Continuing with my Christmas Readathon, I have three more reviews to share. Two are Christmas, one is New Year’s, but I am counting it.
Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe by Jessica Redland
Published September 8th 2020 by Boldwood Books
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have been enjoying my visits to Whitsborough Bay and this story has me spending the holidays with wonderful characters getting to know more about their shops and relationships. This was a festive story that will get readers in the mood for the holidays. If you have read other books in this series, you will meet up with some familiar characters. Tara is happy with her shop and her many projects that she has going, but is she really happy or is it all a mask. When someone from her past purchases the building across the street from The Chocolate Pot Cafe, she is thrown for a loop. Why has he come back? Will he try and put her out of business? All kinds of memories come flooding back and her emotions are in a turmoil.
I loved Tara and felt so bad for her. She has made her life over and is quite comfortable, even though she keeps others at a distance. When everything comes to a head, she realizes that she has to stop running and hiding. She can count on her friends, as they have come to count on her. I love the many characters in Whitsborough Bay, those I know from other books and the ones I met in this one. It is such a wonderful community where friends help one another and can count on each other. The stories are always well developed and pull me right in. The characters are ones that I would want for friends and I absolutely love the setting. Another winner from Jessica Redland and I am looking forward to my next visit. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne
Published September 25th 2018 by HQN Books
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Although this is the ninth book in the Haven Point series, it can be read as a standalone. This story introduces us to Dani Capelli and her two daughters. She has moved to Haven Point for a fresh start and being offered an internship at the local veterinarian clinic, with the possibility of purchasing the practice down the road, she sees it a a new beginning. What she wasn’t expecting was to fall for her neighbour, Ruben Morales, a police officer and her boss’s son. When Silver, her oldest daughter is caught tagging his boat as well as a couple of other properties, he shows them that police can be your friend, or even more.
I loved all the characters in this story. Dani has overcome so much and yet she could not leave her past hurts and mistakes in the past. She tries to keep separate from her neighbours and other townsfolk, but is having a hard time with that. That past still has a hold on her and she still has secrets. What she has to realize is that it was her past that brought her to where she was now and that was a good thing. Ruben was the perfect hero for Dani. He was honest, strong, had a wonderful family that he wants to share, and had finally found someone he could love. He was also caring and generous. Silver and Mia were realistic and sweet additions to the story. I love stories with kids and these two added a lot to this story. There was some angst, involving the kids and Dani’s trust issues, but that just made the ending more wonderful. This romance is sweet but clean. There is some self-searching and forgiveness that opens Dani’s heart to Ruben. The storyline of a teenager dealing with a new school, trying to fit in as well as normal teen emotions and how this affects the rest of the family, was well-written and believable. The small town of Haven Point is delightful and a great setting for this Christmas Romance. I recommend this one.
A Catered New Year’s Eve (A Mystery with Recipes #15) by Isis Crawford
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
3 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐
This is the 15th book in the Mystery With Recipes series, but only the second one I have read. It did take a bit of time to get into this story due to that fact, but once I got into it, it was fine. Bernie and Libby run a catering business, but sleuth on the side. Their family is estranged from Ada Sinclair’s side of the family, but when she comes to them for help, they agree to help her out. She believes that someone killed her father years earlier, even though it was ruled an accidental overdose. They agree to cater a family dinner on New Year’s Eve and see what they can find out. Well, what happens is another death, a poisoning. When Ada is arrested, the sisters set out to prove she is innocent.
The plot is intriguing, with an entire family of suspects to keep readers in suspense. There are some red herrings along the way that had me guessing as to the culprit. Perhaps it is because I have not read other books in this series, but I did not connect with the sisters and their father actually annoyed me somewhat. The mystery is interesting and I really liked the way everything was tied together at the end. Overall, this is a fun, easy to read cozy that was enjoyable. I did like the recipes at the back, and will be trying the lentil soup recipe that is from Bruce Coville. If you enjoy culinary cozies, pick this one up, but I might recommend you start this series at the beginning if you have the time and access to the earlier books. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.