REVIEW: STARRY SKIES OVER THE CHOCOLATE POT CAFE BY JESSICA REDLAND

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.

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MY REVIEW:

STARRY SKIES OVER THE CHOCOLATE POT CAFE is such an awesome way to get into the holiday spirit! Tara, who owns the Chocolate Pot Cafe, feels like the holiday is the worst time of the year. She always feels even more alone during the holiday and she is sure that this year it will be more of the same. Once you start reading this beautiful heart warming story, you won’t be able to put it down as you find yourself feeling the pain that Tara is going through. Jessica Redland has a way of pulling her readers right into the characters lives, and making them feel like they have been friends forever.

Tara has always held others at a distance, refusing to let anyone in to her life. She has no friends and co workers don’t really know too much about her and that is all because of what happened to her in the past. STARRY SKIES OVER THE CHOCOLATE POT finds Tara finally deciding to try and do better and takes a big leap of faith. She decides to share more about herself with the other shop owners and her co workers. This is such a big step for her since she was shredded by every single person she loved and cared about and she is afraid to let others know the truth. Tara left her family 14 years ago because of being betrayed by some on the closest people to her that she thought loved and cared for her.  How can your heart not break for her trying to let go of her past?

STARRY SKIES OVER THE CHOCOLATE POT CAFE takes place in a lovely setting with a close knit and supportive set of shop owners during the most festive time of the year. It brings to the forefront how important our friends are to us and how we should make the most of our time. It is a lovely story that left me happy and with a big smile! I’m so excited to read more by Jessica Redland. I really enjoyed the main characters and the storyline developed nicely, with each having equal billing. I loved the setting too and would so love to visit Whitsborough Bay to go Christmas shopping. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley and Rachel’s Random Resources . All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing. For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point… As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December? Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…? A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café. This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

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Author Bio –


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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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.   If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

This week I’m picking a book I read years ago and loved!

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MY REVIEW:

THE LEMON ORCHARD is where Julia finds herself five years after her daughter’s tragic death. She is staying at her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu to house sit and has her dog Bonnie to keep her company. Julia is looking for peace and nothing more, but we all know how life goes. She is still reeling from the car accident that claimed the lives of her daughter as well as her husband. She just wants to relax and enjoy the beauty of where she is, but she keeps running into Roberto.

Roberto runs the lemon orchard and is an undocumented worker. Could there ever be two more completely different people in the same place? Roberto came from Mexico five years ago with his daughter Rosa. What happens as they are crossing the border will break your heart.

As much as Julia and Roberto both try to fight it, their attraction grows. They start spending more and more time together sharing everything with each other. When Roberto tells Julia the details of what happened and how he lost his daughter, Julia’s heart breaks for him. Both of them are so lost without their daughters. Can they help each other get through or will there be too much pain?

Julia has studied anthropology and spent time in the desert doing research. She would love to find closure for Roberto, and she just might still have the contacts to help him. After much leg work by a retired Border Patrol agent, Julia and Roberto are finally getting some answers as to what happened to Rosa. You won’t believe where this part of the story goes.

THE LEMON ORCHARD is filled with so much heart ache, loss, hope, love, forgiveness, and happiness. You will read this story very quickly, as you will have to know how it ends. You will be pulled in right from the very start, and author Luanne Rice will not let you go even after the book ends. I was very connected to Julia and Roberto and could feel their pain coming right off of the pages.

THE LEMON ORCHARD is a very haunting story. It’s a beautifully written story with gut-wrenching honesty in the portrayal of the immigration journey. I would love for there to be a sequel, but if not, it’s a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. I finished THE LEMON ORCHARD with tears streaming down my face and a huge lump in my throat.

FROM GOODREADS:

A heartrending, timely love story of two people from seemingly different worlds—at once dramatic and romantic

Luanne Rice is the beloved author of twenty-two New York Times bestsellers. In The Lemon Orchard, one of her most moving and accomplished works yet, Rice gives us an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion, set in the sea- and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains.

It’s been five years since Julia’s daughter died. When she arrives to housesit at her uncle’s home in Malibu, she longs only for peace. But to her surprise, Julia becomes drawn to Roberto, the handsome man from Mexico who oversees the lemon orchard.

When Roberto reveals his own heartbreak, Julia recognizes his pain, but their stories have one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost—and never found. What ensues is a page-turning search across the U.S. and Mexican border and a captivating novel of love, both enduring and unexpected.

Have an awesome day and thanks for reading!💕

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CAN’T – WAIT WEDNESDAY!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.This week, I’m waiting for…

RELEASE DATE:  APRIL 20, 2021

FROM GOODREADS:

Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

How about you? What are you waiting for this week?

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!💜

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?📚

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.  I have quite a few books to get caught up on so that’s what I’m doing this week!   I’m planning on getting lots of reading done this week!🎃

Last weeks Reads:

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.

Current Reads:

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can’t find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there’s someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year.

Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house’s caretaker. But when Emma’s friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things
get . . . messy.

Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another delightful Christmas tale to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.
But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?
I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?

Reading next:

The author of I Ain’t Doin’ It and popular comedian Heather Land returns with a collection of laugh-out-loud, hilarious and unfiltered essays that explore the funny and inspirational moments in everyday life—perfect for fans of Jeff Foxworthy, Jen Hatmaker, and Jeannie Gaffigan.

A popular social media comedian, Heather Land’s reach includes more than 107 million engaged fans and followers who fill theaters at her stand-up events around the country, and who also fell in love with her first book I Ain’t Doin’ It.

With her trademark Southern charm and sassy yet totally relatable tone, Heather shines a light on those ridiculous moments in our lives that also have the ability to teach us about ourselves. Whether she’s joking about her crafting habit, revealing the hard truths of divorce, ranting about the challenges of being a single parent of teenagers, or getting real at the class reunion, Heather’s message is that the more authentic we are, the more we connect with others. Heather hilariously encourages you to lighten up and focus on what’s really important in life. Like a laughter-filled conversation with an old friend, A Perfect 10 is a great gift to give to others or yourself. 

Come sit and enjoy!

Six short stories by the men of Amish fiction to entertain and educate you. You’ll journey with an Amish man and the Jewish woman whose life he saves, agonize with an Amish girl in love with an Englische man, fret with two sisters both in love with the same man, pray with the family whose child is injured in a fall, work with the Amish sheriff in a western town, and laugh at the girl forced to be Amish for the summer.

The men of Amish fiction have a winner!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!💜