Cardinal Cabin

Cardinal Cabin

by Joanne DeMaio


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From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a heartwarming novel as merry and bright as a red-feathered cardinal taking flight.

Frank Lombardo's never been spontaneous. The closest he's come was accepting a side job chopping firewood for a lakeside community of rustic cabins. But with another lonely holiday season imminent, Frank's sister urges him to be spontaneous because, seriously, who does he ever expect to meet out in the woods?

With a suitcase in hand and a bit of reluctance, too, Penny Hart arrives at Cardinal Cabin on Snowflake Lake. It's only for a brief stay, though nobody knows where she is. Not her boss, not her friends...

Only Frank Lombardo. As the two unexpectedly meet at Addison's hidden hideaway, a spontaneous kiss sets everything amiss. But can the magic of this quaint New England town keep these snowy sweethearts together?

Cardinal Cabin is an enchanting tale about finding love where you least expect it. So come on inside. A cozy fire crackles, lights twinkle on the evergreen tree, snowflakes tap at the windowpanes, and little redbirds bring cheer this time of year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548161712
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2017
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 140,859
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

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Cardinal Cabin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Cardinal Cabin, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader to the tranquil small New England town of Addison, Connecticut for a heartwarming Christmas tale of family, friendship, and finding unexpected love. Penny Hart is a travel agent at Suitcase Escapes in Addison. She is a reluctant travel agent who doesn't like to leave the comfort of her home. But when her boss Ross recruits her for a holiday travel mystery promotion called "Where in New England is Penny?" Penny finds herself renting a bird-themed cabin (Cardinal Cabin), providing photo clues of her mystery location for two weeks leading up to Christmas at Snowflake Lake, a secluded lakeside community that is Addison's well-kept and treasured secret. Frank Lombardo and his sister Gina own Addison Boathouse, which serves a dual purpose of boat storage on the lower level and a banquet hall on the upper level that has become the town's premier waterfront venue. Between the duties at the boathouse and a side job as a handyman at the lakeside cabin community of Snowflake Lake, Frank has no time for romance. But Gina wants her brother to loosen up, be spontaneous, and take a chance at finding love. A walk in the snow-covered woods of Snowflake Lake provides an unexpected meeting between Penny and Frank that ends in a spontaneous kiss. Who would guess that this secluded lakeside community would help their relationship blossom into something more as a secretive travel promotion, the magic of cardinals and the mystique of little cardinal themed cabin by the lake, and Addison's holiday spirit gives them an unexpected chance at finding love? Cardinal Cabin 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 romance. This delightful holiday tale has a rich description of the breathtaking small town setting, holiday tradition, lovely cardinals, Christmas decorations, and delicate swirls of snowflakes. Penny and Frank are given 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 Penny and Frank's story, they will discover the delightful secluded lakeside hideaway cardinal cabin, it is simply magical! I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much this wonderful story spoke to my heart, especially because of my love of cardinals. When I saw that the author wrote a holiday novel with a cardinal theme, I knew it would become my favorite story, and I wasn't disappointed. The richly vivid description of the town of Addison and the hidden hideaway beauty of the bird-themed cabin lakeside community of Snowflake Lake is phenomenal, you'll yearn to visit the area and watch the lovely cardinals flit among the snow-capped tree branches. Ms. DeMaio has a special gift for transporting the readers into every story that she weaves while leaving them yearning for more!
Skimombeach More than 1 year ago
What a lovely Christmas story! I have read many of Joanne's books and loved them all. She writes with such feeling and makes her characters so real, it feels like you know them. They become your friends, too! Frank and Penny are such sweet characters and it was a pleasure to read their story. I hope Joanne will write a love story for Gus, the gruff old man with a heart of gold who helps Penny and Frank find their love. This book would make the perfect Hallmark Christmas movie. If you want a truly feel-good book, this is one you should read.