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