Trisha Ashley shares with readers a little slice of her latest release, A Piece of Cake.
In this warm, witty and romantic short story, professional cake-maker Kate doesn’t have time for a man in her life, especially a boorish, sports-mad one like Wes. He’s definitely not her type. But at her best friends wedding, when one crisis follows another, Kate begins to wonder whether she’s misjudged Wes. Can love be the sweetest thing of all?
‘Oh well, it doesn’t matter now, does it?’ I said, shrugging.
‘Maybe not, but since Wes’s going to be Harry’s best man and I want you to be my beautiful bridesmaid, you should get to know each other a bit better. Why don’t we try that dinner date again, the four of us?’
‘I don’t think so,’ I said firmly.
‘You’ll have to talk to him at the wedding and the reception,’ she pointed out.
‘I expect I will and I’ll be perfectly polite. But don’t get your hopes up about anything else developing between us, Laura, because he really isn’t my cup of tea. I’m sure you and Harry will be very happy together, but you couldn’t possibly describe me as ideal WAG material, could you? I know nothing about football, or fashion, and my idea of fun isn’t nightclubbing, but going for a long country walk, preferably with a dog.’
I’m also small and generously curved, with dark auburn hair, whereas Laura is a tall, willowy blonde. She’s about my opposite in every way, but we’ve been friends since infant school.
‘I’m not your typical WAG either!’ she protested indignantly.
‘Oh, no? Who was it who spent a month’s wages on a pair of Manolos? Which of us has the handbag obsession and a mobile phone that expired from sheer exhaustion? I can still hear its poor, pathetic little bleeps as it slowly died.’
‘Oh, don’t – you’re making me feel guilty!’ she said, giggling. ‘And perhaps I am a bit more of a party animal than you, but I do work hard, so I like to play hard, too.’
‘Yes, you do deserve a bit of fun,’ I agreed, because she works as a special needs teacher and, although she loves her job, finds it stressful at times. ‘I think you and Harry are perfectly matched, he’s a really nice guy and you’ll be very happy, but it wouldn’t do for me: I like a quiet life.’
‘So does Wes. Really, Kate, you’d be amazed if you got to know him! He wants to move out of his town centre flat and buy a place in the country, now he’s signed a new contract. He’s not one for the nightlife like me and Harry at all.’
‘Oh yeah?’ I said disbelievingly. ‘And what about all those magazine pictures I’ve seen of him partying with lots of pretty girls draped all over him?’
‘He can’t help being tall, dark and handsome, can he? He probably doesn’t even know any of them, they just appear and mob him,’ she suggested.
‘Well, he’s not exactly fending them off, so far as I can see,’ I said sarcastically. ‘I don’t want to go out with a babe magnet and start worrying that I’m not thin enough, blonde enough or anything else enough to keep my boyfriend’s attention from straying.’
‘You’re hopeless! But you will still make my wedding cake for me, won’t you, Kate?’ she cajoled. ‘You said you would.’
Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her last novel, Wish Upon a Star, was her fifth 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 readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years. She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists including several bestsellers, who meet regularly in North Wales, and also a long-term member of the Society of Authors and Literature Wales.