Monday, February 10, 2014

CFBA Review: 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 Review:
 Melody Carlson has the most romantic books just oozing in love and romance. Perfect for your upcoming Valentine's Day, is the last book by the beloved author. Emma's grandfather, Poppi, passes on and this one single death in the family proves to Emma that she must rush home to be by Nona's side. Emma and her mother feel that the only time Nona as left is precious, little time. Emma is convinced that romance is most definitely dead if her Poppi is still not on this earth to share his love with his wife of 65 years.

 Emma soon is back among her Nona reminiscing about their Poppi and its not long before she gets some help decorating the family bookstore in time for Valentine's Day. Lane waltzes into her life and makes her rethink things. Maybe romance is still alive and well.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.