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Every time I hear a new book is being released by Joanne I scramble to find room in my reading schedule as soon as possible. All her books have been a complete joy to read, they have tugged at my heartstrings and made me shed a few tears but most have happy heartwarming endings that leave me with a huge smile on my face. In Cardinal Cabin Penny Hart arrives at Snowflake Lake on a special assignment for her job at the travel agency. It is part of promotion that entails her sending a photo clue each day to be posted in the travel agency’s window for people to submit guesses about where she may be staying. Frank Lombardo is responsible for chopping wood for the cabins on the lake. He is surprised to find Penny has fallen in a snowbank soon after her arrival. Helping her up he hears his sister’s words in his head “be more spontaneous” and he does something very spontaneous after he gets Penny back on her feet. Something that could change both their lives… Staying in the Cardinal Cabin on Snowflake Lake as Christmas draws near sounds perfect to me. Penny Hart finds it absolutely delightful, but she can’t venture far from the cabin because someone could see her and the contest would be ruined. The people staying in the other cabins are sworn to secrecy. Frank too must keep their meeting a secret even though his sister and his friends know he is hiding something. The whole premise is absolutely charming. This story is well written, poignant, and is a perfect holiday read. It is filled with wonderful true to life characters that are fun and engaging. The setting is positively idyllic. I loved the way Penny and Frank’s romance unfolds very quickly, almost love at first sight. The cardinals have extra meaning for me as a cardinal sighting is said to mean that a loved one who has passed away is nearby. Cardinals have always been a favorite of mine and I have collected many pictures, plates and figurines over the years, but they have a greater meaning for me since my son passed away. Penny has an experience with one in the book that had me laughing and I thought that is a passed loved one clearly trying to tell her something. This is an excellent addition to Joanne DeMaio’s Addison Cove series. They can all be read as stand alone but I encourage you to read them all. This one should be a the top of your Christmas Reading List!
bgee More than 1 year ago
Once again Joanne DeMaio has captivated readers with Cardinal Cabin and a little town called Addison. Joanne takes the reader into the story, you become a part of it. I have read all of her books and love each and every one of them. She never disappoints and she didn't with Cardinal Cabin. I highly recommend this book and all of her other ones too.
rainyday2 More than 1 year ago
Winter in New England comes alive in Cardinal Cabin, as the author paints gorgeous word pictures of the snowy setting and gifts us with images of the interiors. I could see the little cabin that Penny Hart has rented, from the outside cardinal door knocker to the milk can holding sprigs of pine needles…and can sense how she might feel as though she has stepped into a Christmas card. We follow her as she immerses herself in her surroundings. And then there is Frank Lombardo, the man who is not spontaneous, suddenly captivated by Penny with the copper hair. He is chopping wood when he hears her cry out; she has slipped and fallen. Picking her up leads to an unexpected and spontaneous connection. Familiar characters reappear in Addison, where I’ve enjoyed visits in previous books. I like how the old favorite characters return, and then we meet some new ones. And along the way, we get to visit places like the Snowflakes & Coffee Cakes and Whole Latte shops. The romance between Frank and Penny grows unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Penny settles in to her vacation, snapping photos to email to her office: she is a travel agent at Suitcase Escapes, and a contest is going on at the agency. Contestants must guess where Penny has gone for her getaway. She doesn’t like to travel, so her clever destination choice keeps her close to what she loves. Near misses, some hilarious disguises, and a bad storm follow. Will the new pairing survive the New England winter and the hiding out required by the contest? Can a misunderstanding derail what they have begun? A beautifully wrought tale that made me want to spend Christmas in Addison, along with the characters. 5 stars.
AvidreaderPB More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book by Joanne DeMaio and this was no exception. It brings us back to Addison Connecticut where we catch up with some old friends, in this magical holiday novel. Penny is a travel agent that is on a mystery trip where people in Addison check out her daily clue to try to figure out where she is staying. Frank a handy man for the cabins at Snowflake Lake keeps bumping into Penny. Frank has lots of things going on, being a handy man for the cabins, helping his sister Gina with parties and weddings at the Boathouse, his sister tells him to take more chances. I recommend reading this to find out what happens. I read this book when it was 85 degrees out in New England but I wanted to grab all my Christmas decorations and start decorating. I love holiday books and this was one of the best Christmas books I have read. I want to visit Cardinal Cabin. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Highly recommend this book.
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
