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A Winter's Tale Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Oct. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1846487390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846487392
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 18.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,536,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Trisha Ashley:

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

‘Full of down-to-earth humour.’ Sophie Kinsella

‘Full of comedy and wit.’ Closer

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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. Trisha is currently working on her next novel, Wedding Tiers, to be published by AVON in 2009.

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I've loved Trisha Ashley's books for their originality and the strong, practical, earthy attitude of most of her leading ladies. Only in one of the more recent books (The Generous Gardener aka Sowing Secrets) was there an irritating element of spinelessness about the heroine when it came to men.

In the latest, Winter's Tale, it's back again and really set my teeth on edge for most of the book. Whilst sensible and efficient in all other aspects of her character, when it came to men this woman appeared to keep her brains in her knickers. I began to feel cheated by the author because she let this unlikely situation drag on for so long that it became an annoyingly obvious (and lazy) plot device. In contrast, the rival romantic development was tepid at best.

If it wasn't that the other elements of the story were charming and engrossing, I would have binned the book long before the end.

However, while it is my least favourite book so far, I still quite enjoyed it; but the 'romance' part was just too weak this time and she let the really quite nasty 'baddie' off far too lightly (again - see The Generous Gardener). IMHO, Ms Ashley's come-uppance for the men who treat her heroines badly has so far fallen far short of being really satisfying, aside from the classic frying pan incident!

I'll still look forward to the next book, but I do hope she goes back to her strong-minded heroines.
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After having recently read `The Twelve Days of Christmas' by the same author and enjoying it, I was also swayed to buy this book on the Kindle, seduced by the bargain price, pretty snow-covered cover and being in the mood for yet more festive-type chicklit (I'm not joking- after her other book I went on a mince pie making binge and wrapped all of my presents in one night)!

There's something infinitely reassuring about reading cosy twee romance novels at this time of year and this book was no exception though I hasten to add that Christmas doesn't really make much of an appearance until towards the end of the novel, unfortunately and even then it is only fleeting. It was still a sweet little read, despite not being as festive as I'd anticipated- though not as strong as her other novel.

The story revolves around Sophy Winter, a woman who doesn't have a whole lot of luck and who unexpectedly inherits a stately home off her late, estranged grandfather- the home she grew up in until her mother spirited her away from there when she was six years old. With her handsome distant (manipulative) cousin Jack, trying to claim the place as his own, not to mention all the staff of the house relying on her to restore it to its former glory, can Sophy make a go of Winter's End? And in the process, will her own luck start changing?

The story has a little bit of everything- ghosts, witches and family legends, as well as romance and some interesting characters. Though the writing of the story was not exceptional and did feel a little bit forced and relying too much on coincidence in places, it still flowed nicely and I became involved in the plot. It did have similarities to the other book too- there was another diary plot intertwined with this as well as a manor house.
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By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2009
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I loved this book, the best piece of popular fiction I've read in 2008. It has all the ingredients I enjoy: solid yet quirky characters, good background details, steady development and a ghost. Brilliant!

This is a real smile-along book. The humour is gentle and grows as the reader becomes familiar with the characters. I think the New Age theme is applied with a very deft touch. Sophy and Lucy make real sense as the products of (and reaction to) a New Age upbringing, but not in any derogatory sense. Somehow, they pull aspects of different perceptions into what Trisha Ashley portrays as ordinary life.

The aunts Hebe and Ottie are lovely old landed gentry British eccentrics. The ghost, and her own sad story at the head of each chapter, is a nice touch, adding a bit of sentiment.

Seth, the moody, handsome gardener is exactly what is required to balance out the handsome, odious Jack. Lots of lively minor characters populate a finely imagined stately home, and to top it all it's one of those stories where someone achieves what they set out to do through hard work and their own special skill.

A great, all-round, feelgood book.
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Sophy Winter unexpectedly inherits her grandfather's crumbling stately home, Winter's End. Along with the house, she inherits an eccentric family & a lot of debt. Sophy's charming but shady cousin Jack thought he would inherit & sets about alternately trying to persuade Sophy to sell the estate to him at a knockdown price or marry him so they can live there happily ever after. Another distraction is gorgeous gardener, Seth, who plans to restore the Elizabethan gardens & doesn't seem to have eyes for anything else. Then there's the rumour that Shakespeare spent his lost years at Winter's End & the discovery of a manuscript in the Bard's hand. The grand opening of the house & garden to the public is the grand finale to this lovely romantic comedy
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