Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2015)
Jane March’s greeting cards have lost their jingle. While worried about her job at New England’s Cobblestone Cards, she stumbles upon a forgotten box of her mother’s nostalgic paintings. They depict small-town Addison’s covered bridge and red barns and picket-fenced colonials. If only Jane’s designs could capture the same heart. When her mother shows her how with a Christmas to-do list of memories in the making, Jane gets checking.
Wes Davis has come home again, jilted and a little bitter. His autumn wedding’s off, and so is his holiday spirit. Even seeing the rustic wooden deer his father whittles by lantern light doesn’t help as he settles back into the shabby Victorian home of his childhood. It is only when Wes encounters the sparkling Jane March on his winding mail route that his cold winter heart begins to thaw.
As the fall months turn wintry, and the season merry, a funny thing happens in this charming Connecticut town: Jane and Wes check off items on that Christmas itinerary, together. But falling in love wasn’t included on the list. Or was it?
Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is a treasured keepsake, reminding us that like winter’s first snow, life brings a beautiful flurry of its own unexpected moments.
This is a great book to read around Christmas time, or any time. The book takes place in Addison Cove, Connecticut, and is just like a place I would love to visit some day, or maybe live. I loved the people and the way they knew all about each other, the care they gave each other, and the way they looked out for each other. I especially loved the characters of Jane and Wes.
The way the author writes brings the town and it’s people to life in the pages of this book. They have real lives and real problems, just like we all do. It may sound silly, but I loved the way Wes talked to his dog. It reminded me of me talking to my dog.
This is a feel good book that makes you feel all comfy like you’re visiting with friends. It has a steady pace and keeps your attention. I loved revisiting Addison Cove and would love it if DeMaio would write more books centered around this town.
This is the sixth book by this author and I’ve read them all. She’s been one of my favorite authors from book #1, and has never let me down. I would highly recommend every one of them.
I can’t wait for another book from this talented writer.