Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson February 11, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:39 am
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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 décor 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:

Ah…Melody Carlson. I haven’t read a book by her I haven’t liked yet and this short little number is no exception.

If you are looking for a quick Valentine’s read this is the books for you. It reads super quick, yet it’s super good.

Melody does a great job of creating tension without being so obvious about it. You know there’s going to be trouble when Emma’s (the heroine) perfect sister, Anne, comes along with Lane. Anne stakes her claim over Lane in not so subtle ways and Emma knows her place.

But does Lane want to be claimed by Anne? It’s not so obvious in the beginning and you will want to keep reading to see if that is the case.

There’s also the trouble brewing between Emma’s parents. Where has love gone? It is even attainable? Aren’t these questions we have all pondered at one time or another? If we look around the world we might be tempted to think true love is dead but thankfully those of us who know Christ know there is hope and God has a better plan. Yes, true love does exist, sometimes we just have to look harder or in places we have never looked before.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


One Response to “Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson”

  1. This does sound like a very interesting book. If as good as it sounds and is a short story readers probably won’t want it to end, at the end. LOL I’d love to read it. Maxie

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