My Books

South Bay from Esplanade

All my books are set in Yorkshire and I have two settings:

WHITSBOROUGH BAY – My first ten books are all set here. The fictional North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay is predominantly inspired by Scarborough where I live but also draws inspiration from some of the other wonderful local coastal resorts such as Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. Anyone familiar with this area is likely to recognise a few places and perhaps be transported back to happy childhood holidays!

HEDGEHOG HOLLOW – In July 2020, the first book in the Hedgehog Hollow series was published, introducing readers to a new setting on the Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Wolds covers a large area of coast and countryside across North and East Yorkshire. Hedgehog Hollow is a hedgehog rescue on a farm in the Wolds countryside.

I write all of my books to read as standalone stories but I love my characters and some do make appearances in other books. Regular readers will recognise them but anyone new to the book won’t be confused by their appearance.

3. Beach Huts

For maximum enjoyment (and to avoid any cross-book spoilers), I would strongly recommend reading the ‘Welcome to Whitsborough Bay’ series in order and there are also other books that do connect, as explained below. Many readers have read the stories out of order and have still thoroughly enjoyed them but those who do read them in order tend to love meeting old friends who make cameo appearances.

The main character in the Hedgehog Hollow series, Samantha Wishaw, hails from Whitsborough Bay but most of the scenes are on The Worlds and there is only one character who pops in who appears in any of the Whitsborough Bay books. Readers therefore don’t need to have read any of the Whitsborough Bay books to enjoy the Hedgehog Hollow ones. I would strongly urge reading the Hedgehog Hollow books in order because Samantha is the main character throughout.

Happy reading!

Jessica xx

THE ‘WELCOME TO WHITSBOROUGH BAY’ SERIES

As mentioned above, I do recommend reading this series in order.

Book 1 was written as a prequel so potentially could be read out of order but books 2-4 are about the same three women: Sarah, Elise and Clare. Elise is Sarah’s best friend since primary school and Clare is her best friend from university. New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms is Sarah’s story, Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove is Elise’s and Coming Home to Seashell Cottage is Clare’s and they follow on chronologically, continuing the story for all three women.

Book 1 – MAKING WISHES AT BAY VIEW

Never give up on a wish for a happy ever after…

Callie Derbyshire has it all: her dream job as a carer at Bay View, finally she has found the love of her life. Everything is perfect.

Well, almost.

Ex-partners are insistent on stirring up trouble, and Callie’s favourite resident, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self.

But after discovering the truth about Ruby’s lost love, Callie is determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. After all, it’s never too late to let love in again. Or is it?

A heartwarming and uplifting novel of finding love and friendship in the least expected places from top 10 bestselling author, Jessica Redland.

This book was previously published as two novellas – Raving About Rhys and Callie’s Christmas Wish.

You can buy it here

Book 2 – NEW BEGINNINGS AT SEASIDE BLOOMS

Sometimes love can bloom where you least expect it…

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 a new beginning for love too?

A warm, uplifting novel of love, friendship and destiny from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms is a new, revised and updated edition of a novel previously published as Searching For Steven.

You can buy it here

Book 3 – FINDING HOPE AT LIGHTHOUSE COVE

When it feels like everything is against you, sometimes you just need a little bit of hope…

Married to her childhood sweetheart for over twelve years, Elise feels like starting a family is the next natural step. However her husband, Gary, has other ideas…

Suddenly single, Elise is completely heartbroken and struggling to start over on her own. But when she’s enlisted to be bridesmaid to her best friend, Sarah, she has to put on a brave face, put her own feelings aside and find a way to get over Gary. Fast.

So when she meets handsome, recently-divorced, Daniel, she thinks he could be just what she needs. But why can’t she shake the feeling that he must be too good to be true?

Will she ever be able to take that leap and trust again?

An uplifting read of love, loss and finding yourself from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

This book was previously published as Getting Over Gary

You can buy it here

Book 4 – COMING HOME TO SEASHELL COTTAGE

For Clare O’Connell, home is where the heart aches…

Since the age of sixteen, Clare O’Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:
1. Don’t talk about Ireland
2. Don’t think about Ireland
3. Don’t go to Ireland
4. Don’t let anyone in

And so far, it’s worked well. She’s got a great career, amazing friends, and she’s really happy. The future is all that counts, isn’t it?

However Clare is about to realise that you can run from the past, but you can’t always hide from it…

When her boss insists she travels to Ireland for work, Clare finds herself drawn back to the village of Ballykielty – the home of her family, and the home of her secrets. The one place where vowed never to return to again…

With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Will Clare stick to rule number four? 

Can she be brave and face up to her family and the demons of her past? 

An emotional novel of family, friendship and dealing with your past from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

This book was previously published as Dreaming About Daran

You can buy it here

Or you can purchase all four of these books together in ONE eBook box set with extra content:

WELCOME TO WHITSBOROUGH BAY BOX SET

Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Box Set Cover

Welcome to Whitsborough Bay – a seaside town full of love, hope and friendship.

This boxset contains all 4 books in the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Series:

1. Making Wishes at Bay View
2. New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms
3. Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove
4. Coming Home to Seashell Cottage

★ Also Bonus content included ★
– Exclusive additional chapter for each book
– Whitsborough Bay Wonderings – book clubs questions for each book

You can buy it here


OTHER BOOKS SET IN WHITSBOROUGH BAY:

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

When you’ve loved and lost, how do you find the strength to let love in again?

