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Friday, October 26, 2018

First Flurries by Joanne DeMaio (Book Review)

First Flurries by Joanne DeMaio
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: PB - September 8, 2018 / eBook - September 18, 2018
Format: Paperback - 264 pages
               Kindle - 3572 KB
               Nook - 659 KB
ISBN: 978-1723467981
BNID: 2940161786604
Genre: Holiday Romance / Women's Fiction

Buy The Book:

Buy The Other Winter Holiday Novels Set In Addison, CT:
Book 1: Snowflakes And Coffee Cakes 
Book 2: Snow Deer And Cocoa Cheer
Book 3: Cardinal Cabin
Book 4: First Flurries

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a novel snow-dusted with love and possibility.

Lindsey Haynes' father once gave her a snow globe with the note: "Unsure where to go? Give a little shake ... and your heart will always know." On a whim, those words lead her to the quaint New England town of Addison. It's a place straight out of a storybook with its twinkling town green, decorated Main Street, and secluded lakeside cabin community.

But an encounter with a dejected doctor named Greg Davis turns Lindsey's days upside down, much like a snow globe in motion. With a little nudge from endearing townsfolk, and a few chance meetings of their own, a magical flurry of emotions suddenly swirls around them.

First Flurries is an enchanting story about finding love and home when you're not even looking. So cozy up and settle in with a tale that will simply capture your holiday heart. 

Book Excerpt:

Click on the link to read an excerpt from First Flurries

My Book Review:

In First Flurries, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader to the quaint small New England lakeside town of Addison, Connecticut for a heartwarming Christmas tale of family, friendship, finding a home, and a chance at unexpected love.

Lindsey Haynes is the thirty-one-year-old owner of Vagabond Vintage, a traveling tiny house shop on wheels clothing boutique. She's been traveling on an autumn craft fair and flea market road trip through old New England towns and is trying to decide where her next stop will be. With one shake of a snowman snow globe that her dad gave her as a present and the special verse "unsure where to go? Give a little shake ... and your heart will always know," Lindsey decides to stop in Addison, Connecticut, a picturesque and quaint lakeside town where her Uncle Gus lives. Uncle Gus tells Lindsey about the new holiday festival in town, Merry Market, and helps her get a spot for her shop on wheels for the holiday season.

Greg Davis is a thirty-five-year-old prominent orthopedic surgeon. The past three Christmas holiday seasons has brought three heartbreaks for Greg. Tired of being only a first date man, Greg decides to stay out of the game of love this holiday season.

While backing into a parking spot on the town green, Lindsey was looking at the flurries from the first snowfall of the season, and accidentally backs into Greg's parked luxury sedan. With the help of some well-meaning town cupids, Lindsey and Greg keep crossing paths unexpectedly, can the lovely freespirit and the dejected doctor find love when they aren't even looking for it?

First Flurries is a wonderful Christmas story that will tug at the heartstrings and fill the reader with seasonal joy. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves a spellbinding tale set in the quaint New England town of Addison, Connecticut, that captivates the reader's attention with a heartwarming holiday romance. This delightful holiday tale has a rich description of the breathtaking holiday decorated small town setting, holiday traditions, and delicate swirls of snowflakes. Lindsey and Greg find an unexpected chance at love as their story unfolds in a magical way that will make the reader believe in the power of love and friendship, and the joy of the holiday season.

There are not enough words that I can express about the simplicity and beauty in which author Joanne DeMaio weaves her wonderful heartwarming and multi-layered stories that are filled with a mixture of love, friendship, family, and life's unexpected special moments, it is simply breathtaking. As the readers follow Lindsey and Greg's story, they will discover that Lindsey's vagabond journey leads her to find the right home, and as for Greg, love blows into his life like one of winter's first flurries, out of nowhere!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how the richly vivid description of the town of Addison is phenomenal, you'll yearn to visit the area and experience the quaint lakeside town's holiday tradition. Ms. DeMaio has a special gift for transporting the readers into every story that she weaves while leaving them yearning for more!

First Flurries is an enchanting holiday story full of warmth and comfort that will remind the reader of the magic, joy, cheer, and spirit of Christmas. It is a lovely story that will resonate with the reader for a very long time.


About The Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love, and choices while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Joanne's novels include the New York Times Bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee BeansWhole Latte Life, a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick; Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, a USA Today Bestseller; True BlendThe Denim Blue Sea; Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer; and Cardinal Cabin. Her latest summer books are Beach BluesBeach Breeze, and The Beach Inn. Her latest wintry novel is First Flurries.

For a complete list of books and to learn more about the author, visit She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

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