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The Magic of Christmas Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Dec 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445859440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445859446
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,083,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Much as I have enjoyed many of Trisha Ashley's books, this one disappointed. If you have not already read Sweet Nothings, you would be likely to enjoy this book. But I found relatively few changes (Jaspar's meningitis instead of Tom's brain tumour, introduction of the Christmas Pudding Club) and the "extensive new material" did not amount to much in my opinion. (I had realised from the synopsis given here that the plot was essentially SN, and the author's introduction to then book also makes this clear, but I had expected and hoped for more difference.)

In summary, if you already own Sweet Nothings, you are likely to feel you have wasted your money buying much the same again. If you don't own it, then this is the usual fun Ashley read with a satisfactory ending and deserving of more than the 2 stars I awarded (but in that case don't bother to seek out SN as well).
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I'm sorry to say that I struggled with this book. The cover is so festive and named 'The Magic of Christmas' I really thought this was going to be the ultimate festive read. Most of the book isn't set a Christmas time, but reference is made to the Christmas Pudding Club. It gets vaguely Christmassy towards the end, but for me it just wasn't all that festive.

I didn't love it, and I have to say that I struggled to concentrate (something that I don't usually have a problem with when it comes to reading for fun!). I found it a bit too much like hard work, and having finished it, I just don't feel any love for the characters. Throughout reading, I felt disconnected - I didn't love anyone, I wasn't rooting for anyone and I didn't really seem to care what happened.

I also found parts of the storyline frustrating, as I felt the main character would have reacted far more than she actually did. There are also quite a lot of characters to get your head around, and if you don't feel that connection, sometimes it is a little difficult to remember who is who. There's a fair amount of background information too - I wasn't engrossed enough to feel this was necessary and often found my eyes flicking over it to get to the more interesting bits!

On the plus side, it isn't just your standard chick-lit. This book does deal with domestic violence, unhappy marriages, death and empty-nest syndrome. I certainly wouldn't say Trisha Ashley is a bad writer, I'd be interested in checking out her other books, which are highly praised, this one just wasn't for me - Sorry Trisha!
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Lizzy Pharamond spends her days writing stories from her cottage, the Perseverance Chronicles, cooking mouth-watering foods and feeding her hens, in amongst dealing with her quite unpleasant husband, his good-looking cousin and the rest of her husband's quirky family. As she is preparing to leave him fate steps in. She also has the Christmas Pudding Club to take her mind off everything.

This is a sweet story, just like the food in it, but not the author's best in my opinion. I much preferred The Twelve Days of Christmas but I understand this one is a reworking of one of her first books and it may be that her writing has grown since then. It's a nice read though, and although it's not all about Christmas it does feature a fair amount of Christmassy things and ends at Christmas with the annual performance of the mystery plays.

I think you have to approach this book with a fair amount of licence as Lizzy doesn't exactly behave in the way you might expect when various things happen to her during the story. I don't know whether people in small villages actually live like the characters in the book but if they do then it must all be great fun.
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