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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 ...
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.
Posted December 11, 2013
There were so many things that made Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio a must read for me. First of all I have read Joanne DeMaio's work before and she's very talented and always creates a fabulous story that I can not put down. Next check out this BEAUTIFUL cover. I don't judge a book by it's cover but when it is this pretty how could I not what to just gaze at that beautiful cover, after I finished the book of course. I also adore the name Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes just has such a catchy sound I could not wait to start reading. So there were all these wonderful things that made me want to read this book, needless to say I had high expectation going in and let me tell you I was not disappointed AT all! I really enjoyed this book. Of course I have not yet meet a book by Ms. DeMaio that I did not just love!
Vera Sterling returns to her hometown for her sister's wedding. She has left a few problems behind her, that she would rather not think about during this happy occasion. The big thing is that she has lost her job and needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life next. She takes a big step and buys an old house in her hometown. She loves the house, even with all it's problems. There is also a barn full of surprises for Vera to uncover. When she meets Derek Cooper, she finds the answer to some of her repair problems. There is also an instant attraction between Vera and Derek.
Derek has a tragic past and a memory that he honors every year with the Deck the Boats Festival. However when the snow storm that Vera's weather forecasting father predicts, strikes just in time for the festival, Vera comes through with an answer. Derek has a lot of sadness from his past, that just makes my heart break for him.
I really enjoyed reading Vera and Derek's story. I love stories that are set in towns full of wonderful caring people. Ms. DeMaio has yet again created another wonderful story full of people that kept me intrigued and a storyline that had me flipping pages very quickly. I love Christmas stories and this one left me with a wonderful warm holiday feeling.
If you are already a fan of Joanne DeMaio, then I think you will love this book just as much as I did. If you love holiday stories but have not read Ms. DeMaio's work yet, check this one out, I do not think you will be disappointed.
I know I will be anxiously awaiting Joanne DeMaio's next release. When I read one of her stories I always finish with a feeling I have taken a short mini vacation. She does a fabulous job of describing her settings.
I was given the opportunity to read this book so I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you about this wonderful story.
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Posted March 3, 2014
I loved the authors previous two books so it didn’t surprise me that I also loved this book. The characters have felt so real in each one. They had a broad range of emotions, and you can imagine yourself having the same feelings that they have in each situation they find themselves in.
Vera was in limbo as she’d recently lost her job in the big city. She goes back home for her sister’s wedding and on her way out of town see’s that an old house and barn that was a big part of her childhood, is for sale. Before long she decides to buy the place and return to her cozy little hometown. I didn’t blame her, I would love to live in a place like Addison Cove. Everyone knew everyone else and for the most part were friendly, caring people. The cove itself sounded like a place I would spend as much time as possible…with a book and camera, reading and taking photos of the boats.
The book took place during the Christmas season, and every scene was described so vividly that it was like watching a movie. I could see the transformation of the Christmas Barn (the antics of Jingles the cat was a great addition) and loved the scenes where it was snowing.
The relationship between Vera and Derek kept me guessing, I couldn’t wait to find out if they would end up together or not. I felt they were good for each other, especially that Vera was good for Derek as she helped him through the feelings he still had from the tragedy he went through years before.
I loved that Vera was so close to her parents and sister, it gave the book a comfortable feeling.
This was a really good book and I think anyone would enjoy this fun, quick read.
Posted January 10, 2014
I have just recently found author, Joanne DeMaio as really enjoyed (Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans) and n Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, she did not disappoint, taking you to the small New England town of Addison Cove, CT for a heartwarming white Christmas.
Vera loses her boyfriend and her job as a journalist at a Boston newspaper and decides to return home for her sister Brooke’s wedding. While there, she finds an Old Dutch colonial home for sale with an old Christmas barn which took her back to her childhood.
She decides to buy the property and begins restoring the house and barn and discovered the prior owner’s letter and lots of Christmas treasures. She takes on some freelance jobs and is enjoying this quaint little town and all it has to offer.
While she is shopping for supplies at the local hardware store she meets Derek, a quiet man who has lost his daughter Abby from an ice covered drowning in a pond around Christmas time. Each year in memory of his daughter, holds an annual Deck the Boat light show.
Between Brooke’s love for baking and Derek and Vera’s growing love there is much in store this Christmas and the holidays approach. Combined with a snow storm, healing, unexpected love, and brining an old business back to life – the Christmas spirit greets this small quaint town.
A wonderful sweet and magical story of snowflakes and coffee cakes, a story of Christmas, joy and romance, and starting over.
It reminds me of the quaint Christmas Barn I loved so much in NC (which is now a vet). We all can reminiscent a little and recall fond memories of Christmas. The author sets the stage for some magic making you want to visit and be a part of this town. (I look forward to Whole Latte Life)-this is an author you will want to follow!
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I really enjoyed this book. I did tear up once or twice. It was refreshing to read a book with really no sexual content. The book ended the way I had hoped it would. This was a very quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2014
Posted January 3, 2014
Exactly what I expected and wanted in a Christmas book. A quick read with likeable characters and some interesting facts on snowflakes as well. Those who enjoy Debbie Macomber and Melody Carlson will love Joanne DeMaio too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2014
The town and description of the characters drew me in. I could almost picture the house and Cove. But, I was very disappointed that the author dwelled so constantly on the past loss of the child the entire book. I was hoping for a plot where there was less depressing loss and more holiday renewal and lighter fare. I also think the main character, Vera, was forgotten , in her writing career. Still gets stars for a great idea and descriptions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Vera Sterling has gone home to Addison Cove for her sister’s wedding. There is really no reason to return to the “big city”. She has lost her job as a journalist and doesn’t know what she wants to do next. Then she passes this big old house and barn on her way out of town and it has a FOR SALE sign in front of it. She impulsively turns around and uses most of her severance pay to purchase the house. Her sister thinks she has lost her mind but likes the idea of having her sister close by.
