“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!”—Lori Foster
Nestled on the Maine coast, Blueberry Cove is a peaceful retreat compared to the excitement of exotic cities and foreign lands. But it’s also the best place in the world for one woman to find her heart’s true home…
Kerry McCrae’s wanderlust has taken her to parts of the globe most people have only glimpsed in pictures. So why is tending bar at the family pub in Blueberry Cove after her Uncle Fergus’s stroke an easier adjustment than she expected? And why hasn’t she left once Fergus is back on his feet? When tall, tanned Cooper Jaxton walks through the door, she knows the answer in a heartbeat…
Born and raised deep in Australia’s outback, Cooper never planned to leave the wild country he loves. But after almost a year of having Kerry—with her sparkling eyes and outrageous stories—on his cattle station, Cooper was stunned when she left. Suddenly home wasn’t the same without her. Making his way to Blueberry Cove to find her is a risk, but Cooper is counting on the passionate connection between them to convince her that the only place either of them needs to be is together…
Let the honeymoon begin…
Includes a DIY wedding cake recipe!
“We all know where there's Donna Kauffman, there's a rollicking, sexy read chock‑full of charm and sparkle. Kauffman's characters are adorably human and so very magnetic.” –USAToday.com
About the Author
Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. She is the recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, a RITA® finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award-winner, and a PRISM Award-winner. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C.’s politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener, and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.
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By DONNA KAUFFMAN
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2016 Donna Kauffman
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She didn't mind being known as the single sibling, the last remaining unmarried McCrae. She didn't. Kerry McCrae's life was too big, too bold, to settle herself down in one place, with one person.
Let 'em eat wedding cake!
"Refills in the back!" The shout came from the pool table area in the rear of the Rusty Puffin, the lone pub in the tiny harbor town of Blueberry Cove, Maine. The same town where she'd been born and raised.
The same pub she'd been helping her Uncle Gus — who owned the place — run for a little over a year now, her big and bold life on hold. She'd come back for her older brother Logan's wedding the previous summer, then stayed on for her oldest sister Hannah's Christmas wedding. And now the middle McCrae sister, Fiona, was driving them all bonkers as she reached the final planning stages of her impending wedding in just a few weeks' time to Snowflake Bay Christmas tree farmer Ben Campbell. None of those were excuses for Kerry not heading out on her next grand adventure.
If she was looking for an excuse — and she wasn't — it was the stroke that Fergus had suffered a mere few weeks prior to Hannah's holiday wedding. Technically, he was her late grandfather's cousin, but he was Uncle Gus to her and to her siblings. He was her port in a storm, the one McCrae who truly understood her, who recognized that glint in her eye, because it matched the one in his own.
He'd been in his fifties when he'd up and moved from County Clare, Ireland, to America, offering to help his distant cousin raise his orphaned grandchildren when her grandpa's own health began to fail. Kerry had just turned ten and thought her newfound great-uncle was the most exotic thing she'd ever seen, with his short, stout frame, wild fringe of white hair ringing his bald pate, and vivid blue eyes. But it was that rich, lyrical brogue of his, as he told her bold tales of exploration and adventure, that truly entranced her. The fact that Fergus had stuck it out in the Cove going on twenty years now didn't mean he wasn't a wayfarer at heart.
Gus knew she couldn't contain her spirit in a small seaside town, no matter how dear the Cove was to her. And her hometown was dear, as were each and every one of her family members. It was their strength, stability, and support, after all, that had given her the confidence, the assurance, the daring, to leave home at the tender age of nineteen and go forth to conquer the world as she pleased. And she'd pleased herself a great deal, gypsying around the globe for more than a decade, hitting every continent except Antarctica. And that was only because the floating science lab she was going to crew on, from Tierra del Fuego all the way down to the penguins and back, had been docked for funding reasons a week before she'd been set to leave.
Gypsying until last year, anyway, she thought, when she'd come home again. For the weddings. And to help Uncle Gus. If staying, helping, and playing bridesmaid time and again also kept her from thinking about the last adventure she'd been on before she'd returned home to the States, then all the better, really.
"Are the brews coming anytime soon? We're thirsty men back here!"
"Keep your pants on, Hardy," Kerry called out, without even looking up from the bottles she was up-capping and sliding down the bar to two of the other thirsty bar patrons crowding the small establishment. Her musings continued as she pulled four more drafts and set them on a tray. Gus's stroke had absolutely been the reason she'd stayed past Hannah's wedding. He'd always been there for her, so, of course, she'd be there for him. In fact, the thought of leaving, then his having another stroke and her not being there with him — well, she didn't even like to contemplate that.
She carried the tray to the back, weaving her way through the throng, trying to ignore her little voice as it whispered, He's fine now, no more strokes, or fine enough at any rate. He doesn't need you to stay as he's mentioned a time or a hundred. So how long are you going to cling to that lame excuse before you find yourself yet another? Fiona's wedding? Sure, okay. Then what?
Kerry gritted her teeth a little, ignoring her incessantly pestering little voice — she'd gotten good at that — and set the tray on the round café table closest to the pool table Hardy and his three fellow lobster fishermen coworkers were using. "Who's losing?" she asked, then grinned as all four men paused in chalking or lining up their cues to look her way. "I only ask so I know whose tab to put this round on."
"Might as well add it to Perry's," Hardy replied as the other two men who weren't Perry chuckled in agreement. "He couldn't sink a shot tonight if he nudged it all the way to the pocket with his nose," Hardy added with a laugh.
Hardy was a tall, well-muscled, good-looking guy, a few years older than Kerry's thirty-one. He wasn't a native of the Cove but had moved up from Boston about four years back, after marrying Caroline Welsh, the third-grade teacher at the local elementary school. So Kerry didn't know him well, or at all, really. What she did know was that he was a natural flirt and cocky enough to think it was perfectly fine to exhibit that character trait wherever and whenever he saw fit. She also knew it had surprised no one except him, apparently, when, after three years of marriage, Caroline had filed for and gotten a divorce almost before he'd known what had hit him. That had happened right after Kerry's return to Blueberry.
He'd stayed on in the Cove, continued working for Blue's, the local fishing company in Half Moon Harbor, the central docking spot for everything seafaring in the Cove. The local gossip was that he'd hung around to woo his ex-wife back, but given that he'd been trying to coax Kerry out on a date since she'd begun helping Gus full time after his stroke, almost seven months ago now, her personal opinion was that divorce had taught him nothing about women. He'd been good- natured enough about accepting Kerry's continued rejections, but she knew, given the twinkle in his dark brown eyes, that he'd try again. She wasn't worried about that. She'd handled men far more aggressive than Hardy on her globetrotting travels, with a lot less leverage than having her family's pub, currently occupied by a goodly percentage of her entire hometown population, to back her up.
Perry was a half dozen years older than Hardy, also a Blue's employee, and had been since he was sixteen, helping to keep his family's farm going by dropping out of school and working full time as soon as he was able. His face was weathered and he sported a perennial tan, along with a few more crinkles at the corners of his eyes and mouth than he otherwise would at his age. He was as good-natured as he was hardworking, married to Bonnie, the town's one and only EMT, and proud of his wife's accomplishments. They had two little ones and another on the way.
He looked up at her with a sheepish grin, then straightened so he could take a sip of the beer she'd carried to him. "I wish I could say different, but he's right. I'm blaming it on lack of sleep. Bonnie's pulling night-shift work as long as she can — pays better — so I've been pulling double duty with the kids. Her ma's got them tonight so I can get out for a bit."
Kerry just nodded as he handed the mug back to her and bent back over the table to line up his shot.
Across the table, Hardy took a sip of his beer, folding his arms around his pool cue as he leaned back against the wall, watching Perry try to line up a shot that would sink both the seven and the three if it worked. The other two men followed Hardy's example, which was privately why Kerry thought Hardy had really stayed in the Cove. Big-man-in-a-small-pond complex, at least in his immediate circle anyway. The three men took turns sipping and taking side bets on how many rounds Perry was going to owe for by the end of the night.
Kerry had set Perry's mug on the table and picked up the now empty tray but set it back down again and walked around to where Perry was still lining up his shot. She leaned down next to him. "Tap the side of the table," she told him, her voice low.
He paused, shifting slightly to look at her. "Beg pardon?"
