Starry Skies over the Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Jessica Redland, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café 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.

My Thoughts

Last week, I paid a visit to Carly’s Cupcake Shop (read my review here). Today I have another visit to Whitsborough Bay and this time it’s Tara’s turn to tell her story and what a story it is.

Despite being part of a linked series, each novel can be read and enjoyed alone or in any order and they all tie together if you read the whole set although I am thinking you won’t be able to stop at just reading one of them.

Tara’s backstory is a heart-breaking one and this novel was much more emotional than Carly’s story.  I adored Tara and became completely invested in her journey to where she was now.  I love dual timelines and each time we travelled to the past to relive a part of her pre-Whitsborough life I felt even more protective towards her and just wanted her to find happiness.

After everything she had been through the last thing she needed was the potential loss of her beloved café, just when she was beginning to trust and settle amongst the friendly faces on Castle Street.  I love how the friendships play a strong role in this novel and are more powerful than the romance story overall.

This is a stark reminder that Christmas is not all fluffy and cosy for everyone but also that friendship and the right environment can be such a positive impact on people.

A darker and more emotional journey to Whitsborough this time but a deeper character and still a huge celebration of love in the form of friends, romance and a fluffy rabbit called Hercules.

Author Bio – Jessica Redland

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.

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  1. Thanks so much for such a fabulous review on your 2nd stop on the Christmas on Castle Street blog tour. I’m so pleased you enjoyed Tara’s story so much. It’s definitely a heartbreaking backstory, isn’t it, which makes her journey all the more satisfying? Thanks for your lovely words.
    Jessica x

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