Thanks to Ruth Richardson of Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The brilliant new novel from Top Five Sunday Times bestselling author Trisha Ashley
All Marnie wants is somewhere to call home. Mourning lost years spent in a marriage that has finally come to an end, she needs a fresh start and time to heal. Things she hopes to find in the rural west Lancashire village her mother always told her about.
With nothing but her two green thumbs, Marnie takes a job as a gardener, which comes with a little cottage to make her own. The garden is beautiful – filled with roses, lavender and honeysuckle – and only a little rough around the edges. Which is more than can be said for her next-door-neighbour, Ned Mars.
Marnie remembers Ned from her school days but he’s far from the untroubled man she once knew. A recent relationship has left him with a heart as bruised as her own.
Can a summer spent gardening help them heal and recapture the forgotten dreams they’ve let get away?
When Marine was a little girl her mum use to tell her stories of Jericho’s End, where she had grown-up as a child. The stories seemed quite magical to Marnie but her mother warned her never to go there. Marnie’s mum tragically died and she was young. Marine was adopted by a lovely family and grew up happy with a ‘sister’ that became her best friend.
After a disastrous marriage, she needed a complete get away from it all and a new start. When a dream job came up in Jericho’s End including accommodation, it is all too good to miss, after all, no-one will know who she is, will they? This is a beautifully written uplifting story by Trisha Ashley, who always seems to make me want to be the leading character in all her books. Marine is a lady that you just want to find a fairy tale ending.
Jericho’s End is one of those small places that is steeped in family history passed down through the generations. So it isn’t just the gardens that Marine goes digging about in. My imagination ran wide with this book and all the lovely, and at times, strange characters that the author had brought to life.
I swooned over Ned, wanted to eat ice cream continually and cringed at Wayne and his dad! It all made me feel like the place was cut off from the real world, all cocooned in its own haven but it is always too easy to forget whose is on the outside of the village.
A lovely, lovely story again. I always finish reading with a sigh and a smile with these books.
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her latest novel, The House of Hopes and Dreams, which is published by Transworld, is her eleventh 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 magazine 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, has made her what she is today…whatever that is. Several of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire, West Yorkshire and 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 and 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 one of the trio of authors called The 500 Club, along with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill.
She is a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Welsh Academi.
Trisha has a website at http://www.trishaashley.com where you can sign up for her newsletters, and an official fan site at http://www.trishaworld.com where you can find out more about her, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley and trishaashley.com