• Starry Skies Over the Chocolate Pot Cafe

  • By: Jessica Redland
  • Narrated by: Emma Swan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from best seller 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. After all, 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.

©2020 Jessica Redland (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Depressing

By the end of chapter five I was morose and stopped listening. I hope it got more cheerful from there but for me the pit of despair was too deep from which climb.

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Amazing!

This book was amazing! I could NOT set it down!!! I want a part two!! I want more of Tara and Jed!

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Didn’t keep my interest

So many characters including two Aaron’s (one was presumably Erin) and name after name until by the end I didn’t know who was talking to who and honestly didn’t care. Parts were sweet.

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Magical

I just want to have hot chocolate with friends at the chocolate pot cafe ! Filled my heart with warmth and appreciation for never giving up . Always play the “Glad Game”

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I enjoyed the narrator however she did sound a bit older than her character & didn’t give Maria a female’s voice & the young man that worked for her sounded like a stoner.
Overall, it was just what I needed to help heal my own personal wounds & to not be so hard on myself. I know that I’m not alone when it comes to how long it takes to heal & the importance of belonging, community & friends. I have a ways to go , but it was much welcomed. Thank you Jessica!

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Jessica Redland is a master storyteller

This is my third book by this author. Her characters are interesting and full of depth. Her stories weave in and out of love and tragedy. This story is about a girl who loses her family and gets lost in the strangeness on another. She finds herself and her strength in what she refuses to learn from her childhood. What a wonderful tale.

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The voices were just terrible.
The story was just fine if you took out
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Predictable but sweet

I enjoyed this although it was predictable. I was confused why the author named a brother and sister Erin and Aaron. The narrator’s voice didn’t seem to fit - she sounded older than the characters were meant to be. Also, there were some distracting editing pauses

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The story is great ! However the main character is only 27 but the narrator sounds very mature ??? Threw me but still worth a listen heartwarming story ♥️

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Another happy ending in Whitsborough Bay

I liked and relate to this book, but the pacing in conversations was difficult to listen to.

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  • Claire
  • 09-24-20

Heavenly!

such a pretty story. For me, there aren't enough superlatives to explain how good the narrator was.

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  • Bella
  • 01-17-21

Feel good story

Lovely, gentle story, perfect for fending off the post Christmas blues- it’s a wintry story but not overly festive, so just right for January xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-21

hmm

I found this book a bit tragic I had to fast forward as I found it a bit too much but new there would be a happy ending

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  • Jenn and Ian
  • 12-09-21

Meh...

Could take this one in the series or leave it...
It wasn’t as good as Carly...
Just too self deprecating...Bordering on annoying...
Thumbs down for me I’m afraid...

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  • Bamboozleman
  • 11-24-21

Fantastic book !!

Emma Swan narrates this book to perfection. She brings each character to life and you feel like you are there with them. An amazing storyline that plays with your emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Will now download others by Jessica Redlands. 5 stars from me 😀👊👍

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  • Christine Farnell
  • 09-18-21

Narration not particularly good

Around midway in the book the narration was very stilted especially Jeds with words being emphasised for no reason very strange.

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  • SallyB
  • 08-26-21

Delightful story

A really delightful story, but with ups and downs of sadness. Excellent narration from Emma Swann. I thoroughly recommend

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  • Charlene
  • 11-30-21

Terrible Narration

Story is ok but the narration is dreadful, the mono Australian accent makes its very hard to listen to. Couldn’t finish it.

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  • Davina
  • 11-09-21

Soppy stuff

It felt as if Jed Was never in the room. An unnaturally long gap between the lines he was reading and his interaction with Tara and others. Also a terrible Australian accent. All so predictable and a silly young woman that you're willing to sort herself out.

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  • A. Todd
  • 10-09-21

Terrible

I couldn’t continue as I found the narrators voice and style if reading absolutely infuriating! She would be better suited to children’s books or could at least read in a less news reader style!!

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  • Pam
  • 10-10-21

Lovely story

Loved the book.... but sadly the narrator was awful...I battled through as i a really liked the story.

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  • Anne Gamble
  • 12-06-21

Horrible voices

Holy hell. This narrator is horrendous to listen to, and her Australian accent is not ok. And why does the Maria character sound like a man?!

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  • Wednesday's Child
  • 09-24-21

Nice story, but a little cringeworthy to Aussies

Firstly, the narrator was so so. Her Aussie accents were not the best. The audio editor made this worse in some places with some very slap-dash editing.

Secondly, if the author is endeavouring to assert that a character lived in Australia for 14 years, then perhaps it would be wise to research how real, every-day local Australians speak, rather than relying upon a stereotypical caricature. Some of the dialogue was the equivalent of running nails down a chalkboard!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Light and Easy

nice light easy story struggled with narration but liked the story. was good yo have a story like this after a few heavier listens.

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  • Patrisha Inman
  • 05-17-22

Loved it!

I do agree that the narrator was hard to get used to at first but I happily finished the book. I got used to the different voice and I grew to love it because it made the characters voices different to some in the other books.
Another great story!! I will be continuing the series <3

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  • melanie@piwellek.de
  • 05-11-22

Fuzzy warm tear-jerker

It took a little while to get used to both, the story and the narrator, but once I had gotten into it, I was utterly captured.
At first the story seemed to go in one direction, then in another and then it surprised me again. Then, a whole new story developed on top of the first one. I was hanging out for every new turn.
Beautifully written with lovable characters in a heart warming setting, I was in tears several times.
The narrator Emma Swan did a great job, though I had to get used to her dialect first.
Altogether two thumbs up! I've actually ordered the paperback and will reread it as soon as it arrives and I can't wait to continue with the next book in this series.

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  • Susan Broad
  • 03-27-22

Excellent

I always laugh when people put on an Australian accent. Do we really sound like that. That aside this book and storyline was awesome. It was an encouraging story of how when tragic circumstances come our way we try and hide and be hermits. When trust is broken it is hard to put it back in place. It took me a few chapters to get used to the narration but I didn’t find it that bad. Great story and looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-22

Book review

The accent was a bit grating to start with, especially Maria, but I soon warmed up to the story. Jed’s voice needed to be more charismatic but the overall premise made it a good listen.

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  • Katrina Bullock
  • 01-19-22

Great read, but Aussie accent needs work!

Great read. Only 1 criticism, Aussie accent needs some work.... it's a hard accent to copy, but this sounded a bit messy to an Aussie.

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  • Kirsty
  • 12-26-21

Reasonable story, sad performance

I feel sorry for the reader of this book - her reading was so excruciating. I blame the producer as now and again her accent slipped and she sounded quite reasonable - so I don't like giving her such a poor rating but really the people in charge deserve it.

The story? Whiled away a languid, hot, post-Christmas day.