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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (22 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562807
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
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‘One of the best writers around!’ Katie Fforde

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

‘A warm-hearted and comforting read. Trisha at her best’ Carole Matthews

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.
She is a Sunday Times bestselling author.


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Bought this book for my wife who's a huge fan of Trisha's books and all things Christmassy so she's written the review. I loved this book it was exactly what I hoped for when I read that the Christmas story would be set near little mumming and revisit some characters from previous story (12 days of main character tabby is wrongly convicted of aid and spends time in prison. She is befriended by a Quaker visitor while there and offered a job and accommodation on her release, tabby has lost everything, the 'friend' framed her, her fiancée who refused to believe her innocence and h home so she h nothing to lose by taking up the offer of becoming a girl Friday and helping mercy marwood to breathe life into her ailing cracker factory. If you love Christmas this is definitely the book for you.
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brilliant book
a must for lovers of a happy ending read on a cold night by the fire enjoy it
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A really lovely feel good Christmas book about love and second chances. Quirky characters who you can't help but like. Trisha Ashley has done it again!
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A good book a cup of tea and a real fire made it perfect
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Always look forward to Trisha Ashley's books. Can't wait for the next one. Read all her books now. Excellent read.
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Tabby has to go to prison and it's for something she hasn't done. Someone has betrayed her and she has to pay dearly for that. When she's allowed to go out she doesn't have a job or place to stay. Fortunately there's Mercy who has a Christmas cracker factory. Tabby can live in an apartment at her house and in exchange she'll use her artistic skills to bring the mill and the cracker business back to life. Before her sentence Tabby was on her way to be successful with her art and she loves that she has the chance to be creative again.

Living with Mercy is a joy, but there is one problem. Mercy's nephew Randal doesn't trust Tabby at all. He's displeased with the fact that Mercy has let this in his eyes thieving and fraudulent woman into her home. Tabby is happy with her new life and she needs to convince him that she isn't the woman he thinks she is. Meanwhile there's a lot of work to be done to get the crackers ready for Christmas...

Every Tabby chapter in A Christmas Cracker starts with a joke. I found them hilarious and read the entire book with a big smile on my face. Trisha Ashley knows how to write her Christmas stories. They're all fantastic. I enjoyed A Christmas Cracker very much. The story is original, festive and fun. I didn't want it to end and loved all the main characters. The setting is great, Mercy's kindness and energy are wonderful and exactly what a Christmas book needs, and there are plenty of lovely pets who each bring something vital to the story. All of these things are heartwarming.

Randal has a terrible fiance. I had to laugh out loud plenty of times because of her behavior. Tabby is happy being reunited with her cat again and she isn't looking for love, but she does have an admirer. Reading about him was also really great.
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By Gilbster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2015
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This was a really great story, which contained a few things that I haven't seen often in books if at all.

Tabby is an ex-con, she was sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit, but was framed for. When she is in prison she is visted by Mercy Marwood, who offers to take her in and provide a job and accommodation when she is released.

Mercy is a Quaker, and it was fascinating to learn more about the religion, in a gentle way. I recall when I was about 11 having a couple of lessons about the Quakers and then not given it or them another thought until this book. Part of this means she is a wonderful person, who is accepting of people's faults, believes Tabby to be innocent, and has a habit of hiring ex-cons.

Mercy runs what is now the failing Marwood's Magical Christmas Crackers workshop, but as she had her eye off the ball recently, while doing charity work in Malawi. It is very refreshing to have a Christmas Cracker workshop as the setting and main workplace for a book. I had never given much thought to how they were made before, and its quite nice to think that in this case, its a group of older people, being given their second chance in life, making something that is actually quite skilled.

Tabby along with Randal, Mercy's nephew, have some impressive plans to turn the business around. However Randal doesn't trust or like Tabby, and was partly instrumental in her old bosses fraud being discovered.

The plot is possibly simpler than I am making it sound. It is though a great story, running for almost a year, finishing with Christmas, but due to the nature of the business you are thinking about Christmas a lot.
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A Christmas Cracker
By Trisha Ashley

Tabby's life has taken a nosedive. Not only has she lost her job but she has been sent to Prison for a crime that she didn't commit. Dumped by her fiancé, she has no idea what she is going to do when she leaves prison.

Mercy is a Quaker and runs a Christmas cracker factory in the North West of England and takes on ex-cons to work there. For Tabby this is a lifeline and with Mercy the 2 women set to transform Marwood's Magical Christmas Crackers into a business fit for the 21st century. This means that Tabby will have to win the trust of Randall, Mercy's nephew, who is the heir to his Aunt's cracker empire. The only problem is that Randall does not trust Tabby. He thinks that he is out to defraud his Aunt and her business (even though Tabby hasn't actually committed any crime) is . If Tabby wants to secure her future then she must win over Randall and hope that he eventually believes in her innocence.

An amazing book full of festive cheer and friendship. In true Christmas Cracker style there is a corny joke at the start of nearly every chapter just adds to the lovely festive feel that this book has. A must read for Christmas!
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