Trisha Ashley

Chocolate Wishes

Author: Trisha Ashley | Publisher: Avon

In the picture-perfect Lancashire village of Sticklepond, Confectioner Chloe dispenses inspirational sweet treats containing a prediction for each customer. If only her own life was as easy to forecast – perhaps Chloe could have foreseen being jilted at the altar…

But when a new Vicar arrives in the village, the rumour mill goes into overdrive. Not only is Raffy Sinclair the charismatic ex-front man of rock band ‘Mortal Ruin’, he’s also the Chloe’s first love and the man who broke her heart.

Try as she might, Chloe can’t ignore this blast from her past. Could now be the time for her to make a wish – and dare to believe it can come true?

After the week I’ve had, I decided the only thing for it was nice, cozy re-read. And Chocolate Wishes is one of my favourite re-reads…

All of Trisha Ashley’s books are a bit special, but the books set in and around Sticklepond have a particular magic which makes them standout. I am a particular sucker for books which have that touch, which include a little bit of hedgewitchery, a few angels, amongst the humdrum; think Garden Spells or Chocolat.

There’s just something about Sticklepond, the fictional village in which Trisha Ashley set at least two of her rather sweet romances, which makes me want to pack my bags immediately and move to Lancashire. I feel I know every aspect of it intimately. I just love everything about it; the angels in the churchyard, grand Winter Hall with its box maze, and the quaint little cottages and shops. It feels very real, somehow. The imagining of it is just so very detailed – and success is always in the details, when it comes to staging.

It isn’t only for Sticklepond that I keep coming back to Chocolate Wishes; and, while I have loved every single one of Trisha Ashley’s books, I do think it’s her best. It’s certainly my favourite. There’s just something about the characters. I mean, they’re always so interesting! Think about it, imagine being able to run a successful business making chocolate wishes, living in a converted doll’s hospital in a picturesque village… Trisha Ashley’s books have this magical ability to give you the dream you didn’t know you had!

Apart from their taste in careers, I also rather love the ordinariness of her protagonists. They’re the ultimate in relatable; full of doubt, imperfect, and yet somehow quite alright for being just that. And they have gumption. I don’t get to use that word enough… Plus, the obligatory sexy, brooding males. And all that unexpressed or half hinted at longing; they’re so very, very quintessentially English.

I think my favourite, favourite thing about Chocolate Wishes though is the way it’s so beautifully interwoven with the book before. The characters you grew to love from the previous book make cameos, and yet it’s an entirely new story.

The plots to all cozy romances are eminently predictable (and Chocolate Wishes is no exception). Which is why we like them, I suppose! They feel like sinking into a warm bubble bath, a hot cup of tea at the end of the day. There are no real surprises, so you get all the feels out in a safe space – knowing for sure that there will be a happy ending on the way. It’s the perfect antidote for a week that is just not going your way…

Chocolate Wishes remains one of my all-time favourite cozies, and my go to re-read after a hard day!

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