Snowflake Bay

Snowflake Bay

by Donna Kauffman
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Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman

There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…
 
Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…
 
As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now?  More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…
 
Something old might just become something new…
 
Includes a DIY wedding project!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420137484
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Brides of Blueberry Cove Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 41,801
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia, where she is presently applying her crafty DIY skills to decorating her new mountainside abode. Well, when she isn’t busy trying to keep the bears from hanging out in her flower and vegetable garden all day and night!  With her new Brides of Blueberry Cove series, Donna’s been having a blast applying those same restoration and design skills to doing some fictional wedding planning. Of course, if that means haunting all those lovely antique shops and flea markets that are so plentiful in her new neck of the woods, well, it’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. When she’s not finding ways to take her love of all things rustic and vintage and give them a fabulous seaside, coastal Maine wedding party twist, she loves to hear from readers!  You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.

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Snowflake Bay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and dips her head to seastar. She suddenly lunged forward and cauhgt a large carp.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second of the Brides of Blueberry Cove series but the first that I have read. I had no problem following the story, but will definitely go back and read the first one. Fiona McCrae has moved back to Blueberry Cove from New York. She has closed her successful interior design business, bought a building back at home and plans to open a new Interior Design Business in Blueberry Cove. Ben was practically a part of the McCrae family growing up. He is Fiona's big brother Logan's best friend and the guy Fiona had a huge crush on while growing up. He only had eyes for Hannah, her older sister and teased Fiona constantly while they were kids. They are now both grown up, recently returned to Blueberry Cove and the sparks are flying. I loved the interactions between the two of them. They joke easily with one another and Fiona is very quick with the banter, jokes and sexual innuendo. Ben is right behind her with his flirting and sense of humour as well. While they try to fight their attraction to one another, they get to know each other and have fun. This is a fun romantic read that is very timely. Small towns are a great place to grow up, but often the youth have to move away to get jobs and job experience. The draw of family and home still calls them back though. The family ties in this book are well developed. The patriarch, Uncle Gus, has a health scare and they all rally around him. This is a quick read, despite the number of pages, because it is interesting and once I got into the book, it was tough to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, family drama and books about small town communities. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book - all about family, romance. 249 pages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yes Firedusk!" She says and stand up straigt and perks her ears "do you hear that?" She says seein a large shadow and smelling hawk "F-firedusk, did you see that?" She says pressing against him heavily almost knocking him over
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello everyone!" She says excitedly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hides under brush to avoid geting spotted (my fur lights up when the sun hits it oh the downfall of a bright ginger pelt) once a gull has gotten close enough he springs off of his hind legs and onto the gull back as it trys takeing off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gray tabby waited for Firedusk. She stood still on the shore waiting for an unsuspecting gull to land.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I have read of Donna's and the second book in the The Brides of Blueberry Cove series. Donna did a great job of setting the plot by having a great set of characters that were well developed and written very well. In addition, she did a great job setting the scene so that you really felt that you were in the small town of Blueberry Cove. If there were aspects of the book that I thought could have been improved it maybe would have been the pace of the book. It took a little longer than I would have liked to get to start seeing their romantic relationship started. At times in the beginning I felt that she was concentrating more on the story of Fiona then Fiona and Ben. One aspect that I enjoyed was the twist that she threw in there about a family member. I think this was a great way to see the emotional aspect of Ben and Fiona's relationship really develop and grow. All in all I thought this was a good book and I will definitely read more in this series especially Kerry's story from what we learned in this book about her. I would recommend this book to romance and fiction readers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the banter and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a way, this could be considered a second chance romance, even though technically it was the heroine who had an unrequited crush on the hero back when they were kids. Fiona used to drool over Ben when she was a teenager, but he only had eyes for her sister and he saw Fiona just like a little sister. When they meet again, they're both grown-ups and with their own careers they've worked hard for outside the small town where they grew up. Now that Fiona is back for good and Ben has to look after his family business at least until the holidays are over, being around each other feels different and old feelings come back to the surface, while a new awareness hits Ben square in the face. I like second chance romances, especially when they're childhood sweethearts, and the fact that this is set in a small town and at Christmas was a bonus. However, I was hoping to like it just a little bit more than I did. I felt that at times the story dragged a little, with too many internal monologues and "what ifs" moments that seemed a bit repetitive at times. Although I understood the characters' indecisions about their future, both professionally and romantically, I felt that the constant wondering about what would happen once the holidays were over slowed the pace. Also, I thought that they got together a little too quickly; whereas just a few pages before they didn't want to get involved with each other, they change their mind pretty fast on that train ride... I guess it's just a pet peeve of mine, but that turned me slightly off. What I liked about the book was Fiona's clumsiness, especially when Ben was around. She always managed to do something that would make me laugh, and this made her a very relatable character. I also liked the small town setting and the camaraderie they all shared. This is book 2 in the series, but you do not need to read book 1 in order to understand. ***I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review***
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Fiona had a childhood crush on Ben. Nothing she had to worry about returning home. He'd started his business in another state. Ben's father is retired to the South and has returned home to finish out this Christmas season and he's trying to decide what to do with the family Christmas Tree business. From the second Ben walks back in Fi's life her childhood comes back to haunt her. However, for Ben his attraction to Fi is new and wonderful. He's determined to make up for his childhood taunts by romancing Fi and winning her heart. Though the beginning of the story was a bit slow the spark between Fi and Ben had me addicted and wanting more of their story. I love the creative dating in a busy time for both of them at the Holidays and "dating" through texts and phone calls are getting to know each other's adult selves. I read the excerpt for Fi's sister Kerry's story and it left me checking out when the next story will be coming out. If you enjoy a fun, romantic story with a touch of awesome snarkiness, I would recommend checking out Snowflake Bay.
CarasBookBoudoir More than 1 year ago
Fiona McCrae is an amazing interior designer, that was just awarded one of the top awards for her field…but she feels unfulfilled. So after moving home to Blueberry Cove, Maine, to open a new shop, she agreed to help plan her two of her sibling’s weddings. What she wasn't expecting though, was to run into the object of her teenage affection and for him to still use the same nickname he tortured her with as a kid. Ben Campbell didn't realize just how much he hurt her with the childish nickname until she blew up at her sister over it. But after not seeing her since she left for Manhattan, he was bowled over by how she had grown. Now he wants more with her, but he is not sure that he will forgive him. Basically I loved this book! I honestly cannot say just how much I love it! From Fiona's outburst in the bar! To the ambush by the crazy overbearing ex at the employee party! Every chapter of this book provoked some form of emotion for me; from surprised, upset and thankfully happiness! The characters in this book really moved me! The writing, plot and characters were great and I honestly it kept me completely gripped and left me wanting to read all of the other books in the series. I give Snowflake Bay 9 out of 10!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! It's sweet and has lots of family importance stressed in it, but it's also funny with some nice sexy times too. :) Fiona McCrae sold her thriving interior design business in Manhattan and has come back home to Blueberry Cove, Maine to start a more down-to-earth decorating business. While in the midst of this, she's also guilted by her older sister, Hannah, into planning a Christmas wedding for her ... in 7 short weeks! Ben Campbell has been Fi's brother, Logan's best friend since kindergarten, and he's back to help at his families Christmas tree farm in neighboring Snowflake Bay. Just what Fiona needs on top of everything else! Ben might have spent his formative years with a huge crush on Hannah, but in the background, Fi was crushing on Ben. He just thought of her as a pesky little sister, and tormented her on a regular basis. Now that she's all grown up, will he finally see her? And with her life in such a rocky place right now, will she even want him to? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second I have read in this series, Snowflake Bay can be read alone but will be so much richer an experience if you have read the first in the series. Kauffman takes readers to mid-coast Maine, and Blueberry Cove has the classic feel (and frustrations) of a small town. Centering on the McCrae sisters, in this book Fiona has returned to Blueberry Cove to strike out on her own as a designer. It’s not long before she finds herself as the wedding planner for older sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding. It isn’t long before Fi runs into her childhood crush, Ben Campbell, back in town and all grown up. Ben never saw Fiona as more than someone else’s little bratty sister, but seeing her now, successful and apparently in charge of her own life is a revelation. Well, almost in charge as repeated foot-in-mouth goofy moments when he’s around has readers (and everyone else) wondering if she really has grown up. Carefully built and presented, the story allows us a deeper insight into Fiona, the lingering hurt from Ben’s nickname, the family relationships, the friendships and townspeople who all seem to know you, occasionally better than you know yourself, and of course, the new relationship. Kauffman mixes humor, heart, family and a few choice comments to bring a story that will leave you smiling. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I've read some of Ms. Kaufamn's other genres--though apparently so long ago, it was pre-my-using-Goodreads (SO long ago, I know! Those days are nothing but a hazy memory...) so I'm not sure exactly which ones. Some of her more steamy contemporaries, I know, and at least a few of the modern-fairy-tale series. I didn't even realize she'd jumped on the small-town contemporary romances, but I was definitely game! It probably goes without saying that the rest of the Brides of Blueberry Cove" and Bachelors of Blueberry Cove books have already been added to my TBR, surely? ;) Snowflake Bay is such an adorable book, and with a Christmas theme to boot! After finishing it, I'm almost ready to deal with the snow (don't anyone DARE tell Mini-Moe #2) and absolutely ready to put up the tree (Ditto! I mean it, too--she's already been singing Christmas songs. Loudly. And slightly off-key.) Plus, it is an unrequited teenage love/friends to lovers book, so yeah. Wins all around. I absolutely loved Fiona and Ben. Fi is just so adorable--a classic middle sister (not exactly child, since there's four of them, but close enough) she's always trying to keep the peace and smooth things out for the siblings around her. And she's been in love with her older brother's best friend forever. Not only didn't he have a clue, but he was openly "in love" with her older sister, Hannah, for their entire adolescence. Yep--the one who was the heroine of book one in the series ( Sea Glass Sunrise ) and who's planning her wedding (with Fiona's help) in this one. So obviously THAT romance isn't going anywhere. Fortunately for Fiona. Making her an even more endearing heroine, Fi's also slightly accident prone--especially if diabolical clothing's involved and Ben's in the vicinity. The scarf incident when they meet for the first time in years, when he offers to extricate her from its clutches with bolt cutters? Too funny. Many, many chapters later when she is (literally) trapped in ugly bridesmaid dress revenge hell and talking to Ben about it on the phone? Even funnier. And not just because chain saws are mentioned. I just love this couple, and Ms. Kaufman's way of writing them. And Ben...the poor guy is quickly forgiven (well, by me anyway, which isn't quite the same as Fiona doing so--but she comes around pretty quickly too, especially when he lays a toe-curling kiss on her to ease it along) for his years of cluelessness where Fiona's involved. Once he starts to see her as an adult and as a person of interest, he can't unsee it. Fortunately, Fiona's far from over her crush on him. Also fortunately, older brother Logan's (mostly. usually. he's pretty sure...) okay with it. The two move fairly slowly, considering--and with the busiest time of the year happening for Ben (he's just taken over the family Christmas tree farm) and some family issues for Fiona, they spend a good chunk of their early days--and some middle days too--mainly in phone calls and texts rather than actively seeing each other. They totally make up for it later. ;) Instead of a true relationship black moment, they have more of a personal crisis/decision point, which I liked--it's hard to imagine either one of them going overboard in a dramatic blowup, and it would have felt contrived. Instead their relationship felt like it was a perfect progression for the two of them, considering. And the big question/answer to their shared dilemma moment? Oh-so-perfect, at least for these two. Ms. Kaufman gives us
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
The Second installment in Donna Kauffman's - Bride of Blueberry Cove! The feisty middle sister Fionna McCrae, she'll tell it like it is, in no uncertain terms! Known as Fi to her friends and family, but she is known to one person by a nick name that she has been carrying around since she was a little girl, and she certainly has an opinion about that, too! Fionna has decided to return to her roots in Blueberry Cove, she has chosen to close down her award winning and very successful Interior Design firm in New York City and set up shop designing the way she wants. But, she's got another wedding to plan and on Christmas Day to boot, so there is quite a bit on her plate! A chance encounter (in her own home no less) tangles her right up with the last person she expected to find there. A fiery story with passion and high opinions, although family and being there to support each other is the thread running across every page. Somehow Christmas will never be the same.
tlsloves2read More than 1 year ago
