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September 14, 2015

Falling Like Snowflakes {Denise Hunter}

falling like snowflakes book review
When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she's on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.

Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this--fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He's recently left his job with the sheriff's department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he's flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he's shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he's been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden's also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can't seem to help himself from falling for her.

As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he'll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again?

My Thoughts:
Denise Hunter became one of my favorite authors with her Chapel Springs series, and I was so sad when we said good-bye to the McKinley family. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this first book in her new Summer Harbor series, and I completely fell in love within the first chapter.

In this series we get to meet the Callahan brothers (fans of the McKinley family will recognize them as cousins to Ryan’s wife, Abby). Beau, Zac, and Riley live with their Aunt Trudy in the northeastern town of Summer Harbor. The three of them own and operate a few of the local establishments, and they are known as the town’s most eligible bachelors. They have been through the pain of losing both of their parents, and they stick together.

Falling like Snowflakes centers on Beau and his Christmas tree farm operations. He seems to be the one that has it together, but deep down he has some conflicts going on within his relationship. When Eden and her son arrive on his doorsteps, we get to see the beginning of this boy falling apart. We see him struggle in his current relationship while finding himself falling in love with this mysterious girl who has quickly become an honorary member of the Callahan family. We also discover that Beau has a protective instinct, and this determination to protect Eden and her son becomes the one thing that brings this entire story together.

Eden is one big mystery. Her story unfolds bits and pieces throughout the book, and we soon realize that she has so many reasons to be in fear of her life. She is a mom who will do anything and everything to protect her young son, and my heart went out to her as she sacrificed to try to gain their freedom.

The town of Summer Harbor has so many other characters that come together to make this book great. I’m sure we will see more of them in future installments, and I can’t wait to get to know Zac and Riley better in the future books.

This book has everything I love about a great story, and I highly recommend you add it to your must-read list.

Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 20 novels, including Dancing with Fireflies and Convenient Groom. 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!