The Magic of Christmas, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Another deliciously seasonal and heart-warming tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author.In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes.

Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes - as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show...Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play.

But who will play Adam to Lizzy's Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart?

Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.


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The story is told by Lizzy, who is married to Tom. They have an eighteen-year-old son who is soon to go to university. They live in a village where everyone is interested in everyone else’s business; Lizzy is particularly keen on cooking… and comfort eating when she’s feeling down. She also writes books about living in a village, with recipes and cooking hints. <br/><br/>There are various threads of the story, as is typical for this kind of village-based women’s fiction, including excerpts, at the start of each chapter, from one of Lizzy’s books reflecting events of the chapter concerned.<br/><br/>It works well, on the whole, but none of it really grabbed me. There wasn’t much about the magic of Christmas despite the title. There's a dramatic and unexpected incident fairly early in the book which left me feeling unmoved. Most of what happens in the final chapters was entirely predictable, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. <br/><br/>At the end there are a couple of recipes which look interesting, although I'd have liked a few more. <br/><br/>All in all, it was a good book to read during the run-up to Christmas, but it’s not one I’m likely to read again.