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…
Full disclosure and complete honesty, I am a massive fan of Jessica Redland andi think I’ve loved every book of hers I have ever read, so this isn’t going to be an unbiased review, but it will be fully me and honest.
We return to the Starfish Cafe after meeting Hollie and Jake in the first book, well Spring Tides at The Starfish Café brings us back to our favourites along with some new faces. Hollie and Jake are back with us again, we get to see the continuation of their relationship which seems to be going well after the last book, or is it …. Well you’ll have to read to find the answers to that. The RNLI is still a big role in this which I love, Hollie literally pulling our new heroine Tori and some friends from stormy waters, however with an unexpected visitor to the cafe, secrets and romance in the air you know there’s going to be more stormy weather ahead.
I love Tori and Hollie’s relationship and how they helped each other, I’m a big fan of community opinion books and I love how the community pull together to help each other, I’m a sucker for that. Tori and Finley’s story is so sweet and adorable (although not without it’s issues and finding their own way to each other) you can’t help but fall in love with them yourself. I love that this story mirrored the relationships involved, that even when things are going well things can suddenly change. As always communicating is they key,talking through and facing your difficulties, listening to and trusting each other, no spoilers but I’ll let you read for yourselves.
I didn’t like that things seem to take a nasty turn for The Starfish Cafe which is under threat (this is me as a reader loving but not being able cope with tension and drama, I do wonder how I read so much with my book anxiety !) you feel so sorry for the characters you love like Hollie and so mad , with the ones you don’ like Smythe , which is a testament to how good Tilly writes and makes you care about the whole community, not just the main characters.
If you are a fan of Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café, Tilly Tennant, Sarah Morgan and Cressida McLaughlin, or a fabulous story you should read this uplifting, positive and addictive book full of love , friendship and most of all hope.
Thanks to netgalley, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for a free copy for an honest opinion
About the Author
Jessica Redlandwas born in Teesside but now lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast which inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where she sets all her books.
She lives with her husband, daughter, Sprocker Spaniel and is a self-confessed stationery addict. She loves chocolate, although it doesn’t love her, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.
Her dream is to be able to write full-time one day but, until then, she has a day job as an HR Tutor and tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between that and writing.