The cover of a Trisha Ashley really does make you feel all warm and fuzzy, and the content even more so. This was a real light hearted palate cleanser for me (having read a lot of thrillers recently!) and it is a book I truly enjoyed, so a big shout out thank you to Poppy at Transworld for sending me a copy.
When Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes the heir to Mossby, his family’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. The house is large but rundown and comes with a pair of resentful relatives who can’t be asked to leave. Still, newly dumped by his girlfriend and also from his job as a TV interior designer, Carey needs somewhere to lick his wounds. And Mossby would be perfect for a renovation show. He already knows someone who could restore the stained glass windows in the older part of the house…
Angel Arrowsmith has spent the last ten years happily working and living with her artist mentor and partner. But suddenly bereaved, she finds herself heartbroken, without a home or a livelihood. Life will never be the same again – until old friend Carey Revell comes to the rescue.
They move in to Mossby with high hopes. But the house has a secret at its heart: an old legend concerning one of the famous windows. Will all their dreams for happiness be shattered? Or can Carey and Angel find a way to make this house a home?
I loved the characters, friendships, relationships… I loved everything about this stunning piece of fiction. All aspects of the book had such a moving effect on the storyline. A storyline full of loss, love, but above all, hope. We all need hope in our life otherwise what’s the point? Well this book is full of the stuff and will certainly warm your cockles.
I loved the snippets of moments with the previous inhabitant of Mossby involving the mystery of a famous stained glass window. It is the perfect addition to the storyline and rather appropriate given Angel’s trade and love of stained glass.
There are some beautiful descriptions especially when it came to the surroundings of Mossby. It is such a delightful and enchanting place, and one that is no doubt glorious in the summer. I really want to visit there myself. Oh, and the addition of Fang, a little dog with a big personality, is a favourable one for me, he brought a pinch of fun to the atmosphere.
Trisha fully submerges you into delightful scenes and heartbreaking moments. She pulls you into the storyline and adds splashes of humour to keep the tale alive. Each character puts their own stamp on the book and you won’t forget any of them in a rush!
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