Natasha Godbold visits The House of Hopes and Dreams from Trisha Ashley

Review of The House of Hope and Dreams Trisha Ashley

Natasha Godbold sets off on another exciting adventure into the beautiful world of Trisha Ashley when she explores the much-lauded author’s beautifully written The House of Hopes and Dreams.

What would you get if you combined dreamy romance, down-to-earth humour and enticing mystery? As proven in her best-selling books and witnessed by legions of fans, Trisha Ashley knows the answer.

Adorned with beautiful descriptions, heart-warming characters and inimitable wit, this captivating fusion is Trisha’s signature style. As is often said, you can take an author out of Lancashire, but you can’t take Lancashire out of the author.

Although Trisha now enjoys the tranquillity of North Wales, she was born in St. Helens, West Lancashire, which explains the northern sense of humour that makes her novels so distinctively vivid and hypnotic.

Trisha writes romantic comedy with an edge, and she does it in a unique way. Time and time again, readers will be taken on exhilarating trips into “Trishaworld” only to return wanting more.

The House of Hopes and Dreams
As a fan of the author for many years, I always look forward to her new novels. And I was thrilled to hear about her latest offering, The House of Hopes and Dreams.

The first thing that made me gasp with excitement was the intricate flow of the book. It is similar to Trisha’s earlier novel I fell in love with, “The Little Teashop of Lost and Found”. If you were lucky enough to read it, you’ll know what I mean.

The author creates this extra dimension to the storytelling by intertwining the passages of the enigmatic past with current developments. This interlacing method really captivates the imagination and intensifies the suspense, making the story truly gripping.

In the new novel, the past takes the form of pages from a journal written by one of the occupants of an old mansion at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The present is a life story of two vibrant and energetic young people: Carey Revell, who unexpectedly inherits the above-mentioned ancestral county pile, which is in need of restoration, along with his childhood friend, Angelique Arrowsmith.

Together, they take on this challenging project with centuries-old family secrets and puzzles just waiting to be solved. And that is how the journey begins.

The description and development of the dilapidated mansion – a mouthwatering concoction of Arts and Crafts and an Elizabethan original wing – is fascinating. Add to that an out-of-this-world romance and a touch of an old thriller, and you end up with a book you simply can’t bring yourself to put down.

Trishaworld’s heroines
Trisha Ashley has a gift for creating strong, resilient and fascinating heroines in her novels, and Angel, one of the characters in The House of Hopes and Dreams, is a perfect example of this.

The heroine’s rather unusual name, Angel, is shortened from Angélique, which stemmed from her mother’s love of the famous series of French historical adventure books by Anne and Serge Golon.

As you will see, the heroine of Trisha’s novel has a lot in common with her seventeenth-century namesake. Both of these exceptional women are strong-willed, passionate and fearless, which helps them to deal with the toughest of trials and tribulations life throws at them without losing their true selves along the way.

Not only does Angel have an extraordinary personality, but she is also incredibly gifted as well, being a talented stained-glass artist. She is one of those people who lives and breathes her art. And that is how we – the readers – get our introduction into the mesmerising world of glass making and artistry.

Reading the book leaves you with no doubt that the author is very passionate about the subject. Having studied stained glass making as an art student in her formative years, Trisha knows all the ins and outs of the craft and is happy to share them.

The way she describes the process of drawing sketches, turning them into cartoons, and skillfully combining segments of coloured glass into extraordinary pieces of art is breathtaking.

Trisha’s tantalising descriptions awoke a torrent of curiosity in me. I felt compelled to do more research on the subject.

Having learned the basics through watching a multitude of videos, I became completely enthralled with the art of glass making. I found it to be fascinating—you never know, this book might inspire you to pick up a new hobby.

Charming characters
The romantic leads are the dashing Carey and the talented Angel, who you’ll no doubt find yourself being drawn to. Having grown up with Lancastrians, Trisha has a gift for bringing these quirky personalities and their friends to life, creating characters you’ll always want to be rooting for, the polar opposite of the superficial and unscrupulous London dwellers in the book.

You’ll almost wish you could move in somewhere close to Carey and Angel if only to be a part of their community.

Top of the charts
The House of Hopes and Dreams is more than just another romantic comedy. It is another unmissable, inspirational, insightful, entertaining and spellbinding novel by Trisha Ashley.

As a result, it comes as no surprise that the novel has been topping the bestselling fiction books chart in the UK Sunday Times within days of its publication.

Who knows, it might very well follow in the footsteps of one of the author’s previous books, “Every Woman for Herself”, which was voted one of the three best romantic novels of the last 50 years. I’m sure when you read “The House of Hopes and Dreams”, you would also want to nominate it for every award going. For, it’s simply brilliant.

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Natasha Godbold

Creative Director / Writer

Natasha is a co-founder of Luxurious Magazine® and has undertaken the role of Creative Director. She is a keen photographer and regularly accompanies Paul on hotel and restaurant reviews. Born in Moscow, Natasha like her husband Paul has experienced living in multiple countries around the world. She is bi-lingual and has degrees in English Language and English Literature. Natasha covers all aspect of the luxury industry in her work. Her hobbies include health and fitness, culture and learning about nature and animal welfare.

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