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Twelve Days of Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Trisha Ashley
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Book Description

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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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

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, though her only claim to the area is a Welsh grandmother.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 419 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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56 of 56 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
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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Days of Christmas - Trisha Ashley 5 Nov. 2010
Twelve Days of Christmas is a fantastic read which will definitely put you in the festive spirit. With colourful characters and a strong plot, Trisha Ashley tells a heart warming story of a young widow, trying to throw herself into her work to come to terms with the many losses in her life.

Holly Brown is asked to do a house sitting job over the festive season at a remote location in the Lancashire Moors. Still trying to come to terms with her husbands death over the Christmas period, and also bearing the emotional scars of her mothers death after having given birth to Holly on Christmas day, she takes the job for a chance to get away from all the Christmas festivities and read her Gran's journal, which she recently acquired after her Gran's death. However, she gets more than she bargains for when the owner of the house, Jude Martland, is forced to return from his travels unexpectedly.

As more and more snow falls, Holly finds herself snowed in at Jude's house, along with many members of his family. Holly is then forced to meet Christmas head on. After a surprise revelation in her Gran's journal, Holly realises what she may have gotten herself into.

With a fairly large cast of brilliantly thought up characters, this book was a pleasure to read from start to finish. The characters are down to earth and some are hilarious. The character of Coco is great and teenager Jess is portrayed exactly right. Holly is lovable straight away and Jude, with his mysterious ways and seemingly abrupt persona, grows on the reader as the story progresses and he is unravelled.

A great winter read with a totally unexpected, but satisfying ending!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Light but enjoyable,
This book is very much in line with other books by Trisha Ashley but is none the worse for that. A good storyline with likeable characters. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars seasonal
Enjoyed it but to much description of meals being cooked. It was also a bit obvious what would happen at the end.
Published 13 days ago by Annie Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Christmas read.
Absolutely loved this story. I am a very Christmassy person person, so this book was right up my street!
Published 27 days ago by M Burrage
5.0 out of 5 stars really lovely and relaxing read
As usual Trisha book was most enjoyable. Cannot wait to start the next one. Trisha never fails with quality and enjoyment.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Kathleen Ryans
5.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Satisfying read (for any time of year)
I spent a lovely rainy day curled up reading this - thoroughly enjoyable read - liked the clever little twist towards the end about Jed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Copp
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and Beautifully Written
When I began reading this book I was unsure if it would be my kind of thing, but after the first chapter I was hooked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CallmeBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars Read to enjoy.
Yes Trisha is the woman who brings you Christmas. Enjoyed the read and would recommend you to read it too.It has a feel good factor in it.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Dowds
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve days of Christmas
If I could of I'd of read this in one sitting but I dreaded the book coming to an end! It was so good from start to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by fiona nicolette bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this
Published 2 months ago by julie stables
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M.
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