When I heard Jessica Redland had a new book coming out – her first with publisher Boldwood Books – I hoped I would again be able to walk the streets of the delightful (fictional) North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay – and I was in luck.
The Secret To Happiness features three new characters but not only is it a familiar setting, those who have read her previous books also catch glimpses of some past characters too.
That doesn’t mean you need to have read her other books first but, in my opinion, it does add a little bit more enjoyment.
Here’s the blurb:
Everyone deserves a chance at happiness…
Danniella is running from her past, so when she arrives at the beautiful seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay, the last thing on her mind is making friends. After all, they might find out her secrets…
Alison is fun, caring and doesn’t take herself too seriously. But beneath the front, she is a lost soul, stuck in a terrible relationship, with body confidence issues and no family to support her. All she really needs is a friend.
Karen’s romance has taken a back seat to her fitness business. But she doesn’t want to give up on love quite yet. If only those mysterious texts would stop coming through …
When the women meet at their local bootcamp, a deep friendship blossoms. And soon they realise that the secret to happiness is where they least expected to find it…
This was one of those books where I didn’t want it to end but at the same time desperately wanted to know how the characters (or as I like to think of them, my new friends) got on.
One of Jessica’s many talents is that she observes people and especially relationships so well. They are not often linear, they are full of twists, turns and complications which all play out well in this book.
We meet three very different women with very different stories but she cleverly brings them together until an envious friendship forms.
Jessica really is one of my must read authors and I’m so pleased her talent has been recognised by a publisher. I can’t wait for the next one.
My rating: Five stars.
With thanks to Boldwood Books (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.