Today I’m taking part in a blog tour that covers two books, though I’m only reviewing one of them. Both Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes and Starry Skies over The Chocolate Pot Cafe are set in Castle Street in Whitsborough Bay. The best way to read them I believe is to read Carly’s Cupcakes first and then The Chocolate Pot Cafe but I didn’t have time to read both so went for the second one, so read on to find out what I thought of it.
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. After all, 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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The Review: I really liked this book and if you’re looking for something cosy and with a bit of Christmas in it, this is a good choice.
Although the story begins just before Christmas, it continues through the following year so isn’t just focused on the short festive period. We follow Tara as she begins to realise that she can’t live the rest of her live being distant from others.
I liked Tara as a character. The insights into her past that are woven into the story really helped me to understand why she was so closed off to start with. I also liked the town, Whitsborough Bay sounded lovely and Castle Street seemed to have an eclectic mixture of shops that is exactly what I want in a town.
The story shows just how much damage people can do to others, and that sometimes you can’t trust the people you thought you could. However it also shows what can be gained from taking a chance and starting over.
This is a really heartwarming story that has a good cast, and Hercules is a character that should get a special mention. If you want to read both books I would definitely read the other one first as there are some spoilers for it in this book. However, if that doesn’t worry you this book can definitely be read as a stand alone. Perfect for getting cosy somewhere with a hot chocolate!
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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Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes
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…?