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Sunday, December 13, 2015

FALLING LIKE SNOWFLAKES by Denise Hunter

Iola Goulton reviews Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter.

Here is the Short Version from Amazon:

Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.

When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.

Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.

Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again?

My Review

I’ve read several of Denise Hunter’s previous romance novels, and enjoyed them because they always go a little deeper than the typical Christian romance novel. They might pretend to be regular boy-meets-girl romances, but they soon twist into something out of the ordinary. Falling Like Snowflakes was different again, and in a good way—because it had an added suspense plot, and it should be no secret that I love a good romantic suspense novel.

I will admit that it took me a while to get in to Falling Like Snowflakes. While it was immediately obvious Eden was running from something, I didn’t know what, and that made her come across as a little lacking in intelligence. I soon realised that wasn’t the case—it was more that she was young and life had taught her (the hard way) that not everyone could be trusted, which makes it hard for her to trust Beau and his family.

The story built up gradually, with the romance and the suspense plots building at a similar pace, and learning more about Eden’s past as she grew to know Beau better. I especially liked the way the romance was shown through subtle looks and thoughts rather than being told (as was the case in the last romantic suspense novel I read).

Overall, I very much enjoyed Falling Like Snowflakes, and I’ll certainly be reading the next book in the series. Recommended for all romantic suspense fans.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

About the Reviewer, Iola Goulton: 

I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Tsu .

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon US Reviewer Rank that floats around 2500 (and I'm in the Top 50 at Amazon Australia).

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