About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan (HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Summer Harbor, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 4 out of 5
Each time I crack open the pages of a new contemporary rom-com from inspirational author, Denise Hunter, I allow my expectations to soar. If there is one thing the author excels at (and there are more than one) it’d be her narrative that ensures the reader a delightful time. That is exactly what one will find within the pages of the award-winning author’s brand new book, which also acts as a new series launcher. Not only that is attributed to it, but this makes an excellent Christmas read and an attractive find for anyone looking for that perfect gift to give the book lover in your family. Though we were given a tease of this story in Married ‘til Monday, until you read this, you aren’t likely to really understand the characters well enough to judge them.
This story centers on Beau, the eldest of three brothers. Once the story opens, we learn he has quit his job as a deputy in the small town of Summer Harbor to focus on their family Christmas tree farm, among other business ventures. But he hasn’t yet shed his cop mentality. This is when Eden enters his life. Running from a past that was as emotionally unhealthy as it was frightening, Eden doesn’t plan to stay in Summer Harbor, but her car has a mind of its own. Poised to protect herself and her young son – emotionally and otherwise, Eden keeps a close guard on her emotions while staying with the Callahan family. When Beau gives her work helping his elderly aunt, the family slowly begins to chip away at the reserved nature of her son and her heart.
BOOK REVIEW: Married ’til Monday by Denise Hunter
Though its cover is steeped in Christmas cheer and its title helps along the imagery, this is a story that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Sure the setting does overlap the most wonderful time of year, but the cusp of the story is one of fear and breaking free from a past riddled with mistakes. The running theme is one of learning how to trust and embracing freedom. Eden had lived an entire life (though she’s still a young woman, hers was a life that seemed longer because of this) smothered. The first was for protection, and her later years were spent under a controlling thumb who was anything but protective (or not in the right way). Beau too, is a typical protective male, but unlike the men of her past, Beau wanted only to shelter Eden. To give her a haven that felt safe. This theme carries throughout the novel and the picture it evokes is a lovely one.
Meeting these new characters is an adventure all on its own. As characters, these pages hold some of the best. I found myself happily rooting for each of the characters though there are an unusual amount of complexities that complicate moving the plot forward. Still, even with these, all of the characters retain their moral compass. I feel as if we’ve been given a clear snapshot of what’s to come with brothers Zac and Riley’s stories. Given the synopsis for book two (The Goodbye Bride), my theory for Zac’s story has already been proven true. With its gentle yet emotional story that tugs at your heartstrings, and charming romantic style, with Falling Like Snowflakes, Denise has again wrapped up another poignant story that she tops with a pretty bow. As with each of her novels before this, not only is the message meant to impart something that looks beyond outward appearance and looks to within, there is also always a healthy glimpse of what a genuine love story looks like. Experiencing that alone is a gift though, fortunately, there is much more to be discovered.
Synopsis: When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she’s on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this–fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He’s recently left his job with the sheriff’s department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he’s flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he’s shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he’s been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden’s also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can’t seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he’ll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again? – Goodreads
Coming Next from Denise Hunter, The Goodbye Bride: Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.
It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again. – Goodreads, Add It ǀ Preorder (Amazon)
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.