It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a Trisha Ashley novel so when A Leap of Faith came through the letterbox I was eagerly anticipating a romcom that would take me out of my everyday life and entertain me … which Sappho and cast certainly did and with added intrigue.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (25 Aug. 2016)
Sappho Jones stopped counting birthdays when she reached thirty but, even with her hazy grip on mathematics, she realises that she’s on the slippery slope to the big four-oh! With the thought suddenly lodged in her mind that she’s a mere cat’s whisker away from becoming a single eccentric female living in a country cottage in Wales, she has the urge to do something dramatic before it’s too late.
The trouble is, as an adventurous woman of a certain age, Sappho’s pretty much been there, done that, got the T-shirt. In fact, the only thing she hasn’t tried is motherhood. And with sexy potter Nye on hand as a potential daddy – or at least donor – is it time for her to consider the biggest leap of all? It’s either that or buy a cat . . .
With all the loaded trestle tables out on the island of Lefkada to celebrate Sappho’s 39th birthday she makes it obvious how she’s feeling about being single. Her ex Dave who is still keeping tracks on her and has been sending gifts for years doesn’t faze her (although friends Mu and Miranda are wary of him! and I have to say with good reason …).
The fun starts when Sappho moves to her cottage in Bedd, Wales. I loved the friendships with Mu (living not far away in Pembrokeshire) and Miranda. Mu pursuing her dream makes for some great humour – oh Simon with the turkey baster and everyone turning up! But also a dilemma. Miranda is the character we see grow the most. A husband who not only takes all the glory of a cookery show and cookbooks but is manipulative and controlling has kept her self-confidence at zero but she flourishes with Sappho being around. These three together are fabulous.
They’re not the only fabulous characters in the story. I think all the characters in the village are entertaining or intriguing. Although we only see Aunt Pops and Jaynie on a brief visit, they certainly add colour to Sappho’s background. Lili on her manhunt provides conflict and Gil with his missing wife intrigue.
When Sappho meets Nyle she realises he’s a character in the Vengeane series she’s writing. The parallels have a fun part to play. There’s no agonising will they won’t they in this relationship! With ex Dave on the scene too we get to see some great alpha moments 🙂
There is plenty of humour in A Leap of Faith but the story is so much more than a romcom. I’ve already mentioned Miranda and her thread in the story of being in an abusive relationship but there’s also suspense and intrigue. The cliffs by the caves is a heart pounding scene and a great climax which leads us to the perfect ending.
A great pace with plenty to keep you engaged, A Leap of Faith is escapism at its best and a recommended read from me.
Connect with Trisha Ashley