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Two broken hearts.
Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother’s traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café…
An unexpected meeting.
Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down…
The chance to love again.
Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? After all, with courage, nothing is impossible…
How exciting, the first Christmas review on the blog!! And what more of a perfect way to begin, than with Jessica’s heart-wrenching, yet uplifting new release, Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café. Like all of Jessica’s leading females, I fell for Holly Gabrielle the very second we meet her. She is a gentle and kind soul with so much love to give to the world, except the world never seemed to want to give her much love in return, gifting her with heartache after heartache instead. Despite the devastating circumstances and the dreaded feeling in her gut as the festive season approached, Hollie works extremely hard to keep the traditions her family once celebrated, alive. A fortunate turn of events this year has Hollie in the endearing company of Jake and his dog, Pickles. The spark between the two of them is instant and as their connection begins to grow, it’s clear as day that these two belong together. Except, Hollie isn’t the only one carrying the weight of tragedy on her shoulders, as Jake has suffered more than enough losses in his lifetime as well. Having so much tragedy in one’s life is plenty to scare a person in to allowing anybody else in and our two leading characters had their perfectly reasonable reasons for being so guarded. I was really intrigued with Hollie’s passion for wood, it’s not a hobby that you come across in many books, typically for women, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her take on this passion, whilst still pouring her heart and soul in to the café.
Jake is an absolute dream man when it comes to book boyfriends. He was so patient and sympathetic towards Hollie, never forcing each other to talk about their pasts until both was ready. He only ever wanted to be in her company and that was more than enough. Like Hollie, he has had to experience some devastating situations, in which if I’m being honest, I don’t think I would have come back from either. He has a lot of unnecessary guilt weighing over him for circumstances he had absolutely no control over and Hollie is right there by his side to remind him that nothing was ever his fault. Healing comes with a lot of time and patience, and Jake has finally started to claim his life back, not allowing the fear of the past to hold him back from anything and anyone. The unexpected appearance of Pickles was absolutely a blessing in disguise for both Jake and Hollie and was a much welcome character to the book.
This is an extremely emotional read, so make sure you have tissues with you at all times. There is so much sadness within the pages that no one should ever have to endure in such short spaces in life, however, Jessica manages to balance all of this out with the joy and love they find in each other. I really loved how the chapters alternated between Hollie and Josh’s point of view, featuring the past and present, with Jessica keeping us on our toes in finding out exactly what happened during the tragic moments tormenting our beloved characters. With all the sad revelations, it warmed my heart to see all of the intimate and fun scenes between Hollie and Jake, allowing us to forget for a moment that there was still so much to tackle before these two could fully allow themselves the lives they deserve. There was a lot of joy in having a second chance at life and love with that special person, the two shared some humorous moments laughing like they hadn’t laughed in a long time and we have Pickles to thank for the coming together of two broken people. In all of Jessica’s stories, we are always greeted with a malicious character and Jake’s sister did not disappoint – she was a horrific woman to have to endure and I’m pretty grateful that she didn’t make as many appearances as I had been expecting. Nevertheless, all of the other side characters were an absolute delight as always. They never allowed Hollie and Jake to feel unworthy and only wanted the best for them, even those who they had not seen in such a long time. I absolutely adored the idea of the fragmented Rubik’s cube and slowly putting it back together as Jake’s life became more and more complete – it was such a brilliant idea. Oh and all of the dancing in the rain monologues – extremely romantic and well-suited to such a beautiful couple!