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#ChristmasonCastleStreet Blog Tour – two fantastic festive books by Jessica Redland

Today I have the pleasure to share my thoughts about not one but two books by Jessica Redland. They are both based on shops on Castle Street in the seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay. The stories follow on from each other, involving many of the same characters. The first one is Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes and the second is Starry Skies Over the Chocolate Pot Café. Read on to discover more about the book and my reviews of them both. Many thanks to the publishers for copies of the books which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…    

It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.

For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

This is a new and updated version of Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes which has been previously published.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3e5pUMP

My Review:

This is a lovely festive read in which Carly is busy getting ready for Christmas  but her sister, Bethany, is proving a very mixed blessing as she keeps accidentally causing havoc with Carly’s schedule and her baking! Bethany is getting married just before Christmas and the stress of it all, following on from the traumatic events from earlier in the year, are making her more anxious and clumsier than usual. Meanwhile, as well as all that entails, Carly is eagerly anticipating the return of her best friend from active service in Afghanistan. She knows she loves him but is wary of making him aware of her feelings and ruining their friendship. As drama in the bakery unfolds, can these sisters both find true love and happiness this Christmas?

What a fun read this proved to be. I really enjoyed learning about the various businesses on Castle Street and it is fantastic how their owners help and support each other. There are plenty of characters to get to know, lots of laughs and some moments of anguish, too, in this delightful festive read. I can’t wait to learn more about this great community in the sequel which I’ll be reading next!


A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café Cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate for some festive sparkle from bestseller 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…

My Review:

There are so many secrets to be revealed in this dramatic sequel to Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes. It stars Tara Porter, the owner of The Chocolate Pot Café, which is next door to Carly’s Cupcakes. Carly and Tara are friends but Tara rarely lets anyone get close to her because of what happened to her in the past. Her heartbreaking past is slowly revealed as the story progresses, but sharing it has some unexpected consequences for her.

She’s shocked when the man who she purchased her shop from returns from Australia. She feels he tricked her and conned her out of more money and she’s never forgiven him. Now he’s back and opening up a new shop across from her own, a possible rival for her trade. Whilst everyone else seems to think he’s handsome, she’s determined to assume the worst. However, he has secrets, too, and as they get to know more about each other maybe these enemies will become more than friends?

This is a brilliant sequel and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this moving story. I really hope there will be more stories set in Castle Street, Whitsborough Bay so we can continue to catch up on the business owners there in future.

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.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3i98oKO

Author Bio –

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Website – https://www.jessicaredland.com/

Blog – https://jessicaredlandwriter.wordpress.com/

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland

Mailing list sign up – http://bit.ly/JessicaRedlandNewsletter 

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3 comments on “#ChristmasonCastleStreet Blog Tour – two fantastic festive books by Jessica Redland

  1. Jessica Redland Writer
    September 9, 2020

    What a lovely pair of reviews to kick off Day 2 of the Christmas on Castle Street blog tour. I’m so thrilled you loved both of them and, yes, there are more stories set on Castle Street already out there and lots more in my head too! Thank you again x

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      September 9, 2020

      So glad there are more visits to Castle Street to come – I really enjoyed reading both these books and look forward to reading more stories from you in future!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. carhicks
    September 20, 2020

    I loved both of these books, great additions to a series that I am enjoying. Great reviews Elaine.

    Liked by 1 person

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