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Coming Home To Seashell Cottage: An unforgettable, emotional novel of family and friendship from bestseller Jessica Redland (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 4) Kindle Edition
For Clare O’Connell, home is where the heart aches…
Since the age of sixteen, Clare O'Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:
1. Don't talk about Ireland
2. Don't think about Ireland
3. Don't go to Ireland
4. Don't let anyone in
And so far, it's worked well. She's got a great career, amazing friends, and she's really happy. The future is all that counts, isn't it?
However Clare is about to realise that you can run from the past, but you can't always hide from it…
When her boss insists she travels to Ireland for work, Clare finds herself drawn back to the village of Ballykielty – the home of her family, and the home of her secrets. The one place where vowed never to return to again…
With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Will Clare stick to rule number four?
Can she be brave and face up to her family and the demons of her past?
An emotional novel of family, friendship and dealing with your past from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.
This book was previously published as Dreaming About Daran.
What readers are saying about Coming Home to Seashell Cottage:
'I tweeted while reading it because I was having so much fun… I’m a certified fangirl!' Nayu’s Reading Corner
'I am really eager to see what Jessica Redland will write next, as if it’s even half as good as [this book] then I’m sure it will be fantastic' Rachel’s Random Reads
'Emotional, engaging and a lovely end to the Whitsborough Bay series! Five stars from me!' Rae Reads
'I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It’s entertaining, thought-provoking and fun' Amazon Reviewer
'Jessica Redland has quickly become a favourite author of mine' NetGalley Reviewer
'This was an absolutely brilliant book to the point where I was so sad it had a final page' NetGalley Reviewer
'A brilliant book from a brilliant author, she is soon becoming the Queen of my emotions' NetGalley Reviewer
From the Publisher
Thank you so much for looking at one of my books on Amazon and a very warm welcome to two gorgeous Yorkshire settings: Whitsborough Bay on the North Yorkshire coast and Hedgehog Hollow on the Yorkshire Wolds.
I write uplifting stories of love and friendship. You’ll meet some new friends who’ll raise a smile and perhaps draw a few tears. I adore my characters so, if you do find yourself reaching for the tissues, don't worry because I promise I will never leave them without a heartwarming happy ending.
All my books work as complete standalone stories but some are part of a series and others are connected. The Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series and the Hedgehog Hollow series are best enjoyed when read in order and, if taking a trip to Castle Street at Christmas, I’d recommend Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes before Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.
I hope you decide to dive in and that you enjoy your visit to Yorkshire. Thanks again for looking.
Big hugs, Jessica xx
- ASIN : B082N23QMV
- Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print edition (March 12, 2020)
- Publication date : March 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1057 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,984 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2019
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So too much moment #1: The repressed memory...it happens. absolutely. but it seemed a bit much, Clare has plenty going on and this didn't seem to move the story forward. It seemed tacked on.
Moment #2: the reappearance of a certain character. I think the story would have been better served by letting grief be. There was a bit more "movement" on this point but I think it could have been handled just as impactfully in another way.
I am not sure how I feel about Ellen I did not include that in my too much moments, but maybe I should have. It does seem contrived.
Moment # 3 was the coach accident. This author does like a car crash doesn't she? Anyway, again it felt like this was just a way to get certain people in the room, which could have been done with way less icky drama. Also, why is there no nod given to Philip being Elise's Daughter's grandpa? It seems that should be a bit more fleshed out. I want some explanation of his feelings vis a vis his son's behavior.
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This one explores Clare O’Connell. She was my least favourite character but boy this one is packed with so much drama and heartbreak.
This is my favourite book so far and Clare is now my favourite character. She is Irish and in her early thirties and comes across hard as nails, a no nonsense plain speaking person who will talk about anything except these four thingspoints
1-Don’t talk about Ireland
2-Don’t think about Ireland
3-Don’t go to Ireland
4-Never let anyone in
When her job in marketing means she has to go to Ireland she fights against going. But relents because she is the one for this particular bridge building exercise to save a contract.
We find out the real painful reasons why she has a troubled past. I found myself in tears at parts of it, her only crime in her parents eyes was falling in love at 16 with a man of faith and bringing shame on the family and there were huge consequences.
