Happy release day to Trisha firstly, many congratulations for another beautiful story from the heart of my favorite Yorkshire Moors. Thank you to Rosie for sending across a copy xx.
I have only read one other book by Trisha which is the twelve days of Christmas and found it fabulous. I find Trisha‘s stories very cosy, comforting and soothing. They are not sickly sweet or easy but strong and like a much needed kick in the rear reminder that life doesn’t have to be either high like a kite or down in the dumps. The leads in her stories are strong, independent people who take a lot in their stride, suck it up and move on with a smile in their hearts which is what I like and hence enjoy her writing.
In the latest book, the little teashop there’s also tea, cake and sweet treats galore so without further ado here’s what I thought of this brilliant author’s latest book venture out 9/3 The little teashop of lost and found.
Title: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
Author: Trisha Ashley
Published: 9 March 2017
Format reviewed: paperback
Location based in: Yorkshire, England for the majority part.
Profession of main characters: Chef – Baker and Antiques dealer.
Book buy link: Amazon India
Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.
So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.
Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?
Wonderfully wry, heart-warming and life-affirming, Trisha Ashley’s hilarious novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedies by Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. And it contains recipes!
The title maybe a little mouthful but the story is definitely easy and soothing on the soul. Right from the character’s back stories to their finding a home in places snatched away from them at birth.
Alice Rose is a heroine who though dealt a tough hand in life is strong, positive and more importantly human like any of us. What is relatable and makes her likeable is that where most of us give up in life she takes those few next steps which are difficult. She goes all the way and claims her deserved though never pursued prize. I couldn’t help but think sometimes we need to be more like Alice, take those scary steps in the unknown, be prepared for anything and not loose sight of what or where your heart wants to be.
The story sees Alice, abandoned at birth, go through life, various jobs, couple more than required moves and coming back to make peace with the place she was born and abandoned at. She does everything just so that she is not left with any regrets or doubts about not having giving her 100%. Which is what makes her story so very much enjoyable.
Alice’s fellow characters, from her fun, loyal friends to the handsome, broody man and his warm, loving family she ends up with, provide such warmth, refreshing color and dimension to the story.
It is a fulfilling story on all levels and the tea, sweet treats liberally thrown in make it a delicious read.
Trisha Ashley was born in St Helens, Lancashire, and gave up her fascinating but time-consuming hobbies of house-moving and divorce a few years ago in order to settle in North Wales. She is a Sunday Times bestselling author.
For more information about Trisha please visit http://www.trishaashley.com, her Facebook fan page (Trisha Ashley Books) or her Twitter account @trishaashley.
Reviewed by Bharti