Thursday 4 January 2024

Christmas at the Cat Café by Jessica Redland



It's the most wonderful time of the year on Castle Street, and there's a paw-some new business opening....

It had always been Tabby's dream to work with cats and an inheritance from her beloved nanna has finally made that a reality. Idyllic Castle Street in Whitsborough Bay couldn’t be a better place for pastry chef Tabby to open a cat café with her boyfriend, Leon.

But when Leon leaves her in the lurch, the pressure mounts for Tabby. With Christmas fast approaching, she has to open the café on her own – a daunting prospect, especially when she's been hiding her health issues from the ones she loves.

Faced with local resistance to the café – and somebody seemingly determined that she won’t succeed – Tabby will need her friends, family and cats more than ever to recover her broken Christmas spirit and pull together for a Christmas miracle.

Will the cat café bring the festive joy to Castle Street as Tabby had hoped or will it be a cat-astrophe? And can the magic of Christmas on Castle Street mend Tabby's broken heart as well as her business?

Escape with million-copy bestseller Jessica Redland this Christmas for the purr-fect festive treat!


A feel-good romantic and festive read. Cats and Christmas is a winning combination although living with 16  cats would not be for me. How did Tabby not recognise that Tom had feelings for her when he willingly cleaned out litter trays for her....litter trays for 16 cats!!  😂

There is a lot of information in the story about fibromyalgia (maybe a tad too much?) as Tabby has frequent flare-ups which seriously impact her quality of life. The author also explains the concept of spoons in relation to how much energy Tabby has in her reserves for everyday tasks and socialising. It was interesting to read about a main character with a chronic illness. It showed how important it is to have an understanding support network and ask for help when it's needed.

Tom and Tabby are childhood friends and completely at ease in each other's company making it easy to transition from friends to something more. The build-up was sweet, funny and completely believable.

The mystery of who was responsible for the vandalism at the cat cafe added more drama but the revelation really took me by surprise. I was not expecting that little twist. The people on Castle Street are a close-knit and friendly bunch who don't hesitate to chip in and help each other out when times are bad. I really liked that small town community feel which will no doubt lead me to reading more in the series.

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