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  • Inspirational, challenges abound!🌤

    When life gets you down, look for the break in the clouds🌤 What a sad and yet inspiring novel! Sam and Jemma's touching relationship is a story of facing challenging times and moving forward with the help of family and close friends. I love the way author Jessica Redland builds complex characters and realistic situations for her Whitsborough Bay residents. Both Sam and Jemma come from Whitsborough Bay but end up meeting in London and quickly click, finding it easy and natural to lean on each other for comfort, support and inspiration. Both go through major disappointments in love and are reluctant to face new heartache with another partner. It's refreshing to have the lead characters in a romance not racing to bed. Jemma has the additional burden of her mother Julie's life-changing medical issues. This subplot was dealt with sensitively and actually gave me a better understanding of Parkinson's and the physical effects of extreme and prolonged stress on the patient and their family. I discovered Redland's works last year and have never been disappointed when I grab her latest novel or a new edition of an older one. Redland focuses on emotions, the importance of community and connection, and does it really well. This one was particularly touching and had a lovely, uplifting end. Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Beautiful!

    This book is so good you have to read it to understand how much! It's an emotional story of two people who have found love in their life and have endured loss, will they be ready to embrace life again? Does the lighting strike the same place twice? This was my first Jessica Redland's even though I have a couple of them on my TBR pile, and now I can't wait to start them! This book is beautifully written, you'll love not only the main characters, but all of them, because they all have a depth and insight that will stuck with you. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Highly recommended!

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  • Heartache and happiness

    This is truly a heartwarming story about love lost and love found. I shed tears and I laughed out loud, but mostly I cheered for Jemma and Sam. Their stories are sad, but they are so right for each other. With Sam’s calm and caring nature, and Jemma’s unending compassion and honesty, they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Jemma’s love for her family can be seen in her concern and the important life decisions she makes for her mother’s illness and mood swings. Jemma is a very forgiving person when it comes to Scott’s shocking lies and how he just disappears from her life after such an important night. I have never been ghosted, but I think the author does a great job explaining how it destroys someone’s trust and self-confidence. Jemma takes it in stride with the support and unadulterated honesty of her awesome friends and family. After all, she has more important things to think about such as finding help for her mother and taking care of her little brother. Sam’s decision to move to London is not what he thought it would be. My heart breaks for how he lost his fiancée and to see him so lonely in such a large city is so sad. So when he meets Jemma who happens to be from his hometown of Whitsborough Bay, they really hit it off and change each other’s lives for the better. As their friendship grows and they open up to each other, Sam and Jemma realize they have an intense connection that may go beyond just friendship. But Sam’s guilt and Jemma’s lack of trust give them pause. Though frustrating at times to see them go forward and then take two steps back, their honesty stays true and they finally have a HEA ending. I also wanted to mention that I love the Ju-Sea Bears and Jemma’s mom’s Bear With Me shop. What a fun job to have making teddy bears! I recommend this lovely story filled with heartache and happiness. The characters are believable, and I enjoyed the plotline and the beautiful scenery of Whitsborough Bay. Ms. Redland does a great job covering very important subject matter including Parkinson’s Disease, death, grief, and ghosting. Thank you to Ms. Redland for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • Beautifully Told

    Scott is everything to Jemma... until one day he isn't. As Jemma tries to take stock of her life with the support of her family and friends she hopes she has the courage to move on. Sam has it all, his amazing fiancée, a great career and a gorgeous home. But then tragedy strikes... When Sam and Jemma meet by chance will they be able to find happiness again? Packed with interesting and vivid characters, this was a beautifully written story of love, friendship, dreams, trust, sadness and hope with snippets of humour. Jemma and Sam have had very happy relationships but for very different reasons are both now single and devastated. The story unfolds from both of their points of view. Jemma’s mother owns a teddy bear shop called 'Bear With Me' and was a catalyst that directed her career as a museum curator working in London. Sam Jones is a doctor in a London hospital and both are originally from Whitsborough Bay, Northern England. I have read a couple of Jessica Redland's other novels set in Whitsborough Bay. As Jemma and Sam become friends it was lovely to be a fly on the wall and watch their relationship form and develop through the author's lovely writing. In Jessica's compelling tale complicated and painful family relationships played a large part and were realistically portrayed and there were dramatic moments as well as touching scenes. One of the highlights of All You Need Is Love was its fabulous ending. All in all, this is an uplifting, heartwarming and emotional novel that I have no hesitation in recommending. I look forward to reading more from Jessica Redland. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Boldwood Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • All You Need Is Love

    I enjoyed following theses characters as they coped with major life challenges and found happiness.

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