Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe
By Jessica Redland
Published by Boldwood Books
What it’s about?
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? After all, with courage, nothing is impossible…
What I think:
If you need a feel good, pick-me-up, romance than Jessica Redland is one of my go to writers. And this might be my favourite book yet.
Hollie and Jake both have tragic stories to tell. They have both experienced loss and rejection and need ti find the courage to put their trust into people.amd find love again.
The non-chronological structure means that different elements of Jake and Hollie’s backstories are reveal gradually so it’s not all doom and gloom.
There are genuine moments if sadness in this book. Redland pay tribute to the heroic and often dangerous work that the lifeboat volunteers undertake to rescue people in difficulty at sea, and thisnis central to the story.
I loved the characters and was absolutely rooting for them from the moment they meet and this such a strength in Jessica Redland’s writing.
This is such a great book about following you dreams, opening your heart and allowing live unto your life, even in the face of overwhelming grief. The letters to Hollie from her mum will bring a tear to your eye.
Thank you Boldwood Books and Netgalley for my gifted copy of Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe. Its a five star read from me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