By Jessica Redland
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Hi to all our book loving friends, Chloe and Elena are back today with some more bookish thoughts as part of our latest Blog Tour. Today we have managed to transport ourselves back to Whitsborough Bay for another gorgeous tale. We are going to be discussing Starry Skies over the
Chocolate Pot Café by Jessica Redland, with a special Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for our spot on the tour.
Shall we tell you a little about the book before you hear our thoughts?
Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from bestseller Jessica Redland.
Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street-snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway.
But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely. With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. She’s learnt that the hard way.
But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street-threatening the future of her cafe-Tara begins to realise that maybe it’s time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever…
Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café was originally released as Christmas at The Chocolate Pot
Café. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.
Chloe’s Bookish Thoughts
After falling for Carly and Liam’s story, I did not think Whitsborough Bay could tug my heartstrings anymore. To this I will admit, I was naïve, there was more to come. I loved Tara in Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes, though I felt disconnected from her, I loved her confidence and independence.
So, when I was reading this little gem and realised it was all about Tara and who Tara really is, I may of squealed. I do not think I have ever been so happy to find out more about a character. And Tara, her story is one that made you feel every emotion known.
I sobbed, I laughed, I wanted to punch Garth and Leanne. I felt proud, I broke down with her and wanted to bring her a hot chocolate. I loved the adventure the book took me on. I was one that I enjoyed, she is the enigma of Whitsborough Bay and I was over the moon to get to know the real her. Plus, even those who hide from their pasts deserve to find love too. Like I said before, I am going to say it again, Romance was not my forte. But this and the tales of the little costal town have stolen a little bit of my heart. I hope it steals a little bit of yours too. Everyone deserves to be someone’s Christmas wish.
Why not let this little tale full of friendship, broken homes, unexpectant love and surprises, help you find yours.
Elena’s Bookish Thoughts
Another fantastic read from Jessica Redland! I read ‘Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes’ not long ago and was fascinated by the independent and successful Tara.
Cut to this story and the cracks begin to show. Tara gives a quick insight into her past and we get to see why Christmas is so hard for her.
This gorgeous book shows off the authors skill of making you fall in love with a character within a few short moments. Her exploration of the relationship between friends is absolutely fantastic and she is quickly becoming a must read author for me.
Grab a hot chocolate, grab a cookie and spend an afternoon engrossed in this book!
About the Author
Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.