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Making Wishes at Bay View: The perfect uplifting novel of love and friendship for 2021 (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 1) 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 : B07Z3BLGLJ
- Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print edition (January 14, 2020)
- Publication date : January 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1609 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Callie worked in a care home where Ruby was her favorite. She had a tough life. Her boyfriend turned out to be a louse and a troublemaker, her boss was a She-Devil, and her best friend was sleeping with the boyfriend. Ugghh.. Bad day all around. Entered Rhys who brought light and love to her life, but he came with his own past too. Callie wanted to help Ruby who had lost the love of her life many decades ago.
Having read many books by this author, I knew I was in for an emotive read. I loved the way she etched her characters so tenderly, with love. I loved the dips that this book took and the way the characters found their way out. Romance was seen, but it was friendship and love which took root in this book. They anchored me and made me read it at one go.
Ruby and her friend Iris were interesting, Jessica’s writing made them come alive. There were hilarious moments but filled with poignancy too. The only niggle I had was Callie was too good even when the person in front wanted her to stop calling her. I wished she had respected the other person’s wishes. But her living heart and caring nature saved many too.
The book was written as two novellas, but having not read them, it was easy for me to get into this. Absolutely a fun read.
What I appreciated most was the subtlety of the author's pen in giving substance to each character. They were flawed people but each was still likable in their own way. I even cheered for Izzy. However, it was Ruby and Iris that endeared themselves to me. The cheat and the exotic dancer—what a pair!
Here's one for a cozy afternoon curl-up with a good book.
Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books, and Jessica Redland for an ARC of 'Making Wishes at Bay View' in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
Callie thinks that growing up without a Dad, makes her seek out older men as partners. She likes the confidence, maturity and experience they come with and feels more comfortable with that type of guy, than anyone her own age. Her current beau seems to be perfect but looks can be deceiving. Callie is about to discover that an incredible lot lies beneath the surface of those all around her…
Callie is super likeable. She’s spunky, caring, funny and looking for love. She doesn’t always make the best decisions but that just makes her more real. I felt quite invested in her search for happiness.
Ruby is an absolute darling. She’s Callie’s favourite patient at the Bay View Care Home and has quite a colourful past! Her antics and opinions are amusing and her shrewdness helps Callie in more ways that she would expect.
Whitsborough Bay is a gorgeous setting. The beach, the sun, the community all combine to create a cosy yet enchanting environment well-suited to happily ever afters.
The pacing of this novella is spot on. The reader is never left bored yet the action moves slowly enough for some quality character development. Each page and event moved the story along nicely.
Favourite new word
Lairy: (British Informal) for cunning or conceited; flashy; aggressive or rowdy.
“It’s so romantic, or it would be with someone special and not a load of lairy, drunk lads.”
If you’re looking for a quick, light love story, give this one a try.
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book through Rachel’s Random Resources.
Top reviews from other countries
On a personal front, Callie thinks she’s found her Mr Right, an older man who she met through work, until certain things don’t quite add up and she begins to question her year long relationship. She needed someone she could rely on and was willing to take her out.
Ruby is certain her grandson would be perfect for Callie but Callie is unsure if he even exists. He never seems to show up when Ruby is expecting him and Callie hates to think of her being disappointed.
I loved Callie’s relationship with the older ladies and gents at Bay View, the respect she showed them and the fact that the story is about a carer who loves her job and goes out of her way to make sure everyone is looked after, regardless of the hard time her boss gives her. Then Callie discovers the reason for Ruby’s seeming bouts of depression and devises a way to give her story a happy ending.
Making Wishes at Bay View is a lovely story which includes several topics, such as deception, romance and forgiveness. An easy, enjoyable read with enough twists to keep the plot moving along steadily. Callie is a relatable, well developed character, not perfect by any means but someone that can be relied on. Jessica Redland brought the cast of characters to life and made the reader care about them – well most of them anyway. Someone got exactly what they deserved.
I had no idea this was a combination of two novellas until after I’d finished reading, and would never have guessed. They were blended together very well.
which made it seem fresh again.
This time, I also purchased the audio version which had me enthralled. Lucy Brownhill relates it with feeling, changing her voice for the different characters which conveys what type of person each individual is, in fact it helps to visualise them.
She certainly has a variety of personalities to deal with!
I love this book with it's friendships between older and younger women. Callie is so caring and it shines through.
This book gives you a warm feeling and the emotional parts had me in tears when hearing the dialogue spoken, even more than reading the book, which is an achievement.
Callie is splendid at her job and is lucky to find that the arrival of the new gardener at the care home, Rhys, provides her with a special love interest.
I would recommend this book either to read or listen to. You will not be disappointed.
I pre-ordered this book because I fell in love with the cover, it is so dreamy. I then fell in love with the story. Callie and I have shared some similar experiences which made me feel close to her as a character.
Jessica's books always comfort me and transport me away from reality which I love. I wish I could live in Whitsborough Bay!
Read this book if you are an old romantic at heart and want a feel good read.
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I fell in love with Ruby and the scenes of Bay View brought back happy memories of working in a nursing home especially at Christmas. Callie was easy to like despite her meddling nature.
I look forward to reading the next book.