#BookReview of Bear with me by Jessica Redland @rararesources @JessicaRedland

Posted September 26, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 9 Comments

#BookReview of Bear with me by Jessica Redland  @rararesources @JessicaRedland

Bear With Me by Jessica Redland
Published by Little Bear Books on April 25 2017
Genres: Romance, Fiction
Pages: 270
Also by this author: Callie's Christmas Wish, Christmas at The Chocolate Pot Café: Christmas on Castle Street

Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancée, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …

God bear with me! Feeling slightly emosh from this book! It was so heartfelt, heartbreaking and had all the warm fuzzy hearts too! Jemma and Sam! Sam and Jemma! What a journey they take!
I thought I was all cried out Sunday but this book just had more tears I didn’t know existed, seriously I can’t have any more!
This has the feel-good factor of second chances at life and love, trusting again after hurt and lots of bears!!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading this but it wasn’t what I got! Two people where life has literally thrown a lot of rubbish their way, but two people wanting to carry on and find the strength to carry on. I will say I was expected a lot of bears in the book! But the phrase bear with me was used a lot, and it was used while we beared with the characters to find their way again.

One character I could not stand was Kirsty, throwing herself around at any man that moved, she had no self-respect or generally any respect and I am glad she didn’t feature much.

The book is told from Jemma and Sams point of view, introducing us to their life and insights. Not actually meeting each other until halfway through. At the start, you just can’t see how they are going to meet, but thinking back hints were there. These two characters could not be any more likeable if they tried, they had flaws but they are the types of people I would love to be friends with.

I was captivated by this book and read it in one sitting there were a few twists In this story before you get to the end and they were shocking for both characters. The fact they were both going through their own individual heartache and could be there was for each other was magical.
I did not want to put the book down until the story had been told. Now I have a soggy pillow from the tears but it was worth it.

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*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author Jessica Redland for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

About Jessica Redland

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectable teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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9 responses to “#BookReview of Bear with me by Jessica Redland @rararesources @JessicaRedland

  1. Eek! Thank you so much for this incredible review. I think I might owe you a box of tissues! I absolutely loved writing Bear With Me but sobbed buckets too. Thrilled that you found it captivating too. Thank you, thank you, thank you xx

    • Zoe

      Ha ha my pillow has dried now . I loved their story so thank you for writing it. I can see why you would cry lol I only just learned it a distant spin to your book series… will I need tissues for them lol xxx

      • Yes, I set all my books in Whitsborough Bay. Bear With Me was the first completely stand-alone book after the trilogy but it features a couple of characters from the trilogy that are welcome friendly faces for anyone who had read the earlier books. There are some lump in throat moments in the first couple of the trilogy and then book 3 has some sad moments. All uplifting, though. If you wanted to read any, I’d be very happy to send them your way for a review x

        • Zoe

          Ooh how exciting! I do love it when books tie in together. Oh I can’t wait! Oh wow! Are you sure?? That’s so very kind of you *internal squealing* xx

    • Zoe

      It is, but it is such a lovely story. I am so glad I got to read it. Now to read something that doesn’t make me cry lol