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Summary

Sometimes love can bloom where you least expect it....

For Sarah Peterson, it’s time for change. Coming out of a dead end relationship and having had enough of city life, she just needs to escape and have a fresh start – a new job, a new home and a new lifestyle.

So when her Auntie Kay unexpectedly offers her the opportunity to take over her flower shop, Seaside Blooms, the timing could not be more perfect. She could escape to the beautiful seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, start a new chapter in her life – and learn how to run a business!

But, as she packs up her life in London, she isn't prepared for the discovery of a clairvoyant reading that's been missing for 12 years. All of the predictions have come true, except one: she's about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven....

As she prepares for the biggest move of her life, Sarah can’t help but wonder if Seaside Blooms could a new beginning for love too?

A warm, uplifting novel of love, friendship and destiny from top 10 best seller Jessica Redland.

New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms is a new, revised and updated edition of a novel previously published as Searching for Steven.

©2020 Jessica Redland (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Feel good reading

I am reading the series and really enjoyed this second book. It is chick lit so it's an easy read. The plot is mostly predictable but there were a few additions to keep interest up.
I am really enjoying the feelgood nature of the book; the roller coaster ride with a sprinkle of high and lows that concludes with a happy ending.
The narrator really brought the characters to life and made the story come to life.
I'm back to store now to buy the third book in the series. I usually have a break and have a different read between books but it must be good as I am ready and willing for the third book now.

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Does not live up to book 1.

I didn't hate this book but I didnt love it either.
Book 1 of the series - the chocolate pot cafe was a fantastic little read, I had high hopes for this book and the rest of the series, After reading this one, I wont be bothering with the others. The first book was full of layers - this seemed very flat by comparison, almost like the writer had a multi book deal and had to bang out something else. It didnt have the twists and turns, it was flat. Add to that the fact that it didnt follow on from the previous book at all!

This book was set in the same street as the original book but in a different building. Apart from them going back to the cafe a few times (setting of the original book) and the odd name being mentioned in passing, there was no link at all. I knew this book was about a diffrent character but expected there to be more tie ins and I was disappointed not to get any insight into how the original characters were doing. A great let down after such a promising start

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Disappointing storyline

I listened to the full story but I’m not sure why. The lead is such a whiny character who doesn’t seem to care for anyone but herself, moaning continually and she is even given a thriving shop and still manages to be depressed about it. There is a wierd side story about an uncle who died alone, she is scared of storms because of finding him and there are many many storms in this book each of which make her sink into an even more depressing state. I’ve lived in North Yorkshire and never experienced so many storms every few weeks! The narrator is good when she is the lead but the depressing voices she gives to the men in the story make it an overall really difficult book to enjoy. I was glad the book ended as I promised myself I’d listen to the end but definitely don’t recommend it as it leaves you with a flat feeling and I definitely won’t be reading the others in the series.

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Such a Lovely story

I loved this book. The story was well written, the characters so loveable and relatable. The reader had a lovely easy to listen to voice and was able to voice all the characters so well. Lovely book !

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Easy Listening

Beautifully narrated, and easy to listen to.
I won't lie, as I found it a little long winded. Very slow in places, but as it was a free title, I didn't mind so much.

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Annoying main character

This could have been a good story but unfortunately the main character was really annoying and it was frustrating to listen to how self centred she is. She is the sort of character that only good things happens to but she is still wants more. She splits with her boyfriend and needs to move out of their shared home and it just so happens that her aunt randomly decides to give her her successful business and her home (for free). On the first day running the business she meets the man of her dreams but she continues to look for another man in case this dream man was not ‘the one’ and dumps him when she finds one with a more appropriate name. When she thinks the dream man has moved on she suddenly decides she wants him after all. She seeks advice from her best friends and delights that they fight for her affection. Such a spoilt brat and a character I really didn’t care about.

