Cookery columnist and author Cally’s world is turned upside down when her baby daughter is born with serious heart problems. Her ex disappeared when she was pregnant, and Cally has spent much of the early years of daughter Stella’s life at the hospital. When Stella’s only hope is hugely expensive life-saving surgery in the States, Cally moves in with her mother in the rural village of Sticklepond, to save money for the operation.
The village rallies round and begins fund raising with a vengeance, including the laid back and rather handsome baker Jago, who is still trying to escape the clutches of his controlling ex-fiance. With everything that is going on, the last thing Cally wants to do is fall in love, but she is also tired of going it alone. In the run up to Christmas, the true spirit of the festive season begins to show…
A warmly told tale that takes Trisha Ashley fans back to Sticklepond, with colourful characters old and new
Review by K.T Sullivan
Cally Weston is a single mom with a daughter, Stella, who is seriously ill. She devotes herself to Stella’s care, writing food reviews, and fundraising for a life-saving trip to America. The promised heart operation is Stella's only chance. Adam, Stella’s father, is out of the hemisphere in Antarctica. She refers to him as her Penguin Daddy. He never played a part in Stella’s life until another man steps in to fill his role. Jago is a baker with a sure path to Stella’s good side. He makes gingerbread pigs and she must have one after her doctor visits. Jago’s former fiancée, Aimee, floats back into his life after her father cuts off her allowance. She’s heard Jago and his friend David won the lottery. Jago has no interest in rekindling anything. To get back at him and his budding romance with Cally, she calls Adam. He decides he’d like to try the father thing because his parents desperately want a grandchild. He forgot Cally told him about the pregnancy. He responded by leaving her for another woman. Adam and Aimee team up to reclaim their former loves. Will the true love match survive?
The health concern adds a bit of seriousness to the light hearted book. Stella is an adorable character and moves the couple into each other’s orbit. The author cleverly weaves baking into the story. The love of cake brings Cally and Jago together. Recipes are included in the back of the book. I had to research Croquembouche, Jago’s signature creation. It looks sinfully delicious. I enjoyed the sentimental story.
About the Author:
Trisha Ashley was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, and now lives in the beautiful surroundings of North Wales. She has written several novels that have become Sunday Times bestsellers. A Winter's Tale and Wedding Tiers were shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Romantic Comedy. Every Woman for Herself was voted one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.
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