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Falling Like Snowflakes

(Summer Harbor #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,170 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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On the run from those who are supposed to protect her, Eden Martelli is trying to reach rural Maine. Her young son is dozing in the backseat when her car breaks down in Summer Harbor. After the unfortunate loss of all of her funds, Eden is literally stranded. She has no choice but to remain in Summer Harbor for the foreseeable future. With the holidays approaching, Eden knows she must find work, any kind of work, that will keep her son and herself from sleeping on a park bench in the cold fall t ...more
Very, very good! I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!
The storyline: terrific! The writing: engaging-- as always! ;) The characters: wonderful to get to know!

I must say that, as much as I loved Eden and Micah and Beau and his brothers... Aunt Trudy is one of my favorite characters. She was surprisingly endearing!

But, as with most stories, there were a couple things that annoyed me...
1) The cover. I mean, it truly is beautifully done! But-- it look
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A handful of authors dominate my must-read list, and Denise Hunter is right at the top. Falling like Snowflakes is a taut romantic thriller that will warm you to the core while it chills you to the bone. Warning: sleep deprivation, palpitations, and acute swooning may occur ... and you will devour every single moment!
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Is Summer Harbor a real place? If so, I totally need to visit there!

Eden and her son Micah are on the run when their car breaks down near Summer Harbor, with no other choice they're forced to stay. Desperate to get some money, Eden searches all over town to find a job and finally ends up at the Callahan Christmas tree farm. Beau Callahan is used to taking care of his family, especially after loosing both their parents. He runs the family business and has recently started dating his brother's bes
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Such a great story! I seriously don't know how Eden kept it together in her dire circumstances. She is the consummate survivor and mama bear, doing whatever it takes to keep her son safe. Her past is revealed in bits and pieces so there is a feeling of suspense involved. Beau has a lot on his plate with his work, his family, and his love life. Even though it seems like he rescues Eden, she is also rescuing Beau's family during their own crisis. Their relationship is platonic since Beau is her em ...more
This is a book to kick back and enjoy on a dull winter's day. As Christmas approaches, Eden's on the run, her son's life in danger. She breaks down in Summer Harbor, where she meets the Callahan brothers. She'd like to believe she can find true freedom...but can she stop running long enough to enjoy it?

The characters jump off the page in colorful, memorable images. I lived with these people this evening, feeling Micah's winces as a car backfires, hurting with Eden as she tries to deny that she's
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Ms. Hunter has been on my list of favorite authors for several years and this story just helps cement her there. I absolutely loved the gentle way Beau took care of Eden, even when not certain what her motives were for arriving as she did. Ms. Hunter is so good at writing a swoony hero! Seeing both of them fall in love, almost against their will, is so very sweetly done. And some of the obstacles in their way are handled maturely and nicely, which I appreciated. A perfect story for a cozy evenin ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Falling Like Snowflakes is the first novel in the Summer Harbor Series and my first Denise Hunter novel. This was a cute, light contemporary romance novel with a smidgen of suspense.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
A great beginning to Denise Hunter's Summer Harbor series! While I didn't love this book as much as any in the Chapel Springs series, it was still really good and kept my attention. I was surprised by the hint of suspense in the story (Eden is on the run with her son and trying to stay safe) and while I enjoyed it for the most part, it was a little predictable towards the end.

I loved the new characters! We had met Beau in Married 'til Monday, so I already was familiar with him and the town. I a
Marian Baay
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
She’s a young woman with a little boy on the run, and strands in the small town of Summer Harbor, where she finds a job with the Callahan family and loses her heart to one of the handsome brothers. But Eden can’t fall in love again. She’s been there and her husband was controlling every little detail of her life. She was a prisoner in her marriage and vows never to trust a man again. But Beau is different—isn’t he?

Beau falls head over heels for the woman he hired to take care of his aunt. But th
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up way too late to finish this book. Eden and Beau are fantastic characters. They're well-developed and unique, and I loved them together.
I loved Eden from the beginning--her strength and courage had me gripped from page one.
Beau is steady and calm, a perfect balance.
Though the ending is predictable and sweet, there were a few twists and turns throughout the book that left me wondering what would happen next.
I loved meeting the rest of the family and look forward to the rest of the b
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought it was too long.
Katie W
(4.5 Stars) I can't even imagine being on the run and constantly looking over my shoulder, as Eden is forced to do, but she handles herself and life so well. Me? I would be a complete mess! I love reading suspense, but there's no way I could actually live it. I thought that Ms. Hunter did a fabulous job in weaving together a great suspense with some fine, clean romance.

Eden's controlling husband is dead and when witness protection failed, she's on the run. I really loved how strong and resourcef
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For months I have anxiously awaited the first book in the Summer Harbor series, titled Falling Like Snowflakes. Having read Married ’til Monday from the Chapel Springs Romance series, I was already familiar with Summer Harbor and a few of the main characters. I really liked the way the author set these books up to be two separate series, yet have a crossover connection between the families.

To get to the heart of it…I loved this story! I connected with the characters right from the start. My hear
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter has another winner in 'Falling Like Snowflakes' and her readers have 2 more books in this series to look forward to! I've always enjoyed her books and enjoy recommending them to others.

