I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Snowflake Wishes (Echo Lake, #0.5) by Maggie McGinnis
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Holidays, Love & Romance, Romance
Noah Drake was that guy--the one always on the lookout for his next adrenaline high, so it was no surprise when he took off across the world, seeking adventure as a travel writer. But one thing he could never escape was Piper Bellini, the girl who got away--the girl he let get away, a fact he's never let himself forget. When he returns to Echo Lake to see if there's any chance the flame between them can be rekindled, he never expects to spend the night holed up with Piper in a roadside diner while a blizzard rages outside. It's exactly the kind of situation that sent Piper running years ago. But this time, Noah may have been handed a Christmas miracle, and he intends to make all of his and Piper's wishes come true...
Snowflake Wishes by Maggie McGinnis was exactly what I needed to help get me into the winter spirit. Set in snowy Lake Echo, this novella brings together Piper and Noah, two individuals who have no seen each other in over seven years, after Piper broke Noah’s heart and left him recovering in a hospital bed after a terrible accident. Her reasoning? She just could no longer handle the dangerous lifestyle that Noah preferred to live. He desired risks while all she wanted was safety and security and a place to call home. Yet, the two of them have never really been able to forget each other, and when fate brings them together by trapping them in a local diner during a snow storm, this is more than blatantly obvious.
What I really enjoyed about this novella was that I was able to connect with the characters. I understood both their perspectives on the breakup and what had happen afterwards. I understood why Piper was hesitant to be around Noah especially when I could sense that the attraction was still so readily there. I could also see how badly Piper had broken Noah’s heart when she walked out on him, even if I was able to understand her reasoning. I could also understand both their fears of reconnecting only to have their hearts broken again. This was quite a bit to put into such a brief story but Maggie McGinnis does so beautifully.
Another thing that Maggie McGinnis does beautifully is explore the setting of Lake Echo. From her descriptions, it sounds like a place that I would love to go and visit, especially during the winter time. I loved the scenic descriptions, especially during the snow storm, and the way that the town was connected with the characters. It definitely had a small town vibe which as always I enjoyed as I come from a small town myself and love when small towns are represented in such a positive manner. The only thing I didn’t necessarily like one hundred percent was the snowflake dance that was described in the beginning of the novella. Yes, I’m all for small hometown traditions but, it did kind of make me cringe the idea of women having to put their name on a snowflake for men to buy a chance at a dance with them, even if it was for charity. Especially since it was only the single women who had to do this as a way for them to possible find the love of their life so to speak.
All in all though, I really did enjoy Snowflake Wishes by Maggie McGinnis. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light and fluffy winter read. The reason I say winter is because there are no specific mentions to the holidays throughout this story so I feel that this is something that could be read anytime during the winter season. In fact, you could even read it during the summer if you were looking for a cool read. See what I did there? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Seriously though, this was such a good introduction to Maggie McGinnis, and I look forward to checking out more of her work.