Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Book review.....Wish Upon a Star by Trisha Ashley

The perfect gift isn’t always under the tree…

Single mum Cally’s life is all about her little girl Stella. She’s resigned to the fact that the only romance she’s going to get is from the rom-coms she watches, and with her busy job and her daughter, she doesn’t have time to even think about love.

But life gets very tough when Stella gets sick. Balancing her job as a recipe writer and looking after Stella is all consuming, so when Cally meets handsome baker Jago the last thing she wants to do is fall in love, especially when she’s been badly burned by a Prince Charming from her past.
Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally’s frozen heart and help her find true love and magic under the mistletoe?

Copy of book received from publisher - Thank you!

Cally is a brave, loving single mother of her young daughter Stella. Stella has a serious heart problem which a trip over to America for a rare operation can potentially cure. In order to pay for the treatment Cally is forced to sell her flat in London and move with Stella back in with her mother in the countryside village of Sticklepond where she meets handsome single Jago. The pair embark on a mission to raise as much money as possible to ensure Stella can get over to America, will they manage it before Stella's condition deteriorates? 

I really enjoyed this book, it was a heartwarming, touching, sweet story. I liked the fact that not only does the story focus on the typical ongoing relationship between male and female but also the strong unconditional love between mother and daughter and how nothing can get in the way of this everlasting emotion. Not only is your mind on this as you read but also about little Stella and whether she will 'make it' so you are captivated by the whole situation.

The characters were all very likeable so it was a pleasure to read about them, which is always a very big plus! Growing up in a village myself I felt I could really relate to the strong connection found in Sticklepond and found it very heart warming how much they all wanted to help. 

The only criticism I would have is that in my opnion once the story got going the 'middle' seemed to drag. I was getting fed up with Cally and Jago's ongoing 'friendship' and blindness towards each others feelings but with Stella to focus on I didn't loose interest in the book.

Overall I would rate this book 8/10 - A Chocolate Brownie! A fantastic read just a little drawn out in places. A read not just for Christmas! This will definitely not be the only Trisha Ashley book i will read.

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