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23 October 2021

Book Review: Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland *AD gifted

I was provided with access to a free copy of Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland ahead of the blog tour.

I discovered Jessica Redland earlier this year when I picked up the Hedgehog Hollow series, and I loved it so much that I immediately sought out their back catalogue and delved into the Whitsborough Bay series.

Now it's getting closer to the festive season I didn't hesitate to pick up Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop which is the first of three festive books in the Christmas on Castle Street series. All three are available on Kindle Unlimited, and can be read as standalones. Although I don't know why you wouldn't want to read all three.

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Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true...

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee's Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street... Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn't know if she'll make it in time. With no 'traditional' family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee's dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means...

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

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Source: Review Copy | Blog Tour | Purchase | Kindle Unlimited

5 Word Review: Friendship, betrayal, belonging, family, Christmas.

Oh no, not me Googling yet again whether Whitsborough Bay is real. 

Charlee has gone through so much in her life, she's not had it easy. I found myself empathising with her with every page. She's so talented, her work with chocolate had me drooling and eyeing up the Christmas chocolates I have already bought.

Fair waring - this book will make you crave chocolate and beer. And maybe some wine. It's the type of book to properly coorie up with in the long winter evenings.

Matt is such a generous soul. He's loyal almost to a fault and it did mean that this felt very much like a slow burn. The attraction was there, but Matt's abilities to put his feelings aside really could be a touch frustrating as understandable as his actions were. He's a stark contrast to Darren

Jessica Redland has the most amazing ability to make you truly loathe characters. I absolutely hated Darren and BJ with a passion, they honestly had me seething. And if that isn't good writing, I don't know what it. And with them being so utterly terrible, it was even easier to fall in love with Charlee and Matt. And Jodie, I want her to be my BFF.

I loved the strong friendships in this book, the sense of community and the found-family themes. Somehow they made it feel all the more festive.

Whitsborough Bay is the most perfect setting. The small town really comes to life on the pages, and the Christmas lights switch on scenes were so wonderful and magical. I want to go to Whitsborough Bay, to Castle Street, and experience it myself. I wish it was real.

I thought the ending was particularly delightful, and I loved how everything wrapped up so well.

This book is so freaking uplifting. I loved it. It put a massive smile on my face and filled me to bursting with heart-warming hope. Get this on your TBR.

Those feelings on loneliness had ebbed away and Whitsborough Bay definitely felt like home.

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Christmas on Castle Street

Festive and feel-good, this series is exactly what you need to read this Christmas.


  1. Oh my god this sounds so good!! I've been eyeing up the Hedgehog Hollow series for ages as well so taking this as my sign I should definitely buy one 😂
    Amy x

  2. This sounds like my kind of Christmas reading! This book sounds so wholesome, I absolutely love the sound of it!

  3. Christmas, chocolate and romance, that's the festive season all wrapped up in a book, isn't? One for the heavy blanket, twinkling lights and a glass of mulled wine at least

  4. Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like a good read for my daughter, so I'll pass it on!


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