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On the first day of Christmas...
Twelve Days of Christmas - Trisha Ashley
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Twelve Days of Christmas - Trisha Ashley
Advantages: Easy to follow plot, interesting, lovely main character
I am a big fan of Trisha Ashely so when I borrowed this just before Christmas I was pleased. I was actually halfway through another Christmas book by the same author at the time (The Magic of Christmas) so I ended up reading this over Christmas and New Year. Initially I was worried that I might not enjoy it fully as it wasn't actually the run up to Christmas but although it is set over the Christmas period it is not purely focused on Christmas and also includes family rifes, discoveries and new found friendships.
Holly Brown isn't looking forward to Christmas, her husband died over the Christmas period and as he was the only person she ever really celebrated Christmas with as she was raised by her Gran as a Strange Baptist. Therefore Christmas brings many painful memories, to make matters worse her Gran has recently passed away leaving her with no family of her own.
Holly is close to her husbands sister, Laura and had been invited to go there for Christmas but when a last minute working opportunity comes up from her housesitting firm she sets off to rural Lancashire. Holly is secretly quite relieved as she likes to spend Christmas alone as it means she can ignore the festivities as much as possible. However, the extended family of the homeowner have other ideas...
I had high expectations for this book because as I said previously I am a huge fan of Trisha Ashley's work. I loved this book and it fulfilled all of my expectations. The book is true to the authors writing style, the language used is informal and the book feels very laid back and is an easy read.
The main body of the plot focuses on a few weeks over the Christmas period but I found it interesting and enjoyable, the book isn't 'action-filled' but there is always plenty going on to keep the readers attention.
I immediately loved the character of Holly, as I find with all of Ashley's main characters. Holly is very likeable, down to earth and I did feel sympathy for her because to Holly, Christmas is now a sad time filled with memories and grief.
I found the plot of the book flowed very well and there were lots of different aspects within the plot to entice and hold onto the reader. There was a sub-plot of Holly's Gran's Journals which Holly was currently working her way through. This was important to the plot of the story but it was also nice to have a small section each chapter that is away from the present day. The chapters were usually around ten pages long and I thought this was perfect as it meant I could always pick up the book even if I only had a spare ten minutes, it also made it easy to finish at the end of a chapter rather than midway through which I prefer.
The plot of the book was focused around a situation that I found fresh and new and although some aspects became a bit more predictable during the middle and end of the book there were also a few twists and turns which were unexpected. I did enjoy the story and thought the ending was done very well, wrapping up everything. I would like to see a sequel to see what Holly did next!
The book is similar to Ashley's other publications in that it is an easy read, with a loveable main character and an easy to follow and interesting plot. However, I thought the plot was different enough from her other books to allow it to be distinct and original.
The book was published in 2010 by Harper Collins.
It has 402 pages which consist of 40 chapters.
There is a small section at the end of the book containing Christmas recipes.
The cover price of the book is £6.99, however the Kindle version is for £2.99.
Another very strong book from Trisha Ashley, well worth a read even if it's not nearly Christmas!