Monday, February 10, 2014

CFBA - Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Once Upon a Winter's Heart

Center Street (January 7, 2014)


Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart d├ęcor as Poppi would have done for Valentine's Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter's Heart, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

When I began reading Once Upon a Winter's Heart I was a bit concerned as the reader isn't introduced to the male lead until page 28. I usually like to make 'his' acquaintance earlier than later, but in this book it worked. Once I met Lane Forester, I was smitten.

The story is centered around Valentine's Day. Emma Burcelli has come home to help her grandmother out after her grandfather passes away.  Her grandfather loved decorating their book store for every holiday and with Valentines Day quickly approaching, Emma tells her grandmother that she will do the decorating. Emma is a scrooge and would rather toss the decorations in the trash, but in walks a friend of her family, Lane Forester who soon has her believing romance can be real. 

I loved this simple little book by Melody Carlson.  It is only 155 pages and I completed reading it in just a few hours.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like a quick clean romance. 

I would like to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Center Street for my copy of Once Upon a Winter's Heart. I received my copy for free in order to read and give my honest review, which I have done.

On a 5 Star Scale - 4 1/2 Stars!!!!

Smiles & Blessings,

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