This book is set in Summer Harbor, Maine. We meet the Callahan family and this is Beau's story, along with Eden's. Eden is running from tragedy with her son Micah, who has given up speaking because of a horrible event that happened to him. She is hoping to get to a place a friend has loaned her when
This was a good Christmas Christian contemporary drama. I read a book similar to this not too long ago by a favorite author and it was hard not too compare. This one had a slow build and you knew exactly where it was going. I never felt anxious, it was a good setting and I liked the two main charters, I liked the dynamics in the story. There is some good tension and Hunter knows how to write a kiss;] . I wish we could have felt a little more for all the great side characters, there was some miss ...more
Okay, let me just say, I can't get over this cover!!! It is so beautiful!!

I really enjoyed Beau and Eden's friendship and love story...incredibly sweet, yet not without its troubles or stuggles by any means. EVERY character in Summer Harbor was so enjoyable to read about! So much so, I can't WAIT to read the next in the series!
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-net-galley
Genre: Christian Chic Lit
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I like the cover of the novel; in fact, I had pinned an almost identical image of a couple kissing in a snow covered car months ago on Pinterest - before I even knew about this book.

On to the book review…
I’m giving Falling Like Snowflakes 3.5 stars which I rounded up because of how it fit into its genre. What do I see as its genre? Christian Chic Lit. It’s not always easy to find clean, Christian based books and I think this one does a good job of provi
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Denise landed herself on my favorite authors list with the Chapel Springs series, and this new Summer Harbor series has captured my heart just as tightly.

We meet the Callahan brothers in this series, and these three boys are the real deal. This book is centered around Beau, and his growing affections for the mysterious new girl in town.

This book is full of painful pasts, uncertain futures, and a love that seems like it is never going to happen. It will keep you turning the pages with anticipatio
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Falling Like Snowflakes was a beautiful heartwarming read.

This was a cute sweet contemporary love story with likable characters and a good story line.

Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson--FICTION for the advance copy.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern
While tiny aspects of the story hit very close to home, it was a beautiful story of overcoming fear and living life to the fullest. Simple, yes...easy, no.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maine
I can always count on Denise Hunter to write a book that keeps me reading late into the night!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Falling Like Snowflakes" is a wonderful book about a woman who comes face to face with her deepest fears and wins. The plot is great and the combination of suspense and budding romance is a potent combination. Unfortunately, the characters are flat, there is a lot of angst and the great plot promise just didn't overcome that.

Eden Martelli is on the run with her 4 year old son, Micah. She is heading to a place so off the beaten path, no one will ever be able to find her. She has covered her trac
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually a romance book person, but I really enjoyed this book! The relationship had good pacing, and didn’t feel rushed. The plot was interesting and keeps the reader engaged and entertained. It’s an exciting yet sweet holiday themed read.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Boy oh boy! This is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve ever read. No sex. No swearing. Just love, faith, and hope. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
11/29/2017-I just reread this one via audiobook since the book is available with Audible's new Romance Plan, and it was every bit as wonderful as it was the first time that I read it. In fact, I think it was better than the first time because since my first read, I've completed the entire series, so I've gotten to know the characters intimately and I know how everything ultimately ends up with this family and group of friends. A nice bonus with this reread/listen is that I picked up on a few hin ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so begins a new series by the great Denise Hunter. I've loved all her books so far and Falling Like Snowflakes was no exception. Great romance, a heroine with a heartbreaking backstory who is slowly finding her feet, a ruggedly charming male lead, and all the snowy appeal of a new small-town setting.

Eden and her son are running for their lives. When their car breaks down in Summer Harbor it seems like nothing but bad timing and even worse luck, but it does result in them meeting the Callahan
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter finds Eden Martelli and her son on the run when their car breaks down in Summer Harbor, a small town in Maine. In need of cash to fix her car, Eden applies for a job at a Christmas tree farm and ends up working for Beau Callahan. She uses a fake identity to try to keep herself and her son safe from the people who are trying to kill them, but in the process of working on the farm she finds herself falling for Beau.

I was excited to read this book because I
Kelly Bridgewater
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m really not a huge fan of contemporary romances. But there are a few expectations. Denise Hunter is one of them. Her books usually strike a chord in me, so I enjoy reading her books. Her latest book, Falling like Snowflakes, is another one of these to add to the list.

Contemporary romances usually are stereotypical and follow the same pattern. Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl argue. Boy and Girl start to have feelings. Boy and Girl share those feelings. Boy and Girl get married. But in Hunter’s Fa
Courtney Clark
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter is a sweet contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense. It can definitely be read and enjoyed any time of the year, but if you really want to get into the Christmas mood, break out the *twinkle lights*, and drink hot chocolate by the fire, then this REALLY a book you should check out!

With this story, Denise delivers what I have come to expect from her: a compelling contemporary plot, romance, and the spiritual growth of at least one character. This
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, including "The Convenient Groom" and "A December Bride", which have been made into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana,

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“We have to be more careful,” she said. “I don’t have the time or energy for a broken heart.” He felt a squeeze in his chest. “I wasn’t planning to break your heart, Kate.” Her eyes fell to the floor before rising back to his. “Nobody ever does.” A fist tightened in his gut as he watched her retreat. He stood there for a long time, her words hitting hard, sinking deep. She’d been let down by a lot of people, and his name wasn’t going to be added to the list.” 1 likes
“What happened, honey?” She melted at the endearment, at the look in his eyes. “I fell in love with you.” Her words left her mouth on a rush of air. Something flared in his eyes. He pulled off his gloves, his eyes never leaving her, and cradled her face. His hands were warm and rough against her cold cheeks. “Eden . . .,” he whispered. “I love you too.” 1 likes
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