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Falling Like Snowflakes #1, In the Summer Harbor series, by Denise Hunter
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?
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Romance Series
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)|
Series: Summer Harbor
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!
millscreek2 Stars Out Of 5Heck and Crap?April 7, 2016millscreekQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I was so disappointed in finding such worldly euphemisms in this book. I could stomach it only for seven chapters. I hear these and other and even worse words in town, I do not need to read them in a supposedly Christian book. I gave the review two stars for the book is not badly written, just the choice of words is horrible.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Welcome to Summer Harbor!March 16, 2016ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have really come to love Denise Hunter's books...especially when she chooses a family and writes about all of them! It's like revisiting old friends each and every time a new book comes out. The little bit I got to know about the Callahan brothers intrigued me, and I cannot wait to delve into each of their lives.
Falling Like Snowflakes focused on the oldest Callahan, Beau. I like him because he reminds me a lot of me. He's a problem solver, of everyone else's problems but his own. His flaws and faults are endearing. Eden's story is intriguing. I cannot imaging running and looking over my shoulder. I would be a hot mess. She handles it like a champ, for the most part. While I loved the main characters and supporting characters (Beau's brothers Zac and Riley, Paige, and the Callahan's ornery aunt Trudy), there was something missing from the story. I can't quite put my finger on it. The romance and suspense added to the plot, but I might have been looking for more depth in the characters.
The spiritual aspect of the story was spot on. Denise Hunter excels at taking a story and weaving in the spiritual message she wants to get across to readers. In this case, Eden's dad sums it up when he says, "When you can't trust others, and you can't trust yourself, you can always trust God. He'll carry you through whatever comes your way." Watching Eden and Beau come to this realization was beautiful.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to delve further into life in Summer Harbor with the swoon worthy Callahan brothers.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*