Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café by Jessica Redland


Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café Cosy 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.


Tara has been hurt badly in her past and came north to the seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where she opened her cafe The Chocolate Pot but she keeps her past bottled up and hidden so no one can use anything against her
Tara is an amazing character, she is so strong and has survived so much but still carries on with her life. I was curious about Tara’s life story and to hear it as she told Carly in smaller chunks made it easier to process what had happened and to see how she has overcome her difficulties 
Tara’s main motivation for change is that she realises that she is lonely and that she wants more to her life than running her cafe, her online crafting business and looking after her giant house rabbit. Whilst part of that is talking to Carly, she also does something that I really admire and would hope is replicated in real life. She along with some of the other shop keepers volunteer to support the vocational students at the local college ok things such as business and self belief and it is through that that her own self belief develops more 
There is a bit of romance but Tara’s story but her year to change dominates and I think that is best, too much romance just wouldn’t work with her as a character 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story which looks at some difficult subjects but mixed in with a lot of positives and a main character who is so strong but also so loveable 
AM 🐾 x

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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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