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A Christmas Cracker Paperback – 22 Oct 2015
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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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Top Customer Reviews
a must for lovers of a happy ending read on a cold night by the fire enjoy it
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't usually read non fiction but found this book in a charity shop and read it over the Chritsmas holidays, to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sassyboo
i was really looking forward to this book however i was left disappointed.
The best characters are pye and pugsie! Read more
A really warming read for cold nights leading up to Christmas, especially if you are on your own in bed!Published 4 months ago by maybookaholic
This was such a fun read! I really liked how the story developed, and also the occasional short chapters from Randal's viewpoint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals
Interesting storyline with twists and turns, very easy reading and I found it quite hard to put down after the first few chapters.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer