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Friday, January 26, 2018

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found & A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley - Book Reviews & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Cass has been Max's mistress for over twenty years. Max promised her he'd leave his wife, so they could start a family together, but he never did. When he gets a job offer in America he leaves Cass behind for a year and takes his wife instead. Cass desperately wants a child and at forty-four the clock is ticking. Max's wife is disabled and he told Cass she'd die soon, but that hasn't happened and Cass doesn't wish the woman an ill fate either. Now that Max is out of the picture for a while Cass can finally start thinking clearly and maybe see his true colors?

Cass has never waited for Max to fill her time, there's much to keep her occupied. She's a horror writer and is always working on a story, she regularly visits the local graveyard for inspiration, she does crypt-o-grams, singing her telegrams dressed up as a vampire, and she regularly meets her best friends at the local pub. Her best friend Jason would love to go out with her, but Cass isn't interested and just likes him as a friend. This doesn't even change when she starts to dislike Max more and more each day. There's one man who keeps fascinating her though, Dante. He's just bought the local haunted manor and they meet on a dark and eery night. Max will come back eventually, but should Cass wait for him or follow her heart? It's time for Cass to make the right choice for her future, what or who will she choose?

 A Good Heart is Hard to Find is a fantastic whirlwind of a story. I immediately loved Cass. She's eccentric, fierce and has a wonderful dark sense of humor. I liked her boldness and her honesty. She's a confident woman who can take care of herself and who forms her own opinions, which is something I really liked. There are several men in her life. It was obvious from the beginning that Max isn't a good catch and I kept hoping Cass would open her eyes eventually. Fortunately she meets someone much, much nicer and I loved the chemistry between Cass and Dante. I couldn't wait to find out if Cass would find her happily ever after, something she doesn't really believe in herself. She writes the most horrible stories and it was fun to read them and see what was going on inside her mind. I loved that Trisha Ashley shares them together with Cass's own story. It makes the story versatile and entertaining.

Trisha Ashley has a fabulous distinctive writing style. I love the energy she brings. The fast pace combined with many surprising twists and turns and plenty of hilarious situations are making the story a joy to read. I was spellbound by Cass's adventures, every day brings something new in the form of family, friends and relationships. The characters in the story are colorful and vibrant with plenty of delightful flaws. I absolutely loved A Good Heart is Hard to Find, I was captivated and amused from beginning to end.

Advice

If you like humoristic original romantic stories with unique main characters A Good Heart is Hard to Find would be a perfect choice.

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Alice is adopted. When her father dies Alice feels completely alone in the world. She only discovers she was a foundling after his death, when her cold stepmother lets her know in the most cruel way. Alice doesn't know where she belongs, but she does know it isn't with her nasty stepmother, which is why she leaves her hometown behind. She takes her good childhood memories with her and finds comfort in baking, writing and drawing.

When Alice's fiancé dies she has to start all over again. She has some money and decides to invest it in a teashop in the area she grew up in. Alice loves baking, so this seems like a sensible plan. However, she has only seen the shop on photos and the reality is nothing like the images the previous owner sent to her. The teashop needs a lot of work, but Alice won't give up. Fortunately she isn't alone, she has the support of the next door antique seller Nile. Nile helps her to find a place to live until she can move into the flat above her shop and he helps her to unravel the mystery around her birth. Will Alice's new adventures be a success and will she finally feel like she belongs somewhere?

The Little Teashop of Lost and Found is a wonderful feelgood story with plenty of heartwarming elements. Alice is a talented woman. She's an incredible baker, she writes fantastic fairytales and she's artistic. She also has a kind heart and is a good friend. She works hard to make her dreams come true, which is something I admired about her. She and Nile immediately form a close friendship and it was fabulous to see where that would lead. He's gorgeous, but Alice isn't ready for a new relationship. He's a good person though and they have a special connection that only becomes stronger with the passing of time. Alice has a lot to figure out about herself and Nile is patient and caring. He's also a little bit mysterious, which makes him even more interesting to read about. They're the perfect main characters for a cozy romantic story.

Trisha Ashley's writing is dynamic and vivid. I love her descriptive style that makes everything she writes about come to life incredibly well. I also enjoyed how she includes Alice's writing. It makes me happy when I can clearly see how a main character's mind works and I like it when I'm able to get to know them really well. Trisha Ashley has an inspiring sense of humor that she combines with the seriousness of relationships, uncovering fascinating secrets and finding a place in the world. I adore the choice of these themes for a story and think she's executed it really well. The Little Teashop of Lost and Found is another terrific story by an author whose work I absolutely love.

Advice

If you love heartwarming stories about family and relationships with creative main characters you should definitely read The Little Teashop of Lost and Found.

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.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Fan site

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive signed paperback copies of The Little Teashop of Lost and Found and A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

29 comments:

  1. I am such a fan of cozy mysteries! Love how you twist humor into your writing! Entering as bonita7878(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I'm in the mood for a romance with humor. The perfect time of yeat to snuggle in and read. And the covers are delightful!

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  3. Both books sound like lovely heartwarming stories with lovable characters.

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  4. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot

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  5. This looks wonderful, just my type of read.

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  6. Hi, I hope you enjoy writing as much as we enjoy reading. Thanks Trisha

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  7. Your books sound like the perfect cozy feel-good reads and I'm especially curious about "The Little Teashop of Lost and Found" ... after all, there is no better combination than tea and books!

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  8. I love tea, I like the cute cover--and it has romance?! I'm definitely adding this to my TBR! Great review.

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  9. I'm definitely going to love your books and enjoy the typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity - they would remind me so much of where I grew up in Lancashire.

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  10. Love your books. May 2018 be all you wish for

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  11. I do love romantic comedies and your books sound interesting and heartwarming. I can't wait to read 'The Little Teashop' it sounds very appealing.

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  12. Love the cover, I'm one of those people who are drawn to a cover first, then read the blurb and then decide if I'll buy it...prob why I'll never be in love with ebooks

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  13. It sounds like a fun read, thanks for sharing it,

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  14. This sounds a great read. I'm hooked on Creature Comforts at the moment, but have enjoyed all your books so far. Can read the Christmas themed ones all year round as they make me look forward to Christmas even more.

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  15. Both books sound so good, and I love the pretty covers.

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  17. love the sound of these - great for my goodreads challenge!

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  18. great giveaway = sounds like a lovely read

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  19. These books definitely sound like my cup of tea!

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  20. I love the fact that the main character is a writer, and this book sounds like she has a lot going on in her life! I look forward to reading this.

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  21. Great reviews! Cass sounds like my kind of character. I will have to look both of these books up!

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  22. I'm hoping Cass forgets about that Max.

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  23. Aw, I'd really love to read this books. Trisha is a new author to me.

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  24. Trisha Ashley has always the most gorgeous covers for her books, just as her stories are.

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  25. I've running out of things to comment on so have to go with this! All I have to say is that I applaud anyone who brings a little bit of humour into my otherwise humdrum existence!

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