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Review by Suze
Sappho has a nice cottage in Wales and she spends most of her time writing, which is a profession that makes her happy. She has a successful career as a fantasy writer. Sappho also has good friends and she doesn't think there's anything missing in her life. This changes when she realizes she has just one year left before she'll be forty years old. If she wants to have a baby she has to find a man as soon as she can. Meanwhile she's helping her friend Miranda to make sense of her difficult marriage. Men are complicated, which is why Sappho isn't interested in them. She's much happier on her own, only there will be no baby without the help of a man.
Nye is a skilled potter. Sappho finds him interesting, but he can never be someone she'd fall for as Nye is definitely not her type. She doesn't like blonde men and is into dark and mysterious types instead. They often run into each other and when Sappho realizes something important about Nye, she might see him through completely different eyes. When strange things are happening Nye keeps an eye on Sappho. He's often there to catch her and Sappho discovers that sometimes it's nice to have two strong arms nearby to break the fall...
A Leap of Faith is a wonderful story with plenty of romance, compelling mysteries and countryside gossip and schemes. I loved this book from the first sentence. Sappho has a great, original voice. She's tough, she can be fabulously sarcastic and she is honest and loyal. I love strong women in books and really enjoyed reading about her. She's a good friend and does everything she can to help the people she loves. I liked how Trisha Ashley weaves Sappho's thoughts into the dialogue. This way the reader can see exactly what she thinks and how she feels, which is insightful and funny at the same time. Sappho has quite an active social life, so fortunately there are many things she can comment on. The personalities of the other main characters are all different and fascinating and I enjoyed seeing them through Sappho's eyes.
I love Trisha Ashley's writing style. The text enhances the individuality of her characters. I often felt I could look into their minds and that makes this books so special. The story is fast-paced and every chosen direction makes sense and surprises at the same time. Trisha Ashley always manages to find the exact right tone of voice. She combines that with vivid descriptions of the countryside and all the dreamy professions of her characters are amazing to read about as well. While I often had to laugh when I was reading A Leap of Faith, I was impressed by the more serious side of this book too. Trisha Ashley writes about difficult topics with compassion and warmth.
A Leap of Faith has a riveting ending. There are a few mysterious disappearances that made me really curious and I liked the finale very much. The unexpected twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, which is something that always makes me happy. I'm glad this fantastic book has been republished, it's a heartwarming story that deserves to be read by as many romantic readers as possible.