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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Winter Road by Joanne DeMaio (Book Review)

In association with Author Joanne DeMaio, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Winter Road!

Book Review

Winter Road by Joanne DeMaio
The Winter Novels Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 2, 2023
Format: Paperback - 258 pages
               Kindle - 1927 KB
               Audible Audiobook - 6 Hours 41 Minutes
               Nook: 746 KB
ISBN: 979-8399947617
ASIN (Audiobook): B0CC6FRMGN
ASIN (Kindle): B0C75BCLQH
BNID: 2940161039113
Genre: Holiday Romance / Winter Novel / Women's Fiction

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

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a heartwarming novel as beautiful as a home aglow for the holidays.

Home, for Joel Briggs, is the old New England farmhouse on Winter Road. From the front porch, he listens to the barred owls or watches the towering Christmas tree lit up in the yard. It's a quiet road, kind of like his life. Quiet.

Until Faye Weston walks right into it. What begins as a chance encounter one bittersweet winter night turns into a cherished friendship. A friendship that neither wants to jeopardize. Yet they do. Unless, like the Christmas season asks, they choose to believe -- not only in their friendship, but in the winding road of their love story.

My Book Review:

In Winter Road, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader to the quaint small New England lakeside town of Addison, Connecticut for another heartwarming holiday tale of family, friendship, new beginnings, and finding a chance at unexpected love.

Winter Road is a wonderful holiday 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 the latest heartwarming holiday romance from her Winter Novels series.

Faye Weston isn't feeling the holiday spirit, her apartment lease was unexpectedly terminated, and she finds herself temporarily staying at her dad's house. As the year comes to an end, Faye's dad tries to rally her spirit and enourages her to write out a list of 35 goals to complete in the new year. 

Joel Briggs is the owner of Joel's Bar and Grille, a popular historical tavern in Addison. Joel is a good guy, who everyone loves in this tight knit lakeside town. He owns a farmhouse on Winter Road, and loves his piece of New England paradise, but he realizes that his life is too quiet, and as the year ends, he realizes that he hasn't found that special someone.

Faye unexpectedly meets Joel when she goes with her dad to the tavern for the New Year's Eve celebration. Joel's tavern has a traditional New Year's Eve sweeping out the old year at midnight with decorative mini whisk corn brooms. Joel finds Faye outside the tavern in tears, and he encourages her to stop crying and join in the tradition. As the new year begins, Faye and Joel go about their lives, but another unexpected second chance meeting eight months later brings them together as neighbors, and a close friendship begins. Can Faye and Joel's friendship grow to something more as the holiday season comes to Winter Road

Winter Road is a wonderful story that has a rich description of the breathtaking holiday decorated small town setting filled with holiday traditions. Faye and Joel 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, family, friendship, new beginnings, 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 heartwarming and multi-layered stories filled with a mixture of love, friendship, family, life's changes, and unexpected special moments, it is simply breathtaking. As the reader follows Faye and Joel's story, the author cleverly interweaves characters and events from the previous books in the collection that provides a seamless continuation of their stories from winter to winter. And as a surprise bonus, the author includes our favorite couple, Jason and Maris Barlow, from the popular Seaside Saga series!

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 and friendly townspeople. Ms. DeMaio has a special gift for transporting the readers into every story that she weaves while leaving them yearning for more!

Winter Road 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.

Winter Road is the latest installment in The Winter Novels series, each book is a stand alone read, but each book does have intertwining snippets from the previous books, so you'll want to read the whole collection!


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. Winter Road is her newest novel. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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