Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I think that it is only fitting to indulge in a frothy literary fling of a novella-- and Once Upon a Winter's Heart is just the thing to inspire the romantic through the season of love.

Emma Burcelli returns home be with her grandmother, Noni, after her beloved Poppi passes on. Not a difficult decision, seeing that her "promising career" designing e-cards has pretty much flatlined, along with her love life, leaving her wondering if true love and happily ever afters are a thing of the past.

While her grandparents had it  pretty wonderful-- making the most of the time they had together-- Emma's parents marriage has turned into a tangled mess.

Her sister Anne has dumped her husband, and is now looking at greener pastures. She has her sights set on Lane Forester, a cool guy who has captured Emma's attention, and maybe her heart. But Anne usually gets what she wants...

Fans of Melody Carlson will devour Once Upon a Winter's Heart like a box of chocolates--possibly in one sitting! Ok, one of the smaller, heart shaped ones...

Read on for more about this book and the truly prolific, bestselling author, 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.

6 comments: said...

A perfect Valentine's Day post and book. Thanks, Cheryl. Much success to Melody.

Hugs and love back to you. Tomorrow, candy & chocolate sales commence!


Dana said...

Aw, this sounds great, and as you said, perfect for Valentine's Day—or any day. ☺

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Robyn! I am so ready for cheap chocolate--and good books...maybe a movie...stay cozy!

Dana! Thanks for stopping by! Melody Carlson is a wonderful story teller. I think you'd enjoy her books.

Had a really nice day--in spite of the icy conditions!


Karen Lange said...

I haven't read any of Melody's books yet. I may have to give them a try! Thanks so much for the info and your review. :)

Have a great weekend,

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its ages since I have read a frothy novella. Must get my hands on this book.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Karen!
I think you would enjoy Melody's books--she really knows how to throw down a story!

Rachna! I think you'd love Melody's writing.

Bless you!!