BOOK 2: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter
Falling Like Snowflakes description:
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 through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.
When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.
Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.
Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again.
As you can see, I read the 2nd book first, and it’s not a big deal because each book is about a different couple, though of course all the same people are involved in the stories for the most part. The only thing reading the 2nd book did was reassure me of who was ending up with who, which is never a surprise, it’s more about the journey of how they get there, which I had no clue of. Hunter did a great job slowly unfolding the story of what exactly Eden is running from, and that helped to make more sense of what was driving her, and why she was living in such fear. But not getting it all at once kept that sense of mystery, and really allowed you to get a better connection to Eden as the memories would pop up and draw her back to her past at different times. I really loved the whole Callahan family. They’re good people, and the dynamic was a wonderful addition to the story. What I’m loving most about Hunter’s books is that while they’re definitely romantic, and while they’ve even got that spice of excitement that keeps you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning, they’re also dealing with real issues and struggles that so many people can relate to in one way or another. It makes for a wonderful read that you feel like you get a lot out of. I’m very much excited that the 3rd book will be out soon.