Eden Martelli is on the run with her young son, Micah, in tow. She’s changed their names, changed their appearances, and changed directions so many times it is a wonder she remembers who and where she is. As she is driving to a place she hopes will be a safe haven and a place to start over her car breaks down near Summer Harbor, Maine. A string of bad luck lands Eden and Micah in Summer Harbor in dire need of work just to keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. The threat of danger lingers heavily and Eden desperately knows she needs to keep moving.
A twist of fate, or in this case, a slip on the ice, has Beau Callahan’s Aunt Trudy in need of assistance for a few weeks. When Eden shows up on Beau’s doorstep looking for a job, there is relief for a prayer answered. However, it doesn’t take the former sheriff’s deputy long to figure out that the pretty blond and her son are in need of more than a helping hand. He sees the fear, caution, and paranoia that surrounds Eden and her son and wonders what danger her presence will cause his family and… his heart.
I was very pleased to see how Ms. Hunter handled the intrigue in Falling Like Snowflakes. I thought this book was going to be the typical battered woman running from her estranged, possessive husband (or ex-husband) kind of like the book/movie, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Ms. Hunter; however, demonstrates how talented she is by creating multiple layers of danger and betrayal for Eden and Micah and how that constant tension has taken its toll on them physically, mentally, and emotionally. I found myself identifying with Eden; betrayed by so many and unable to trust anyone, even the good people who were honorable and trustworthy for the fear of what would happen to them and to her son.
This is book one in the Summer Harbor series and I was delighted to discover that Ms. Hunter is laying the ground work for the future books in this series, The Goodbye Bride and Just a Kiss. I am just going to say it now…I foresee another binge reading week in my near future. Heartbreakingly handsome heroes, Beau Callahan’s brothers, Zac and Riley, have captured my attention and my heart and I must read their stories and know they are going to be okay by the end of the series. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I AM a Happily Ever After kind of girl and Denise Hunter knows how to draw me in, make me laugh, make me cry, make me wish to be a part of the family and community she creates in her stories and she consistently delivers that satisfying happily ever after that makes me sigh with pleasure. So without pressure from the well-meaning, but testy, Aunt Trudy, I give this book a high recommendation!
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