Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for A Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley
A brilliant new Christmas novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Trisha Ashley
Meg is definitely not in the Christmas mood. She’s never gone in for tinsel, baubles and mistletoe, and right now she’s still getting over an illness. Yet when she’s invited to spend the run-up to Christmas in the snowy countryside, rather than dreary London, she can’t refuse.
Arriving at a warm and cosy family home in a small hilltop village, Meg soon begins to wonder what a proper Christmas might be like. But just as she’s beginning to settle in, she spots a familiar face. Lex.
Despite the festive cheer, Meg suddenly wants nothing more than to get as far away from him, and their past secrets, as she can. But if she stays, could this be the year she finally discovers the magic of Christmas…?
Fabulously funny, intelligent and heart-warming, Trisha Ashley’s brand-new novel is the feel-good Christmas novel of the year. It even contains recipes!
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is my first Christmas book this year and although it is only September it very quickly got me into the festive spirit. Not long into it and I found a story that had brilliant quirky characters bulging from its chapters. This was going to be such a treat!
Meg is the central character with the story mostly taking place high in the hills of a small Lancashire village. The Red House is set on its own grounds, and easily cut off by the seasonal weather from the village below. Meg brought up as a bit of a free spirit in a commune, doesn’t celebrate Christmas. She has been artist commissioned to paint the portraits of Clara, a historian, and fictional crime writer and her famous recluse poet husband Henry Doome. Their extended family are lively characters that constantly come and go every hour of the day.
I won’t go into the heart of the story that is something to be unwrapped from each chapter like an unknown gift. Some of what is inside will make you laugh while others venture into the past because sometimes we have to go back before we can move forward after been stuck in a rut for so long.
There are mysteries to be solved, romance to be kindled and the past to be reconciled. One character made me laugh for his persistence, though he could be given the most annoying cringeworthy character award too. Rollo, self-centred and very entertaining to read about. I just kept getting an image of Dick Dastardly in my mind every time he appeared in the story, especially in his little sports car.
A lovely cozy, curl-up book that made me feel part of it all!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trisha Ashley’s Sunday Times bestselling novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three.
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