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Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café

By: Jessica Redland
Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill,Gareth Bennett-Ryan
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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 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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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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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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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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Saccharine

I got this free and thought ah well a nice cosy read, why not? Jesus. All the good people are sickly sweet and nauseating and all the ‘bad’ people are like caricatures. Shallow, vapid and infuriating to listen to.
I never leave bad reviews! I usually think if you can’t say anything nice just leave it alone. But I’m irritated by how lazy and and two dimensional this book is.
My back teeth are swimming in sugar. Why? WHY??
The male lead is wet and pathetic and the female is… oh I can’t be bothered.

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*Broken Hearts Meet*

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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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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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Lovely story

Heartbreak to happiness. Loneliness to togetherness. What a lovely story. You almost feel as if you knew the characters personally.

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loved it

Another great book from Jessica Redlands . Can't wait to read the follow up book

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Absolutely love

A love these books by Jessica Redland. The books are individual but each story connects to another book somehow and the characters' lives seem to be intertwined. listening to these stories is a great way to relax.

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Cute story

Feel good read/listen to get in the Christmas mood on a nice walk on a crisp cold day

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  • 22-12-21

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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  • 26-01-23

Fantastic Story!!!!

This was a wonderful book! Sad and happy, and everything in between! I definitely recomend to everyone!

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  • DAM
  • 24-01-23

Loved it!

I’ve loved all of the books I’ve read by this author. Also the reader does an excellent job.

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  • Sue
  • 04-01-23

I hope there is more

Loved every single the character. I sure hope there are more books! I want to see what the future holds.

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  • Judith Albee
  • 02-01-23

No idea what this book is about.

couldnt figure ourt what this book was sbout at all. It just drones on & on. didn't get beyond 1st chapter.

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  • Calley319
  • 28-11-22

Loving all the Jessica Redland

I listen to these at work to keep the chatter of co-workers out. I really like the happiness and the life lessons in each of her books.

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  • Berber
  • 03-06-22

Uplifting

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-22

great story.

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

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  • tracy young
  • 29-01-22

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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  • Deb
  • 24-01-22

Wonderful !!!!!!!

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