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The House of Hopes and Dreams

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,716 ratings  ·  178 reviews
This novel from the Sunday Times bestselling Trisha Ashley will more than satisfy romantic comedy fans. And it also contains recipes!

When Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes the heir to Mossby, his family’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. The house is large but rundown and comes with a pair of resentful relatives who can’t be asked to leave.
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 31st 2018 by Black Swan
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Nicola Clough
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book full of surprises and so heartwarming and romantic it's funny and upsetting at times with many twists and turns.
Angel has spent years happy and working with her partner and although never married they are happy he suffers a stroke and she looks after him till she goes away back home and he passes away. She rushes home but doesn't get on with his son and he wants her out of the house and work and doesn't want her to take anything that is his father's. She is
Carly McKenna
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
What’s happened to Trisha Ashley?
Back in the chocolate wishes era her novels were fantastic.With the last three or four however I’ve found my mind drifting off as I’m reading and that determined readers nightmare...skimming! 😱
The plots aren’t strong enough anymore,I hate when this happens and an author changes their writing style so much you have to let them go.
it was okay it did take me a while to read
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this, very typical Trisha Ashley, i liked the storyline if somewhat predictable. i call them cosy books. very impressed by her knowledge and research into the making of stained glass.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it

Trisha Ashley always takes us on brilliant, bumpy rides in her books and this time, in her newest offer, "The House of Hopes and Dreams", it's not different, as the main character tries to overcome a personal tragedy. This story is very artistic and there is a wonderful, creative side to it. This book has also one of the most gorgeous and inviting covers ever - it's simply beautiful and I could look at it all the time. Hell, I'll probably enlarge it and hang it on the wall, so magnificent is thi
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve read a number of Trisha Ashley’s books: some work for me, some don’t. I’ve come to expect a large number of quirky characters in them. When I first started reading The House of Hopes and Dreams I thought something was wrong. No real quirky characters, but a number of very mean secondary characters. To be honest, the first quarter of the book dragged and I came close to putting it down. Fortunately, the story picked up, and for the most part I enjoyed it.

The book opens with Carey Revell in a
Emma Crowley
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The House of Hopes and Dreams, the new book from Trisha Ashley, delves into the creative, artistic world of stained glass making and takes us on a journey with Angel Arrowsmith as she attempts to overcome tragedy and rebuild her life. I was quick to warm to Angel from the beginning of this story and countless times over, the further I read I felt she had been very hard done by through what I would term cruel and vindictive actions of others. Yet her talent, creativity and flair always shone thro ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An easy and enjoyable read but crikey, there was a lot going on. I liked the plot, especially all of the stained glass references, but there were a lot of characters to keep track of! I thought the flashbacks to the past were cleverly done and tied the story together really well.
Suze Lavender
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After an accident Carey needs a long time to recover. His girlfriend has left him and his job as the presenter of a television show about restoring old houses, goes to someone else. His inheritance couldn't have come at a more opportune moment. Carey didn't even know he had a relative, but is being left a mansion. The house is a bit dilapidated and comes with an angry housekeeper and gardener, but those are problems he can probably overcome. There's also plenty of gorgeous stained glass, togethe ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I got lost at times, not much happened with the story... it focused heavily in the restoration of the house and the characters took a back seat
Claire Mc Partlin
Very enjoyable story that kept my attention throughout, I do love Trisha Ashley's style of writing.

The main story is about Carey who is just recovering from a bike accident when he finds out he has inherited an Arts & Crafts house called Mossby from his uncle who has just died. Carey is a larger than life figure and I really liked his character. He used to present a house renovation program on TV but has just been replaced and lost his job.

Angel is a glass artist who lived with her partner, both
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only discovered Trisha Ashley a few years ago but have already read and enjoyed nearly all of her books. “The House of Hopes and Dreams” sees two childhood friends, Carey and Angelique, suffering a traumatic incident in each of their lives, but Carey has also inherited the ancient family home. He asks Angel to help him work on the house – she’s a stained-glass artist – and this provides her with the home she needs right now.

Trisha has a great style of writing and her books grab your interest v
Annie Burrows
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
As a lover of historical romance, I particularly enjoyed the sections of journal written by women who had lived in the House of Hopes and Dreams in former generations, and how they dealt with what life threw at them.
Sarah-jane Kemp
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to really get into this book, but once I was I found it very engaging. There were one or two genuine surprises along the way too...
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Noemi Proietti
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angel and Carey have been best friends since they were children so when they are both in moments of need, they turn to each other for help and comfort. Carey has been fired from his Extreme Makeover-like show, he's been dumped by his girlfriend, and his leg was almost amputated when a car ran over him. Angel is grieving over the loss of her long-time partner and she is homeless after his son turned her out of the house and glass workshop they shared. Luckily, things take a turn for the better wh ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was so long and so much was unnecessary. I felt like I had to finish it but I really struggled.
Joanne D'Arcy
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the latest novel from Trisha Ashley, being luckily enough to receive it for review, I got stuck straight in. I didn't even look at the blurb on the back to see what I was going to be reading about as I knew it didn't matter as I would instantly be involved in the story.