"Tap the table," she said again, enunciating the words this time. She'd just delivered their second round of ale so she knew he wasn't buzzed.
Perry straightened, then caught her wink, and tapped the edge of the pool table with the flat of his palm.
Kerry followed suit and tapped hers twice, then took his cue and nudged him out of the way.
"Hold on, hold on," Hardy said, his smile fading, beer suddenly forgotten. "Wait — you can't just —"
"He tapped out. I tapped in," Kerry said. "I'm taking his turn for him."
"This isn't a wrestling match," Hardy protested. "You can't just tap out and tap in."
Kerry lined up her shot, going after the same two balls but taking a slightly different approach. "My bar, my rules." She hit the cue ball, then stood, grinning, as first the three went in, then the seven. She moved around the table. "Excuse me," she said as she slipped between Hardy and the pool table to get to her next shot. "Still Perry's turn, I believe." She then proceeded to run the rest of the table. She'd been playing pool since she could see over the edge of these very tables, a skill that had stood her in very good stead on her worldly adventures. She'd been surprised by just how many countries there were with bars and pubs containing a pool table or two. And how men in every last one of them would underestimate a woman with a pool cue.
A goodly number of folks were watching now as she sank the final ball, and a cheer went up as the black number eight fell in the side pocket. Perry was flushing but laughing, as were both of the other fishermen playing his table. Hardy looked like he was going to complain, but Kerry just held her hand out, palm up, in front of him. "Man's got two toddlers and another on the way. He needs that money for diapers and college funds." She rubbed her fingers, her smile and stare never wavering. "Now, be a nice single guy with no kids and pay up."
"I have a dog," Hardy grumbled as he reached for his wallet to the hoots of the other two men and the assembled crowd. He got a cheerful thanks from a smiling Perry. "A big dog," Hardy added as he slapped the bills on her palm while Perry collected from the rest of the bettors.
Kerry took one of the fives and handed it back to him. "I've seen your big dog, Hardy. Ten pounds of terror, that one. Get little Fritzie some kibble. On me."
"He's my ex's dog," Hardy replied and, to his credit, ignored her offer and picked up his beer again. He grinned as he lifted the mug to his lips. "At least he doesn't steal the covers."
Everybody laughed, including Kerry. It was just past suppertime, a nice breeze coming in off the water as the sun began to set on the first Friday in June, and the Puffin was full up with the hardworking folks of the Cove looking to burn off a little workweek steam and a few dollars from their freshly cashed paychecks while they were at it. They worked hard and played hard and, but for a few exceptions, mostly kept themselves in check.
Despite Gus's stroke leaving him a bit less blustery than his usual ornery Irish self, the folks of the town respected him and knew he ran a tight ship. The Rusty Puffin was the only pub in town, and as he was often fond of saying, "I want it to stay standin', so keep yer balls on the table and your hands to yourself, or I'll cuff one to the other and let you sort out how to get yerself free." That his great-nephew — Kerry's older brother, Logan — was the Cove's chief of police didn't hurt matters any either.
She handed the cue back to Perry, but not before tapping the end of it on his shoulder. "Seeing as Bonnie's also pulling double duty, working and growing you an adorable new baby at the same time, maybe you should spend some of your grandma capital taking her out for dinner and a movie while she can still sit long enough to enjoy them."
Perry didn't flush or look embarrassed. He grinned and leaned closer over the laughs and guffaws. "Our tenth anniversary is coming up, can you believe it? She thinks she's got shift duty and I'll be out running traps, but her ma and I have set up a little surprise. Getting away for a whole weekend, just the two of us."
Pleased, Kerry gave him a fist bump to the shoulder. "Well, then. Good on ya, mate, good on ya." Then she leaned in and bussed him on the cheek for good measure. "The world needs more men like you," she added, plenty loud enough for those close by to hear over the sounds of a pub in full swing.
Grinning at the hoots and hollers that got, she scooped up the tray and skirted the table, taking an order from the three men at the next table as she ducked by. Hardy eased forward just enough to crowd her pathway back to the bar. "Sounds like someone from your little Down Under adventure left a bad impression of men on you. Mate," he added pointedly, copying the bit of Aussie accent that crept into her voice now and again, usually when she was cheering or swearing. So, fairly often. "You should let me fix that for you."
