Chick lit

Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café by Jessica Redland

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I have read quite a few books by the author in the past year or so. I have loved one series, disliked another but not due to the author’s writing. This basically means that I am always game to pick up another book by her, knowing I will have a good time reading it.
This book was unexpected in a lot of ways. It was heavier than the others I read and in a manner that I appreciated and empathized with. When the narrative begins in the form of parallelly introducing the last few years of our leading pair, I was sceptical about the overall reaction I might have to it. By the time their paths ended up crossing, and I found out that there was more about either of their story that I was unaware of, I was hooked.
The grief and trauma in Hollie’s and Jake’s lives are gradually revealed to us, but they carry a lot of weight under their happy, personable exterior. This is visible to see during most of the interactions that they have with the outside world.
It is a romantic narrative, more focused on their relationship than on their individual growth arcs. They do grow, but more as a result of the two of them being together. The writing is descriptive and attractive, making it easy to fall in with the emotions being discussed in the book. Both Jake and Hollie juggle more ‘jobs’ than I would have thought possible, but I felt like I got to learn about a whole different way of life.
I would recommend it to readers of this genre, but I am sure everyone familiar with this author would have already picked this up!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

4 thoughts on “Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café by Jessica Redland”

    1. Yes, the series with the hedgehog rescues had great set up and writing but the core conflict of the main lady and her mother just seemed too unrealistic to me..I didn’t ‘get’ it. I tried three before I gave up

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