Jemma thinks she’s found the love of her life. Scott is everything she ever dreamed of and she can’t wait to begin the next stage of their life together. But just as she is heading for her happy ever after, a shock revelation shatters Jemma’s life as she knows it. Left to pick up the pieces, Jemma’s friends and family rally round to help her find the courage to move on.

Sam thinks he has his future all worked out. A thriving career, lovely home and an amazing fiancée. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself alone, far from everyone he cares about. Did he do the right thing by running away and trying to rebuild the tatters of his life alone?

This is the story of Jemma and Sam. Two lost souls, desperately trying to find closure and happiness. When a chance meeting brings them together a friendship is formed, but the guards are up.

Will it finally be their turn for a happy ever after? Or will the secrets from their pasts prevent them from moving on?

This book was previously published as Bear With Me

You can buy it here

I would recommend reading All You Need Is Love BEFORE The Secret to Happiness because Jemma’s best friend in All You Need Is Love, Karen, is one of the main characters in The Secret to Happiness and therefore you’ll pick up some spoilers in The Secret to Happiness if you read that before All You Need Is Love

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

Everyone deserves a chance at happiness…

Danniella is running from her past, so when she arrives at the beautiful seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay, the last thing on her mind is making friends. After all, they might find out her secrets…

Alison is fun, caring and doesn’t take herself too seriously. But beneath the front, she is a lost soul, stuck in a terrible relationship, with body confidence issues and no family to support her. All she really needs is a friend.

Karen’s romance has taken a back seat to her fitness business. But she doesn’t want to give up on love quite yet. If only those mysterious texts would stop coming through …

When the women meet at their local bootcamp, a deep friendship blossoms. And soon they realise that the secret to happiness is where they least expected to find it…

An uplifting story of friendship and finding the strength to come to terms with the past.

You can buy it here

CHRISTMAS ON CASTLE STREET

Book 1 – CHARLEE AND THE CHOCOLATE SHOP

This book is currently NOT available.

It is being edited for a re-release through Boldwood Books on 3rd August 2021. The title will change slightly and there’ll be a fresh cover. The story itself won’t change but it will have been edited throughout. It will be available for pre-order soon.

Although it is the first Christmas book set in Castle Street, it is not directly connected to the other two (although the businesses featured in the other two are mentioned). It can therefore be read before or after Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes and Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

Book 2 – 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.

You can buy it here

I would definitely recommend reading Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes before Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café to avoid spoilers for Carly’s story and to meet Tara before delving into her story.

Book 3 – STARRY SKIES OVER THE CHOCOLATE POT CAFÉ

Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from bestseller Jessica Redland.Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street – snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway.

But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely.

With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. She’s learnt that the hard way.

But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street – threatening the future of her cafe – Tara begins to realise that maybe it’s time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever…

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café was originally released as Christmas at The Chocolate Pot Café. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.

You can buy it here

THE HEDGEHOG HOLLOW SERIES

In this series, Samantha Wishaw remains the main character throughout. The first book – Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow – is her story about how she came to be owner of the beautiful farm and rescue centre. The subsequent books in the series still have Samantha as the narrator but they are dual perspective stories where Samantha’s story runs alongside that of another family member or a friend.

From book 2 onwards, I have a cast of characters and a ‘Story so far’ reminding readers of what has already happened which provide a helpful recap but I would personally recommend that this series is enjoyed the most when the books are read in order. This is because the story behind Samantha having Hedgehog Hollow is a recurring theme, as are the relationships she have with friends and family, so it’s best to go on that journey with her from the beginning.

Having said that, there are many readers who have dipped in partway through but most to then say they want to go back and start from the beginning. The story is so much richer reading it from the start.

Each book is written as a standalone complete story but each book has a cliffhanger chapter at the end, leading into an event that kicks off the following book. If you don’t enjoy cliffhangers, please don’t read that chapter! I emphasise that the story I am telling in each book has been completed but the cliffhanger chapter is a teaser for what is to come.

There will be a 4th book out in January 2022. A fifth one will follow, probably in summer 2022. Depending on how the story unfolds in books 4 and 5, there may be a sixth or it may stop at book five. I also hope to write a prequel story.

Book 1 – FINDING LOVE AT HEDGEHOG HOLLOW

Can love really be found when you stop looking for it…? 

As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.

But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.

Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfil Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.

Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…

Escape to Hedgehog Hollow for the perfect uplifting, feel-good read.

You can buy it here

Book 2 – NEW ARRIVALS AT HEDGEHOG HOLLOW

With new arrivals comes new responsibilities…

The sun is shining, wild flowers are blooming and Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business.

For Samantha, the proud owner of this beautiful rescue centre, life has never been busier. But with an influx of new hogs and hoglets to take care of, not to mention a full-time job and ongoing family issues, can she accept the possibility that she has taken on more than she can handle?

Fortunately, she has the love of her life, Josh, by her side for support and encouragement. But Josh has his own family troubles to deal with. And soon he must decide if he’s ready to do the one thing he swore he’d never do – forgive his father.

For both Samantha and Josh it’s a season of change and for figuring out whether the past can ever truly be forgotten.

Escape back to wonderful Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting read full of love, hope and forgiveness

You can buy it here

Book 3 – FAMILY SECRETS AT HEDGEHOG HOLLOW

Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception…

It was always Samantha’s dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests – all with their own problems and secrets – looking to her for support.

When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm – swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James…

As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down…

Return to glorious Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a heartwarming, emotional but uplifting story of family, friendship and moving on from the past.

Released on 4th May 2021, you can pre-order it here

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