A Winter’s Tale by Trisha Ashley


A charming romantic comedy about a hard-up single mum inheriting a stately home – and a host of headaches – The perfect novel for curling up with during the long winter nights.Sophy Winter is not your typical Lady of the Manor….When she unexpectedly inherits Winter’s End – a crumbling mansion in the beautiful Lancashire countryside – it seems like all Sophy’s prayers have been answered. She eagerly swaps life as an impoverished housekeeper in favour of her own team of staff.But Sophy quickly realises the challenge on her hands – the house is decrepit and its eccentric inhabitants are a nightmare. And once it is discovered that Winter’s End played host to a young Shakespeare, the entire village of Sticklepond becomes curious about Sophy’s plans, especially charming Jack Lewis. But is he really smitten by Sophy…or her newly-acquired cash?Meanwhile, Sophy’s gorgeous head gardener Seth is the strong and silent type. But does his passion bloom for anything beyond the horticultural?As Sophy gets to grips with squabbling relatives, collapsing buildings and the ghostly presence of one of her ancestors, she wonders if Winter’s End is not so much a gift from the gods as a mixed blessing…A charming romantic comedy for fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell – guaranteed to thaw the coldest of hearts!

Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (15 Dec. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008191794

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My Review

Oh gosh….It is upsetting me that I only gave this book 3*s. It is a perfectly lovely book but I am not the audience for it. It is a ‘Rags to Riches’ story with love, deceit and underhandedness thrown in. I just don’t find it easy to find a Women’s Fiction book that I can fall in love with. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it but I didn’t love it, however, I would recommend it to anyone who is into Women’s Fiction. I honestly can not critique this book how I would a badly written book because it isn’t badly written, it is really well written and the passion is there but, for me, it was too ‘girly’. I had something that I loved about it, I looked forward to the journal extracts belonging to Alys Bezzard. From time to time, read this genre but I do it more as a filler when I don’t have any books planned to read and usually shrug them off and tell someone else about them if I liked them. This is a book I did like but like I said, it isn’t my genre….I wish it was and if any book makes me wish it, it is this book but I just found it hard to keep my attention on it. I felt like I forced myself to read it because I had started it and that makes me sad as I do have a lot of books I started and put them back in the pile because they weren’t for me so you can see I really did want to give it a fair chance.

Let me know how you felt about ‘A Winters Tale’ because I want others to tell me they loved it!

About the Author


Born St Helens, Lancashire, The United Kingdom

Website http://www.trishaashley.com/

Genre Literature & Fiction

Trisha Ashley is now a full-time novelist, but she has been known to work for stained glass makers and/or plumbers. She likes to paint, eat, drink, and read literary biographies. Her previous hobbies included getting divorced and packing to move. She claims to have once actually eaten Bronte burgers at the Branwell café, but her publisher declines to verify this. She lives in North Wales.

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