Book Review: Christmas At The Chocolate Pot Café by Jessica Redland

A few minutes of courage might change your life…

Emotionally, Tara Porter finds the festive period a challenge. Christmas Day is a reminder of the family she lost, and New Year’s Eve holds bitter memories of the biggest mistake of her life: marrying Garth Tewkesbury. Shunning invitations to celebrate, she seeks refuge in her flat with only her giant house bunny, Hercules, for company.

Professionally, though, it’s the best time of year. Tara’s thriving café, The Chocolate Pot, is always packed. With the café hosting a wedding and engagement party, it’s shaping up to be the café’s best Christmas ever.

When former nemesis, Jed Ferguson, threatens the future of The Chocolate Pot, Tara prepares for a fight. The café is everything to her and she’s not going to let anyone or anything jeopardise that.

Tara badly misjudged ex-husband Garth and, since then, has refused to let anyone in. After all, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. But has she misjudged Jed too? Is it possible that he’s not the arrogant, deceitful man from whom she bought the café 14 years earlier? Can she find the courage to find out for sure?

Tara runs a successful café and has done for the last fourteen years. However, she lives quite an isolated existence preferring to spend time alone with her house bunny, Hercules rather than socialising. She also has a complicated history surrounding her family and secrets she has preferred to keep hidden from people, even those she would call her friends.

These past events have caused her to be guarded but can she find the courage she needs to move on?

First… oh my, this book cover. I am totally in love. Immediately, before I’ve even started to read, I am in this Yorkshire town surrounded by snow and Christmas. With my husband being from Yorkshire, it brings back some lovely memories.

Tara is a wonderfully complex main character but she felt very real to me. I found her extremely relatable.

I wanted to step into the novel, sit in one of the comfy chairs in the café and have a catch up with her over a hot chocolate. She’s certainly the kind of character I’d like to be friends with.

The further the plot progresses (and it does at a great pace,) you learn more about why Tara is so shut down to the world around her.

The supporting characters are also wonderful. I think Jed will be added to my list of favourite leading men. The description of the town is immersive. The book is charming and well written.

Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Café really gave me all the feelings of being festive. I read it in pretty much one sitting.

This is a great one to add to the December TBR pile. Hot chocolate is also recommended.

Thank you to Jessica for inviting me to be a part of her blog tour.

 

 

About Jessica: 

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella.

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast — the inspiration for the settings in her books — with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Her passion for North Yorkshire is shared by fellow-writer and great friend, Sharon Booth and, together, they are the Yorkshire Rose Writers.

Jessica tries to balance her time — often unsuccessfully — between being an HR tutor, trying to re-learn how to play the piano, studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing, and writing itself. Who needs sleep?

Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Café was released by Little Bear Books on 10th November 2018. 

Say hi to Jessica on Twitter: @JessicaRedland

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or visit her Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to Book Review: Christmas At The Chocolate Pot Café by Jessica Redland

  • Hi Laura, thank you so much for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Whitsborough Bay and to Yorkshire. It’s a lovely part of the world, isn’t it? Jed will be thrilled to be added to your list of favourite leading men. Thanks again
    Jessica x

    • Laura says:

      I love Yorkshire.There is something very unique and beautiful about the countryside there. Also, people are so friendly. 🙂

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