Saturday, 22 December 2012

The Magic Of Christmas * Trisha Ashley

The Magic Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

It's the most wonderful time of the year. 

In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband when tragedy strikes and she finds herself widowed. 

Her Christmas pudding circle - a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes - offers her a welcome distraction, whilst a simmering rivalry with local cookery writer. Nick erupts over who will will best mice pie at the village show. 

Meanwhile, the whole village is gathering for the annual boxing day mystery play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy's eve? Could it be handsome and charismatic actor Ritch, or will someone closer to home win her heart?
Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!

Stuck in a rut in her marriage, Lizzy Pharamound doesn't know what to do with her cheating and abusive husband Tom. Until one day things take a turn for the worse and Lizzy is tragically widowed. 

In a case of events Lizzy soon finds herself slowly befriending nick Pharamound, Tom's cousin, and becoming even closer friends, even though their friendship is a bit like love on the rocks. 

With young son Jasper, who is now leaving the nest to travel to Liverpool University, Christmas couldn't come sooner. Keeping herself busy, Lizzy is always at the CPC (Christmas Pudding Circle) preparing and baking to get ready for Christmas. Making sure she has an early start all the way up in September!

With Nicks love for cooking and his love life slowly, plus there's a new person in town. Things could start to get a bit messy between the two. But that doesn't stop handsome actor Ritch Rainford, who is new to the scene in Middlemoss and on the big screen shooting for the well known TV program being filmed in Middlemoss, Cotton Common.
He can't keep his eyes off Lizzy and she certainly start to find him attractive, until she finds out one of his little secrets, that puts her off him for good!

though things for Lizzy start to get a bit shaky, as the police come knocking on her small little cottage door and start accusing her of Tom's death. Distressed on how anyone could think that, Lizzy confides in Nick...again.

Soon there's all sorts kicking off and all of them revolving around her late husband. Affairs gone wild, debts to be paid, a small assassination by t he strange Gothic woman, a fight at his funeral and to top it all of a woman who is pregnant and claims that Tom Pharamound is the father!

And with helping her best friend Annie out, with her posh-pet sitters. Lizzy is busier than ever! But all this can't be that bad can it? Follow Lizzy on her crash course in writing, baking, dog walking, being a friend and a mother on the side. Then she'll tell you on what life is really like and a Pharamound.

The Magic Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley, is a heart warming tale that is full of friendship and love. On how to tackle the goals that life itself throws at you, non stop. And to believe in yourself and to have fun.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I was quite surprised by. Because at the beginning I found it hard to kind of get into it, and to like the book. But after a while I could not put it down! I love how Trish Ashley described the love both Lizzy and Jasper shared towards each other, because it was nice to read a bit about a mother and her child for a bit. I found this book really comforting for some reason, it's full of love and twists and turns on every page. Plus shockers a long the way!

It's highly funny, and will make you laugh out loud in some parts and giggle at some others, as you know how Lizzy sometimes feels in this book.

I will give this book at 5 out of 10

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Welcome To My World * Miranda Dickinson

Welcome To My World by Miranda Dickinson

Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster…

And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way.

Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in.

With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her.

Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true? Or will Harri's leap of faith be her biggest mistake yet?

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? France? Spain or even America?

For Harri Langton, her dream destination is Venice. We all know what she's thinking, the city of love and romance. Our hopes and dreams of holding the lover of your life's hand in the warm, Italian sun.

Harri also shares this opinion, bur for Miss Langton she will have to make do of dreaming, as she has never even stepped foot out of the UK boarders.Though the closest Harri has ever gotten to see the world, is on the back of travel brochures in her local Travel Agents; SLIT. In other words Harri's day job.

Harri is what she describes herself as an "Armchair Traveller" meaning that she reads the books, magazines, watches the travel shows and has stacks upon stacks of DVD's. But never actually leaves the UK.

As for her best friend Alex Brennan, he's been all over! You name a place and he's probably seen it. Harri finds comfort in the stories he tells, the pictures he shows ans all the taste tingling meals he makes from around the world.
The only thing is that he's not so good at is finding the right woman.

So when Viv, Alex's over loving mother decides to set him up in a dating magazine, she soon hopes to find him the woman of his dreams. Much to the dismay of Harri, who has found herself doing most of the work.

Stella, Harri's ever so charming and fashionable friend has a friendship they could make you laugh and smile. Even when she still to this day and over the many years pesters Harri on here ever job loving boyfriend, Rob.

'Welcome To My World' by Miranda Dickinson, is a wonderful story based upon friendship and love. Testing how Harri would go to save a friendship and finding the love of her life. Whilst on the daydream cloud about finding her heart and soul, to believe in herself, for her travels sake.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Welcome To My World' I loved how Harri and Alex's friendship is written and Harri's 'Armchaor Traveling'. The book is highly amusing at some point's, with the way Viv has been written, makes you smile and think to yourself that everyone knows someone who's just like her. I certainly do, and I love that I know someone like her.

Miranda Dickinson has captured true friendship at it's best and shared it in a wonderful lovely book. Though to be honest I did find at times it was a bit slow and felt like I had to force myself to read it a bit. But once I got back into it, it was a great read and couldn't out it down.
I do think that Harri should of done travelling a bit sooner in the book and not waited till the very end, but if she didn't then the story wouldn't of fitted together perfectly.

The book has heart ticking moments that make you giggle and smile at every page turner. There are a few shocks and bumps along the way, which you can relate to. Well, I could haha. The story-line is well written and will be reading more of her books in the near future.

I will give this book 6 out of 10.