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Blog Tour with Review – Bear With Me by Jessica Redland

Blog Tour with Review – Bear With Me by Jessica RedlandBear With Me: When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again? by Jessica Redland
on April 25, 2017
Pages: 270

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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?

In An Oyster Shell – Some aspects of the story had I known in the beginning, I would not have picked up this book, but by the end, it redeemed itself, in a more realistic than most romances, I found refreshing.

The Pearls –  I felt like this was a unique romance that in the end, I welcomed. It really got into the nitty-gritty of real-life situations with the realistic consequence you may not be ready to love again. This story with that plot was well thought of and well executed.

The power of visual descriptions and vivid emotions made this story come to life in a very prominent way. I may not remember the dialogue or why so and so did this. I do remember, the love of one of the main characters, surfboards and such.

Though I hate it if it ever happens, one time, I would like to see how an HEA happens without the main characters coming together. I like how realistic this relationship was painted raw with emotion. This was a huge selling point for me in this novel.

The Sand – I absolutely do not read stories about affairs. I was not happy that happened in this one. I was especially not pleased when the author justifies it through all the characters. There is no justification for adultery in my book. I absolutely commit in fiction to suspend belief. In this situation, the author was asking for too much. It just never works out that way.

3 Pearls

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 collectible teddy
bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed
Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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