Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes Author:Joanne DeMaio 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 re... more »al 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.« less
My first holiday book of the season and from one of my favorite authors and set in a town from previous books (what more could a girl ask for)! I have read both of Joanne DeMaio's previous books and reviewed them here at Kritters Ramblings, so when I received the pitch to read this holiday book, I couldn't wait!
Vera was a great character and I loved her family. Vera's return home was believable and even heartwarming. I fell in love with Derek Cooper and his struggle to overcome a tragedy that ripped him and his life to shreds. I wanted more for their story and felt it needed just a little more in the middle stages of their interactions.