Wish Upon a Star - Trisha Ashley (2013)

Cally's life revolves around her little girl Stella, who needs a live-saving operation. Unfortunately, the only doctor that can do the operation is in Boston, which means it's going to cost a fortune. Putting Stella first, she gives up her London life, selling her flat and moving in with her mum. Romance is the furthest thing from Cally's mind as she starts to fundraise to pay for Stella's operation but then she meets fellow baker Jago. Will Cally find a way to let him into her life? I loved the way this book was written in the main from Cally's perspective as it gave it a warm and cosy feel. Stella's story is so tragic and you couldn't help but emphasise with the family from the get-go. It's set in the village of Sticklepond, which is an idyllic Lancashire village that features in a few of Ashley's novels, and there are some nice nods to the previous residents who have had their stories already told. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that Cally is a recipe writer and there are a lot of cakes mentioned which will have you craving them all. It's a real heart-warming, uplifting story and a perfect winter read. (AB)

Wish Upon a Star, by Trisha Ashley, is about a mother of a sick child looking for a Christmas miracle. The summary says: "Single mum Cally's life is all about her little girl Stella. She's resigned to the fact that the only romance she's going to get is from the rom-coms she watches and with her busy job and her daughter; she doesn't have time to even think about love. But when Stella gets sick, and Cally is forced to move in with her mother in the remote village of Sticklepond, to save money for Stella's operation, Cally realises how tough it can be to go it alone. Still, the last thing Cally wants to do is fall in love. All she wants is a Christmas miracle to save Stella. Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally's frozen heart and show her that the best gifts aren't always found under the tree?" Wish Upon a Star is out in October 2013.

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