She knows she must confront her past and she gets more than she bargained for, things that she grieved for were turned out to be wicked lies and one revelation and heartbreak after another ensues.
All this means she has no choice but to see this through as she is thrown into the deep end - in more ways than one.
We also see that the high heel short skirt person Clare is, is a creation and a barrier around her heart. I won’t expand on this because I do not want to give anything away. The best was definitely saved until last. I found myself routing for Clare, how much can one person take!!! Will she ever let anyone into her heart?…
I must also add in between the drama and angst there are some comedy touches.
I loved how Clare's family rallied round after that-I know it's a good read when I'm crying so much I can barely see the words, not all her family are kind, she experiences a lot of hatred but the ones who care matter. She has made a life for herself and is building a positive future. I cried when she and her friends finally aired their grievances which separated them when they needed each other the most.
I smiled as friendships grew, especiall the new people in Clare's life. I'm eager for another book which I hope focuses on Clare's sister whose name I've forgotten who has a huge journey of recovery ahead of her thanks to Clare helping free her from a horrendous life. I'm looking forward to rereading all 3 books in the series so far in one go! (I'm a certified fangirl!)
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner [...]
Gosh, this is going to be a hard book to review without giving away anything. I can't even tell you who Daran is really! Part of the appeal of this book is discovering the surprises along with Clare. And my goodness what a lot of surprises she had in the course of the story. I'm not sure how I would have reacted in her position. What I really liked about her was the way she reacted to everything that happened and rose to the challenge of coping with whatever life threw at her. She had plenty support from her friend Sarah's brother Ben. Sarah and her other good friend Elise both had their own issues to deal with. It was lovely to catch up with some of these characters from the first book and find out what had happened to them in the intervening time. A whole host of new characters from Clare's past are introduced to the story too, some truly unlikable and others who really valued Clare's support.
Dreaming About Daran is an enjoyable, warm-hearted book which was just what I was needing. Like the first in the series, this visit to Whitsborough Bay focuses firmly on friendship and love and is both engaging and uplifting.
The three books have each focused on one of three close friends. The first, Searching for Stephen, was Sarah's story. The second, Getting Over Gary, was Elise's story. This is Clare's story.
I knew from hints in the previous two books that Clare's story would be a meaty one and Dreaming about Daran doesn't disappoint. It is, as we've come to expect from Jessica, well written and lively, carrying you on from chapter to chapter. It is one of those books that keeps you up to the early hours for "just one more chapter".
Clare has had a dark and sad childhood, many memories from which she has buried deep in her mind and never shared with anyone. But a last minute demand from her boss to visit her home country of Ireland starts memories bubbling to the surface and opens a painful can of worms she had hoped would remain buried forever. But as time goes on, she is lead through times of reconciliation, joy and healing and the book closes with the reader giving a silent cheer when at last she finds true happiness.
I can't wait for her next novel!
The trio of best friends in the series – Sarah, Elise and Clare – have had me hooked and the author has been so skilful in drawing out the light and shade of their lives and the ups and downs of their friendship, that the stories and characters feel truly authentic.
I have to say, though, that ‘Dreaming About Daran’ is the best so far and I think elevates Jessica Redland above some of the best-selling writers she’s been compared to in the past. In ‘Dreaming About Daran’ the author takes a courageous step away from the more light-hearted earlier books in the series to examine some much deeper issues. I’m always worried about writing too much about the plot, but the book had me captivated from the first chapter and I absolutely love the storyline involving the chess piece – but you’ll have to find that out for yourself!
Suffice it to say that Clare is forced to go back and confront the life she has fought so desperately to leave behind in Ireland. Finding herself suddenly so deeply entrenched in the pain and loss of the past with no choice by to face up to the heart-breaking decisions which changed the course of her life, I couldn’t put the book down – desperate to know if somehow things could still work out for Clare.
Despite the difference in depth of subject matter, this is undoubtedly a Jessica Redland novel, filled with emotion, her trademark humour and the unique insight into friendship and love that she paints so well. I completely loved this book and I am sure that it will go down in future as a Jessica Redland classic.