A Leap of Faith by Trisha Ashley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 . . .
Wonderfully wry, heart-warming and life-affirming, Trisha Ashley's hilarious novel is perfect for fans of romantic comedies by Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. And it contains recipes!
**This novel was originally published in 2001 as The Urge to Jump.**
Basically this is about a woman living in a pretty cottage in Wales who writes sci-fi novels and having reached 39 she realizes having achieved most things in life she has never been a mother. With her biological clock having almost reached it's limit she starts to consider leaping into the unknown territory of motherhood. All she has to do is to find someone to procreate with.
This is a typical 'chick lit' novel with plenty of humour and irony thrown in, there are parts which are quite funny and she does make the central character of Sappho enjoyable, she's not self obsessed or boring she is upbeat about most situations and can laugh at herself. The secondary characters are also well fleshed out so that the reader can get a sense of who they are without endless paragraphs about them. Sappo writes sci-fi novels and before she moves down to her welsh cottage her friend sends Sappho a picture of a potter who lives in the village. Quite subconsciously Sappho writes him into her novel.
Like all chick lits Sappho is not in the slightest bit interested in the sexy potter and spends most of her time avoiding him which of course means the reader knows exactly who she is destined to be with, so no surprises at all in this book.
It was a frivolous fun read, good one to take on holiday or fill in a boring few hours but for me not the greatest I've read this year. Good average chick-lit, pleasant characters and good humour saved this from being boring. This gets a 3 star rating from me.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.