Book Review: New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms by Jessica Redland

This is the second book in the Whitsborough Bay series by the author. It is a story about new beginnings, learning to live in the moment and true love.

After breaking off her long term relationship and quitting her job in London, Sarah takes up her Aunt’s offer to become the new owner of ‘Seaside Blooms‘, a flower shop. However, Sarah also finds a long lost CD recording of her visit to a clairvoyant from years back which puts her on a search for a “Steven” whom the clairvoyant claims will be Sarah’s happily ever after. Although Sarah meets Nick soon after she she arrives to take over her store and she recognizes the attraction between them, she doesn’t believe he is “the one” because he is not called Steven.

The first part of the story was quite captivating but when Sarah begun her endless search for Steven and then it spiraled into a love triangle situation (which is not a favorite trope of mine), I quickly started losing interest. Although I liked the idea of throwing in a “blast from the past”, I wasn’t a big fan of Sarah’s character which affected the way the book went for me. However, I loved her best friend Claire and of course Nick was a great guy. I was also delighted to meet other characters from the first book in the series including Nick, which felt like meeting old friends and since the story ended well (much to my liking), I would say it was a good read overall.

I would still recommend this book to all romance lovers especially if you like the love triangle trope. Off to the next book in the series.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Published: February 20th 2020 by Boldwood Books (first published June 3rd 2015)

Pages: 300

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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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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