I am over the moon to be taking part in the blog tour for another book from Jessica Redland, set in Whitsborough Bay. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…
When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.
Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!
With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time. With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.
But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…
Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3j0FZrF
The Review: I’ve read a few of Jessica Redland’s books now and I have to say this is easily one of my favourites. We spend time in this book with Charlee who is deciding what to do with her life after a few recent changes. She decides to move to Whitsborough Bay and set up her own chocolate shop, though it’s not an easy process.
I liked Charlee and was rooting for her throughout, especially while she was dealing with her useless boyfriend who I hated partly because he reminded me so much of my ex. Charlee builds her new business and her new life with support from friends, other business owners and the general Whitsborough Bay community.
This is truly an uplifting book and it was one that I didn’t want to end. Having discovered the warmth of Whitsborough Bay in a previous book I was thrilled to realise that it hadn’t changed at all in this one. The community is just as welcoming and supportive as ever and it was a joy to be part of it in a way. Even the small details like the snow and the Christmas lights were lovely and had me wishing I was able to see them in real life. However, this is one of those books that is written in a way that I find very immersive so when I was reading I felt as if I was right by Charlee all the way, through the highs and lows and the special moments.
I love visiting this community and the people in it so I’m going to have to check I’ve not missed any books set here, but I’m also going to hope that there will be more books set here in the future as well. There are some books that are cosy and inviting and remind you that there is a lot of good in this world, and this book is definitely one of them.
Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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