Apologies for the late post, but many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in Jessica Redland’s blog tour and for the ARC. I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour with a review.
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’sthriving 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?
What does TWG think?
Can I just start by saying how divine this cover is?! I can just see myself walking down that street, looking in all of shop windows and being lured into the Chocolate Pot Cafe. Stunning cover. Kudos to the designer!
Tara hasn’t had it easy – Jessica Redland tells her characters emotive journey in a way which hit me right in the feels. I couldn’t help but be swept up in Tara’s life and the way tried to do right by her little café, regardless of how much stress it put her under.
I would suggest not reading this book when you’re hungry, as the story is full of tantalising descriptions of such yummy-ness. I actually wish the Chocolate Pot Cafe was a real place!!
Whilst I loved Jessica Redland’s beautiful story telling and delicate way of including minor details into the little but important moments, I couldn’t help but feel as though something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy reading the book and Hercules the rabbit was just brilliant, I just felt that the overall storyline needed a bit more bite.
If you’re after a full blown Christmas story, then this book isn’t for you as Christmas isn’t the main theme in the book. However, if you’re after a book which ignites deep emotions within, has you feeling as snug as a bug in a rug whilst also wishing you had a pet rabbit named Hercules, this book has your name all over it.
An insightful, emotive, and tender story which will sweep your off your feet faster than Cinderella losing her shoe. An absolute pleasure to read.
About the author.
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?
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Website and blog:www.jessicaredland.com