And so I was.

Carey is recovering from a serious cycle accident, he has lost his job, his girlfriend and is very much down on his luck and feeling sorry for himself. When he unexpectedly is left a house , in fact his anc
Ann Hill
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely heart warming read.
Sarah Lee
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The House of Hopes and Dreams is another great read from Trisha Ashley. I really love Trisha's books and this is another great read. A good story, good characters and I enjoyed the story of Jessie Revell interwoven through the book. I sat in the sun today and read most of the book. ...more
Jill's Book Cafe
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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When I received an ARC of this book I was delighted, not least because I’d loved Trisha Ashley’s previous book. When I started reading, the subject matter got me even more excited. With an Arts and Crafts house at its centre, and a stained glass artist with an obsessive interest in the history of female stained glass artists I was instantly smitten. With a personal passion for The Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, I was in my element. I should point out t
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oh this book is amazing!! As soon as the story begins, we are shoved straight into the deep end when Carey finds himself in a situation he never thought he would be in....well, two of them! That was it, I was hooked, how could you not be? A character finds out a piece of information which is likely to change his life, yet you know fine well it will rub people up the wrong way - surely that is bound to get anyone wanting
Sarah Broadhurst
Starting with the front cover of the hardback, I love the cover! The illustration is gorgeous - it looks like a dream home I would choose. Marry that with the synopsis and I know that, yet again, Trisha Ashley has a best seller on her hands, a fantastic read that I will devour very quickly (which is a good job as my copy got caught up in the snow delay) and I will love it and keep thinking about the characters, the location and the storyline for weeks to come. And, of course, I was not disappoin ...more
Melisa Broadbent
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trisha Ashley is one of my favourite authors so I was delighted to receive a review copy and started to read it right away! The beautiful cover captures what the book is about perfectly - plus who can resist the cheeky dog!

I immediately fell in love with the characters in this story and loved the chemistry between Carey and his closest and longest friend, Angel. Trisha Ashley has done it again with her setting for the story - it was perfect and I was overjoyed to see some characters from her oth
Donna Irwin
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trisha Ashley is one of my favourite authors and I always get very excited at the prospect of a new book from her! I was a little concerned this time as it took me a little longer to get into the book (two chapters rather than two pages) but I needn't have worried , I was soon back in Trisha world and caught up in the stories of Carey and Angel and the usual cast of great supporting characters The two inherited residents of the house reminded me of the rude waitresses in The Little Teashop of Lo ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes heir to Mossby the large and rundown ancestral family home he knew nothing about meanwhile Angel Arrowsmith his childhood friend who has been happily working along side her partner in his stained glass business finds herself heartbroken homeless and out of work. And so the story takes us on a journey involving glass making, the mysteries of old houses along with some lovely (and some not so lovely) characters. Within a few pages you will feel like you are amongs ...more
Margaret Cahill
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The only reason this books gets 3 stars is because there's an unusual and well-informed story line - at least as far as the history of the house and detail of stained glass goes. I don't like writing bad reviews as it's not fair on the author - regardless of the end result, I know they have slogged away for many hours to create their book. I just wonder sometimes how they get on to the Sunday Times Bestseller List when there are so many better writers around who don't. Maybe I'm being unfair and ...more
Clare Norfolk
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I normally love a Trisha Ashley book, but found this one really hard going although can't put my finger on why that was. The premise was interesting, I liked the characters, but it dragged for me. While the level of research into glasswork was impressive, there was just a bit too much of it in the story, and the links to the diary from the past didn't really interest me. The final third of the book was more enjoyable but not enough for me to rate the book higher than 3 stars. ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Losing yourself in a fun and feel-good novel by Trisha Ashley is one of life’s greatest pleasures and she is on top form with her latest engrossing page-turner, The House of Hopes and Dreams.

Carey Revell is a man who had the world at his feet: good-looking, with a thriving career as a TV interior designer and with a gorgeous girlfriend on his arm, life couldn’t possibly get any better for him – until an accident saw him end up in hospital and get dumped and fired from his job in one fell swoop!
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a delightful and absorbing read, with a little romance thrown in at just about the right level for me. It didn’t take over the story, which was focused on the art of stained glass making – with incredible detail – and the renovation of an old property. I found these practicalities, together with friendships and new possibilities, the heart of the book and it was this that kept me reading.

Carey Revell has had a hard time. Knocked off his bike in London, he’s had a long hard roa
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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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