I always love it when Trisha Ashley brings out a new book and was chuffed to bits to be invited to be part of the blog tour for The House of Hopes and Dreams.
About the book
When Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes the heir to Mossby, his family’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. The house is large but rundown and comes with a pair of resentful relatives who can’t be asked to leave. Still, newly dumped by his girlfriend and also from his job as a TV interior designer, Carey needs somewhere to lick his wounds. And Mossby would be perfect for a renovation show. He already knows someone who could restore the stained glass windows in the older part of the house…
Angel Arrowsmith has spent the last ten years happily working and living with her artist mentor and partner. But suddenly bereaved, she finds herself heartbroken, without a home or a livelihood. Life will never be the same again – until old friend Carey Revell comes to the rescue.
They move in to Mossby with high hopes. But the house has a secret at its heart: an old legend concerning one of the famous windows. Will all their dreams for happiness be shattered? Or can Carey and Angel find a way to make this house a home?
So what did I think?
Another gorgeous, feel-good, heart-warming read from Trisha.
I love a book which teaches you something, and loved learning about how stained glass windows were made. I loved the two stories that ran side by side. One now, with Carey and Angel at the heart of it, and one which started in 1914 and told the story of Jessie Kaye telling the story of the legend of Mossby.
Totally loved the character of Angelique (Angel) and the group of fabulous friends she had around her and wanted to jump in and defend her when her bereavement meant nothing to a certain someone and his wife! Nasty characters, I really disliked them and hoped very much that they got their comeuppance!
When Trisha was describing Mossby, particularly when Carey and Angel were exploring it, I could totally picture it in my mind and if I could have got in my car and driven there, I would have loved to go and explore it with them.
At the back of the book there are 3 recipes too! Who doesn’t love a book with recipes in it!?
There is nothing not to love about this book which was a delight to read from start to finish. From it’s gorgeous cover, to what’s between the pages, it was a fabulous read which I’d highly recommend.
About the author
Trisha Ashley was born in St Helens, West Lancashire, but nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with her neurotic Border Collie foisted on to her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.
A Christmas Cracker was her eighth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been short-listed 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.
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