Thursday 12 November 2020

Guest Review: Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove by Jessica Redland

This book was previously published as Getting Over Gary

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?

Review: This is book 3 in the Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series by Jessica Redland. These stories follow the fortunes of a group of friends, all of whom have connections with the North Yorkshire coastal town. The books can be read as standalones, but are best read in order as they follow on from one another. This one was originally published under the title Getting Over Gary.

The story focuses on Elise, who has lived in the town of Whitsborough Bay all her life and is a teacher at the primary school. When her marriage to Gary ends in spectacular fashion, she is lost and unsure what to do with her life. To make matters worse, she seems to be surrounded by happy couples planning weddings and looking forward to parenthood. Unable to stand living in her once happy marital home, she moves in with Kay, aunt of her best friend Sarah. When friends tell her it’s not too late to find love again, Elise thinks she may have found an ideal replacement for Gary in Daniel. However, it quickly becomes apparent that he is not all that he seemed. When she finds herself in trouble, she finds unexpected support from Stevie, originally a friend of Sarah, who always seems to be there when she needs someone. As time passes, life gets easier for Elise, but can she ever achieve her dream of becoming a mother?

I am loving this series of books about Whitsborough Bay and the people in it. Jessica Redland has created some wonderful characters in this beautiful seaside setting; even the villains have strong parts. This story of Elise is powerfully written and often heart-wrenching. Life is dealing her blow after blow, but she somehow finds the strength to carry on, and even lend support to her friends and family as required; I’m not sure how many people could achieve all that. It was good to catch up with figures that I met in previous books and find out how life is treating them. It is a sign of a good story that I wasn’t sure how this one would end. I definitely recommend this heart-warming tale and, indeed, the whole series. As I said at the beginning, do read the books in order for full enjoyment.

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