Book Review: All You Need Is Love by Jessica Redland

This was another good story by the author. Although I have been reading both the Whitsborough Bay and Hedge Hog Hollow Series, I decided to take a break from that and read something outside the series before going back. This story follows Sam and Jemma who have both experienced terrible heart breaks and loss. They meet through a mutual friend and even though they both believe they may be right for each other, there is still some concern on both sides that it may be too soon to begin a relationship.

What I have come to love the most about Jessica Redland’s books is the fact that I always leave them with something new and relevant that I have learned. The other strong themes explored in this story include the effects of extreme stress, loss, Parkinson’s disease and the importance of family support. However, I had a big issue with the story line towards the end. It seemed to suggest that the infidelity that occurred was glorified while all the lies and deceit seems to have been thrown out the window, making the perpetrator a “good guy”. This actually got me upset and adversely affected my rating for this book which I thought was going to be a 5 Stars. Anyhow, it was still a good read which I will recommend.

If you are triggered by themes around infidelity and loss, please approach this book with caution.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Published: March 11th 2021 by Boldwood Books

Pages: 392

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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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