Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland

Happy publication day to Jessica Redland for Spring Tides At The Starfish Cafe, the second book in her Starfish cafe series. I enjoyed reading book one last year and you can read my review here: https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/09/13/snowflakes-over-the-starfish-cafe-by-jessica-redland/ Thank you to Boldwood Books for the opportunity to read a digital review copy via Netgalley. I’m sharing a mini review today. The book will be published next month.

Synopsis:

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…

Top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland welcomes you back to the stunning Starfish Café, for another emotional but uplifting read of friendship, family and community.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed reading the first book in the series (although it did make me cry a couple of times) and I was pleased to discover that we were returning to Starfish Cafe to find out what happened next for Hollie and Jake.

This was a book I didn’t want to put down – lifeboat rescues, new friendships, relationship issues, estranged families, dodgy businessmen and the return of Pickle the dog.

Alongside Hollie and Jake’s story, we meet Tori in this book. I loved how Hollie and Tori helped each other in their time of need, and I think that that is one of the many reasons I enjoy reading Jessica’s books – I love how the local community pull together to help each other.

Another lovely book, great characters (including many familiar faces from Jessica’s other books) and I’m happy to recommend it. I’m also pleased to read that there will be another book in the series.

Author Bio (from Amazon):

I live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast in the UK. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set some of my books. The Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous countryside setting on the Yorkshire Wolds. 

I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a stationery addict with a notepad obsession who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.

My career has mainly been in HR as a trainer and recruiter. I had a brief detour into retail to set up and manage my own specialist teddy bear shop and started writing my debut novel on quiet days in the shop.

In June 2020, I became a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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