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Narrator did her best

The storyline wasn't enough to carry an even marginally convincing book, though possibly it could have worked as a short story. Our heroine was unbelievably stupid, constantly holding pre-teen-type internal debates and leaping to ridiculous conclusions, which in reality would have made her incapable of holding down a responsible job, let alone enable her to run a successful business and inspire devotion to so many around her. If the book hadn't been included in my audible membership I'd have returned it, but I decided to continue to the end, partly intrigued by the formulaic and weak diversions that were used to stretch it to a full-length book. I'll certainly take care to avoid this writer in the future.

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Loved it!

I need to listen to the next two quickly before they disappear from my "included" library.
This was wonderful.

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Easy listen to someone young

Unfortunately I am too old for this story. It is well written but it is also frustrating to listen for someone my age (35+). The end was very predictable. Sudden scandalous behaviour of one of the characters that was so decent few lines before… just not for me.

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Sarah has reached a crossroads in her life after coming out of a relationship that was going nowhere. She decides that she needs a change. As she is packing up her life in London she discovers an old clairvoyant tape that has been missing for 12 years. She is heading back to her hometown of Whitsborough Bay.

The tape reveals she is going to meet the man of her dreams and his name is Steven.

On arrival to Whitsborough Bay, her Aunt offers her a great opportunity to take over her shop and she meets quickly meets someone who makes her heart flutter but his name is not Steven.

Then follows some comical moments in the hunt for Steven and eventually she has to make a decision between her head and heart when her past love comes back to haunt her…..

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  • 27-11-21

Protagonist not believable

Disliked the needy, self-absorbed lead. Her spineless behaviour wore me out. Other books by this author are better but ahe tends to write about similar women.

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  • 08-10-21

Very enjoyable audiobook

This was my first Jessica Redland audiobook and I can’t wait to listen to more by this author. The narration by Lucy Brownhill was excellent as well. The story moved very well and kept me entertained the entire time. The twist at the end was a fun surprise. It was nice to hear a story that wasn’t loaded with four letter words.

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  • A. Lanier
  • 24-05-22

Not thrilled

The main character is nerve wrecking. I am not halfway through and I want to slap her. I will push through just to finish.

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  • Njeri Kariuki
  • 12-05-22

Worth a listen!

The main protagonist is such a wimp, I almost didn’t last to the end but it’s a lovely story, well worth a listen. The writer has tied up all the loose ends very nicely.

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  • 08-05-22

Good

A great story. I felt it was well written. The narrator was great . It was a fun story about a young woman,Sarah who moves back home after braking it off with a loser boyfriend. I think you will like it as much as I did.

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  • TJ
  • 03-05-22

Could not get past the narration

I tried twice to give this story a chance. The narrator just prevented me to get passed the first chapter.

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  • 22-04-22

if you don't mind a ditsy heroine, it could be ok

The narrator does a fine job and she's the only reason I persisted. I tried...really tried.. but couldn't handle the idiocy of the heroine. Seriously? Who would really go buy an entire outfit and lingerie to meet a window cleaner called Steve (that she's never seen & never met) because a teenage birthday party's fortune teller said a "Steve" would be in her future? Desperate much? I just couldn't make it past that insane and ridiculous flight of "fancy". Maybe the heroine gets a therapist and with professional help becomes somewhat grounded in reality..maybe, but I didn't have the patience to find out because it was so stupid it wasn't even funny. Maybe it could be funny to someone else! I hope this can bring joy to someone else. I was disappointed.

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  • Heather
  • 30-03-22

Beautiful story

This was such a great book wonderful story Full of the twist and turns that life brings.

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  • SAdamucci
  • 17-03-22

Cute story, Easy to Listen to...

Predictable but still nice to listen to. The narration was pretty good. overall, an enjoyable story.

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  • Annapurna
  • 16-03-22

protagonist is a twit...ugh

left at chapter 4, just too unintelligent. no more. words.... don't like it at all