BookBeat Audiobooks - Trisha Ashley: Wish Upon a Star
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I have been using the BookBeat audiobooks app for almost three months now and to be honest I am surprised at myself for not embracing audiobooks sooner in my life. I always thought that you could only really be one, or the other, not both, but I have since come to appreciate that you can enjoy both as both serve different approaches to enjoying your favourite books. I love to curl up in bed with a good book, real life page turning and a pretty bookmark, but I love the convenience of listening while working, doing the house work or crafting. I have even enjoyed listening while driving in the car, when exercising and walking our dogs. BookBeat would like to offer my readers a special introductory offer of one month free trial to their app. You can get two weeks for free right now by signing up at BookBeat.co.uk or one month free by signing up to MamiSkilts exclusive members club.
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I have now listened to five books via the app, am currently on my sixth and have another 4 lined up in my library. The app is so easy to navigate, to find you favourite books or to try out something new and different. The home button is your library, ‘bookshelf’ history, and current book progress. The beautiful simplicity of the app saves exactly where you are in the book, so if I switch to the tablet instead, I can pick up where I left off on the mobile and vice versa. The B tab takes you to one of the BookShop feature where you can browse Best Sellers, Featured books and Editors Picks. There are lots of subcategories under each of these sections, so you can find your perfect next book. There is also a menu button that allows you to browse the books by genre such as:
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BookBeat Audiobooks - Trisha Ashley: Wish Upon a Star
The first book I listened to was Wish Upon a Star by Trisha Ashley. I chose this book as I have always been a fan of her books, they are lovely happy feel books that you can lose yourself in for a well earned moment of ‘me time’. Wish Upon a Star tells the story of single mum Cally’s life, and her little girl Stella. Cally is 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. Then 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. Balancing her job as a recipe writer and looking after Stella is all consuming, so when Cally meets handsome baker Jago the last thing she wants to do is fall in love, especially when she’s been badly burned by a Prince Charming from her past. Can laid-back, charming Jago unlock Cally’s frozen heart and help her find true love and magic under the mistletoe?
I loved this story particularly as it resonated personally with me through a period in my life where I help my poorly teen through a really rough path with his own serious health complications. You can read about our own story on our BellybuttonPanda Blog. Cally always treated Stella to a special treat after each hospital appointment, and I do exactly the same with Ryan. We either get fast food, or he gets a voucher to spend on his PC games. Wish Upon a Star also discusses how parenting sick children re-prioritises your outlook on life. I have learned so much, medically, over the last couple of years to add to the Autism knowledge I have gained over the years and yes parenting a serious ill child, absolutely changes you as a person, no matter how much you may not want it to, no matter how well you hold it all together, you are going to change. I have changed. Partly for the better. I am more knowledgeable. I am calmer, I appreciate the little miracles of life and no longer get weighed down by trivialities. However, I am also changed as I no longer have the confidence I once had. I suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and mild depression. Cally was able to hold down a job, her own business in fact, I can’t work at the moment, I am not mentally strong enough, but I was able to keep up with my University degree course. As hard as I found it some days, it was good to have something different to focus on for a while. Another form of escape.
Overall Wish Upon a Star is a feel good listen that you can easily relate to. It is a relaxing read and you will catch yourself nodding along in agreement with the characters, laughing with them and enjoying the ambiance of this romantic novel.
Trisha Ashley Biography
Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her latest novel, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found, which is published by Transworld, is her ninth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by magazine readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.
She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, has made her what she is today...whatever that is. Several of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.
Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.
She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also one of the trio of authors called The 500 Club, along with Leah Fleming and Elizabeth Gill.
She is a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of the Welsh Academi.
Trisha has a website at www.trishaashley.com where you can sign up for her newsletters, and an official fan site at www.trishaworld.com where you can find out more about her, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.
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