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Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café–a lost dog brings hope

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Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café

by Jessica Redland

In the first part of Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café, the reader really gets to know the characters in this book and the story behind each one of them. Hollie and Jake are the main characters; both of them have pasts immersed in tragedies. Those two tell the story in their points of view. The timeframe bounces around between the present and various times in their pasts slowly revealing the details of the personal disasters that they don’t seem to be able to overcome. The changes in timeframes and narrators are clearly delineated and never confusing. There are a lot of supportive friends and a few you would like to kick to the curb. “Mr. Pickles” is a tiny homeless shih tzu who plays a huge role in this romance, but will he be big enough to bring Hollie and Jake together and help overcome their issues?

All of the action occurs in or near Whitsborough Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. The book is filled with Britishisms that I enjoyed immensely such as references to wearing their “waterproofs” or shops displaying bags of “candyfloss.” I also learned a lot about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with its amazing volunteers.

As frequently occurs in romance novels, Jake and Hollie inch towards resolution and a happily ever after. Then suddenly there is a twist that neither Jake, Hollie, nor the reader could have predicted. It seems they may be forced to retreat into isolation abandoning what they had together.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: General Fiction, Romance

Publication: August 31, 2021—Boldwood Books

Memorable Lines:

Angry waves snatched at the deserted beach, spitting spray over the railings, while ominous grey clouds threatened rain.

“People can still be in love but not like each other very much and sometimes they can like each other but not be in love.”

“Then he’s not right for you, but one day you’ll meet someone who is. Someone who makes you laugh every day, hugs you simply because it’s Tuesday, holds you when you cry, and dances in the rain with you.”


8 Comments

  1. Carla says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Linda. I love Jessica’s books. They always have something that the characters have to work through before finding happiness, but they end on a hopeful note. I also learned a lot about the RNLI, it was fascinating.

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  2. WendyW says:

    Jessica Redland is such a good author. I always enjoy a book with a dog, and Mr. Pickles sounds delightful.

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  3. I am intrigued! Mr. Pickles sounds like fun, and I love the Britishisms you shared, so fun~

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  4. Gretchen says:

    This sounds like a sweet read. I have heard good things about Jessica Redland, but haven’t read her. I would like to meet Mr. Pickles and learning about something new to you is always a plus.

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