“Once Upon a Winter’s Heart” by Melody Carlson, book review

“Once Upon a Winter’s Heart” by Melody Carlson, book review

Emma Burcelli returns home following the death of her beloved Poppi. Since things with her job are not going well, and her boss refused to give her a few days off to attend the funeral, she just quits. Her roommate is understanding and assures Emma that she can find another renter soon. So Emma packs all her belongings in her car and heads home. She arrives to find more drama than she was anticipating, but keeps her focus on helping her grandmother through this tough time.

Following the funeral she heads to her grandfather’s book store to escape and help as needed. She discovers that what is needed is to put up the Valentine’s Day decorations. Her attitude toward the holiday and romance in general is quite jaded, but in memory of her Poppi, she is determined to put up the hearts and lace. When she drops a box of decorations, the upstairs renter, Lane Forester comes to help. They work together, in Poppi’s memory, to decorate the store, and in the process, get to know each other.

This short book is a quick read and enjoyable, especially during the cold snowy days close to Valentine’s Day.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Center Street. All opinions expressed are my own.

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.


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mama to 4 wonderful kids. live on a farm and raise sheep
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