Thursday, October 1, 2015

"falling like snowflakes" by denise hunter

Whenever I hear that Denise Hunter has a new book coming out, I scramble to get my hands on it—she's one of those "must read" authors for me. If Falling Like Snowflakes is any indication, her new Summer Harbor series is shaping up to be a winner!

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice to stay put through Christmas...even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people, anyway. He left the sheriff's department to take over his family's Christmas tree farm, but he's still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.

When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau's feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he's finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—an a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.

Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden's past catches up to her.

Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again?

Falling Like Snowflakes is the first book in Hunter's new Summer Harbor series, which focuses on the Callahan brothers. (These brothers were introduced in Married 'Til Monday, the final book in Hunter's Chapel Springs series, but you do not need to have read that book to jump into this series.)

I've come to expect sizzling (yet chaste) romance from Hunter, and Falling Like Snowflakes does not disappoint! There's obviously a spark between Beau and Eden from their first meeting, and their relationship has a slow burn quality to it that I appreciated. I loved both Beau and Eden as characters, and I definitely pulled for their happily ever after!

Falling Like Snowflakes also features an intriguing suspense thread. Eden is running from someone—the reader doesn't know who or why at first—and as her story is slowly revealed, the tension mounts. While everything is resolved rather easily, I still enjoyed the plot line.

This book has that "just one more chapter" quality that keeps you reading late into the night. Once again, Denise Hunter has written a captivating inspirational romance that is definitely worth reading. While it won't surpass The Convenient Groom or Dancing with Fireflies as my favorite Hunter novel, it's very, very good. 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Hunter's Chapel Springs books: Barefoot Summer (5 stars), A December Bride (4.5 stars), Dancing with Fireflies (5 stars), The Wishing Season (5 stars), and Married 'til Monday (4.5 stars).

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

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  1. Everyone I know has given this an awesome review! I really need to read it.

  2. Well I love Denise Hunter so I am sure I will. Maybe in Dec.!

  3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Becky. I thought it was really sweet and though my favorite is still Barefoot Summer (haven't read Denise's Nantucket series!), I'm eager to continue with this amazing series. :)

    1. The Nantucket series was hit or miss for me, but you absolutely should read The Convenient Groom and Seaside know, once you get through your massive tbr pile :-)

  4. I have a few of Denise's books on my shelf or Kindle (talking about TBR pile, lol), so I haven't YET enjoyed a story by her. I've just read some very good reviews & author interviews, so I know I won't be disappointed when I DO get around to reading one. I've seen this one around recently & I'm glad to get your take on it, Becky. I love hearing what other readers say about an authors story. Sounds like I need to add this one as well to my already toppling TBR pile...haha!

    1. You definitely should add this to your TBR pile! It would be a great initiation into Denise's books :-) But since you already own some, you could easily start there. I've read most of her novels, and while I like some more than others, they're all good :-)


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