Book Review: Making Wishes at Bay View (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay) by Jessica Redland

This author has quickly become one of my favorites with her heartwarming and captivating stories. I have read three books so far and they have all been exceptional (Check out my review of the ‘Hedge Hog Hollow’ series in “Book Reviews”). I was excited to read this one so my expectations were high.

I was immediately drawn into this story that follows Callie Derbyshire, who works as a carer in at Bayview. She loves her job and the elderly residents she caress for however, she has had a history of bad relationships until she meets Rhys who happens to be the grandson of her favorite resident, Ruby. As Callie and Rhys navigate their new relationship, Ruby confides in Callie with her deepest secrets from her past. Ruby’s story motivates Callie to help Ruby rediscover and believe in love again by making a wish which she strongly believes will come true. This is a story about family feuds, letting go of past mistakes, toxic relationships, second chances , hope and love.

I love love loved Callie’s character although at the beginning I kept screaming at her to end her ties with her boyfriend at the time. I loved the fact that she never failed to remain kind and forgiving even with a boss from hell and after she was betrayed by some of the people she loved. Rhys is the typical male protagonist I love in romance books. The guy who knows what he wants and goes for it plus understanding, compassionate and loving despite his own challenges. Ruby’s story and how everything unfolded was just the icing on the cake and I have discovered lately that I really love to read stories with quite a number of elderly people in them. Their characters are usually witty and fun sprinkled with some good old lessons to teach you and wise words to ponder on. My take-away from this story will be to always choose kindness and you can still find love no matter your age.

This was such an engaging and interesting read and I recommend it to everyone. Go read this book and other books by the author.

P.s I was reading ‘A Wedding at Hedge Hog Hollow” by the author before I started this book but I couldn’t stop reading this one until I was done. I will be back soon with my review of her other books.

Rating: 5 Stars

Published: January 14th 2020 by Boldwood Books

Pages: 342

Genre: Contemporary Romance


The Author:

Jessica Redland

I was born in Teesside but now live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set many of my books although the Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous new countryside setting in the Yorkshire Wolds.

I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a self-confessed stationery addict with a ridiculously large collection of notepads who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.

Other than a career detour into retail to set up and run my own teddy bear shop (the inspiration for novel Bear With Me), I’ve always worked in HR, specialising in resourcing, coaching and L&D. Writing always had to take a back seat to the day job until June 2020 when I left the world of HR to become a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up.


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