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A Winter's Tale

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,052 ratings  ·  84 reviews
A charming romantic comedy about a hard-up single mum inheriting a stately home – and a host of headaches – The perfect novel for curling up with during the long winter nights.Sophy Winter is not your typical Lady of the Manor….When she unexpectedly inherits Winter's End - a crumbling mansion in the beautiful Lancashire countryside - it seems like all Sophy's prayers have ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published 2008 by Avon
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Jacob Proffitt
Enjoyable, but not my favorite by Trisha Ashley. Sophy and Seth spend so much time completely clueless about each other that I had a hard time simply enjoying the rest of the story. And the rest of the cast is more mundane than I'm used to in her books—less magical, but also less wacky or (lovably) goofy. Seth is brooding (which prompts a hilarious reference to Cold Comfort Farm but is otherwise simply . . . broody). Sophy is determined. Yes, you see them enjoy themselves together, mostly bicker ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I'm very surprised with all of the high ratings that this book has. I found A Winter's Tale incredibly dull and unexciting. Whilst the idea was good, a lot more could have been done with the plot - nothing seemed to happen that made me want to read on - it took a lot of effort not to give up on this book completely. I found that the narrative was very well written but my main issue was that I could not connect with any of the characters, they weren't formed well enough and as I've already mentio ...more
The concept of the story was good, the execution of it, however, left much to be desired.

Sophy was annoyingly proper with characters that didn't deserve her kindness, she was also even more annoyingly clueless about some things but rather on the ball with others - no consistency in her character.

The fact that Sophy and the rest of the family just let slide the behaviors and actions of Jack was increasingly frustrating throughout the book, and then in the end when they once again let everything
I’ve read book by Trisha Ashley before and I love it. It’s enjoyable and I had so much fun reading it. It’s definitely the same with this one. It’s a perfect read during this winter time. I took a longer time reading this, taking it during my winter trip and finally had the chance finishing this. I love the setting, I love the determination of the main character, Sophy Winter. I love the mystery, the history behind her family’s story. If anyone is looking for a light reading this winter, this is ...more
Sometimes I read books and I really can't understand how they can get through the editing and publishing process and still end up in the state they're in.

The plot was fairly interesting and the write used some good devices to keep the reader hooked. The references to an Elizabethan legacy and hidden secrets were intriguing. The setting felt like something new and interesting. But it was let down on so many other levels.

I have many a gripe with the writing style and characterisation. It's in the
Annabel Krantz
This wintery novel is an excellent example of the best kind of chick lit. All the required elements are there; a heroine undergoing a transformation (be it in life, appearance, location...), an ounce of mystery, an unlikely love interest, some crazy family members, and a plot that offers something unique and different to the thousands of other chick lit novels out there. Trisha Ashley's tale of Sophy Winter and her sudden inheritance of a stately home in the English countryside is a fantastic re ...more
A light frothy happy read was what I sought when I picked up a copy and I certainly got that. The humour is very good and the main protagonist a very engaging character, along with the host of varying batty eccentric relatives.

I enjoyed the whole exciting story of Alys Blezzard, the family's own historical witch, and the mysterious "treasure" that Jack so wanted. As someone who has spent a veritable lifetime being the tourist around NT properties, too, the book created some delightful and recog
A Winter's Tale by Trisha Ashley will be of interest to those liking a read about garden restoration, old medieval houses, Shakespeare, witchcraft or just light romance.

Sophy Winter has just been displaced after her job as housekeeper and PA to a lady in a large country estate in Scotland ends only to find she has inherited her own grandfather's country house Winter's End. Her grandfather had placed the estate in debt and allowed the house to deteriorate as he fulfilled his passion to restore th
A charming romantic comedy about a hard-up single mum inheriting a stately home - and a host of headaches - The perfect novel for curling up with during the long winter nights. Sophy Winter is not your typical Lady of the Manor!. When she unexpectedly inherits Winter's End - a crumbling mansion in the beautiful Lancashire countryside - it seems like all Sophy's prayers have been answered. She eagerly swaps life as an impoverished housekeeper in favour of her own team of staff. But Sophy quickly ...more
Anindita Bhattacharya
A friend gave it to my father last February… but he didn’t like it. In fact he discouraged me when I started fiddling with it… somehow I liked it. Liked it very much. Basically a romantic novel. “Sophy”, a jobless, homeless single mother of 38 years, certainly inherits a manor. The manor, “Wynter’s End” is actually a white elephant…in almost dilapidated condition. She also inherits a huge bank loan… She is supposed to sale it to her handsome cousin “Jack” but before taking the final decision she ...more
This is the first book in a collection of stories revolving around characters living in the fictitious Lancashire village of Sticklepond. It is a warm-hearted tale of Sophy Winter who unexpectedly inherits her grandfather's rather stately home, Winter's End. There are a couple of love interest's, of course, a jealous distant cousin who feels aggrieved at not getting his hands on the estate, a surly, brooding gardener, as well as a hint or two of magic which is a theme throughout all these storie ...more
Karen Cockerill
May 14, 2014 Karen Cockerill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: heather walls
Shelves: fun-easy-reading
I enjoyed this book. It's just a cute, light easy read which is beautifully written. Great book to pack in for a beach holiday or a rainy day or just a 'lift me up' happy read.