Kerry smiled sweetly up into his handsome, preternaturally tanned and weathered face. "I'm thinking I'll wait until your track record improves."
Hardy clutched his chest and stumbled back a step in mock pain as one of the other players called out, "She shoots, she scores!" causing another ripple of laughter among the slowly dispersing crowd. Hardy grinned and laughed with them, but not before Kerry saw a bit of a hard glint come into his eyes. If she lived anywhere else, she'd have wondered how he knew where she'd been prior to her return to the Cove, given she'd never once spoken of that particular adventure other than to Fergus. But in a town the size of Blueberry, the fact that everybody knew everyone else's business was a given.
Within moments, she was once again swallowed up in the rush of running a small pub on a crowded Friday night. She dismissed any concerns about Hardy. He might be an inveterate flirt who hadn't had the good sense to expend at least some of that natural charm on his own wife, but he wasn't an overly aggressive guy. He'd keep up the pressure, to be sure, but she'd handle it, handle him.
She ducked under the bar in time to bump hips with Fergus as he came in from the tiny kitchen in the back. "Natives are restless," he said. "And hungry. Eatin' us out of house and home, they are. We're down to pretzels and nuts. Need to order more of those cracked corn nuts you put on the menu, too."
He was balancing a tray filled with little wooden bowls in his good hand. She smoothly shifted the tray from his hand to hers, leaning in to kiss his ruddy cheek as she did. "Will do," she said, and carried it to the waiting bar patrons without giving him a chance to protest. He was touchy about the limitations his stroke had left him to grapple with, and she'd learned the best way to deal with that was to do what needed doing while charming her way through his moods.
The stroke had left parts of the left side of his body less than fully functional. He had a very slight droop to the corner of his left eye and the corner of his mouth on that side, but his speech patterns had mostly returned to normal with only minimal slurring. He still had random gaps in his memory, both of current events and ones from his past, and at times he would lose his train of thought or struggle a moment to form a word, but otherwise, for a man in his midseventies, he was still sharp as ever.
More troublesome was that the stroke had weakened his left shoulder, arm, and hand, which made him less capable of taking on the normal lifting and carrying duties required of running a pub, though fortunately he was right-handed and still had all his fine motor skills there. According to his doctors and physical therapist, he should be using a walker, as his left hip and knee weren't at full mobility, but Fergus wasn't having any of that. He'd found a way to get his short, stout-framed self around well enough using a thick, hand-carved oak cane that Eula, the local antique store owner, had given him, complete with a large, knotty knob handle that was easy to grip even with his less functional hand.
Still, Kerry worried about him and was glad she could stick nearby to keep an eye on him. She filled two more drink orders, handed out more pretzels and nuts, and listened to Fergus regale the bar patrons with boyhood tall tales of his life in Ireland. She smiled as she pulled another tray full of drafts, thinking it was likely they'd heard the stories a dozen times or more, but, if they were like her, they never tired of listening to them. The town had rallied around Fergus after his stroke, and the love everyone had for him was made obvious each and every night, right here in the pub.
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Starfish Moon is the final book in The Brides of Blueberry Cove series. This story takes place after the wedding of the oldest sister and just before the middle sister's nuptials. Kerry McCrae came home from Australia for Hannah's wedding and while she was home, her beloved Uncle Fergus suffered a stroke. She remained home to take care of him and run his pub. Now, she is still there for Fiona's wedding. Known for her wanderlust, she has only shared her adventures in Australia, her reason for staying so long and finally her reason for fleeing, with her Uncle Fergus. When Cooper Jax arrives from Down Under, and proposes to Kerry, in the pub, in front of the whole town, Kerry immediately tells him to go home. Well, he is not deterred that easily. Kerry is a feisty heroine who can hold her own in a pub or on a boat or working as a jillaroo on a huge ranch. This novel was character driven. The family did not play much of a role in this story, it was carried by Kerry and Jax. I will say that their banter and joking, a trademark in this series, was cute. Will Kerry realize that it is time to give up the travel and settle down with a man she loves? Will Jax be able to convince her that they can make a life together? I will say that this was the least enjoyable of the three books in the series. Because these two characters both realized that they loved the other, it was just a matter of convincing Kerry this was the right way to go. Of course they both had fun while Jax was doing the convincing. Jax was a man who has been far too patient, but was going to do his best to ingratiate himself into the town and Kerry's family. He was giving it one month to see if he could convince Kerry to accept his proposal. There is no problem reading this as a stand-alone story, but I did read them all, although out of order. I want to go back and read the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove as well to get the full story of this town and their residents. A nice summer or beach read. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Kerry McCrea is a natural born wanderer. The fact that she’s been back in her hometown for a year without leaving is something short of a miracle, although only her beloved uncle knows the real reason. When that reason walks into her uncle’s bar from halfway around the world, Kerry isn’t happy. This was a really good book. It was a contemporary, which aren’t usually the types of books I read very often, but I loved how the author set up the feel of the book and all of the characters were very well written. It kept me reading until I finished the book. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Excellent book. It has a little suspense, romance (could do without explicit sex). 231 pages.
