I just finished reading Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson [my favorite author!]. See my review below, then tell me about your favorite Valentine’s Day books!
My Review: 4 Stars!
Do you hate Valentine’s Day? Do you love Valentine’s Day? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this book is for you! Once Upon a Winter’s Heart invites us to spend Valentine’s Day with the Burcelli family. We live through the main character, Emma Burcelli, who is a self-proclaimed Valentine’s grinch. It doesn’t help things that her beloved Poppi just died. Emma’s grandparents (Nona & Poppi) had a love for the ages, and Emma is sure love is officially dead with her grandfather’s passing. She returns home for his funeral and plans to stay with Nona for awhile. She’s surprised to see that her mother is staying with Nona, too. Her parents never shone with affection quite the way Nona and Poppi did, but she never expected one of them would move out. Emma also can’t figure out why her sister is divorced and moving on already. A good looking guy who was apparently mentored by Poppi threatens to disrupt Emma’s relationship with her sister. This book is definitely not your typical romance story. Once Upon a Winter’s Heart is a story of love, loss, hurt, and reconciliation, combined with knee-weakening romance a la Dean Martin, wine, and chocolate. My suggestion: put on Dean Martin’s ‘Amore‘, grab a glass of wine or juice and some chocolate, and treat yourself to a relaxing evening reading Once Upon a Winter’s Heart!
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.
Just as Emma’s heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane. Emma’s mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can’t help wondering if it could be something more.
This is a great Valentine’s Day read no matter what your relationship status is! But be warned–‘Amore‘ will be stuck in your head for days!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day reads? Recommend them in the comments section!
Disclosure: I received a digital version of this book for review purposes from netgalley. This is my honest review.