#BookReview: Starry Skies Over the Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland


Christmas on Castle Street Blog Tour – #ChristmasonCastleStreetCosy 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.




If you’re looking for a Christmas story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you fall in love with the characters, you don’t need to look any further.

Tara hasn’t had an easy life but has been determined to make a success of her own business. She’s kept her past to herself and doesn’t open up easily to her friends to protect herself. Some of Tara’s past is particularly dark and this isn’t as light to read as Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes. However, this added to Tara’s character and made her feel realistic and human.

Jessica Redland effortlessly creates a community of characters that you’re rooting for throughout. There’s such a welcoming atmosphere at Whitsborough Bay that it’s the perfect place for anyone needing a fresh start! It’s the perfect setting for a cosy Christmas book and I wish the Chocolate Pot Cafe was a real destination!

I own two rabbits and I loved reading a book that had a giant rabbit as a pet rather than the standard cat or dog. I might be biased but I think rabbits are just as loving, if not more so and Hercules is a great companion for Tara.

Seeing Tara grow in confidence and opening up to her friends was my favourite part of the story. It’s such an uplifting book despite the trauma Tara has experienced.

A thoroughly enjoyable festive novel that is engaging from start to finish.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2FN5htl

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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Happy reading,



2 thoughts on “#BookReview: Starry Skies Over the Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland

  1. Thank you so much for a second gorgeous review on the blog tour, this time for Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe. So delighted you loved this one too and that you particularly enjoyed Hercules. I’m very envious of you for having a couple of rabbits as I always wanted rabbits growing up. My granda used to breed them but I was never allowed pets. I adore Hercules. He’s definitely my favourite pet across all my books. Thanks again for your kind words.
    Jessica x

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