4.5 stars!!! Book 3 in Donna Kauffman's Brides of Blueberry Cove series! Fiona McCrae is next on the marriage list..but an unexpected visitor drops on the scene and the gossip mill has a change of focus that sets tongues waving and rumors flying! Who is this one tall, blue-eyed, blond with an accent to die for, taking up the doorway of the Rusty Puffin his gaze on no other than Kerry McCrae, his name Cooper Jax, straight from Camaroo Downs Australia! Cooper has waited long enough, hoping for the return of the one person he knows he can spend his life with, he let her go once and he's determined to bring her back. Besides, in this town, something about the rocky shores of Blueberry Cover hold some kind of magnetism, as all indications point to the fact that weddings seem to be something of a spectator sport. Cooper is looking to capitalize on that fact fates will also rule in his favor. Kerry McCrae has a whole other opinion to the contrary and will let know one (including her interfering Uncle Fergus) change her mind. Kerry was made to wander, not settle in one place, the fact that she's not left Blueberry Cove (in over a year), notwithstanding. The battle of wills that ensue have Cooper and Kerry relishing in surrender!
This novel is all in the details. There are lots about the scenery and the surroundings. Kauffman includes a great deal of narrative that focuses on background info, where the main characters were and what they did before now. This gave the novel a unique feel throughout. This is one of those novels that I had to become really invested in the characters to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, the tale is well written and engaging. The plot was just atypical for Kauffman’s work. Once I was immersed in this world and the characters it was a great read. And that was no hardship at all since Kauffman has filled this novel with characters that captured my heart from the moment that I met them. I love how the characters can laugh at themselves (and at each other). Romance between these two is always fun, if not always easy. And I’ll admit, I’ll never look at a pirate the same way again. The relationship between the main characters is also solid. There’s a lot of talking and figuring things out. It was nice to see where it all came from. This was a Blueberry Cove novel that definitely stood out for me. The characters were fantastic and the plot very heartfelt. It’s a great read as part of the series or on its own. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
I have to say that I am in love with Donna Kauffman. I've read so many of her series and I have never ever been disappointed. If you like cozy contemporary romance, you will love these books. Starfish Moon is the 3rd book in the Brides of Blueberry Cove series and the 6th book to take place in Blueberry Cove. This town is full of people that you'd love to know. One of the things I love about these books is they capture the small town feel, you don't get the sense that the the supporting cast is a bunch of card board cutouts, they all seem very, very real. Kerry and Cooper are delightful, they have real chemistry and you want to see them together right from the start. I had a hard time putting this book down to do things like make dinner or go to bed. Seriously, read this book. It's so much fun!
