Friday, 15 November 2013

Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley


Synopsis

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?


Review

I will just say straight away that I love Trisha Ashley's novels and this one didn't disappoint! I also have to mention the absolutely beautiful cover! I mean if that alone is not enough to entice you to pick this book up (yes I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but come on I'm sure we have all done it) then hopefully this review will.

If you have read other books by Trisha Ashley you will know that quite a few of them are set in the wonderful village of Sticklepond and I was very pleased that this novel brought us back there and also featured some of the other book's characters that I had grown to love previously. This novel introduces us to a new character called Cally and her story and you do not need to read the other books to enjoy this one, but I'm more than sure that if you haven't already you will want to go and pick them up.

Cally's life is dominated by her daughter Stella, who has a serious heart condition that makes her very tired and fragile for a three year old and even the slightest infection can have much more serious consequences than it would for a healthier three year old. Stella has been through major surgery but now the doctors have said that there is nothing more that they can do for her. This is not news that any Mother wants to hear, so Cally does lots of research and finds that there is a doctor in Boston who can help with the experimental surgery he is doing. The only problem is that it will cost a lot of money, way more than Cally can afford. Deciding to sell her flat in London, she moves up to Sticklepond to move in with her Mother. Cally still has a lot more money to raise though and isn't sure how she is going to do it time. It is here that Cally meets Jago and she feels like she has known him for years, but with Stella's condition and having been treated abominably in the past by her ex-fiance, Cally does not have time for love, and with ex's creeping out of the woodwork, will their relationship ever kick off?

Once again I loved all the characters in this. Cally is such a lovely person and I do not think she realises this and was obviously not helped by her absolutely awful ex fiancé. Stella is also so sweet and so grown up for her age. She did come out with some funny things, and as you go along you really want her to get better.
The chemistry between Cally and Jago was so lovely to read and Jago is such a wonderful man. I really wanted both of them to realise that they should be together.

The support that Cally receives from the village is incredible. None of the villagers even know Cally or Stella and yet they take them into their village as if they have lived there for years. I loved all the fundraising events that they did and it just made me want to move to Sticklepond.

I was expecting a little bit more of a Christmas focus, especially with the cover being what it is, but it still obviously makes an appearance and I really hoped that Cally would have the best Christmas yet.

Once again a triumph from Trisha Ashley. Her novels never fail to leave me feeling heartwarmed.
P.S The Twelve Days of Christmas is still my favourite of Trisha's novels, this is second ;).

5/5

Wish Upon a Star is available from  Amazon UK

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