‘New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms’ by Jessica Redland

New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms: The perfect uplifting page-turner for 2020 (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 2) by [Redland, Jessica]


For Sarah Peterson, it’s time for change. Coming out of a dead end relationship and having had enough of city life, she just needs to escape and have a fresh start – a new job, a new home and a new lifestyle.

So when her Auntie Kay unexpectedly offers her the opportunity to take over her flower shop, Seaside Blooms, the timing could not be more perfect. She could escape to the beautiful seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, start a new chapter in her life – and learn how to run a business!

But, as she packs up her life in London, she isn’t prepared for the discovery of a clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All of the predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven…

As she prepares for the biggest move of her life, Sarah can’t help but wonder if Seaside Blooms could be a new beginning for love too?



My Review

I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one.  Although I have several of Jessica’s books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ pile, I haven’t managed to read them all yet.  However, after reading ‘New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms’ and loving it as much as I did, I can guarantee that Jessica’s other books will not be unread for very much longer.  I ADORED ‘New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms’ but more about that in a bit.

I immediately warmed to the character of Sarah Pearson and by the end of the first couple of chapters, I began to think of her as a friend.  As the story begins, we see that Sarah is in a relationship and she harbours hopes that he will propose to her.  Well that just doesn’t happen and the relationship breaks down.  To be honest, I think that he didn’t deserve her in the first place and that she can do far better than him.  Sarah is also a talented flower arranger.  Sarah inherits her Aunty’s florist’s shop as her Aunty wants to retire.  I kept everything crossed that Sarah used this as a chance to make a new life for herself and find the happiness that she so richly deserves.  What happens?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

Oh my word, I became hooked on this story from the moment I first picked the book up.  I was completely under this book’s spell from the moment I first picked it up until the moment I read the last word on the last page.  I had an inkling that all was not going to go how Sarah planned it and of course I had to keep reading to find out whether or not I was going to be proved right or not.  I wasn’t able to read the book over the course of a day because boring things like life got in the way but I was able to finish the book over the course of three days.   This book was the tonic and the distraction that I so badly needed and I haven’t chuckled away to myself as much as I did whilst reading this book.

‘New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms’ is well written.  In Sarah, Jessica has created a likeable character who we can all identify with to a certain degree.  The author initially grabbed my attention with the bright and breezy cover, the synopsis convinced me that I had to read this book as soon as possible and the story gripped me from start to finish.  Jessica writes so realistically and uses such vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself and that Sarah was a friend of mine, who I felt very protective of.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘New Beginnings At Seaside Blooms’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I will definitely be reading Jessica’s other books as soon as I can.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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