Bear With Me written by Jessica Redland, publisher Little Bear Books, is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/2xMSBey
Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.
Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?
Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?
Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancée, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?
Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?
Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Bear With Me by Jessica Redland.
Bear With Me is another feel-good read from author Jessica Redland. Jessica Redland has continued to write books with the same formula she is good at; stories from the heart, stories to comfort you, stories to make you smile and stories that take you to the charming fictional village of Whitsborough Bay off the Yorkshire coast.
Bear With Me is a standalone novel but I do believe once you’ve discovered Jessica Redland’s work you’ll be eager to read more.
Bear With Me is a story of two halves that ultimately merge. Our two main characters are both from Whitsborough Bay but their paths haven’t crossed in the past. Jemma loves teddy bears, which is totally understandable as her mum owns her own teddy bear shop and workshop in the Bay. Her mum also designs and makes teddy bears and Jemma herself has designed and made her own label of teddy bears. Jemma now lives in London as a curator in a museum and her zest for her craft shows in her work. Going home for her birthday weekend she starts to notice concerns regarding her mother’s health. Also, the weekend brings forth another shock with regards to her current love life.
Sam recently fled from his home in the Yorkshire coastal village to London following a terrible tragedy. All that he loved was in the Bay and it was too painful to continue to live amongst the memories. However, working as a Dr in a busy hospital in the city of London was proving to be a lonely existence. He was surrounded by lots of people but never felt more alone. Bumping into a housemate and good friend of Jemma’s was to be the catalyst of a different journey for both Sam and Jemma.
Jemma’s journey was the realisation of her mother’s illness and how best she could help her. Sam’s journey was one of acceptance and learning of his emotional triggers surrounding his grief. A friendship soon formed between Jemma and Sam and they were to find they had so much in common and that they each held essential tools of support for one another. Can their love for the natural beauty of the coast from their home town help heal the wounds that they have accrued?
A story of acceptance, a story of new beginnings, a story of life, love and tragedy. But ultimately a story that warms your heart and soul like the cuddliest of bears.
About the Author
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!
Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.