What can I say, I enjoy nothing more than romance, especially through the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Snowflake Bay was one of those stories I didn't want to put down, nor did I want it to end. Donna Kauffman does not disappoint in capturing the characters and surroundings of the setting for The Brides of Blueberry Cove series. Snowflake Bay is the second in the trilogy, but can most definitely be read on its own. From the first chapter of Snowflake Bay, through the relationship, adventures, and chaos of Fiona and Ben, to the very last pages, Donna Kauffman's second book in The Brides of Blueberry Cove gave me that happy-warm-fuzzy feeling. I laughed out loud, at Ben's first introduction into the story, "I've got bolt cutters in my truck. We could just cut you out." through the ongoing chaos that follows Fiona around. A very entertaining and enjoyable read that left me wanting more. Looking forward to the third book in this series, Starfish Moon, and the continuing story of the McCrae family.
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sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read Fiona's story in the second installment of The Brides of Blueberry Cove. Love the romance in the small town. Fiona has returned home and is planning her sister's wedding. Ben has also returned to help at his family's Christmas tree farm. Ben was Fiona's schoolgirl crush, Ben now sees her differently from years ago. Loved the journey of their relationship growing, along with all of the family issues. A fast paced story that will leave you smiling for a long time. I could close my eyes and feel like I was in Snowflake Bay. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to a new Donna Kauffman book and I am never disappointed. This is a wonderful addition to a series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fiona is a hoot and when the author describes Fiona trying to take off her scarf and coat after entering the house from a cold Maine winter and the nickname her school crush calls her had me laughing out loud. It made her a real person with(like everyone else)real problems. I can't describe how much I loved this story. Truly wonderful.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit, I’ve been avidly waiting for this novel since we met Fiona in the 1st Brides of Blueberry Cove novel. I’d built it up so much in my mind that I was a little worried, but Kauffman didn’t disappoint me with this excitingly romantic tale, not even for a second. Kauffman writes with a smooth, easy going style that conveys the feeling of this small coastal town. The narrative brings the town and its people to life while the descriptions create the perfect backdrop. I really enjoyed the multiplicity of things that are going on it this story. The characters balanced their own lives with what is going on in their families, health issues vied with work. At the same time, the budding relationship was so sweet, yet not always easy. I felt a connection with Fiona’s character from the very beginning. She was fun and funny without being over the top. I found the fact that she wasn’t perfect, that her life was in transition, while also being exactly what she wanted reassuring. It made it so much easier to identify with her. Ben was also a great character to lead this tale. In transition, but of a less optional sort he finds himself questioning things he’d never thought of before. At the same time, his helpful, caring personality shines through, without detracting from the strong, outdoorsy quality that is essential to who he is. The supporting cast in this story was also a lot of fun to get to know. Whether you’ve met them in previous Blueberry Cove novels or just meeting them now, Kauffman develops them in such a manner that I really felt as if I knew them. I loved the close knit relationships that Kauffman develops throughout this novel. Family, friends, and those in between all play a major role in everyone’s lives. This was a lovely, emotional, yet always fun and funny novel that allowed me to escape from the everyday into its pages. But Kauffman did leave me with one question at the end, what will Kerry get up to next? Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Snowflake Bay is the second book in the Brides of Blueberry series and it features Fiona McCray and Ben Campbell. Fiona is the younger sister of Hannah, ( who featured in the first book), and the story opens with Fiona planning Hannah’s Christmas wedding. Chaos ensues due to the historic rivalry between Blues and McCrays, and Fiona has a everything under control until her childhood crush and older brother’s best friend Ben, moves back to town, He has always considered Fiona to be a bratty pest, but now that she is a successful and beautiful designer, he sees her in a new light. Their romance is complicated by uncertain futures, exes, and family. How does the book end? Read and find out. I always love a good Donna Kuaffman book because she is the queen of funny little towns that capture my heart. I liked how Fiona and Ben’s romance felt natural and well timed. I am looking forward to the next book in the series! I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Donna Kauffman has always been one of my favorite authors and I have loved her Blueberry Cove series. Snowflake Bay being the 2nd book in the Brides of Blueberry Cove is no exception. Donna has written a really beautiful story. Fiona caught my attention from the start. Being a 2nd time bridesmaid and also the wedding planner for her sister Hannah's wedding, she is a mess. Added on to the stress is Ben, her brother's best friend and the boy she had a crush on when she was young. Ben had never noticed her and instead, had had a thing for her sister Hannah instead. I really loved the chemistry between Fiona and Ben. When Ben finally notices Fiona, and also realised how much he had hurt her unintentionally, sparks fly between them. But Ben is in Blueberry Cove only for the time being but Fiona is set to stay. How will they overcome the obstacles and stay together? A beautiful story that will leave you laughing and tearing. Can't wait for Kerry's story.