After having read Jojo Moyes' Me before You and realizing I had a new-found deep craving for all things romance and sob-storiesI perused Goodreads for similar books trying to figure out what others have read. That search lead me to Trisha Ashley and boy did she not let me down. I ordered A Winter's Tale from the library and after completely losing myself in it I also bought it and many others by her from my favourite online bookstore.
What I really like about this book is that while there is a love story involved it's not overshadowing. The main focus point here is the restoration of the house and surrounding grounds and it was so well written. I'm in no way a cleaning-freak (but do prefer neatness) but reading about Sophy, I actually felt her enjoyment in cleaning, polishing and tidying up. Sophy is a very lovable character and so were all the supporting characters - every single one, but the villain who was so efficiently annoying and punchable.
All in all it was a brilliant read, really well written and very engaging. I'm already half-itching to reread it!