Kerry McCrae has spent her adult life being a professional drifter/traveler. She has traveled all over Europe, Asia and most recently Australia. While there Kerry worked in the Outback on a ranch with Cooper Jaxton. She stayed for a year, and although they were attracted to each other they never became more than friends. Kerry leaves Oz to return home to Blueberry Cove, Maine because her siblings' wedding and help her uncle after a stroke. A year passes, Kerry's feet are itching to go somewhere new, but guess who surprises her while she working... Cooper. He has managed to get a month away from the family ranch and has traveled to Maine to ask Kerry to marry him! She turns him down, but agrees to a date and a beautiful courtship is born. Will Cooper and Kerry be able to find a way to work out their relationship or will they just be a happy memory? Donna Kauffman has written a wonderful ending to the Brides of Blueberry Cove series and I am sad to see it end. I loved both Kerry and Cooper, and was happy to see the evolution of their relationship. It was great to see the characters from the previous books and the setting were as wonderful as they have been in all of her novels. I am looking forward to reading her new series! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
I have been impatiently waiting for Kerry's story and I was not disappointed! Kerry is the youngest of the four McCrae siblings and the wanderer. She met Cooper while she was in Australia and now he's in Blueberry Cove to tell Kerry that he loves her. Cooper and Kerry have great chemistry together and you will be rooting for them from the very beginning! Donna Kauffman does a great job with blending humor, love and family into one story. You don't want to miss this one!
I have fallen in love with Blueberry Cove. I wish that I could stay at the fabulous bed and breakfast, grab a drink at Fergus' bar and dine on some of Delias delectables. I am sooooo sad that this is the last in the series. I savored every page and thoroughly enjoyed the banter, Donna perfectly what it is to be in a smart, connected, sassy family where everyone has an opinion and every opinion is respected. It is lovely to be part of that close knit family for a few days. I enjoyed the incorporation of and Australian and the very realistic and vivid description of the station. As I lived in the outback for years it was comfortingly familiar. On top of all that wonderful was an extraordinarily sweet and tender love story. I am a total sucker for the very realistic feelings and challenges that the characters face and overcome to find the very tissue worthy happy ending.
This is the third and last book of The Brides of Blueberry Cove series by Donna Kauffman, and the youngest sister, Kerry McCrae's story. Kerry has been the free spirit sibling. After having lost her parents at a really young age, Kerry has just been floating through life, never staying in one place too long because she didn't want to make any connections that she could possible lose. Kerry spent the past year in Australia at the Cameroo Downs Station....a ranch that raises cattle....and the longest time she had spent anywhere except for back home in Blueberry Cove, Maine. While down under, Kerry started lusted after Cooper Jax, son of the owner of the station. Seeing as though Cooper was never going to make any moves, and getting news of her siblings upcoming weddings, Kerry headed back to Maine. Now a year later, Kerry's life seems at a stand still. She is helping run Uncle Gus' Rusty Puffin since he had a stroke but she still longs for Cooper Jax and his Australian family. Imagine Kerry's surprise when Cooper walks right into the Rusty Puffin while she is working on a Friday night! It's an even bigger surprise when he tells her that he should have asked her to be his wife before she left! After Kerry's initial shock the two of them talk privately. Kerry is still uncertain about many things in her life, but Cooper is very certain of what he wants. Then Cooper drops a bomb telling Kerry that he plans on staying in Blueberry Cove for 30 days to try and help her make up her mind. Oh, my....let me just say that Cooper is delicious! He is sweet, sexy, considerate and has an accent that will bring woman to their knees. I just adored the things he did throughout this story to make Kerry fall for him even more. He was utterly perfect! I loved how Kerry worked through her issues, involving all of her family and friends. I loved how everyone was rooting for her to end up with Cooper, and I really enjoyed their happy ending. It made me laugh, cry and swoon. I'm sad to see this series end. It has been a really enjoyable ride.
As with the other books in the Blueberry Cove series, Donna has written a wonderful story filled with humor and love. What makes this book even more special to me is that the hero, Cooper, is from Down Under. Australia is one of my most favorite countries so the hero being Australian and having the book set partially in Australia was definitely a bonus. I love the way Donna wrote their first meet-up when Cooper came to Blueberry Cove to look for Kerry. It was really interesting, albeit an awkward situation for Kerry. Cooper is definitely one of the guys you'll root for so it's no wonder that Kerry's sisters and friends were rooting for him. As always, I love the small town feel where friends and family poke their noses into your business but are always supportive for you. It can be read as a standalone but I think it would be great to read the rest of the books in the series to get the whole picture. ** I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
I enjoyed this one very much! Kerry was such a unique character and that fact that Cooper would go through as much as he did to come after her was amazing. Kerry has always been filled with wanderlust. Never staying in any one place too long. That is until she landed on a cattle ranch in the Australian Outback. She had been there a year until she received the news that her sister was getting married and then her Uncle having a stroke brought her back to Blueberry Cove. Now another year has passed and she's beginning to wonder why her need for travel hasn't hit her like it usually does. Cooper Jaxton was content with his life in Australia running the family cattle business. That is until Kerry leaves after a year and he can't get over missing her. It may have taken him a year but he's going to get her back. That's why he's standing in her family's pub in Blueberry Cove. I thought this story was very well done and watching how Kerry and Cooper worked through the obstacles in front of them was quite entertaining. Overall an excellent addition the the Blueberry Cove series and a book I highly recommend.
