My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to review The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley – a sheer delight to read as always. If
Praise for Trisha Ashley
‘One of the best writers around!’
‘Full of down-to-earth humour’
‘A warm-hearted and comforting read. Trisha at her best’
A new Christmas novel from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author – the perfect festive read!
Recovering after an illness Meg is far from in the Christmas mood, in fact she’s hardly aware it’s approaching at all. They didn’t celebrate it where she grew up and she’s never gone in for the tinsel, baubles and mistletoe of it all. But when the opportunity arises to spend the run up to Christmas in the snowy countryside, rather than dreary London, she can’t say she isn’t curious… although she’ll definitely leave before they bring out the turkey.
Tasked with painting two portraits in not very much time, Meg sets to work. Although it doesn’t take long for the magic in the air to begin to make her wonder what a proper family Christmas might be like.
But just as she’s beginning to settle in she spots a familiar face. Lex… more like a missile than a blast from the past. Despite the wonderful festive cheer, Meg suddenly wants nothing more than to get as far away from Lex and their past secrets as she can. But she can’t leave until she’s finished the portraits and discovered what really is so magical about Christmas…
Fabulously funny, intelligent and heart-warming, Trisha’s brand-new novel is the feel-good Christmas novel of the year. It even contains recipes!
Our 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 romantic novels of the last fifty years. Trisha lives in North Wales.
Trisha has a great back catalogue to chose
I’ve been reading Trisha’s book for years now, they are not only heart warming, but have a kind of comforting feel about them. I also love Christmas and she is sure to get you in the festive mood with all the talk of decorations, Nordic Pine trees
Meg Harkness has been recuperating at her ‘Grandfather’ – River’s Farm in Wales – its actually a commune with a fair few guests, who come and go as they please, including her own mother. And so her real family
Meg has been commissioned to paint the portraits of a husband and wife team, a poet Henry Doome and novelist Clare Mayhem-Doome – who both grew up in Starstone Edge and moved back after many years, Clara simply won’t take no for an answer and Meg is secconded to their home – Red House, within hours of the request being made.
There she meets a delightful ream of characters including Tottie, Sybil, Den and one she wishes she didn’t bump into again, Lex a one-time ‘friend’ from Art college, who happens to be Clara and Henry’s nephew.
As with Trisha’s other books we also encounter characters and places from her previous books, such as Marwood and a trip to the cracker factory featured in A Christmas Cracker. With
Of course, Trisha Ashely has the most fantastic way of describing scenery and settings and using colours to describe the sunrise and this all fits in nicely with mentions of the Winter Solstice that Meg and River always celebrate rather than Christmas. However Meg decides to stay on at Red House and experience a real Christmas – and
A truly joyous tale with some historical notes regarding Clara’s choice of career in epigraphy thrown in which must have taken some researching along with the Greek art of potting too. Trisha Ashley never fails to evoke a Christmassy feel and show the importance of family and how even the simplest of gifts, homemade or even just a card, can be gratefully received.
Also, I can’t
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