I adore Christmas and winter books. I’ve read the two other books by Joanne that are set in Addison Cove, the same sweet New England town ins which Cardinal Cabin takes place. This is completely a stand-alone, but I highly recommend you read Wishing on Snowflakes too which contains the two other Christmas books: Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes & Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer. Some of the characters from those books show up in Cardinal Cabin. I love reading a book that feels like home, and Cardinal Cabin fits the bill. It is cozy (hmm, who would have thought I like cozy things…), fun, romantic, and sweet. The characters in Cardinal Cabin are very well written, and I want to be Penny. Just putting that out there. Her assignment for work is to keep the readers guessing. Each day she sends a new photo to her workplace, a travel agency, and at the end of her trip, the readers get to guess where she is. Little do they know that she is closer than they think. Addison Cove feels so real, and I so want to take a trip to stay in Cardinal Cabin! When you read the book, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way. And if you know of a place like this, please send me there. Maybe I’ll meet my Frank too. I highly recommend this along with Wishing on Snowflakes. You’ll fall in love with the town and the characters. Happy reading!
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Joanne DeMaio is one of my favorite authors—one of my must-read authors. I love getting one of her books because I know I'm going to be taking a journey back to visit some good friends. Cardinal Cabin took me back to Addison where it all began in her first novel, Whole Latte Life. Joanne always writes lovely, positive stories—those feel-good stories that we all love to read. Cardinal Cabin is another one of her wonderful stories, full of the people I loved in her previous books. I love how people and places from her other novels just pop into the story to make me feel right at home. I feel like I am catching up with old friends. Penny and Frank are two lonely people. Neither one of them really have much going on in their social lives, they are just sort of going through the motions of life. With the holidays coming up, Frank in particular, is very Scrooge-like. He doesn't understand what all the fuss of Christmas is about. And Penny is just out there, doing her job. Neither one of them have a clue about what's about to happen. I love Christmas stories and I look forward to all the new Christmas books that start coming out about now. This story was the absolute perfect one to start off my Christmas reading. Cardinal Cabin is truly a Christmas tale, full of decorations, music, gifts, good will, and love. I enjoyed reading it and even though Christmas is several months away, it totally got me into the holiday spirit.
LynnHill More than 1 year ago
Joanne, you have done it again! I think everyone should own a snowtorcycle. That sounds like so much fun to tootle around on. Cardinals are one of the most beautiful birds and I love all the stories about them. I can read your stories all day so please keep them coming. Thank you!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Cardinal Cabin by by Joanne DeMaio super good read, missed lunch yesterday and almost dinner because iw as reading this book. this morning a full hour on the bike while reading and i'm finally done, with happy tears, thanks for writing such a meaningful story. cant wait for more! . Love this authors style of writing and know from just looking at the cover it's a keeper! So happy to be able to follow the group of characters for the past several years as they grow older in the CT seaside community. So the story starts out with Penny Hart and she's been assigned a secret destination contest where others try to guess where she's at and they also go inside the travel agent company to book their travels. Story also follows Frank Lombardo who is a handy man of many talents as he goes about tending to Gus bird named cabins (loved the history behind them) during the winter months. So many chores to do and also help his sister Gina with wedding plans for friends. Love the hidden treasures I found in this book: near and deer is an actual web site, hairspray does work for holding glitter in place, song by Frank is one I've heard before but never knew it by that name-yes hubby thought I lost it when I went to youttube to hear it-it's just Sept here; boat parade and all it stands for every year. Learning how to snowshoe and ice fish-priceless! Penny tries to stay hidden but some meetings are inevitable and then others are told and will hold her secret. Other events occur and others discover her and it's just a matter of time before everybody will know. She has a week left to go.... Love hearing of others traditions, puzzle that turns into a picture for the wall-many of these I have myself and flip them over during different times of the year. Love hearing of the birds and what to use to attract them-such fond memories of my mother and the birds she'd attract in her feeders. Such detailed descriptions of the festivities and decorations at every location: games played during events and know they'd be so much fun to participate in; charity events. Snowtorcycle-so cool! Love the nighttime adventures but he misunderstands a call he had overheard parts of it... She hadn't planned on having company or her boss wanting her to go nationwide with the travel's all one big fantasy, not real, or is it? I received a review copy from the author and this is my honest review.