Christmas at the Chocolate Pot Cafe – Jessica Redland

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’s thriving 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?



My review

Bad books don’t exist. They might not be your cup of tea, but that does not say anything about the quality of the book. There are a lot of good and very good books and of course some are excellent. I could call them gems or pieces of art or masterpieces. Well, this one definitely deserves a place in the last category.

I might be a bit biased because I am a big fan of the author. In my opinion all her book are fa-bu-lous.

They are funny, romantic and this one really has some devastating revelations. It’s also very nice to reconnect with a few characters from other books.

Every time I see a blogtour for one of this author’s books, I just simply have to read it, even if I have to stay up all night.

If you have never read one of her books, maybe now is a good start. You could always ask Santa to bring you one (or more).

I loved this book. It’s a very lovely story that brought a smile on my face and tears to my eyes. I am already looking forward to the next book.

Thank you, Jessica Redland and RachelsRandomResources.


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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