‘The Good News Gazette’ by Jessie Wells


Because we all need something to smile about!

She may be down but don’t count this determined single mum out just yet…

Nine years ago, Zoe Taylor returned from London to the quiet hamlet of Westholme with her tail between her legs and a bun in the oven. Where once her job as a journalist saw her tearing off to Paris at a moment’s notice after a lead, now the single mum covers the local news desk. At least, she did…until she’s unceremoniously let go.

When Zoe invites her friends over to commiserate, wine and whining soon turns into something more… and before the night is out she’s plotted her next step: The Good News Gazette.

Now, as a developer threatens to force Westholme into the twenty-first century, Zoe’s good news movement finds her leading a covert campaign as a community crusader. She may have started The Good News Gazette as a way to save herself, but she might just be able to save Westholme in the process…

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing it’s discovering new authors. Jessie Wells is certainly a new author for me. I read the synopsis of ‘The Good News Gazette’ and it certainly sounded like it was the book I was in need of- a light hearted, fun and ultimately uplifting story. Well it was certainly all that and so much more. I absolutely ADORED reading ‘The Good News Gazette’ but more about that in a bit.

Oh my word, what can I say about this amazing book? As soon as I started reading, I knew that this was one book that would be impossible to put down. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I warmed to most of the characters from the start and in fact they began to feel more like friends than characters in a book. I hope that makes sense. I was so desperate for Zoe to succeed in her mission to unite the community and spread happy news rather than sad news that I had to keep reading to see if she succeeded and if she found happiness in her own personal life. I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the book. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘The Good News Gazette’ and I had to say goodbye to Zoe and the other residents of Westholme. I found ‘The Good News Gazette’ to be a delight to read from start to finish. I was gripped by the story and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

‘The Good News Gazette’ is superbly written and then some. Jessie has one of those easy going writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading this book felt more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. This story certainly made me chuckle as certain things from the book certainly rang true with real life. One such example is the fact that the local Westholme Facebook group seems to be full of complaints and petty squabbles. I chuckled because the same is so true of my home village Facebook group too. Jessie clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which she describes them. She makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. I loved the way in which Jessie makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action. That’s how I felt at any rate.

In short, I ADORED reading ‘The Good News Gazette’ and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to other readers. In fact, ‘The Good News Gazette’ is one of my top reads for 2022. I will certainly be reading more of Jessie’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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