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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Denise Hunter: Falling Like Snowflakes

By Kelly Bridgewater

Back Cover Copy:

Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of new love.
From Amazon
Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how it ever came to this—on the run, with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. But 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 the family Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas season 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’s 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?

My Thoughts:

I’m really not a huge fan of contemporary romances. But there are a few expectations. Denise Hunter is one of them. Her books usually strike a chord in me, so I enjoy reading her books. Her latest book, Falling like Snowflakes, is another one of these to add to the list.

Contemporary romances usually are stereotypical and follow the same pattern. Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl argue. Boy and Girl start to have feelings. Boy and Girl share those feelings. Boy and Girl get married. But in Hunter’s Falling Like Snowflakes, Hunter delved a little into the suspense genre in this book. She includes a heroine who has an unknown background; even though the reader comes to find out pretty quickly that she is running away from something or someone. But we don’t find out what or who for a while. The story isn’t a complete suspense novel, so if you are a fan of that genre, like me, it will be a lot tamer.

Eden Martelli is a strong mother who wants to protect her son, Micah, from the men who controlled her and her deceased husband. Eden places her son’s needs above her own, which a good mother does for her children. She would rather keep changing her name and her identity in order to keep her son safe. On the other hand, Beau Callahan is an ex-deputy who uncovers Eden’s secrets first. He is a protector by nature and wants nothing then to save Eden and Micah while losing his heart in the process.

I do enjoy spending the time in Summer Harbor, the new place for Hunter’s new series. Being set around Thanksgiving and Christmas made me long for the holidays and cooler weather to arrive. Hunter does a great job at inviting me into the Callahan’s home and feel invited as I snuggle up the fire and observe how the family interacts.

Always sweet, Denise Hunter’s Falling Like Snowflakes captured my attention with an element of suspense mixed into the romance. I really liked getting to know Eden and find out what her past was. The romance between Beau and Eden tugged at my heart and caused me to sigh as I watched their physical reaction to their encounters.

I received a complimentary copy of Denise Hunter’s Falling Like Snowflakes from Thomas Nelson and the opinions stated are all my own. 

Denise Hunter
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Denise Hunter’s Writing Bio:

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

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Where to purchase Falling Like Snowflakes:
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Why do you enjoy contemporary romances with a hint of suspense? Would you compare it to a romantic suspense novel?

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