Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Book review: The Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland

Christmas at The Chocolate Pot Café

A few minutes of courage might change your life…

Emotionally, Tara Porter finds the festive period a challenge. Christmas Day is a reminder of the 
family she lost, and New Year’s Eve holds bitter memories of the biggest mistake of her life: marrying Garth Tewkesbury. Shunning invitations to celebrate, she seeks refuge in her flat with only her giant house bunny, Hercules, for company.

Professionally, though, it’s the best time of year. Tara’s thriving café, The Chocolate Pot, is always 
packed. With the café hosting a wedding and engagement party, it’s shaping up to be the café’s best Christmas ever.

When former nemesis, Jed Ferguson, threatens the future of The Chocolate Pot, Tara prepares for a fight. The café is everything to her and she’s not going to let anyone or anything jeopardise that. 

Tara badly misjudged ex-husband Garth and, since then, has refused to let anyone in. After all, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. But has she misjudged Jed too? Is it possible that he’s not the arrogant, deceitful man from whom she bought the café 14 years earlier? Can she find the courage to find out for sure?

My review

Well after reading Callie's Christmas Wish last month I had a sneaky feeling that I was going to fall head over heels for this festive read. Jessica Redland certainly has the magic touch for creating stories and characters that are instantly loveable and this book is certainly no different. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time spent in The Chocolate Pot Cafe, it was a hive of activity and magic was certainly in the air for the folk of Whitsborough Bay.

Tara is a complex character with a dark and emotional back story, I mean talk about a tough start in life. It's surprising she has turned into the talented, caring and hard working creation we meet in the opening pages. But her journey through the book is a joy to witness, I loved watching her come back to life, blossoming into a happy and content women and I was rooting for her every step of the way.

Each character is shaped and created with great care and I couldn't help but swoon over the delectable Jed Ferguson, I mean he even comes with a celebrity resemblance to the tune of Simon about delicious. But I have to say that even the dreamy Jed was outshined by Hercules, Tara's giant house bunny, he is definitely holding my vote for outstanding character.

I have so much love to give to this heartfelt Christmas read, it's charming and magical but doesn't feel the need to shy away from the dark moments that life can bring. I adored this book and can't wait to read more from this author.

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour.

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Author Bio – 

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her 
business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, 
Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella.

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast — the inspiration for the settings in her books — 
with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.

Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?

Social Media Links – 
Twitter: @JessicaRedland
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1 comment:

  1. I'm welling up! What a lovely review, Stacy. Thank you so much. So thrilled you enjoyed it. I'm giggling at the thought of Simon Baker being outdone by a giant house bunny called Hercules. Wonder how he'd feel about that?! xx