I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Callie’s Christmas Wish by Jessica Redland as part of the blog tour today! First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Christmas is approaching and love is in the air at Bay View Care Home. Supervising carer, Callie Derbyshire, is blissfully happy with new boyfriend, Rhys. The tree’s up, the lights are twinkling, and, with the Christmas Eve wedding of one of the residents, Iris, to look forward to, everything is perfect.
Rhys’s ex has him at her beck and call, yet refuses to let Callie meet their baby daughter. Callie’s ex is intent on stirring up trouble. And Callie’s favourite resident, Rhys’s nanna, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self since Iris announced her engagement.
Convinced that Ruby’s lonely, especially after discovering the truth about her lost love, Callie’s determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. Ruby might be adamant that the past should be left in the past. But, when it comes to true love, surely a little well-meaning meddling and a Christmas wish or two can’t do any harm. After all, it’s never to late to let love in again. Or is it?
A heartwarming Christmas story of finding new love, and the courage to revisit a love that was lost long ago.
What a wonderful story this is from the characters to the story it made it very easy to be pulled in. Even though there is a novella featuring Callie and Rhys that was released first I never felt any confusion while reading this book and all I can say is that I was rooting for them from the start. Although to be fair there is plenty of drama along the way to keep things interesting from exes and ex best friends all providing a bit of tension within their relationship. Callie is down to earth and such a likeable character then pair her with Rhys and they make the perfect couple.
The pacing of the story is really good and to be honest I flew through this story in no time at all. Even though this is a Christmas story for me it didn’t feel overly festive so don’t worry if you aren’t the biggest fan of the season.
A very special mention has to go to Ruby I think her story was actually one of my favourite things about this book. There was a lovely nostalgic feeling that I think made such a lovely difference and I also loved how Ruby had a pretty feisty personality! Ruby’s story added a lovely depth to this book and easily brought out my emotional side, I may have welled up a little but definitely with happy tears!
This book has it all love, friendship and a good dose of heartwarming goodness!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for my copy.
Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella.
She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast — the inspiration for the settings in her books — with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!
Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.
Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?
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Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com
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