Welcome back to the Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.
A new season…
As winter turns to spring, Hollie – owner of The Starfish Café – is feeling content as she settles into her new life with her loving boyfriend, Jake, and their adorable dog Pickle.
But when an unwelcome visitor threatens the future of her café, Hollie must stay strong to protect her family’s legacy…
A leap of faith…
Emerging from an unhappy relationship, Tori finds herself with nowhere to stay and nobody to talk to. The long-hidden secrets of her past weigh heavily on her until a chance encounter with Finley, struggling to come to terms with his own secrets, provides an opportunity to open up.
Can she find the strength to stop hiding from her past and face up to her family? Especially when that would mean letting her guard down and learning to trust again…
A fresh start…?
Little do Hollie and Tori know that their lives are about to collide at The Starfish Café and they may be able to help each other with a fresh start. After all, with good friends in your life, nothing is impossible…
Winter is now Spring. Hollie and Jake are settling into their new life with Pickle and business at the Starfish Café has never been better.
However, someone wants Hollie’s café and it seems they will stop at nothing to get it.
Tori has been with Layton for a few years. After a near death experience, she begins to question their relationship, his commitment and behaviour. It’s also been years since she has spoken to her family. If she left, where would she go?
I was so excited to be invited onto this blog tour. It was so lovely to be back at the Starfish Café. It was like grabbing a cup of tea, pulling up a chair and being back with old friends.
Don’t worry if you’ve not read Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café. Although this book is book two in the series, it could be read as a standalone in my opinion. However, the first book is brilliant so I would recommend it.
Hollie continues to be a wonderful, kind, relatable character. She’s a lot stronger and self assured this time around which was good to see.
Jake continues to be his lovely, charming self and it was great to see him grow as the plot progressed.
Tori is a great addition to the narrative. Her circumstances made me sad in so many ways, as did Finley’s situation. I really wanted it to work out for them. Both characters had some complicated themes and emotions to deal with and it was tackled well and with warmth and humour.
I love these people and the setting so much. I could imagine myself there, standing on the terrace of The Starfish Café, taking in the scenery. If there is anywhere down in the south (where I am,) that comes to mind when I think of the stunning fictional Yorkshire town of Whitsborough Bay, it’s Swanage – one of my favourite places. I really didn’t want the book to end and I hope it’s not the last we see of these characters.
Spring Tides at the Starfish Café is a beautifully written story full of love, friendship and warmth, filled with humour, great characters and a gorgeous setting. It’s a perfect companion for that holiday with sun or escaping on a horrible, rainy day.
(Thank you to Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.)
About Jessica Redland:
Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.
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