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LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!,
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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.