It isn’t long before a course of events change Vera’s life and that of a few others in Addison Cove in unexpected ways.
Heartwarming is the very best way to describe this book. I had to be careful in my synopsis of this book because some times they just seem to give too much away. Part of the magic of this book is discovering the connections and the relationships and the lives of the characters as you read the story.
Vera’s relationship with her dad just plain made me smile. He is a meteorologist who loves winter and will have you looking at snowflakes in a whole different way. Yes, we know no 2 are alike and when piled together they can be used to make snowmen and snow angels. They can also drift together and be back breaking to move. But this story shines them in a whole new light. I am not a winter person but I love watching it snow and snowflakes coming down can be beautiful.
Addison Cove is full of wonderful people and there is something special that brings them together at this time of year. Vera finds there is a way for her to make the occasion even more special.
Love, loss, forgiveness, understanding, friendship and the power of a snowflake come together to make this magical season oh so special, You just have to believe “because snowflakes can grant very special wishes …”
A perfect holiday book. One that you will want to read every year about this time. Definitely one for the “keeper shelf”.
Posted December 26, 2013
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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.
Posted December 8, 2013
This is the third book from Joanne DeMaio that I have read. Each one I love more and more. This is a story of Vera returning home, down on her luck, and finding love and happiness. But more than a romance this is a story of a small town coming together a keep traditions and the hope of a lost child alive. I loved most the traditions in this book. The traditions of the apple festival, scarecrow voting (which is my favorite), and Christmas light parade of boats are all big parts of the story. The fact that these things really matter to me and my family, we try hard to keep our traditions going, and they really mattered to Vera and her family made me instantly want to get to know her better and become part of her family. Near where I live we have a whole town that decorates for Christmas and that is how I am picturing Addison, CT. When Vera started unpacking The Christmas Barn I could not help but think of this town and all the quaint little stores that go all out to make memories for families at the holiday times.
Derek broke my heart. I cannot imagine the life he is living. The grief he feels is so real. He is someone that I just wanted to walk up to and give a hug to, which is exactly what he didn’t want. I loved that he started to open up and share his stories and memories with Vera, and that Vera had the correct understanding and response to keep him comfortable in talking about it. Derek came through with flying colors and a healing heart to love Vera and start to live his life again.
I have to make a quick mention of all the snow references. The little bits of trivia and fun facts about snowflakes were enjoyable to learn.
I have to recommend this book. Joanne DeMaio did it again and wrote a book that I could not put down.
Posted November 20, 2013
In Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader back to the tranquil small New England town of Addison Cove, Connecticut for a heartwarming Christmas tale of family, friendship, and finding unexpected love.
After losing her journalist job at a Boston newspaper, Vera Sterling heads back to her hometown of Addison Cove, Connecticut for her sister Brooke's wedding. With an uncertain future before her, Vera discovers a historic colonial home with an adjoining barn on the banks of Addison Cove that is for sale. Taking an impulsive risk, Vera purchases the property and begins restoring the rundown house and barn while discovering its hidden treasures. While purchasing supplies for the renovation project, Vera meets Derek Cooper, whose family owns the local hardware store. Derek is a quiet man who is barely living with the immeasurable grief and guilt over the tragic drowning death of his young daughter and ending of his marriage five years ago. Christmas is especially hard for Derek, but each year he honors the memory of his daughter with an annual Deck the Boats festival at the cove that the entire townsfolk turns out for. But when a snowstorm hits the town, it's up to Vera and the Addison Cove community to make the most of it and transform the town into one with a Christmas spirit that will help a grieving father to heal and once again find joy in the holiday season.
Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is a wonderful Christmas story that will tug at the heartstrings and fill the reader with seasonal joy. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves a spellbinding tale set in the quaint New England town of Addison Cove, Connecticut, that captivates the reader's attention with a heartwarming romance, delightful holiday tales and traditions, the drama of swirling snowflakes, and tasty coffee cakes. With both Vera and Derek's lives at a crossroads, their emotional journey of taking a risk, letting go of the past, daring to dream, and enjoying a second chance at love and happiness unfolds in a magical way that will make the reader believe in the power of love and friendship and the joy of the holiday season.
There is not enough words that I can express about the simplicity and beauty in which author Joanne DeMaio weaves into her wonderful heartwarming multi-layered stories that are filled with a mixture of loss and love, friendship, and wholesome family values, it is simply breathtaking. As the readers follow Vera and Derek's story, they will discover the true meaning of what snowflakes and coffee cakes stands for, it is simply magical!
Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is an enchanting story full of warmth and comfort that will remind the reader of the true meaning of Christmas joy and spirit. It is a lovely story that will resonate with the reader for a very long time.
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Posted November 14, 2013
UNCOVERING THE GIFTS OF THE SEASON:
When Vera returns to her home town of Addison Cove for her sister Brooke's wedding, she has no idea what is going to happen to her next. She has lost her job at the newspaper in Boston, and uncertainty is definitely darkening the days ahead.
But on her way out of town, she notices an old Dutch Colonial farmhouse for sale....and the next thing she knows, she is buying it with the severance money she received.
Her sister thinks she's foolish, but Vera believes that sometimes investing in a dream is the best thing to do.
What does Vera learn on the way to fixing up the old house? Who does she meet that changes her view of her old home town? And what secret treasures does she discover that help her create still another dream?
Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is so much like the author's previous works, which I also loved, in that the settings are gorgeous, the characters are at a crossroads and taking a chance on a dream, and the romance feels magical.
As always, the author shows us the world in which the characters live and makes us want to stay with them through their magical holiday season, enjoying the gifts of love and sharing. Five stars.
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