Book Review: Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

I am now a full fledged Jessica Redland fan and as I may have mentioned in my previous blog post, I plan to read through all her books yet.

‘Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes’ is a quick feel-good “friends to lovers” story that follows Carly and Liam who have been best friends since their childhood days but have never explored their feelings for each other as they fear it would affect their long lasting friendship. It also highlights the struggles Bethany, Carly’s younger sister faces due to the effects of PTSD after a traumatic experience and how Carly tries to help her through tough times.

I enjoyed reading this one. It is a breezy read that you can finish in one sitting with lovable characters and a very relatable story line. I particularly loved Carly and I have come to see a trend in the author’s main characters. They are usually loving, patient and extremely kind. This enders me to them and makes me question how I would react if I were in their shoes. I also felt compassionate towards Bethany, Carly’s sister and all that she went through. It serves as a reminder to be more patient with most people we encounter because they may be going through stuff that we may not see on the surface but is there, affecting their behavior and the decisions they make. It is causing me to be more observant with those close to me especially if they have experienced anything that may trigger PTSD.

If you are looking for an easy happily ever after read to relax with, this may be your book. I highly recommend.

Rating: 4 Stars

Published: August 13th 2020 by Boldwood Books Ltd

Pages: 210

Genre: Romance

Buy: http://www.amazon.com


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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