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Series: The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2
Published by Zebra Source: Author
September 29th 2015 | Pages: 368
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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. The last thing she needs is for her childhood crush, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay.
As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased while pining after her older sister 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?
Fiona McCrae is excited to be home in Blueberry Cove, where she can showcase her signature rustic vintage style with her interior design business. She has just finished planning older brother Logan’s wedding (Sea Glass Sunrise) when her sister Hannah announces her own engagement – with a Christmas wedding in seven weeks – planned by Fiona! With winter coming to Maine, Fiona hadn’t planned on her business rolling until spring, but she still has a lot to do on top of the wedding. When her childhood crush once again unknowingly crushes her spirit using a despised childhood nickname, the tension between the two causes wedding tension, as Ben is her brother’s best friend, enmeshed in Fiona’s family life. In the process of apologizing, Ben realizes that gangly, sisterly Fiona of twenty years ago is now a curvy, bright, independent woman. Their relationship begins to change and deepen when they need each others’ support as friends through a family medical crisis and establishing routines in their individual businesses.
Readers who have visited Blueberry Cove through either the Bachelors or Brides of Blueberry Cove series will not be disappointed in Snowflake Bay. All of our favorite characters are there, sitting around the bar at the Rusty Puffin, visiting the local diner and watching industry of the shipyard. Fiona and Ben are very real, without a lot of silly miscommunication issues and they are able to get over little slurs or hurt feelings much better than is often seen in a romance. I enjoyed Fiona’s decorating style and got some fun ideas from her to use in my own home, and both Ben and Fiona were very relatable to me as they dealt with aging family members and all that can entail.
In addition to a great relatable story, Donna Kauffmann gives readers the recipe for a champagne wedding cake with cherry pie filling, that she makes herself. Not being a cherry fan, I might substitute blueberries, but it sounds scrumptious! One does not need to have read any of the other Blueberry Cove books to enjoy Snowflake Bay, but once you visit you will want to keep going back. I am excited for Kerry, the last single McCrae in Blueberry Cove, to share her story in Starfish Moon, which will be out in May.