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A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley


“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of over forty is in possession of a major defect . . .”

Cassandra Leigh has woken as if from a bad dream: forty-four, childless and twenty-plus years into an affair with a married man. Max assures her they just need a little more patience and for his wife to die (!) but Cass is desperate for a baby and running out of time. Maybe Max is not the only man for her?

There’s her friend Jason – though he’s perhaps a little too rugged, and there’s something strange about the way his wife disappeared . . . Or there’s Dante, the mysterious stranger she meets on a dark night in his haunted manor house . . .

Cass must throw caution to the wind and claim the life she’s always wanted. Suddenly, it’s a choice between Mr Right, Mr Wrong or Mr Right Now . . .


A little too much back story too early on for my liking (a bit of an info dump) BUT once I'd got past that, I couldn't put the blasted thing down! It seriously took over my life for a couple of days and I'm so pleased it did.

I adored it. I loved the hint of supernatural, the snippets of Cassie's writing was delightfully woven into the script, Carrie's voice was full of dry humour, and her family dynamics was wonderfully odd.

I'd say this is Ms Ashley's best yet.

About the Author

Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her latest novel, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, which is published by Transworld, is her ninth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.

She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, has made her what she is today...whatever that is. Several of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.

Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.

She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also one of the trio of authors called The 500 Club, along with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill.

She is a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Welsh Academi. Trisha has a website at where you can sign up for her newsletters, and an official fan site at where you can find out more about her, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.

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