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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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Heavenly!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 05-10-21

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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  • Lisa M. Banks
  • 02-12-21

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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  • Angela
  • 09-11-21

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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  • Marilyn Schmidt
  • 05-05-22

Narration

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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  • Victoria
  • 21-04-22

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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  • 19-04-22

mediocre

The voices were just terrible.
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all the kinky sex stuff, that was totally unnecessary.

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  • Sylvia Roger
  • 12-03-22

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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  • VICTORIA E PRALL
  • 24-02-22

Narrator ?

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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  • 02-02-22

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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  • Kathy J Reid
  • 07-01-22

Love the story-performance was odd 🥴

While the story was exceptional, the narration was awkward. Tara sounded like an old lady, then I realized she was 35!! Maria and Karen were laughable. I’ve heard male performers do a better woman’s voice. Hard to listen when Karen in the previous book sounded so much better. Also awkward pauses that didn’t sound like real conversation. Performer might be better in a different story