Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Jessica Redland, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.

For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

My Thoughts

Poor Carly has her hands full but her heart is empty.  The Christmas cake order books are thriving, and Carly desperately needs a steady and skilled hand with her cake business but instead she has her sister Bethany helping out whilst she recovers from a traumatic experience.  The problem is, whilst Carly is desperate for her sister’s confidence to be restored, Bethany just doesn’t have the skills needed to decorate cakes.  To make matters worse, Carly is pining for her best friend and love of her life Liam who is currently serving in the army.  Can Carly help boost her sister’s self-worth, meet her cake deadlines, and find love this Christmas?

This is such a marvellous festive with romance, a huge community spirit, friendship and an enormous dollop of Christmas.  What more could you ask for?

From page one I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the novel and fell head over heals for Carly and Bethany immediately.  Both ladies trying their best to overcome heartbreak and move on and both struggling in their own way.  I adored how much they supported each other.

The whole vibe of the cake shop teamed with the atmosphere and teamwork of the local traders created the ideal place to live.  It was like being welcomed into a protective community and I became so involved with everyone that I felt as though I was part of it all.

Seriously, put on your pyjamas, grab yourself a huge mug of hot chocolate and a cake and take a trip to Whitsborough Bay.  The only disappointment will be when you have to leave.

Author Bio – Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.


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