BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTMAS AT CARLY’S CUPCAKES BY JESSICA REDLAND

Christmas at Carly's Cupcakes: The perfect festive story for Christmas 2020  eBook: Redland, Jessica: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

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 Whitsborough 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?

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Happy December 1st, everybody! In the build up of December, I have been getting myself in to the Christmas mood with the most gorgeous and romantic of books, making it incredibly easy for me to pick out books to be shared throughout bookmas, but also hard, as there have just been so many stunning Christmas books released this year. Today, I will be kicking the month off with a delicious romance, by the amazing, Jessica Redland. 

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes focuses on Carly, a talented woman, with the softest and biggest of hearts, hoping for a Christmas miracle – that Christmas miracle being her best friend, Liam, returns home. In the process of waiting on news of Liam’s arrival, Carly finds herself working overtime to create the most delicious goodies anybody could possibly want, whilst also managing her extremely clumsy sister, Bethany. Oh, and did I mention Carly is also carrying one huge secret? A secret she has been keeping to herself for 18 years! 

The story highlights the relationship between Carly and Bethany first and foremost, the two of them struggling to work with one another, not saying a word about it. Carly’s business is becoming rocky because her sister’s mind isn’t all there and Bethany is dealing with a lot of stress behind-the-scenes. Both sisters were holding a lot back from one another, making it much harder when tension arose, so it was a massive relief for myself as well, when they both came together and got everything off of their chests. I became so invested in these two ladies, hoping Carly would become brave enough to tell her best friend how she truly feels and hoping Bethany would fight through the bullying and all of the wedding stress, allowing the two to regain their happiness. 

The romance for Carly and the return of Liam were short-lived in this book, being highlighted properly around the last few chapters, but were heart-warming and lovely nevertheless. I adored going back in time with Carly within flashbacks, where I got to learn more about how Carly and Liam met, what brought them to being friends and snippets of their growing friendship throughout the years. I couldn’t get enough of them and was excited to dive straight in to book two, to see what Jessica had in store for the two during the story of Tara Porter.  

This was such a delightful, fast read between Carly and her younger sister, Bethany. I absolutely adored both of these characters. This is also my first time visiting Castle Street and I couldn’t have felt more a part of the community.  I loved this book so much, I read it in the space of just a couple of hours. It was a gorgeous, festive read, filled with delicious cupcakes, hot chocolate and just the right amount of romance between Carly and her best friend, Liam. Jessica really just nails it every single time with her stories, I absolutely can not get enough. I’ll see you tomorrow with my review on Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe!

Shelby x

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  1. December 1, 2020 / 9:47 am

    Oh wow! What a gorgeous review. Thank you so much Shelby. I’m delighted you loved Carly and Bethany’s stories and that you felt part of the Castle Street community. Excited to see your review for Starry Skies tomorrow. Thank you for all your kind words.
    Jessica xx

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