Saturday, March 10, 2018

The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

After an accident Carey needs a long time to recover. His girlfriend has left him and his job as the presenter of a television show about restoring old houses, goes to someone else. His inheritance couldn't have come at a more opportune moment. Carey didn't even know he had a relative, but is being left a mansion. The house is a bit dilapidated and comes with an angry housekeeper and gardener, but those are problems he can probably overcome. There's also plenty of gorgeous stained glass, together with a workshop and Carey's best friend is an artist specialized in that area. She's looking for a fresh start as well, so together they might be able to turn the house into a beautiful home.

Angel has lost everything, her partner passed away before he could finalize his will. They used to work together, but now the business will go to his son. The same goes for the house they lived in and everything else he owned. Angel, who took care of her older husband for a long time and handled his business for him when he couldn't, is being asked to leave as quickly as possible, so she doesn't even get the time to properly grieve and make arrangements. Carey's offer to stay with him and use the workshop on his property is very welcome and together they're trying to turn the house into a home. However, the mansion contains plenty of secrets and Angel and Carey aren't the only ones looking for the truth. Will they be able to find out what happened in the past, so they can leave it behind them and move on to a happier future?

The House of Hopes and Dreams is a wonderful heartwarming story. I was immediately intrigued by Angel. She's creative and talented and I loved all the information Trisha Ashley gives about her stained glass work. She clearly knows what she's writing about and makes it come to life in an incredible way. I love reading about artists, especially when I can so easily visualize their work. That made this story really special for me.

Carey's large inheritance gives him something to focus on. He was badly injured and is still recovering, so a new project he can handle at his own pace is exactly what he needs. He immediately asks his friends to join him and the house becomes a place where people have fun and enjoy working together. He's an easygoing person and this perfectly suits Angel's sweet personality. They clearly are soul mates and their creativity makes this bond even stronger. I loved that aspect of the story and kept hoping that after the unhappy times they both had they'd find their happily ever after eventually.

Trisha Ashley knows how to write fabulous feelgood stories. I like how unique her main characters are and the situations they find themselves in keep surprising me over and over again. I was captivated by The House of Hopes and Dreams from beginning to end and couldn't stop reading. The story has many spellbinding elements. The glass Trisha Ashley writes about has such an interesting rich history, the house has plenty of hidden passageways I was anxious to find out more about and there's a large number of fascinating secrets. The result is a fantastic multilayered and enchanting story. I highly recommend this beautiful book.


If you love creative romantic stories about mansions, art and friendship you should definitely read The House of Hopes and Dreams.

About Trisha Ashley

Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her latest novel, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, which is published by Transworld, is her ninth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.

She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, has made her what she is today...whatever that is. Several of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.

Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.

She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also one of the trio of authors called The 500 Club, along with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill.

She is a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Welsh Academi.


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  1. A large inheritance is good, and I love the charming cover!

  2. What a heartwarming story and I find the cover absolutely charming!

  3. Love the cover! Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

  4. Beautiful cover, this sounds like a wonderful romantic story, looking forward to reading this.

  5. The House of Hopes and Dreams sounds like a fantastic multi-layered and enchanting story with two historical stories cleverly interwoven with the current day.

  6. Houses with character make great book settings and I can just image what this one is like from the cover.

  7. This sounds like a fascinating novel full of surprises and with the perfect title to go with it.

  8. I liked the review. Sounds like a good read.

  9. Beautiful cover can't wait to read it!

  10. Looking forward to reading this book by one of my favourite authors.

  11. The story sounds wonderful, I love houses.
    Theresa N

  12. This sounds like a wonderful story, and perfect holiday read! I think I could finish this in my week away and would be adding you to my new must read author list.

  13. Thank you for the lovely review Suze :)

  14. I really like Trisha Ashley and I can't wait to read this book!
    Btw, I enjoyed reading your review, Suze! :)

  15. Thanks for the review, this sounds like an awesome book xx

  16. The book sounds like a lovely read, I think a lot of readers would enjoy it.

  17. Big fan of Trisha. The books sounds wonderful.

  18. trisha ashey is one of my fav author :) it's hard to find her books in france

  19. This sounds really good. Love Trisha's stories and her characters are so believable, although you could probably hug, slap and kiss them at various stages of her novels. This sounds like it's going to be another huge hit. :) Definitely one for my TBR mountain range now.