1 March 2012

Wedding Tiers

I'm pretty excited today, it finally feels like spring! The sun is out and from my window I can see groups of optimistic people sitting on the grass catching rays : )

I'm still hopelessly addicted to snuggling up and reading from my kindle of an evening and my latest read is Wedding Tiers by Trisha Ashley. You may have seen from my previous posts that I've read other books by her and loved them, so I was excited to get stuck in to another and I think this was my favourite yet.

Growing up in the beautiful Lancashire village of Neatslake, Josie Gray and her childhood sweetheart, Ben Richards, always dreamt of living a life of rural bliss. And when Josie inherits her beloved Grandmother's cottage, it seems they might just have got what they wished for.
Josie throws herself into her wedding cake business, whilst Ben gains increasing acclaim as an artist. But the tranquil village turns into a hive of activity when Josie's childhood friend, Libby Martin - now a wealthy widow - returns to the village, planning a lavish wedding to rival any celeb bash. The day goes with a bang, and soon Libby and Josie are hard at work at their fledgling wedding business, hiring out Libby's beautiful Elizabethan home for ceremonies, with Josie creating all manner of wonderful cakes.
But amidst all this romance, Josie's fairytale relationship with Ben turns into a nightmare, and she quickly becomes Love's number one cynic - until charming wedding photographer Noah Sephton arrives in Neatslake with a very different outlook on love…
-Blurb as found on amazon.co.uk

The main character, Josie Gray was simply lovely. I loved her and I found myself really feeling for her. When her whole world falls apart near the beginning of the book I found myself struggling not to cry along with her and sympathise when all she feels like doing is getting "pea podded" on her infamous home brewed pea pod wine. Likewise, when she finally gets her happily ever after, like any heroine in a good chick lit book does, I found myself smiling with joy for her.
The book is beautifully written and the level of description is perfect as the foundation is laid for you to really build up an idea of how the village of Neatslake and all of the characters look and function.
Another little feature that I always love in a book is references to characters in other books by the same author. In Wedding Tiers, a lot of reference is made to the characters who appeared in Trisha Ashley's previous book, A Winter's Tale which I really liked as it felt almost as if I was catching up with old friends, although, if you haven't read A Winter's Tale then I suggest you do before reading this book to make sure you don't give yourself any spoilers for that book.
...And then there's Aggie the hen, it is simply impossible to not love her!

Over all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for chick lit like I do, it won't disappoint .
You can pick up a paperback copy *here* or download to your kindle *here*

See you later,
Annie x

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