Title: Snowflake Bay
Author: Donna Kauffman
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
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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...
Includes a wedding cake recipe!
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Fiona McCrae seems to be all about rules. Ben Campbell is a man that’s taken over the family business. The setting for this book is in my favorite neck of the woods – Maine. When a book is set in a place that you are familiar with seems to help with seeing how the book plays out in your mind.
This story brings up the question; have you ever had a crush on a sibling’s friend growing up? This shows one possibility of what may happen when you both grow up. It can also get pretty steamy. But the author let the story build over time. She didn’t rush through her scenes just so their relationship could change. You’ll also find that there are times where you have no choice but to laugh. And the thing is, in one situation in particular; you can picture the scene actually happening.
Even though this book is part of a series, I had no trouble following along not having read book one. But I found that it was a great incentive to go back and read Sea Glass Sunrise. The story didn’t seem to be so heavy with the Christmas theme that you couldn’t read this book at any time of the year. I could also picture taking this book on vacation and reading it while at the beach – what can I say, I loved spending summer vacations in Maine.
Love of family was a strong theme in this story. It may have you thinking about relationships in your own family or even wishing you had family like the McCrae’s. If you’ve followed the Blueberry Cove novels then you know that there is a set of bachelors as well. You may find that you need to go back and learn more about this fictional Maine town – maybe it’s something in the water. I’ve just added several books to my TBR list.
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You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.
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Author: Keri Ford
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Swept off her feet by a charming restaurateur, Whitney Chester envisions a delicious happily ever after—until her prince turns into a total toad. There’s no way she’ll agree to another date with Justin Rawlings, despite their unforgettable night together. But when Justin insists on helping out on her family-run farm in exchange for another chance, it’s an offer Whitney can’t refuse…if only to get revenge on her sweet-talking suitor.
Justin needs a girlfriend to prove to his business partner that he isn’t all work and no play. Romancing Whitney should have been pure pleasure, if a work conflict hadn’t caused him to stand her up. Now he’s determined to win her back—and win his partner’s approval of their restaurant expansion. Keeping Whitney by his side until the deal closes should be easy—if he doesn’t do something foolish. Like fall in love with the small town beauty…
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Keri Ford brings sexy contemporary romance to the American South. With a sprinkling of men in suits and women in high heels, you’ll most likely find four-wheeler riding, ball cap wearing fellas trying to sweet-talk sundress wearing ladies in Keri’s books. Raised in the country in South Arkansas, Keri shares this flavor of life in her books. Glass of sweet tea at your elbow while you read is not required, but strongly recommended.
Keri is represented by Louise Fury and Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency. She’s multi-published, including the popular Through The Wall from An Apple Trail Novella Series. Her full length series in Bella Warren, Arkansas continues in 2015 from Lyrical Press. Be on the lookout for a new town—Turtle Pine, Alabama, coming soon! To keep up with this busy author, join her newsletter to catch all her new releases.
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Author: Terri-Lynne Defino
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Johanna Coco is finally home in Bitterly, Connecticut, to attend her beloved grandmother's funeral—only to be confronted by the very reason she's stayed away to begin with--Charlie McCallan. Her high school sweetheart is now divorced, and no longer the skinny boy Johanna once loved. Hometown handsome and dependable as always, Charlie is the kind of man she needs to lean on as she and her sisters grapple with their grief—as well as the mystery of their long-missing mother, Carolina. But Johanna’s heart isn't only haunted by her ghosts; it’s haunted by what happened between her and Charlie…
Charlie is determined to do things right this time, and he has to do it before Johanna vanishes from his life again. First he needs to prove to her that the past is past, and they can overcome it--no easy task when he’s up against the ghosts lingering in her life, trying to convince her that happily-ever-after is not in the cards for any of the catastrophe-prone Coco sisters, least of all Johanna. But her fearless first love is ready to do whatever it takes to win her back—ghosts be damned.
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