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ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cute holiday story with light suspenseJuly 20, 2018ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Eden Martinelli is on the run with her five year old mute son. Though her one persistent thought is "keep moving!", once her car breaks down she is forced to at least temporarily settle in the small town of Summer Harbor, Maine. With holiday season on the horizon, Eden gets a job at a local tree farm, the farm owned and operated by former cop Beau Callahan. When Beau's aunt, Trudy, suffers an accident that leads to a fractured leg, Eden is hired on as her home aide while Trudy recovers and works through physical therapy.
As Eden settles into the Callahan home on the farm, her very presence seems to gradually knock loose some repressed feelings in multiple family members, feelings wrapped around long-running unaddressed hurts.Beau notices this influence, and though his heart begins to warm toward Eden, he's still troubled by the mysterious air she keeps around her. Why is she so evasive with any personal questions? What is she hiding? Beau low-key worries that she might be running from the law and he just hired a criminal to look after a beloved family member, but his gut tells him she's not dangerous, just scared. So who put that kind of fear into her?
This is a nice holiday read. It's not brimming with over the top holiday cheer, but instead offers a cozy balance of wit, small town charm, a slow-burn romantic interest, and a dash of mystery. Perfect for those who like their suspense on the more mild side of things...sort of in the thriller-lite vein of a Hallmark Mystery Movie. The bad guy scenes got a little cliche at times for my liking, but the Callahan brothers are so likeable in this series that minor eyeroll moments can easily be forgiven.
For those in book clubs, discussion questions for this story are offered at the back of the book.
I've been reading these out of order, which -- I thought I would mention -- works fine, as each book focuses on a different Callahan brother (of three). But looking back, there are some minor chronological aspects -- mainly with the storyline of Riley's military service -- that will flow better if you read in order.
DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Magic of Christmas!October 22, 2017DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Denise Hunter has written another winner set on a Christmas tree farm in beautiful, picturesque Summer Harbor. Full of small town charm, Summer Harbor looks like a Christmas postcard with quaint little shops and old-fashioned lamps all glistening under a fresh layer of snow. Add a lovely heroine with dangerous secrets, a dashing hero who is a habitual problem solver, suspense, and a budding romance to the mix...and you have one delicious story not to be missed!
Emmie3 Stars Out Of 5More mystery than romanceDecember 22, 2016EmmieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really liked this book, it had me always wondering what was going to happen next. But, I wouldn't place it in the romance category. There was some romance, but it was mainly towards the end of the book. It was a lot more mystery and suspense with Eden running from a murderer and trying to protect her son. Throughout the book it reveals more and more of what went on in her past, which I personally thought was intense. I liked it, but it had me stressed out wondering if Eden and Micah were going to be safe. :) I put below that I wouldn't recommend this to a friend ONLY because I would recommend one of Denise's more romantic, mellow books before this one.
jsrn184 Stars Out Of 5Falling in loveSeptember 4, 2016jsrn18Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Loved the story line and how the book was written. It offers little snippets of story throughout the book to keep you intrigued and interested in continuing the book.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Faith Triumphs over Fear in Summer HarborMay 4, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What is your definition of "safe"? Life without fear? Eden is hoping that if she runs fast enough, far enough, she can outwit the persons who want to kill her and her son, Micah, who witnessed his father's murder. After a lifetime of fear and being under others' thumbs, she is determined to control the variables of her life and to finally feel "safe." A series of events - a blown engine, a stolen duffle bag, an unexpected romance - all conspire to unravel her carefully constructed plans.
What I liked about this book was the chemistry between Eden (known as "Kate") and Beau. Emotionally and physically, they were tenderly and almost unwillingly drawn to each other. Also, the tension created by Eden's worries and flashback-style memories made her danger feel very real. I found my heart racing, and as Eden and Micah fled from the murderous Mr. Langley, I actually heard myself urge Micah to "HUSH!" out loud. Another strength of this book was that the author didn't immediately bring things to a sugar-coated sweet ending after Kate and Micah's rescue. Denise Hunter spent time working through Kate's fears and dealing with her need to control her life. Beau also grows as he moves beyond his initial physical attraction to "Kate" and gives her room to examine their relationship, even when it means watching her drive away to start a new life at an unknown location. They both have to turn their fears over to the Lord and trust His leading for their futures.
Denise Hunter is a great author, and though I read this first book of the Summer Harbor series second, it didn't spoil the enjoyment of it at all. I am already looking forward to the third and final volume being published this September. If you like clean romance and intriguing mysteries, this series is for you!