Today I’m thrilled to be reviewing another Jessica Redland book, having reviewed one last year, which you can find here. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book for review.
Welcome to The Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.
Two broken hearts.
Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother’s traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café…
An unexpected meeting.
Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down…
The chance to love again.
Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible…
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The Review: This is a lovely book that is set over the period from Bonfire night to Christmas. We follow Hollie and Jake as they deal with difficult periods in their lives. In dealing with this they are helped brilliantly by a wonderful, if oddly named, dog. Both of them are trying to live their lives as best they can while almost being on autopilot and the reasons for that are shown throughout the course of the book as we get an insight into relevant parts of both their lives. While they are going into this difficult period, along comes the dog which does what all animals do and turns everything on its head.
This is one of those books that I got absorbed in quite quickly. Jake and Hollie were lovely characters and I warmed to them both straight away. They’ve been through a lot so their feelings and reactions are understandable and realistic. There were a few other main characters that added to the story but it was mostly about Hollie and Jake, and the dog when it also made an appearance. The location was lovely, the beaches and the lighthouse brilliantly described, so much so that I felt I could see them myself. There were other well described locations but the best of all was the cafe. It came across as warm and cosy, one of those places where you walk in and feel instantly comfortable, that does lovely drinks and cakes and where you could socialise if you wanted, or be left to enjoy your own company. I really wanted the cafe to be real so I could go there, type blog posts and just enjoy the atmosphere.
There is a lot of sadness in this book, I’m not going to pretend there isn’t, but there’s also a lot of joy in it as well. It’s one of those books that shows that sometimes it’s the little things are really important. It’s definitely a warm and cosy book and one that explores tricky subjects while keeping you safe, like being wrapped in a big comforting blanket. All you need to accompany your reading is a hot mug of something and some cake but don’t forget a box of tissues (because I needed them a few times when I read this book).
I enjoyed this book so much that I’m reading another by this author, so watch out for that review on 13th October.
Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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