Chick lit

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland

I have read quite a few of the author’s previous works and enjoyed the first batch and was not enamoured by the last few. This instalment brought back the ‘feels’ from that initial introduction to the series.

The main protagonist has been in the background of the series from the very beginning and finally gets her chance at a happy ending.
I read it tucked into a quilt because of a sudden drop in temperature, and that was probably the best way to relish this book.

Tara has always been standoffish and has but one friend with whom she has maintained a semblance of a personal relationship. Now that that friend has had her happily ever after too, Tara has the time to introspect. She sees her life with fresh eyes and realizes that she has let fear dictate her life. She sets about changing her life, and some steps are more drastic than others. The narrative spans a whole year to better contrast the start from the finish. I was sniffling through most of the moving parts.
The ending was also new; it left issues unaddressed but not in a way that would bother the more finicky of readers (meaning me)
I would definitely pick up another book by the author because of the simple but evocative writing.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience (and up to a point the weather)

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