Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe [Book Review]

April 5, 2022

Spring Tides at the Starfish Café by Jessica Redland

Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland (cover) Image: a rustic red cafe sits on the bluff overlooking an inlet....a sailboat sails in the water and a lighthouse sits on the opposite bluff

Genre/Categories: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, (Closed Door) Romance

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My Summary:

Thanks #NetGalley @BoldwoodBooks for a complimentary eARC of #SpringTidesAtTheStarfishCafe upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Hollie, owner of the Starfish Cafe, and her boyfriend Jake (and adorable Pickles the dog) have found each other and are living a contented and full life and looking forward to their bright future…..until an act of vandalism affects the future of the Starfish Cafe and puts their livlihood in jeopardy. An unexpected friendship is formed and new characters are introcuded as Hollie and Jake recover from their losses and rebuild.

Spring Tides at the Starfish Café is the second in the Starfish Cafe series but it can be read as a standalone.

My Thoughts:

Fans of Jessica Redland will love this newest installment of the Starfish Cafe series! The first book was filled with a great deal of trauma, and this story is gentler and less sad.

Characters: Likeable, realistic, and relatable characters always enhance my reading experience! Told from Hollie’s and Tori’s POVs, we follow both couples (Hollie and Jake/Tori and Finley) and their relationships and friendships. It’s evident that Redland likes and admires her main characters!

More Than Romance: In this story as well as other Redland stories, romance is only a small part of the content. There are always animals and concerns about animal rescue …. in this case, seals. Friendships,  family, and community are also at the heart of her stories. In addition, I like that in this Starfish Cafe series, Redland aquaints us with the rescue activities of the RNLI ….. Royal National Lifeboat Institution. There’s a lot going on in her stories that kept me engaged and turning the pages.

Substantial Women’s Fiction: Jessica Redland is an auto buy author when I’m looking for a women’s fiction read with substantial content and “happy for now” endings. Her stories are multilayered and thought provoking.

Themes include friendship, second chances, community, protecting a family legacy, romance, hope, animal care and rescue, rebuilding, and taking a risk.

Recommended: I’m recommending Spring Tides at the Starfish Café for fans of page-turning women’s fiction, for readers who love compelling stories of friendship and romance, and for those looking for a heartfelt weekend or vacation read.

My Rating:  4 Stars


Spring Tides at the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland (cover) Image: white text over a graphic picture of a red cafe sitting on the bluff above a bay ...lighthouse and sailboat and seagull

Spring Tides at the Starfish Café Information Here (can be read as a standalone)

Meet the Author, Jessica Redland

Author Jessica Redland

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.


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