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
Like any great British drama, the village cast list is rich with characters including a new vicar, WI group, drama group (if only for Boxing Day), gamekeeper, and author, to name a few. Although there are many characters, it was easy to get to know them as the author describes their colourful characters so well.
When most couples facing an empty nest are making plans about how they are going to spend their time together, Lizzy, our storyteller, is planning to leave her husband Tom once her son, Jasper, has flown the nest and moves to Uni. Her plans are scrapped when Tom, shockingly leaves her! This leaves Lizzy with mixed emotions.
Lizzy is surrounded by a network of friends and neighbours in the delightful village of Middlemoss, who can help her come to terms with it all. Jasper is just about to go to Uni, her latest installment of The Perseverance Chronicles is due to go to print and there the preparations for Christmas to see to.
Best friend Annie is close by and there is also Tom's relatives, Unks, Mimi and of course, Nick.
The Magic of Christmas begins in August, when the Christmas Pudding Circle begin their meetings to plan and prepare for the festive season. The Village Players are also beginning rehearsals for the Boxing Day Mystery play. I loved the way Trisha described the preparations for the festive season, with all the lovely recipes. I had to keep reminding myself that the story was actually taking place in the months leading up to December.
I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this festive read from Trisha Ashley after I had enjoyed Chocolate Wishes last year. . I was not disappointed by Trisha's latest offering. The author brings humour to the complicated state of affairs in her characters' lives and with a fast paced series of events, there is never a dull moment.
A superb festive comedy drama.
This would appeal to chick-lit, rom-com fans and especially those of us older chick-lit fans.
This would be a great gift for mum for Christmas
5 out of 5 for me!