Friday, November 20, 2015

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer

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I’m delighted to be participating in the virtual book tour for author Joanne DeMaio’s latest release, SNOW DEER AND COCOA CHEER.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book followed by my thoughts on this charming read:

Jane March's greeting cards have lost their jingle. While worried about her job at New England's Cobblestone Cards, she stumbles upon a forgotten box of her mother's nostalgic paintings. They depict small-town Addison's covered bridge and red barns and picket-fenced colonials. If only Jane's designs could capture the same heart. When her mother shows her how with a Christmas to-do list of memories in the making, Jane gets checking.
Wes Davis has come home again, jilted and a little bitter. His autumn wedding's off, and so is his holiday spirit. Even seeing the rustic wooden deer his father whittles by lantern light doesn't help as he settles back into the shabby Victorian home of his childhood. It is only when Wes encounters the sparkling Jane March on his winding mail route that his cold winter heart begins to thaw.
As the fall months turn wintry, and the season merry, a funny thing happens in this charming Connecticut town: Jane and Wes check off items on that Christmas itinerary, together. But falling in love wasn't included on the list. Or was it?
Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is a treasured keepsake, reminding us that like winter's first snow, life brings a beautiful flurry of its own unexpected moments

My thoughts ……….

When it comes to making you feel you know the characters personally, author Joanne DeMaio has the knack.

In her latest release, SNOW DEER AND COCOA CHEER, DeMaio takes readers to the quaint, picturesque town of Addison. With an eye for detail and vivid, rich descriptions, the author makes the town come alive around you. The small town atmosphere and friendly characters draws you and makes you want to be a part of the community.

As the lives of the two main characters – Jane March and Wes Davis – come together and interact, readers are taken on a magical journey. The characters will inspire and delight as they gain self-awareness and discover life’s full of unexpected wonders.

The characters are rich, well-developed and likable. The author explores faults and traits with the characters that readers can relate to. The emotions throughout the story will tug on your heartstrings, but is a heartwarming tale you can’t put down.

This is a feel-good story that is a perfect read for the coming holiday season, as well as throughout the year.

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, @2015, ISBN: 978-1515120773, Paperback, 304Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Author Joanne DeMaio
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. Her sixth novel, Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, was recently published. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.


  1. Thank you Mason, and congratulations Joanne. I do love characters who draw me in to their worlds...

  2. Hi Mason, remembering Joanne from a few years ago when she still blogged - this is great to read her sixth book is out ... Congratulations and Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is just right for a Christmas read ... cheers to you both - Hilary

  3. Sounds like a sweet story with a setting as rich as the characters.

  4. What a warm and 'holiday' setting and context for a romance, Mason! It sounds like a really nice 'feel good' sort of a book. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Yes, like Hilary, I remember Joanne when she blogger as well. Congratulations on her sixth (big sigh of envy here) novel!

  6. Sounds like a delightful Christmas read.

  7. Christmas books just feel warm and cozy. Sounds like a great one!


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