TITLE: Snowflake Bay
AUTHOR: Donna Kauffman
INFO: Holiday Fiction, 368 pages
PUBLISHED: Zebra, 2015
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…
Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…
As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now? More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…
Something old might just become something new…
MY TAKE: While this is the second in the Brides of Blueberry Cove series, it is very much a stand alone read. A very enjoyable read!
I like stories set in small towns. Add the holiday season and great characters and you have a lovely escape at your fingertips. Donna Kauffman is a master at fleshing out her characters to the extent that you feel like they could be your neighbors and people that you want in your life. I swear, I'd like to move to Maine right away!
Fiona is a kick from the start. She's a bit flighty and scattered, but you can't help but love her - and laugh out loud at her. Ben is a clueless man - in the beginning and then starts to see Fi in a whole new light. He realizes what has been in front of him all these years. They have to deal with a lot of emotional ups & downs as well as a few obstacles along the way.
While this seems like it's going to be a Christmas tale, it is actually more of a story about family and relationships. I highly recommend it, at any time of year.
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