Back cover blurb:
Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.
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 but 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—and 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, the first book in Denise Hunter’s new Summer Harbor series, pulled me in and captured my attention from start to finish. What else is new with a Denise Hunter novel, right? Eden’s circumstances in the opening scenes and her absolute dedication to her son Micah tugged at my heartstrings. I felt such empathy for her and found myself cheering them on from the get-go.
The Callahan brothers made a brief appearance in the Chapel Springs series, so it was fun to ‘see’ Beau again, this time playing the hero’s role. I wasn’t crazy about the fact that he dated someone else for most of the book when his attraction to Eden was so obvious, but I applaud the author for constructing a plausible will-they/won’t-they love triangle. That’s not often done in Christian fiction and it definitely kept me swiping the virtual pages. As the book blurb states, ‘he’s impossible to resist’. Swoon!
There’s also an element of suspense in this novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Some might find it predictable, but I feel it added a layer of depth to the story line and gave Beau an opportunity to be the ultimate problem-solver. Five stars, Denise Hunter, for crafting another satisfying romance. I can’t wait to read more from Summer Harbor.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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