5 - "Feel free to pillage away." Stars! I seem to be having a brilliant run on books from the Kensington Publishing line recently, I think pretty much every ARC I have read and reviewed for them in the past couple of months has been a four or five star read for me, and Starfish Moon by Donna Kauffman is no exception. IMAGE. This is not the first book in the authors Brides of Blueberry Cove series, but it is my first read from this author. I didn’t struggle to read Kerry and Cooper’s story, but you do get the feeling that this book is not the first book due to all the characters and couples that crop up in its telling, and upon checking there are a whole plethora of books and series set in this town, which makes me happy because it’s a place I certainly want to visit again. "We’ve talked about it to death. Maybe it’s time to try action." I was sold on this book as soon as I learned that Cooper Jax was from Northern Australia. Because as soon as the word ’Drover’ is mentioned, I had this not-so-unpleasant image rolling around my head the whole time I was reading. Although the author does describe him as blond, I am sticking with my imagination on this one! A year after her leaving Cameroo Downs, he travels to Blueberry Cove, Maine to track down Kerry McCrae, the woman who hasn’t left his head or heart since. I loved their first meeting, clumsy and a bit uncomfortable, Cooper lays all his cards on the table from the get-go, and in front of the customers of the local bar The Rusty Puffin, a place owned by Kerry’s Uncle, and full to capacity at the time of his declaration being made. "I want both… The friendship and the hunger." What commences is a somewhat unconventional month, in which time Cooper does his best to convince Kerry that they have a future together, and not just in a quick-fling sort of way. I liked that the author span the 'commitment-phobe' trope on its head here, and made Kerry the reluctant party, being a bit of a nomad it fitted her character well and gave a great depth to the development of their relationship as a whole, especially as her main concern going into their relationship is that her wanderlust would eventually mean her up and leaving him. She was every bit of everything he remembered about her, all at once and all at the same time… This was such a great book, with a large cast of characters added to its telling, the author has put together a town, and a large and diverse group of people that Kerry and Cooper’s relationship built around. I loved that everyone could see what Kerry initially couldn’t and their efforts to encourage them both together at any and all opportunity. They are a sexy couple in that both aren’t afraid of going after what they wanted, but I liked the Cooper pulled back before doing the deed so to speak to make sure that Kerry knew he wanted more than just one month of fun with her, he was just an absolute charmer in that respect. She sank into him as if she’d finally found that part of him that was meant to fit her, and only her. He’d known she’d be that for him, his perfect fit… As previously mentioned, this isn’t the first book of this series, and this isn’t the only series the author has that is based in and around the residents of Blueberry Cove, as such I am happy because that means I get to go back and read all the previous books released, and I can look forward to more stories in the future. If I could pack up and move today, Blueberry Cove would probably be near the top.
What a fun read! I did not want to put this book down – but had to – there were other things I had promised to do. Australia has always fascinated me and having a book with a man from “Down Under” who is as warm, witty and charming as Cooper Jax show up in Blueberry Cover to woo Kerry McCrae proved the perfect read for me. The witty dialogue and fun times spent together, the honesty and clarity of conversation when discussing big issues and the willingness to see whether or not a long term relationship might be in their future all made this special and fun and hard to put down. The town was behind the romance, the family on both sides of the world could see Jax and Kerry should be together BUT Kerry was a wanderer and free spirit unsure she could ever settle in one place. There was no major fight to separate the two but what did happen to put things in perspective for both of them was big and the right sort of thing to have happen, in my opinion. This book made me smile and laugh and hope for the best for both Jax and Kerry – Great book!. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Zebra for the copy of this ARC to read and review!