Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2013)
From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes an enchanting novel about love, family, and the delicate power of snowflakes.
Reluctant to leave her cherished New England hometown after her sister’s winter wedding, former journalist Vera Sterling makes a sudden decision. She takes what’s left of her severance pay and invests it in real estate … in one particular drafty colonial home and old timber barn set upon the pretty banks of Addison Cove. In that rough-hewn barn, she discovers a secret treasure left behind by the previous owner, the proprietor of the long-forgotten Christmas Barn gift shop.
While restoring her rundown, wood-sided home–its creaking floors, broken bannister, and neglected widow’s walk–that secret slowly unfolds like a bit of snowflake wonder, crystallizing hopes and dreams for many in this small Connecticut town. But mostly for Derek Cooper whose own tragic story has headlined Addison’s news. And whom Vera has come to love.
When the first snowstorm hits during Derek’s annual Deck the Boats Festival at the cove, residents become stranded. It is then up to Vera to not only bring the town together, but to mend one man’s heart she fears she may have lost.
Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is a heartwarming story, one that reminds us to look to winter’s stars. Because snowflakes can grant very special wishes … if only we believe.
I loved the authors previous two books so it didn’t surprise me that I also loved this book. The characters have felt so real in each one. They had a broad range of emotions, and you can imagine yourself having the same feelings that they have in each situation they find themselves in.
Vera was in limbo as she’d recently lost her job in the big city. She goes back home for her sister’s wedding and on her way out of town see’s that an old house and barn that was a big part of her childhood, is for sale. Before long she decides to buy the place and return to her cozy little hometown. I didn’t blame her, I would love to live in a place like Addison Cove. Everyone knew everyone else and for the most part were friendly, caring people. The cove itself sounded like a place I would spend as much time as possible…with a book and camera, reading and taking photos of the boats.
The book took place during the Christmas season, and every scene was described so vividly that it was like watching a movie. I could see the transformation of the Christmas Barn (the antics of Jingles the cat was a great addition) and loved the scenes where it was snowing.
The relationship between Vera and Derek kept me guessing, I couldn’t wait to find out if they would end up together or not. I felt they were good for each other, especially that Vera was good for Derek as she helped him through the feelings he still had from the tragedy he went through years before.
I loved that Vera was so close to her parents and sister, it gave the book a comfortable feeling.
This was a really good book and I think anyone would enjoy this fun, quick read.