Book Review

Bear With Me – Jessica Redland

I am jumping on board the blog tour for the lovely Bear With Me today.


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 proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he returning 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 a 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 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…


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Bear With Me is a heart-warming tearjerker of a seaside rollercoaster ride, filled with warm, lovable characters, each struggling with their own challenging circumstances.

The seaside town of Whitsborough Bay is brought to life by a beautifully crafted supporting cast who live and work alongside the main characters.

Although the book does deal with some difficult, and in some cases downright traumatic, subjects, it is in no way a depressing read (although I did need the occasional tissue as I read). All these subjects are handled with care and delicacy, and are injected with a feeling of true warmth, which is no easy task.


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 collectible 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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Many thanks to Jessica and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs taking part.

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