Book Review: Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio

2Summary:

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:

Joanne DeMaio’s third novel, Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, marks the author’s return to the fictional town of Addison, Connecticut, this time around the magical season of Christmas. In all of her works, Joanne has always excelled at creating small-town stories that transcend borders and her latest is no exception. Lights are strung up on the barn, Christmas trees are decorated, and snowflakes are falling, all while we learn, and fall, for Derek and Vera and their story in this magical novel.

Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes has an air of simplicity about it that fits perfectly to the setting and the time of year, countering Derek’s sad history with all the hope and peace that Christmas can offer. The story is beautifully handled as Derek struggles to come to terms with his loss and Vera tries to find a place in his life. There is so much depth and genuine, heartfelt emotion that I had a hard time putting the novel down. All in all, this novel is pretty amazing. Full of warmth and joy, Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is the perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold winter night, or really any time of year. So, grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or wine, and dive into a story that reminds us that wishes do come true.

 

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