Blog Tour – One more Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to the author and @TransworldBooks for my gifted ebook. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

An uplifting new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times bestseller
Elderly widow Sabine knows this will be her last Christmas in her beloved home, Mitras Castle. Determined to make it just like the ones she remembers from her childhood, she employs Dido Jones of Heavenly Houseparties to help with the big day.
Dido is enchanted by the castle as soon as she steps through the imposing front door. And as Christmas day approaches, her feeling of connection to the old house runs deeper than she first thought. But when the snow begins to fall and Sabine’s family arrive at the house – including Dido’s teenage crush Xan – tensions rise around the castle’s future and long-buried mysteries begin to unravel…
As past secrets come to light, can this still be a magical Christmas to remember?

My Review

I will admit to being a little confused at the start with who was who (who knew you could have so many relatives) but luckily Sabine wittily penned a party guest list in the style of a cast of characters in a murder mystery.

Sabine was a wonderful character with just the right amount of flamboyance that can often tip into snootiness in the wrong hands. After being diagnosed with a progressive illness and knowing this could be her last Christmas she decides to host the party of all parties and cheekily buys off someone else’s event planners Heavenly Houseparties. She needs to make a will so invites all her relatives and a few select others to see who is worthy to inherit the castle and her fortune. As she says herself, her family is not so much dysfunctional as dislocated.

Heavenly houseparties is run by Dido and best friend Henry. As soon as they enter the castle they are swept up in its magnificence and even more surprising is the appearance of Xan, Dido’s teenage crush. Dido not only sees her past in the present but lots of other skeletons that were in the closet seem to be making an appearance at the party and was this Sabine’s plan all along?

Beautifully descriptive writing sets this apart from most lighter reads, however at times this did slow down the story progression. I cannot fault the characterisation or the wonderful festivities, they certainly made me feel most Christmassy.

This was my first book by this author and although it was a little too in depth at times it would be perfect for those that want a little more from a romance.

About the author

TRISHA ASHLEY’s Sunday Times bestselling novels have sold over one million copies in the UK and have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy. Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels in the last fifty years. Trisha lives in North Wales.
For more information please visit http://www.Facebook.com/TrishaAshleyBooks or follow Trisha on Twitter @trishaashley

Don’t forget to check out all the other blogger’s thoughts on the tour. Happy reading!

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