Callie’s Christmas Wish written by Jessica Redland, publisher Little Bear Books, is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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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.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the sequel to the highly rated romcom Raving About Rhys: Callie’s Christmas Wish.
Raving About Rhys was a novella the author Jessica Redland wrote back in 2015 (2nd edition published 2017) and readers and the author herself fell in love with the characters, especially Ruby one of the dear residents of Bay View Care Home, we all were eager to know more about these well-loved characters we’d learned about. I highly recommend you read Raving about Rhys prior to reading Callie’s Christmas Wish to fully appreciate and enjoy the characters and storyline. You can find my review for Raving About Rhys here.
It was such a welcomed return to Callie and Bay View Care Home. I don’t want to reveal too much about the back-story to Callie’s Christmas Wish as there will be some new readers who haven’t had the chance to read any of Jessica Redland’s novels yet. All I can say is that once again Jessica Redland’s writing style is full of warmth and humour and Yorkshire charm oozes from the pages. I love the interaction between the staff of the care home and the residents, at times it felt like there was no age gap and it was so lovely to read and enjoy the banter between them. I particularly enjoyed learning about the history surrounding a lost love it was heartbreakingly tragic and romantic. Lots of emotions are riding high with the onset of the Christmas celebrations at the care home and also relationship woes are high on Callie’s agenda.
A gorgeous festive read that was heart-warming, entertaining and beautifully romantic.
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!
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?