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Publisher's Summary

The brand-new winter release from top 10 best-selling author Jessica Redland!

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....

©2021 Jessica Redland (P)2021 Boldwood Books
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Jessica Redland writes from the heart, with heart, about heart." (Nicola May)

"A wonderful, warm series full of family, friends and romance." (Katie Ginger)

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Wallowing in grief and loss

A slow-paced novel of loss and grief. I am struggling with how to rate it - there were parts that I liked very much but other parts that just didn't work for me.

What did I like? {Mr} Pickles, the dog, instigates a great deal of the action of the book and he's terrific. I thought the author did a great job describing the setting. The themes of family were wonderful, and I liked Hollie's hobby of working with driftwood.

Unfortunately most of the book wallowed in grief and inaction. It was entirely too long. At least 9 hours of the 10.5 hour audiobook were spent grieving. It went on so long that the main characters began to look wimpy and weak. Yes, they both had excellent reasons for their sadness, but I stopped feeling sympathy for them at some point. And that's not a good thing for the reader to feel about the main characters! I also thought that Larissa, Jake's sister, was two-dimensional. She was evil, but without any motivation for it.

I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped I would. I finished it, but it took longer than usual because I was overwhelmed by the sadness and grief. And after all that unhappiness, the ending was too brief and I was left with the feeling that the couple wasn't strong enough to stay together.

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Uplifting

A feel good story. Another win for this entertaing author. Excellent performance by both narrators.

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great story.

loved every minute. can't wait to read more like this from the author. Will continue

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Jessica Redland

I love this series of books! Looking forward to the next one. I don’t think they would be near as good read with any other language.

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Wonderful !!!!!!!

Ms. Redland really knows how to write a teary-eyed HEA. Can hardly wait for more of her books.

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LOVELY STORY, IN-DEPTH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, BUT

I really enjoyed this bittersweet love story, and the character development was excellent. I really got to know Holly and Jake, and I enjoyed their story of overcoming great losses so they could move on with their lives and find true love.

The only part of the story that I disliked was the decision Holly made at the very end to invite Jake to live with her, even though it was obvious that they loved each other and should get married.

I know this is the way of things today, but both of these people came from loving marriages, and they had no reason to fear the commitment implied by an engagement, and eventual marriage before they moved in together.

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  • Mrs. B. E. Snodgrass
  • 09-26-21

Heart burstingly feel good

I absolutely love how Jessica Redlands Whitburough Bay books. The way they all are their own individual story, journey and characters, who all interconnect either closely or just as part of their community.
Definitely always leave me feeling warm, fuzzy, full of hope and wanting more.
Please keep them coming.

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  • Tracy
  • 09-05-21

Get your tissues

As I finish one book from the pen of Jessica I think that they can’t get any better well believe me they do and this one will not disappoint you.
I don’t tend to read book now I use the audible version because it means I can be deeply involved at all times of the day. So narration is extremely important and again you will not be dissatisfied with this production.
We will be back in the small town we know and live we will hear of some of our other characters from the town and landmarks.
So don’t delay out your order In.

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  • Kate C
  • 11-22-21

Warm, well-written, well-performed & wonderful!

I am a HUGE fan of Jessica Redlands and this book doesn't disappoint. I've never found an author who manages to so flawlessly interconnect her previous characters and use the world she has created to make the listener feel completely enveloped in each story. I just want "more, more more"! Lucy performs beautifully as always and Gareth has a calm, if somewhat, a little monotone approach which makes it a really true easy listen. I would highly recommend this book and all the others in the series.

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  • Jaye22
  • 06-22-22

*Broken Hearts Meet*

**4.5 Stars**

In this story we see Hollie who is trying to get on with her life after 3 heartbreaking losses. Not to mention catching her so called boyfriend in a compromising position. She inherits her mother’s cafe and pours her heart into making it her own. Her fragile heart would like to find happiness but can she ever trust anyone enough to let them into her life???

Jake is reeling from a double tragedy on his birthday and his Nan is all he has left and just as well because his elder sister has spent her life blaming him for the deaths and bullying him. Because of the way he suffered, he decides to blend into the background and never let anyone in.

One day Hollie and Jake meet and as usual with Jessica Redland she takes you on a ride and throws in a few curveballs and misunderstandings.

This is an easy read uplifting yet so emotional.

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  • Janey H
  • 10-16-21

Brilliant

Loved this book. I have now read all of the Jessica Redland Whitsborough Bay books and they get better and better. They are a lighthearted listen and I particularly enjoyed the narrating of both a woman and a man.
I don’t read books anymore just audible as I can really get into the character plus it passes the time so much better. Thoroughly recommend

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  • Rose Brooks
  • 07-14-22

Snowflakes over the Starfish Cafe

I read this in 2 halves, mainly deciding whether I wanted to go on with it or not. I did finish listening and it was a sweet story, predicting The 2 main characters would end up together.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 07-07-22

Afficially a fan of this author now after starting another great series.

This is a wonderful book. I loved the hedgehog hollo series so was a bit nervous about trying any new titles seperate from that series of books due to the high standared that was set with it, i can however say i was not disappointed and this book was just as good. Jake and Hollie had lots to overcome. It was clear early in the book when they met that they were meant to be. The author handled the sensitive subject matter with care and compassion and who better than a furry friend to be a major part of the healing process. I am looking forward to getting to know the characters better as the series progresses. This author has hooked me in now and i can truly say i am a fan.

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  • Jeni Quinn
  • 06-20-22

Wonderful

Another beautiful story about more residents of Whitsborough Bay - I do love it there!

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  • Julie Thompson
  • 05-29-22

another wonderful story

another lovely story. so easy and warming to listen to , l love all her books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-22

Brilliant ❤️

I really loved it, she is a brilliant writer an you get drawn into her stories