A wonderful warm festive treat from Sunday Times bestseller Trisha Ashley.
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 when Stella gets sick, and Cally is forced to move in with her mother in the remote village of Sticklepond, to save money for Stella's operation, Cally realizes how tough it can be to go it alone.
Still, the last thing Cally wants to do is fall in love.
All she wants is a Christmas miracle to save Stella.
Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally's frozen heart and show her that the best gifts aren't always found under the tree? A gorgeous festive treat, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/11/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847562784
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Review by DeltaQueen50
I picked this up to help close out the month of November and to hopefully get a start on the festive season with a Christmas story. Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley tells the story of Cally and her young daughter, Stella. They have moved to the village of Sticklepond to live with Cally‘s mother in order to help save money for a trip to the United States so Stella can have an experimental operation that she needs. Meanwhile, Jago is also new to the area and he is looking for a location to set up his wedding cake business. Cally is into cakes as well and writes recipes in both a magazine and a Sunday Supplement. This is not the right time for either of them to be getting involved in a relationship, but it appears to everyone that these two are perfect for each other and they can only fool themselves for so long. This story could easily have been overly sentimental but the author manages to keep the story moving along and does not allow it to bog down in pathos. Stella is a very sick child but the characters around her remain optimistic that the operation will give her a normal life. The bulk of the story is about the raising of the money for Stella’s operation, and the establishing of Jago’s business. There are a couple of over-the-top ex-fiancés that were a little silly, but overall this was a nice light romance with enough seasonal touches to give it a festive feel. The book reaches it’s romantic conclusion as Christmas draws near and it brings a nice, satisfying closure to the story. This is the first book I have read by Trisha Ashley, and I understand that she often bases her stories in this village which seems to have an almost magical feeling about it. Although this story was not exactly a show stopper, I would certainly like to try other books by this author. One warning however, be prepared to read about a wide variety of yummy sounding cakes (some recipes are provided in the back of the book).