Trisha Ashley is a British author of humorous romantic fiction. She has published more than 15 novels, a number of which have been top sellers, and she has also been nominated for numerous awards.
Creature Comforts follows the main character Izzy as she breaks off her engagement to her fiancé and moves back to her childhood home. Izzy has had a difficult life, her parents are deceased so she was brought up by an aunt, and when she was 15 she was involved in a fatal car crash. As her childhood home is also a small village, the repercussions of the accident were widespread and by moving home Izzy has to come to terms with the crash that was nearly 20 years ago. Whilst trying to settle back home and confront her past, her life is also turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious man.
I have to admit, I struggled writing this review, mainly because I struggled with the book itself. I found it a slow storyline, and it seemed to be rather dragged out in the beginning. I also didn’t really relate or like any of the characters until I was over half way through the book.
There seemed to be lots of irrelevant storylines in the background, which detracted from the main plot, and it appeared that every character had to be extraordinary in some way rather than a ‘normal’ character who you would meet in real life, which made it even more difficult to find believable.
I persevered and over half way through the book the characters seemed more likeable (maybe because Ashley has explained their background more and we can understand why they are the way they are?) and relatable. I did find myself enjoying the last half, even though I didn’t feel any suspense as it was obvious what happened in the crash, but watching it all unfold was rather interesting.
This is not a book that I would recommend to family or friends, however I am hopeful that this is simply a bad book for a new reader of the author to start with. Ashley does have a good fan base with readers who eagerly wait for her next novel, so I will look to see which of her releases is most popular and try that.
(Thank you to Harper Collins and NetGalley for my copy of the book)