The story line is about Sophy Winter who in the past worked in stately homes and now inherits one of her own. See how her past profession prepared her for her current reality.
I absolutely love this book! I've read it so many times, my copy is falling apart! If I am bored, this is the book I turn to. I love the story and the characters, especially as I have family links to Pendle Hill and Alice Nutter!
I really enjoyed this book and to be honest it is not my usual cup of tea so to speak. The book has some good characters and is centred in one place so is very easy to follow, and can be picked up and put down without losing the plotline of the story.

I did find some of the characters extremely predictable and shallow, and this annoyed me a little as I could see what was going to happen next at times which did spoil some of the plot. I also felt that the end of the book was a bit rushed and could
Sarah Heskins
I didn't read this I read about 20 pages and gave up it was crap!!!! How do u delete books off ur books read?
Claire Simpson
I read this book in an afternoon. There's something about Ashley that I really like, her writing is relaxed and comfortable, and she maked you care about the places as much as the characters. I find her settings are always wonderful, and in this case the gorgeous house was perfect. I loved the diary extracts throughout it, which gave the whole story a different, slightly darker feel. And as always the minor characters were the best - from the hippy mother (a theme in Ashelys work?) to the crazy ...more
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Bubby and Sissy at had this to say about A Winter's Tale by Trisha Ashley: This is a contemporary fiction/mystery/romance, but it is also salted with scrumptious bits of historic witchiness and magic. There's nothing we like better than a little magic sprinkled in with a touch of romance. Makes us happy. If you are looking for a light and fluffly dose of British-ness, A Winter's Tale (or for that matter, any other book by Trisha Ashley) is the book for you. 4 bubbles. Read th ...more
I do sometimes wonder about how some books make it out the other end of the editing and publishing process. This was one of those books. Mediocre writing, caricature characters, an unbelievably silly main character who seems both flighty and resolute. Within a sentence. But the story has a certain kind of charm that could work for you on a cold Sunday afternoon or a holiday-on-the-beach read. It did for me. So if you feel like a candy-floss book, do give this a try.
Not a favouite, Ok ending a little twee
Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. A pretty girly fantasy, 'rags to riches' and 'womenpower' novel with a little romance and mystery thrown in ;) I felt as though I was able to get to know all the characters in enough details to imagine them and I was sad when it came to an end. The storyline was quite predictable but this did not make the journey less enjoyable :)I'm off to look for more books by this author!
I was looking for something light and easy to pick up and put down while looking after my newborn daughter, and this fit the bill! I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the house, and wanted to go help pitch in to clean it up. The romantic entanglements felt a bit tacked-on, and were probably the least interesting part for me. But overall it was a fun, easy read - I will pass it on to a friend.
Donna Jo Atwood
Single Mom inherits family home and is romanced by her sleezy cousin, who really wants the mansion. In the meantime, dishy step-cousin, the gardener, trades barbs with her even while he's being pursued by wealthy widow from next door.
Add to that a couple live-in aunts, a cute dog, an outre friend, and a family secret running back to Queen Elizabeth I's time and you have A Winter's Tale.
Rachel Cotterill
I bought this because I enjoyed Trisha Ashley's Twelve Days of Christmas, and I think I'm spotting some common themes: country houses, enigmatic sculptors, and fiercely independent, slightly snappish heroines. In this book, Sophy inherits a large house with money problems, and sets about making it profitable, with help and hindrance from a variety of relatives and local characters. Great fun.
i really enjoyed this book it had everything i enjoy in a story, romance, old houses, some history and subtle magic, a little haunting help from an ancestor and it was based around christmas. even the cleaning and gardening aspects of the story were interesting and help to pad out the characters and bring them to life.
ive picked up another trisha ashley to read next.
May 08, 2013 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed this story very much. The details and history of the manor house were interesting, and the secrets passed down through the generations gave the story a bit of a mystery too. I liked Sophy and her plans and determination, and cheered her along through her challenges.

This is the first book I've read by Trisha Ashley, but I can't wait to read more by her.
Nice story. Easy to read. Enjoyed the characters. Would definitely read more books by this author and recommend to others!
Typical chick-lit. Good story idea...a bit of humour. The characters were pretty good although the heroine at times deserved a slap or two to remind her to use her brain ....still there was no expectation of this being a man Booker prize was all about escapism...and that is what the reader received.
I really loved this book and I'm shocked to see that it is by Trisha Ashley. I tried reading her Chocolate Wishes, which I could not finish but this story is as if its written by a author, the style is so differant.

Throughly enjoyable, easy read. Will try more of her books now!
Anna Brook
A fluffy, romantic novel. A bit predictable, but you find yourself rooting for the right guy to win. The main character, Sophy, is thankfully not a predictable heroine, and I found myself more and more intrigued by the loveable misfits that surround her as the book went on!
Linda Wallis
Another delightful Sticklepond Story!
Am now very addicted to her books.
Similar outline to the others but ultimately good wins over bad and there is always a happy ending!
Easy to read&the writing style makes you want to keep reading!
Hope there are many more books to come.
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Trisha Ashley is now a full-time novelist, but she has been known to work for stained glass makers and/or plumbers. She likes to paint, eat, drink, and read literary biographies. Her previous hobbies included getting divorced and packing to move. She claims to have once actually eaten Bronte burgers at the Branwell café, but her publisher declines to verify this. She lives in North Wales.
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