Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to join the blog tour for another Jessica Redland book. This is the fourth book I’ve read in the past 14 months by Jessica, see my other reviews at, and


Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…

When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time. With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…

Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.

My thoughts:

It was lovely to be back in Castle Street in Whitsborough Bay. Although I read this book in September, it did help me to start feeling more festive AND to crave chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Charlee has just lost her grandmother and makes a huge change to her life by moving to Whitsborough Bay to be nearer her boyfriend. Getting her new shop ready on Castle Street is a challenge she enjoys but slowly she discovers that not everything in her new home town is as she expected.

I enjoyed this story, full of chocolate, friendships, family secrets, relationships, chocolate, Christmas, and Castle Street. Charlee (and the reader of the book) have a rollercoaster journey of emotions as Charlee leaves her old job and home to start her own business and make new friends.

I love how Jessica brings the new chocolate shop on Castle Street to life, and we meet characters from her other Whitsborough Bay books. I’m happy to recommend this lovely book, which should be enjoyed with a mug or two of hot chocolate.

Author Bio:

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. 

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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