My Review Of The House Of Hopes And Dreams By Trisha Ashley

Written by Margaret James in Books on 12 Apr 2018 | Views: 230

My Review Of The House Of Hopes And Dreams By Trisha Ashley

This delicious new romantic comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling novelist is four hundred pages of pure delight, with recipes as well!

Many of Trisha's heroines are damaged in some way, and/or searching for something. Stained glass artist Angel Arrowsmith is no exception. She has spent a decade working with her artist friend and mentor Julian Seddon, and when he dies the Doc-Marten-wearing Angel finds herself with no home, no livelihood and nowhere obvious to turn.

Set in Trisha's beloved Lancashire, which is the setting for many of her novels, this new story introduces television presenter Carey Revell, who unexpectedly inherits Mossby, a very old and dilapidated house full of secrets and mysteries, and who is there to catch his friend Angel when she falls. But Carey has plenty of girlfriends and ex-girlfriends and wannabe girlfriends, so would it be wise for Angel to think of herself as anything more than Carey's friend from their cradle days when they threw their rattles at each other? What about Angel's more pressing need to find a home and a job? Maybe Mossby will offer her a home and also a whole new career?

Whatever happened to the famous Mossby Jewels? Maybe they will turn up and Carey will then be able to restore his ancestral home to its former glory? 

As always, Trisha takes us there with marvellous descriptions of settings and places. I loved rooting around with Carey and Angel as they rummaged through the cellars at Mossby, unearthing a few items that might belong in a horror movie  - a doll with a waxen and ghastly face - but some treasures, too.

Of course, since this is a romantic comedy, Angel and Carey are going to end up together, but how they manage to do this involves plenty of shocks and surprises for them and also for the reader. 

The descriptions of the making of stained glass are especially fascinating. I had never heard of grozing pliers, lathekins or oyster knives. As well as being a bestselling novelist, Trisha is an artist whose own stained glass panels are as gorgeous as anything made by Angel Arrowsmith Art Glass. Some pictures of them can be found on Trisha's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trisha.ashley/photos_all

This is a five star read - Trisha's best novel yet.

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