Thursday 17 September 2020

Christmas at Carly's Cupcakes - Jessica Redland || Blog Tour


Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes is a cosy heartwarming tale of friendship, family, putting the past behind, and embracing the future.

It’s Christmas in Whitsborough Bay. With fairy lights connecting the shops and cafés on either side of the cobbles, Castle Street seems magical. And in such a magical place, surely Christmas wishes can come true.

Carly Travis, owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, has two Christmas wishes this year. Her first is for her younger sister, Bethany, to focus on the positives in her life, including her Christmas wedding, instead of writing herself off as a failure. Bethany's attempts at cake-decorating aren't going to win any awards, but she’s certainly great with customers. Carly’s second wish is for her best friend, Liam, to come home for Christmas.

When Liam calls to say he’s been granted leave from the army, Carly makes a third Christmas wish. It’s the one she’s made every year since she was a teenager and, if she’s really brave, could this be the year when it finally comes true?

With Liam coming home, the shop having its best year yet, and a wedding to look forward to, it’s shaping up to be the best Christmas ever for Carly. But for Bethany, things are starting to unravel …

I was gifted my copy for the blog tour.
Its always nice to revisit somewhere you have previously loved and this is the first part of my reviews of christmas on Castle street.

Christmas at Carly's Cupcakes is a wonderfully festive delight that makes the reader feel welcomed, warmed and part of the commnity. 

Carly has two christmas wishes this year, 1. that her sister Bethany can see she isnt a failure and have the wedding of her dreams and 2. for her best friend Liam to come home for christmas. Thats all she really wants, and i dont think she is actually asking for that much. Whilst she waits to see what christmas will bring Carly throws herself into her work and cakes galore but with her sister a newly hired member of the team, things are proving a little tough.

All Bethany has to do is look at a cake or even a small patch of icing and its like it explodes in the kitchen, she should not be near it. However Bethany has had a tough time lately and already feels like a failure and Carly is worried about letting her go so battles through. Yet Bethany is holding more in than anyone realises. 
Carly is also battling her inner turmoil and feelings for Liam and she doesnt know if he feels the same, but after a swift talking to she decides this christmas is the time to tell him.

I loved this little festive read, it had the perfect dose of cupcakes, hot chocolate and fairy lights with romance bubbling under the surface and emotional family connections. Its one to start off the festive season with. If you like your romance with snowflakes and cupcakes, this is the one for you.

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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