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The start of something wonderful by Jessica Redland {Book tour review}

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Well I am very excited to welcome you to my blog today to read my review of the fabulous Jessica Redlands 'Something kind of wonderful' if you are a regular reader of my blog you know that Jessica is one of my go to authors, I love all of her work and so I couldn't resist being a part of this tour!! Thank you to Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for providing me with an ARC of this book, it has in no way affected my opinion of the book!! All thoughts are my own.

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Autumn Laine has lost her creative sparkle. After losing her grandad and her job as an illustrator in quick succession, she is at a crossroads in life and needs a break. Spending time with her parents in Paris, even in the artistic community of Montmartre, doesn't appear to be the answer. So when her penpal, Rosie, invites her to stay in the Lake District, Autumn jumps at the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. After all, where better to re-discover her creativity than the place which inspired her heroine, Beatrix Potter? Arriving at the picturesque lakeside village of Willowdale, Autumn is swept up by the beauty and magic of the stunning landscape. Welcomed into the community with open arms, she slowly starts to feel like herself again as her creative instincts re-ignite. But when she meets Dane, who has escaped to the Lakes for his own reasons, will Autumn's walls come down to let someone in again after so long? Or will the secrets of her past continue to hold her back?

A new beginning is a daunting prospect, but could it be the start of something wonderful too..?

Copy of the book laid on white wood next to a bunch of daisies

Join million-copy bestseller Jessica Redland for a brand new series, full of love, friendship and community.

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Well this was a new series with new characters and I fell in love with each and every one of them! Autumn was a lost soul who didn't feel like she fit in anywhere, until she went to visit her long time penpal Rosie in the Lake District. While there she found herself, and a place that she belonged. The whole book had such a great sense of community and village life, with the cast intertwined and linked to each other. I love the way Jessica threads all the lives of her characters together so that in each book we find out more about a different person.

Rosie and her mom Alice were a complex pair and I can't wait until their characters get a story of their own. I know there is a lot more to unearth with them both. Dane was sensitive, sweet and I loved the creative journey that the pair go on together. I could imagine all of the illustrations that Autumn created and see how they could be weaved into Danes stories. It was such a lovely string to follow.

I absolutely loved all the description of the Lake District, I could tell that it is a place close to the authors heart and the images of the village of Willowdale were vivid in my mind. I love the lake district myself so I could think back to some of the places I have visited and link them to the story.

I can't wait to continue following the lives of the Willowdale residents, I am sure there is a lot more to learn about them all. I have no doubt that Autumn and Dane will pop up throughout all the future books, especially with Danes links to Mountain Rescue! I am sure there will be some more hikers who need rescuing in future books!

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Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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Lisa Mandina
Lisa Mandina
29 jul 2023

Sounds good. Thanks for sharing your review!

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Kim Hye Yoon
Kim Hye Yoon
23 jul 2023

Wow!!! What a lovely book to read. I haven’t read any books from this author yet. But reading your review of this book, makes me want to check out her works. Thank you for sharing and introducing me to Jessica Redland.

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