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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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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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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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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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Soppy stuff

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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Dull as ditchwater

Narrator's accents were cringe worthy and the story was atrocious. Don't waste your time or money!

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  • 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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  • Old West Reader
  • 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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  • 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

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  • seminole74868
  • 02-01-22

This book made me smile and also cry. I really enjoyed it

I wasn’t sure about this book to begin with but then it became more clear. The author had me going through a range of emotions with this story.

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  • 01-01-22

Lovely story but narrator doesn’t quite fit

The story and the characters are wonderful and charming. I love how characters fit with other books.

I think he narrator’s voice is great, it just doesn’t suit the characters. It took me awhile to figure out that the main character was not in her 60s. Her performance is good, just the voice makes you think the characters are older.

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  • Rae Gun Ramblings
  • 23-12-21

Great light Christmas story (TW)

Great but trigger warning for sexual abuse/manipulation. The story is lighthearted but I could see someone who had endured those traumas to feel like the topic may be treated a bit on the cavalier side.

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  • Rowena1999
  • 19-12-21

DNF very slow and depressing

I only made it through the first 11 chapters - a quite depressing story of the main character’s endlessly sad and unlucky life. No idea if or when the romantic character enters the story.

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  • BradTL3
  • 08-12-21

Great story

A heartfelt and heart-warming romantic story, that will keep you riveted from the beginning until the end. There are twists and turns that will have you gasping and begging for more. Beautiful, emotional and filled with moments that remind us that love finds us on its own time line and fate definitely has a hand in it. Emma Swan does an amazing job portraying the characters, bringing them to life and humanizing them with their emotions, attitude and personality. She does more than giving their characters their voices, she falls into the roles and becomes the characters.

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  • Maria
  • 06-12-21

Great story, awful narration

The story was lovely and I got pretty invested in the characters. However, the performance was atrocious - most characters sound alike, and what's worse is they sound as if they're imbeciles. There are awkward pauses that have nothing ti do with the text and it was a real struggle to finish listening to this book.