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Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café

Welcome to The Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships. Isn’t that a great hook for a book? It worked with me. So glad I read Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café.

Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café


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…

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My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was happy to read Jessica Redland’s latest book as I’ve enjoyed the earlier books of her that I’ve read.

A lovely story with great characters, a lovely story of the healing power of love and an abandoned dog that brought a couple together.

While Hollie is bravely running the Starfish Cafe and keeping her mother’s dream alive, she’s always afraid that she’s not doing enough. The loss of her father and brother and then subsequently her Mother and dog, leaves her very vulnerable. She’s in a relationship with Craig but he just doesn’t seem to appreciate her for who she is.

Jake lives alone still facing the demons that came from his mother dying when giving birth to him, and losing his father some years later. His elder sister has always blamed him for both deaths and is very vicious in her behaviour towards him. His loving grandmother is no more and he lives alone, until Mr Pickles, a lovely old dog finds him.

This book moved me to tears as both Hollie and Jake share their painful past and the losses that they continue to grieve. Sharing the care of Mr Pickles throws them together and they find themselves being drawn to each other. Will they be able to move past the pain and find love again?

I love the way the author has dealt with the issue of grief and the need for love and community to help people move forward. A truly empathetic take.

An absolutely lovely read.

Meet The Author

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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I’m grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

One comment on “Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café

  1. Thanks for joining in the blog tour and for your lovely review. Really glad you found Hollie and Jake’s story to be a lovely read. Thank you

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