Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland – Book Review

Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland – Book Review

Raving about Rhys

Raving about Rhys by Jessica Redland

Raving About Rhys
Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Prequel

Author – Jessica Redland
Publisher – Little Bear Books
Pages – 121
Released – 19th January 2017
Format – ebook
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of … or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

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Raving about Rhys is a novella of only 121 pages and the prequel to the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series of books by Jessica Redland. Here we meet bubbly Callie Derbyshire. She loves her job as a care-worker at an old people’s home, she also loves her older boyfriend Tony, who constantly lets her down and his idea of a good night is taking Callie to bed and then going home to his own flat.

At the care-home, Callie has a favourite resident called Ruby. Ruby is like an older mentor to Callie, always giving her great advice. She is also always raving about her Grandson Rhys, who Callie has never met, and never turns up to visit Ruby when he is supposed to. Callie starts to doubt whether Rhys actually exists, especially when it turns out that Ruby never had any children.

Raving About Rhys is a very quick, sweet read. The characters are well developed and I just adored Ruby. The older generation always know so much that us younger ones don’t (not that I’m that young either!!).

The plot is quite predictable, yet thoroughly enjoyable. It is totally heart-warming and although it is only a short read, Ms. Redland certainly packed a lot into her story and has pure emotions running through it too.

I now can’t wait to read ‘Searching for Steven’, book one in the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Jessica Redland

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Stacey
    Thank you so much for participating in Raving About Rhys’s blog tour and for the lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed the story and I look forward to hearing what you think of Searching for Steven when his tour starts.
    Jessica xx