Izzy has broken off her engagement to her feckless fiancée Kieran and returned to her childhood home – the sleepy village of Halfhidden.
She soon realizes that life in the village is anything but peaceful – for one thing she’s living with her mad aunt Debo and her pack of dogs, and for another, Izzy has a lot of unanswered questions.
When she was a teenager, Izzy was involved in a terrible accident, involving various inhabitants of Halfhidden. As she sets out to discover what actually happened on the night of the accident, she realizes that her painful past is actually standing in the way of her future happiness. So when a handsome stranger comes to Halfhidden will she let love back into her life?
I have loved Trisha’s previous novels and I was excited to receive a review copy of her new novel, Creature Comforts. I always find a warmth and humour in Trisha’s novels and this one was no exception.
Izzy is a lovely character and I liked her from the beginning. She has a relatable quality to her and I wanted her to be OK throughout the course of the book. She simply wants to get on with her life and the only way she can do this is to find out what happened the night of the accident she was involved in when she was sixteen. She is a lovely girl but is not someone who is going to be walked over and I loved this about her.
The other characters are endearing. I loved Debo and Judy and I loved Lulu and Cameron together. I did not warm to Dan or Kieran at all but I think that was the point. Rufus was a great character and I knew from the beginning that he wasn’t going to be what he seemed or as horrible as people made out. I felt quite sorry for him actually – with all of the things he was having to deal with.
The mystery of what happened the night of Izzy’s accident is something that is revealed in stages throughout the book and I loved this element. I found it intriguing and although you get the feeling that all is not what it seems, I still couldn’t quite figure it all out until the end. It made me want to find out what happened and so I couldn’t stop reading. This and Izzy’s relationship with Rufus had a nice balance. Like with the truth in regard to the accident, I wanted to see what happened to them. There were also some great subplots surrounding the other characters and these were integrated well.
Another great novel from Trisha. It’s perfect to snuggle up with under a blanket with a warm cup of tea. I loved it.
Creature Comforts was released by Avon on 26th February 2015. It’s available in most major bookshops. Click on the link to view at http://www.amazon.co.uk
(Thank you to Trisha, Avon and Netgalley for the review copy.)
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