murtlands family close by. One of the family members has an accident and before she knows it she has all the family at the house and is preparing for christmas. But when Judy finds out about the accident he ends up coming home from his holiday early and Holly's world is turned upside down thanks to him and her grandmothers dairy's.

This book is brillant with a real christmas feel about it - I think's it's got something to do with the snow and all the food! It's got lot's of laughter in it and Jess (the niece) is just so funny with what she comes out with and get's upto. It's also set in the country so that comes across really well in the book and it's also got a bit of romance in it too. Brilliant book.
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Good delivery times well within the time stated, another great book from Trisha Ashley, in my opinion all well worth reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best for Christmas feel good mood.
Trisha Ashley's best Christmas novel. If you are only going to read one book, read this one, just before Christmas!
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Love this book my fav Christmas read i read this book every year a real good Christmas feel to it.
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I bought this book for my I pad and the story telling is fantastic u feel like ure there I recommend this book
Published 18 days ago by Christine Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite christmas story
I love this book, first read it on paperback-twice. I now have it on my kindle as its a story i feel i could read every christmas
Published 29 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
A good feel book if you want an escape from a stressful world you will really enjoy reading this book, I did!
Published 1 month ago by J A Shine
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
A really good read..curl up and enjoy a really good book. This book has every ingredient for the perfect chic lit.
Published 2 months ago by Nixsy
5.0 out of 5 stars My Christmas tradition
I read this wonderful book every Christmas, like 'love Actually','Elf' or all the other great Christmas films we love to watch every year 'Twelve Days of Christmas' is part of my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lalula
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book.
I could not get on with this author at all. Boring predictable plot, irritating characters and annoying writing style. Too many exclamation marks in the text for me too. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
A fun read with nothing too taxing so nice for curling up on a dark winter's night. A Christmas holiday read for when the brain is overloaded from all that organising.
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