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Brides of Blueberry Cove
BY DONNA KAUFFMAN
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—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…
As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after 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? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…
Something old might just become something new…
Includes a DIY wedding project!
“Kauffman’s stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy.” –Publishers Weekly on Sandpiper Island
Brides of Blueberry Cove
BY DONNA KAUFFMAN
Hello! Thanks so much for joining me on my blog tour for my latest Brides of Blueberry Cove book, SNOWFLAKE BAY! And a big thanks to Karen for having me as a guest blogger today! In SNOWFLAKE BAY, heroine Fiona McCrae has a past with our hero, Ben Campbell. He was her older brother’s best friend, so they all grew up together. Ben only had eyes for Fiona’s older sister, Hannah, and though Hannah only ever thought of him as another family member, Fiona’s young heart had belonged to Ben from the start. Of course, to Ben, she was the bratty kid sister. Both Fiona and Ben had left Maine to pursue careers elsewhere, but find themselves reunited back in their hometown where each has returned for family reasons.
Have you ever experienced unrequited love? It’s never easy to have feelings for someone and realize that they don’t see you the same way, no matter what age you are. I’ve been there, and I wanted to explore that feeling…and while it wasn’t any fun, even so many years later, to think back on such a painful time and relive some of harder parts of it, all in an effort to bring those feelings to life for Fiona, it was worthwhile just to have the chance to give the story its own, special happy ending. (It turns out getting the chance to rewrite history is so much fun!)
Have you run into an old flame or old crush and had the chance to rekindle things, or start fresh? Do you have a favorite story of second chances where unrequited love gets a shot at turning out happily ever after? Leave a comment below, and be in the running to win a copy of SNOWFLAKE BAY!
Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman
“Did you sign the papers? Dot every i, cross every t?” Kerry asked the moment Fiona entered the Rusty Puffin, not pausing as she continued to wipe down the bar.
“I did,” Fiona told her. “As of this morning at about ten, Beanie’s Fat Quarters is all mine.” She hiked herself up on a stool and leaned her elbows on the freshly gleaming cypress bar. “I even had the chance to go by and talk to Eula.”
And, actually, her visit to Eula’s was every bit as much the reason for her giddy mood, thanks to the moment she’d had in Eula’s shop with Ben Campbell. Specifically the moment she’d taken off her coat and glanced at him in time to catch that rather pole-axed look on his face. It was quite possible it hadn’t meant that he’d just looked at her as a woman for the very first time, rather than a short, plump annoying kid sister, but she was going to choose to believe that’s exactly what had happened. And she was going to wrap up that moment in a shiny gold bow, and pull it out and open it up every time she needed a little boost. Because that look on his handsome face had made it almost worth—almost—every single moment of adolescent torment he’d put her through.
“You’re looking rather cat and canary,” Kerry said. “More cat, less canary.” She pulled two wine glasses out from under the bar and filled them with champagne. “So, what’s going on with you and Ben Campbell?”
Fiona wanted to rush in and deny, deny, deny, but she’d watched their older sister Hannah handle Kerry over the years and was proud of herself for taking a page from the lawyer’s handbook. “What makes you think there’s anything going on between me and Ben?”
About the Author, Donna Kauffman…
USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia, where she is presently applying her crafty DIY skills to decorating her new mountainside abode. Well, when she isn’t busy trying to keep the bears from hanging out in her flower and vegetable garden all day and night! With her new Brides of Blueberry Cove series, Donna’s been having a blast applying those same restoration and design skills to doing some fictional wedding planning. Of course, if that means haunting all those lovely antique shops and flea markets that are so plentiful in her new neck of the woods, well, it’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. When she’s not finding ways to take her love of all things rustic and vintage and give them a fabulous seaside, coastal Maine wedding party twist, she loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com.
Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Donna has a giveaway for one of her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog readers! Comment on the following: Have you run into an old flame or old crush and had the chance to rekindle things, or start fresh? Do you have a favorite story of second chances where unrequited love gets a shot at turning out happily ever after? Leave a comment below and be in the running to win a copy of SNOWFLAKE BAY by Donna Kauffman. Don’t miss the chance to read this book! Thanks, Donna, for sharing your story with us!