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Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove: An uplifting story of love, friendship and hope for 2021 (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 3) Kindle Edition
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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 : B082N2WB9W
- Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print edition (February 20, 2020)
- Publication date : February 20, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1101 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,186 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was one of those books I was able to close at the end and just smile about it.
Can't wait for the next book in the series!
I love the characters in this series. They have know each other for years and have wonderful, supportive friendships. Even the new characters fit in well and I love the interactions between them. Elise is in rebound mode and definitely makes some decisions that are not the best, but each decision gives her an adventure and something to think about. While reading this one, you will go through the gamut of emotions from sadness to anger to laughter and even happiness eventually. The dialogue in Jessica Redland's books often has me laughing. This was a well-written and plotted book with great characters, some angst, wonderful relationships and an uplifting ending. I definitely recommend you pick up this book and the rest of the series and read them sitting outside enjoying the world.
So I began reading with hope Elise’s story, she was generous with her time and sage advice. Her breakup with her husband was definitely modern though unexpected for one who was educated and in tune to friends needs etc., her entire journey to find herself was way beyond the pale. She makes bad choices, she’s selfish with her time, and feelings. She is self centered. Some characters seemed written in to perpetuate the poor choices Elise made.
By the time we end her journey into finding herself, it’s neatly tied in a bow. Almost to neatly for the story line.
I will read Clare’s story, and I hope that Ms. Redland is not trying to attract readers by spicing her books up and changing the characters she has so meticulous developed in previous books. If so I will not read it through,
Elise was supposed to be the lucky one. She was the one who married her sweetheart at 18. She was the one who had her dream teaching job. She was supposed to be the one married to the doctor and having the perfect family. However, she is the one who finds her world completely thrown upside down when her husband’s big secret is finally revealed.
The story opens with Gary being a right pain and miserable excuse for a husband. I wonder how Elise managed not to push him down the staircase! Okay, he’s not all that bad and he’s facing some major challenges himself but still. He was certainly not my favourite person.
Elise is in a difficult situation. She is heart-broken but at the same time has to cheer on her sister and best friend as they get ready to start their own happily ever afters. She retreats into herself for the most part as she keeps major news from her friends and family so as not to take away from anyone’s special moments. Maybe she could be called a tad selfish a couple of times but I think it’s completely justified in her case.
Jessica excels at writing romance and writing the journey to a happily ever after. The story unravels over several months and we get to see Elise find herself, stand up for herself and grow as a person.
The secondary characters are wonderful. We have an opportunity to catch up with folks whom we met in Rhys and Steven (check out those reviews) and we meet new ones too. Daniel and Michael are like night and day and provide an interesting twist to the story. Aunty Kay reappears like a fair godmother ready to help out the far maiden in distress, and finds a little romance of her own. Clare is back and the rivalry between her and Elise is as strong as ever. But we also get to see a different side of Clare and it seems as if there may be hope yet for Sarah’s best friends to get along. — I‘m so excited to read Claire’s story next, having been given just the tiniest hints in this one.
Maybe I would have liked a little more interaction or unfolding between the two sweethearts at the ending. It was just a smidgen too abrupt. But their Christmas gift exchange almost brought on the tears, it was so delightful and touching.
All in all, this was a perfect pick me up to wash away the ‘reading stress’! I can’t wait to read Book 3 in the series.
4.5. Stars for this fun read!
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It makes me sad that there is no form of inventiveness, people do die of old age, there’s MS or aneurysms etc. but it’s always cancer.
It’s becoming rather wearing I think I’m going to have to go back to American authors who don’t feel the need to use the C word to make the story more interesting or play on emotions.
Just to be clear the odds of dying from breast cancer has lowered somewhat I can only hope that those who have been diagnosed and choose to read one of your books to give them a distraction don’t feel despondent or fed up.
I find Jessica’s books to be thought provoking and I always take something away from her stories. From this book I am focusing on the fact that a lot can change in a year. Life is tough right now for so many of us, but I have hope that this time next year, things will be different.
The story revolves around Elise, best friend of Sarah, who featured in Searching for Steven. Elise is a lovely heroine, and I really felt her shock and pain as she makes a discovery that will change the course of her life. Her grief is compounded by the events in her sister's and Sarah's lives. Surrounded by happy couples and expectant parents, Elise is struggling to cope with her pain. Everything in her world has changed. Everything she thought she knew has been proven to be a lie. How can she start to put her life back together again?
Elise goes on a journey of discovery. Having been half of a couple since she was a teenager, she now has to learn who she is, and what she wants from life, now that her husband is out of the equation. Sometimes, she makes mistakes. Her judgement is a little off-balance occasionally - but how can it not be? She's lonely, sad, confused and angry. The future she had mapped out for herself no longer exists. She has to grieve not only for what she had and lost, but for what she might have had and never will. So, of course, she's going to make mistakes and plot a haphazard course for a while.
The great thing about Elise is that she doesn't give up. Even with her dreams in tatters, she picks herself up and tries to mend herself, her way. Trying to put a brave face on things for the sake of her friend and sister shows what a kind and caring person she is. I really felt for her when she confronted her own mother - an awful old bat of a woman who was enough to crush the confidence of anyone, let alone someone as vulnerable as Elise. As for her mother-in-law! Words fail me.
I loved following Elise's journey as she battled to get over Gary. I was rooting for her all the way through the book, and I really hoped she would get her happy ending. I won't say what happens, but suffice it to say I had a big smile on my face when I came to the end.
Lovely, warm writing, great setting, characters you can really relate to, and a satisfactory conclusion. I'm now looking forward to reading the last in the Whitsborough Bay series, although I will be very sad to say goodbye.
Men and women do still try and hide their sexualities and drag innocent people into their lies in the hope of covering up their hidden side. The devastation this causes to the innocent party is woven into this story.
Luckily, Elise is made of stronger stuff than she thinks.
I absolutely enjoyed this story and its ending.
Whitsborough Bay is such an endearing place to visit.
Following Elise on the journey to her happy ever after is a rollercoaster of emotions. Will she make the right decision and pick the Mr Right that (as a reader) I found myself rooting for from the first time he appeared on the page. I thought Jessica Redland had created the perfect hero in Searching for Steven, but I love Elise's eventual Mr Right even more. Can you tell that I'm trying to avoid saying the names and giving away spoilers here?!
I'm already looking forward to book three in the series and hoping that Clare finds her way to a happy ever after as well. Coming back to Whitsborough Bay is a bit like meeting up with friends for a coffee or a cocktail, something you can never get enough of.