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A lovely Christmas read.
on 7 November 2013
The photo above does not do the book cover any justice.This book is so Christmassy it might have fallen out of Santa's sleigh. Real silver glitter you can touch covers part of the roof and around the window and door, it's so sparkly.
This is the first book I've read by Trisha Ashley and looking through her other books on Amazon I find that this is not the first book that is set in the Lancashire village of Sticklepond and although, like me you don't have to have read any of the other books first I really want to read them and find out how some of the other villagers who are on the peripheral of this book came to be there.
This book is about Cally who has been left pregnant by her cad of a boyfriend who has gone to work in Antarctica telling her if she keeps the baby she's on her own. Cally goes ahead with the pregnancy and Stella is born with a serious heart condition which can only be corrected by an operation in America before her fifth birthday.
Cally has to move back to her Ma's house in Sticklepond and try and raise money to give Stella her life saving operation. She meets Jago who looks like Johnny Depp (which can only be good) and they become friends but when Jago's money grabbing ex girlfriend appears on the scene Cally worries that he will be whisked off back to London again. She decides to put her love life aside and concentrate on Stella who is such a delightful little girl that I found myself willing everything to go well for her.
We are introduced to Cally's mother Martha who is an absent minded artist, there are some lovely moments between her and little three year old Stella. The rock star vicar Raffy and his wife Chloe who has a chocolate shop (there's a book about them) Miss Honey who lives in a care home and has a shop to sell and many more characters from the village. There is also a secret as to why Martha's family, the Almonds have not been welcome in the village for many years.
I did enjoy this book, it's the kind of book you can curl up with at a roaring fire with a glass of wine and some chocolate. It makes you feel as if you have a nice warm blanket around you. It's full of clever twists and turns along the way.
This is another book that's all about food. Cakes! Cally is a cake writer for a magazine and has to experiment with lots of different recipes, in fact a dream job. There are even a few recipes at the back of the book to try out yourself. So forget the chocolate,you will want cake.
After reading this delightful story I want to pack my up belongings and move to Sticklepond.Who wouldn't want to live in a village full of writers and artists with shops with the name of Cinderella's Slippers and Marked Pages, a pub called The Falling Star and a Witchcraft Museum ?
I will now have to visit more of Trisha Ashley's books as I really enjoyed her style of writing and I'm not ready just yet to leave Sticklepond behind.
A lovely Christmas stocking filler for any book lover.
Thank you to the publisher who provided me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.