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Publisher's 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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  • Pam
  • 10-10-2021

Lovely story

Loved the book.... but sadly the narrator was awful...I battled through as i a really liked the story.

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Nice story, but a little cringeworthy to Aussies

Firstly, the narrator was so so. Her Aussie accents were not the best. The audio editor made this worse in some places with some very slap-dash editing.

Secondly, if the author is endeavouring to assert that a character lived in Australia for 14 years, then perhaps it would be wise to research how real, every-day local Australians speak, rather than relying upon a stereotypical caricature. Some of the dialogue was the equivalent of running nails down a chalkboard!

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  • Angela
  • 09-11-2021

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
  • 05-10-2021

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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  • Nuage Perdu
  • 21-11-2021

Good book

I thought I was going to listen to a happy, light and fun holiday story. Instead this story is about trust, forgiveness and hope.

Some parts of the recording were not edited right and there were pauses between the dialogs. That is the reason I gave it 3 stars in performance

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  • Spaqueen
  • 21-11-2021

sweet story

really sweet story definitely would reccomend. loved the British accent and the small town setting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2021

Loved the storyline

The voices of the characters were overly exaggerated. Too slow and “old” sounding. The young voices too childish

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  • Nancy McCall
  • 23-10-2021

uplifting

Took a little time. Enjoyed the story of a young lady overcoming some very awful things in her life. She overcame it all and ended with a positive life and loving family, new and reunited. Nice

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  • MONKACHONG
  • 20-10-2021

Editing

This series has been fun and easy to listen to. Lots of interesting characters, plot twists, ups and downs and happy endings. However…the editing with this latest book is driving me mad.

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  • JG
  • 16-10-2021

Story of hope and overcoming troubling past

The best thing about this audiobook is the backstories of the characters as they are revealed, despite them not all being bright and cheery, and how they grow to overcome what happened to them. Was nice to hear familiar characters from previous books and updates on them.

The worst thing is the narration. I was able to listen through the whole book, but several character voices made me cringe especially children and Maria - I inwardly groaned every time I heard the narrator make Maria’s deep dunce-like voice. Really distracting and unpleasant. Also, around chapter 30-31, there were some editing issues. Dialogue had awkward pauses that made it seem like the sentences were pieced together improperly with no flow.

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  • Kaliena
  • 05-10-2021

Good but more Interesting than romantic

I liked the story. I liked the characters. Most of the 1st half of the book is backstory so it reads much more like a regular novel & bit of a mystery rather than a rom-com. It is set in the quaint seaside town but most of the action takes place in the Cafe and in the heroine's memories of her past. This lends itself to deep character development. However, there is a rather disturbing part that I'm not sure necessary or fit with the otherwise light hearted tone of the story.

One element that was super fun was the revisiting earlier characters from previous books. It was almost like catching up with old friends.

A few odd parts of the writing include the restaurant naming... Vanilla Pot and Chocolate Pot when read with the English accent both sound the same but ate not related in the story. Also, siblings named Erin and Aaron... seriously? It's an audio book, I was thoroughly confused by who was who in that part of the story.

The narration was... ok. There was always a large pause before the hero spoke, I assume to get the Aussi accent changed up but it threw the rhythm of the dialog off. For some reason the main voice had me picturing Daphine's 70 year old mom from the TV show Faiser. I couldn't adjust my minds eye to a young 30 year old... my issue but it was just weird. Not sure I would listen to this performer again.

Overall a good, albeit long tale.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 02-10-2021

it was okay. You just can't listen to two in row

Interesting book. I liked the characters. Especially the ones from the last book. I like the tie in.

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  • Claire
  • 24-09-2020

Heavenly!

such a pretty story. For me, there aren't enough superlatives to explain how good the narrator was.

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  • Bella
  • 17-01-2021

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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  • Christine Farnell
  • 18-09-2021

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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  • SallyB
  • 26-08-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-2021

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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  • Bamboozleman
  • 24-11-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-2021

Absolutely brilliant

This is my first ever Christmas read and wow, I totally loved it. I will definitely buy more books from this author.

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  • Sian
  • 27-11-2021

Audio issues & not the best narration

Sadly whilst the story was perfectly easy Christmas romance, the audio was bad. There were some technical issues that made the audio repeat or go at odd paces. It really detracted from story, and therefore I had to return it
Enjoyed other books by this author and narrator so my advice is to listen to one of those instead

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  • Nicola
  • 21-11-2021

gr8 story

loved all 7 books but this narrators voice is soooooo annoying. like a screechy whiny 5 year old . really spoilt the series as I really wanted to finish all 7 books had no choice to put up with her irritating voice. spoilt it for me....

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  • Dragonfly
  • 21-11-2021

Light and cosy listening

I chose this book as it sounded like a light and cheery read. It was exactly that, nothing too heavy and the descriptions will have you reaching for hot chocolates and pastries! The narrator was ok, it felt a bit stilted in parts with long pauses unnecessarily and a couple of bits had been edited poorly. On the whole though a nice cosy listen considering it was free.

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