Review by Veronica

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“He moved in for another hug, but kissed me on the cheek first. The touch of his lips against my skin set my heart racing. I clung to him again, my throat suddenly dry. I could feel his strength and masculinity, inhale his delicious scent like coco beans and pine tree. I felt his breath warm against my neck and longed for his lips to brush it.” 

Welcome back to the Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

A new season…

As winter turns to spring, Hollie – owner of The Starfish Café – is feeling content as she settles into her new life with her loving boyfriend, Jake, and their adorable dog Pickle.

But when an unwelcome visitor threatens the future of her café, Hollie must stay strong to protect her family’s legacy…

A leap of faith…

Emerging from an unhappy relationship, Tori finds herself with nowhere to stay and nobody to talk to. The long-hidden secrets of her past weigh heavily on her until a chance encounter with Finley, struggling to come to terms with his own secrets, provides an opportunity to open up.

Can she find the strength to stop hiding from her past and face up to her family? Especially when that would mean letting her guard down and learning to trust again…

A fresh start…?

Little do Hollie and Tori know that their lives are about to collide at The Starfish Café and they may be able to help each other with a fresh start. After all, with good friends in your life, nothing is impossible…

What a fun and charming read! This book picks from where Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café left off. Hollie and Jake’s relationship is blooming (they just moved in with each other), and business at the café is booming. Hollie really couldn’t be happier. But there are storm clouds on the horizon, and they come in the form of slimy Mr. Smythe. Hollie knows that the unpleasant man has ulterior motives for his interest in wanting to buy the café. She just can’t figure out what they are, and that man is determined to stir up trouble for her. We are also introduced to a new main character. Tori is coming out of a bad relationship and realizing that it may be time for her to forgive past hurts.

Spring Tides at The Starfish Cafe is told from Hollie and Tori’s POV. Tori and Hollie are great main characters. They are both strong, compassionate and driven. Tori’s chapters also include flashbacks from her childhood, which I loved reading. Tori’s family dynamic was fascinating; her parents are romance writers. Their need for keeping in character for their books meant that Tori didn’t live a normal childhood. There is plenty of misunderstandings and resentment between Tori and her parents. I loved how Jessica addressed and resolved many of the issues that existed between Tori and her family. I felt like this family dynamic was unique enough to be interesting but, at the same time, realistic enough to be believable.

What surprised me most about this book was the mysterious treasure hunt that Jessica included in this book. I loved reading the parts where Hollie and Jake talk about this missing treasure. It really was a fun element to add to this book.

The romance in this book wasn’t front and centre, and I was ok with that. I love how the focus was on other significant things happening in Hollie and Tori’s lives. The romance in this book was an excellent secondary element to the story. Both love stories are sweet and heartwarming, and those cute moments always happen at just the right time. 

Spring Tides at The Starfish Café is a fun and delightful read that will not disappoint you.. 

Thank you Boldwood Books and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.