Snowflake BayTitle:  Snowflake Bay
Series:  The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2
Author:  Donna Kauffman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books, Zebra
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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…

Read on for my thoughts on Snowflake Bay.  No true spoilers, promise.

I always enjoy picking up the newest novel by Donna Kauffman.  And Snowflake Bay is a delightful, realistic romance that fits perfectly.

Don’t we all have memories of a childhood or teenage years crush that we absolutely “loved” to distraction – but they didn’t have the faintest clue that we even existed.  Most likely they were wrapped up in their own crushes and couldn’t see the awesomeness that was right in front of them.  Okay, alright, maybe we were over the top in trying to get their attention by acting up or being a pain… but that was all we knew how to be back then.

Fast forward a few years to when Fiona has returned to Blueberry Cove, all grown up, ready to start her new business here in her hometown.  Far, far away from the madness of the big city life.  Her sister’s getting married and she’s got the job of getting everything ready in just a few weeks.  Did she really need to have her brother’s best friend show up in town, too?  Ben.  The boy she’d loved with the passion of youth and the clumsiness of that age in doing the only things she knew how to get his attention – be a brat.  Yeah.  And he’s using that hateful nickname again.  Really, will the hurt that this guy dishes out to her never end – even as adults?

Ben hadn’t expected Fiona.  Well, not the beautiful grown up woman who went by that name.  He’d been young, blind and totally wrapped up in his longing for her sister Hannah back when they were kids and she was just an annoying brat.  Look how she’s grown up now.

Snowflake Bay is a multilayered story of life.  People who grew up together have a history, a shared memory of the way things were – until that changes with age and adulthood.  Family is always there, until suddenly that might change as well.  Love comes and goes and comes back again in a pattern as old as the hills.  Friends still gather at the old places.  New faces are added, new memories are formed.  It’s just life, ya know?  And that is why I love Ms Kauffman’s created universe – it’s simply a slice of life.

Ben and Fiona’s romance is as natural as the familiar faces in a small town.  There are memories, there will be hurt feelings that will be smoothed over.  A love will be formed and a chance at a lifetime of happiness and memories.  Snowflake Bay is just a really good life story, a love story that might happen to anyone at anytime.  Enjoy it for the love, memories and dreams to come.

I enjoyed Snowflake Bay very much.  You don’t have to have read the other stories within the Blueberry Cove series – but I’m betting you’ll be looking for them once you finish this story.  Definitely recommend this story for readers who love a really good, down to earth romance.

*I received an e-ARC of Snowflake Bay from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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