Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Guest Review - Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley

Today I have the pleasure of bringing Sarah Pritchards Guest Review of Creature Comforts.

What They Say

Fall in back in love with life in this gripping read about fate and second chances.

The eagerly awaited new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

Izzy has broken off her engagement to her feckless fiancée Kieran and returned to her childhood home – the sleepy village of Halfhidden.

She soon realizes that life in the village is anything but peaceful – for one thing she’s living with her mad aunt Debo and her pack of dogs, and for another, Izzy has a lot of unanswered questions.

When she was a teenager, Izzy was involved in a terrible accident, involving various inhabitants of Halfhidden. As she sets out to discover what actually happened on the night of the accident, she realizes that her painful past is actually standing in the way of her future happiness. So when a handsome stranger comes to Halfhidden will she let love back into her life?

What Sarah Says

This was such a lovely story.  It made me feel good and I wanted to keep reading until I finished it.  It was such an uplifting story that had both romance and mystery about it.  I really want to know if Halfhidden is a real place somewhere just because I would love to move there it sounds like the kind of community I could live in forever!

I connected with the characters straight away especially Izzy and Lulu.  I loved that it had a close knit community that looked out for each other and was glad at how some of the characters turned out to be better than I thought they would be.  It was wonderfully written so I was able to side with the ‘good’ characters and really didn’t like the ‘bad’ characters almost as if I was part of the story myself.  The characters are all recognisable as people we know in real life, I could relate to them all as if they were actually in my life.

Although I managed to guess what I thought would happen at the end of the story it still didn’t take anything away from how much I enjoyed reading it.  Although I did guess pretty much the outcome there was always the possibility that I wouldn’t be right.  It was such a charming story and one I think everyone will enjoy.  I was in a bubble while I read it and I want to get back in there and live my life with these characters they were just so sweet, lovable and real!

I can not wait to read more by this author and I would highly recommend this book and author to everyone.

4 out of 5 Stars

About The Author

Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies, and her latest novel, a reprint of Every Woman for Herself, was her sixth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years. 

She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, have made her what she is today...whatever that is. Five of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire and three in Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.

Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse. 

She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of Literature Wales.

Her new novel, a reprint of Every Woman for Herself, will be published on May 8th, 2014. The dysfunctional Rhymer family, the result of a failed attempt by their father to recreate the Brontes, gather together at the Upvale Parsonage for what might well turn out to be the last time....

Trisha has a website at www.trishaashley.com where you can find out more about her, sign up for her newsletter, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.

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