Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland **Book Review** @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks

Happy Monday friends!

I’ve got another festive review for you today! This was such a sweet holiday story.🧁

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Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.

For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

My Thoughts

A short but sweet festive tale. It is always a treat visiting the folks on Castle Street. Christmas and cupcakes. Sisters and second chances. Weddings and kisses. Carly is busy baking her way to Christmas and helping with her sister Bethany‘s wedding. Bethany is also meant to be helping out Carly, but her insecurities and clumsy ways can be a bit of a hindrance. And if that’s not enough Carly‘s oldest friend Liam is coming back from the army. Carly has always had a bit of a crush on Liam, but has always been afraid to admit it. Will wedding bells ring? Will there be kisses under the mistletoe? You will need to read this book to find out.

This book left me with a smile on my face and craving a cupcake. Carly was a great character I found her so relatable and was so hoping things would work out between Liam and her. Bethany was seriously frustrating. There were moments in this book I wanted to reach through the pages and smack some sense into the girl. As always I loved the sense of community and camaraderie between the shop owners on Castle Street. So grab the hot chocolate, turn on the tree lights, and have yourself a merry little Christmas read.

This book in emojis 🧁 👰🏼 🌰 💋 🎄

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Stuck On You by Portia MacIntosh **Book Review** @rararesources @boldwoodbooks

Happy Monday all!

This book was so so good! I just adored every minute I spend with these characters!🧝🏼

Stuck On You

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?

The brand new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald, Mhairi McFarlane and Zara Stoneley.

My Thoughts

Fun, feel good, and festive. Portia MacIntosh has fast become an auto read Author for me. She writes charming romcoms filled with colorful characters, witty banter, and sweet moments. Sadie works for famous photographer Damien Banks as his assistant. Her job requires her to purchase Christmas presents, break up with girlfriends, fetch coffee, and various other menial tasks. And I can’t forget spending a weekend with a wife killer. The only good part of her job is her post it note relationship with a coworker who shares her desk on the days she’s not there. SO how is it that after Sadie gets her new dream job she ends up bringing boss Damian home for Christmas?

So much fun! Sadie and Damien work wonderful characters who I absolutely adored. OK well truth be told I didn’t love Damien from the beginning but I thought that was part of the charm of the story. Just like he did Sadie, Damien grew on me throughout the book. Love spending time with Damian, Sadie, her family, and their five days of Christmas. Seriously how can you not fall in love with a guy who will wear elf ears for your family, race around delivering Christmas cards with you, wear his pajamas to the movies, and remember your favorite childhood game. I just loved absolutely everything about this book!

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*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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