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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Book Review - Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio

Remember yesterday when I said I was finishing up with my Christmas book reviews - well ... I have one more that I just have to tell you about!

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I first heard about this book from my fellow blogger-friend, Mary (BookFan) and after reading her glowing review, had added it to my list of books to read this holiday season.  Last night, I fired up the old Kindle, and dived into one of the most incredible stories, "Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes."

Author Joanne DeMaio takes her readers to the quaint village town of Addison Cove, a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Here in this charming setting, DeMaio tells the story of two people, searching for meaning and direction in their lives, and who find each other in a time when they desperately need a reason to look forward to the future.  This tale of Vera and Derek is heartwarming, heart-wrenching and absolutely memorable. DeMaio includes all the prerequisites for a great story - there is romance, a bit of mystery, great relationships among the characters, and just the right amount of humor to make this novel a pleasure to enjoy.

I absolutely loved this book, and can't fathom why Joanne DeMaio hasn't been snatched up by the big publishers!  But with the success of her previous two books, "Whole Latte Life," and "Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans," I think she is doing just fine!

I highly recommend this book not only for holiday reading (although it will definitely put you in the Christmas mood!) but for anytime you want a delightful experience in your reading.  I fully intend to go back and devour DeMaio's first two books during the last couple of weeks of the year to make up for what I've missed!

About The Author:

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction.  She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea.  Her novels include the New York Times bestseller "Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans," "Whole Latte Life," which was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick, and most recently Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes," now a USA Today bestseller.

Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book, due out Spring 2014.  Check out her website at www.joannedemaio.com

I purchased this book for my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Vanessa Morgan said...

Wow, that cover leaves me speechless... And with a review like yours, I have no choice than to add this to my TBR list.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I think its safe to say you liked it as much as I did, Sharon! Thanks for the shout out :-)

Mystica said...

Thanks for such an enthusiastic review. Will be keeping an eye out for this author.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thank you ladies for stopping by! I LOVED this book and can't wait for the author's next one!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I loved this one, too, as well as the previous works of this author. Definitely feel-good books that delve into issues, but leave us feeling satisfied afterwards.