Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True, #1)

Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True, #1)

by Alex Bailey

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Overview

Christmas. Disney. Romance. No greater magic.

When Sophie's eight-year-old niece, Ariel, asks Santa Claus for a single wish to honor her mom's memory, Sophie knows she must grant it. Unfortunately for Sophie, Ariel's wish is to ride her mom's favorite ride on Christmas day, and it's at the last place on earth Sophie wants to visit—Walt Disney World. It will be the first Christmas without her sister, and reliving childhood memories of her best friend is not how she wants to spend her holiday. Sophie's only desire is to spend Christmas on the slopes with her reliable and stable beau, Darren, who has reluctantly agreed to postpone their trip until the day after Christmas.  

But when Sophie runs into a charming stranger, who offers up his extensive Disney knowledge, he instantly becomes her hero. A wave of relief washes over Sophie—he may just be the one to give Ariel the magical experience she desires. And, even though Sophie doesn't realize it, he may be exactly what she needs too.

Can a bit of Christmas magic help this ruggedly-attractive stranger win Sophie's heart when she believes it already belongs to Darren? And will Sophie continue to allow her painful past to haunt her, or will she let it go?

A heart-warming holiday romance set in "The Most Magical Place On Earth".

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156135790
Publisher: Maiden Voyage Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: A Dream Come True , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,198
File size: 308 KB

About the Author

Alex Bailey was a bored writer/editor of documents as monotonous as vacuum cleaner manuals. She left that life behind to create more exciting worlds than the one she lived in. The Future Memoir of Ann Jones is the first book under her assumed identity. When she's not listening to friends reveal wild stories about their future, she's tending to her organic garden while belting out show tunes. Ironically, Alex does not have the patience to sit still long enough to knit. Some of her favorite hobbies include: embarrassing her children in public with her rhythmically-challenged dancing, cleaning the small disc around the stopper of the bathroom sink, and dallying. She’d love to tell you more about herself, but as you know, she is incognito so as not to reveal the true identify of her friend, Ann Jones.

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Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Erin_Davidson More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Romance is the first book in Alex Bailey’s a Dream Come True series. All books will be set in Walt Disney World, and follow different couples as they find love in the most magical place on earth. Once Upon a Romance focuses on Sophie and her adorable niece, Ariel, as they make their way to Disney World for Christmas, as per Ariel’s Christmas wish. Except it is all sunshine and rainbows for Sophie. After losing her sister to breast cancer, the last place she wants to be is the Magic Kingdom, reliving her childhood, without her sister. But as fate would have it, she meets Professor Disney, that vows to help her make sure Ariel has the most magical Christmas she could ever dream of. I really enjoyed this fluffy Christmas romance. It may or may have not made me plan my next holiday to Disney World. I absolutely adore all things Disney and romance, and could not turn down a book that ticks all the boxes. I fell in love with Ray, and his extensive knowledge of Disney and all things nerdy. I’ll take two of him any day. I also really enjoyed the building chemistry between Ray and Sophie, and how they interacted with Ariel. I also loved the level of description Bailey went into when describing the park, and all the rides; it felt as though I was right there next to them. Which only made me even more desperate to get to the nearest Disney Land, which happens to be on the other side of the world (the joys of living in Australia). I do wish there was more of an ending and I got to see a bit more of the characters, but it still ended very cute and fluffy. I gave Once Upon a Romance 5/5 stars
JanaT More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Romance is the first book in Alex Bailey’s A Dream Come True series. What an opening it was! It hit just the right spot for the holidays as it takes place in “The Most Magical Place on Earth” during Christmas holidays! I am curious to see what direction she will take her series and who will be the leads in the next story! Once Upon a Romance is the story of Sophie O’Connor and Ray Bueno aka Professor Disney. Sophie’s sister Natalie died ten months ago and this is the first Christmas without her and Natalie’s daughter Ariel’s Christmas wish is to spend Christmas day at Disney World riding her mother’s favourite amusement ride … the only snag is that Sophie is not a Disney fan like the rest of her family! It is a beautiful heart-warming story of magical meetings in a magical place, it is a story of healing and new loves … It is just what doctor prescribed for these dreary dark nights leading up to holidays!
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1) was a light hearted, sweet read, that gets you in the holiday feels. My first read by this author, I was caught by the shiny christmas hallmark like read. I was sucked in right away and, even though I knew how this story was going to go, I loved every cheesy minute of it. I liked the relationship between Sophie and Ariel, it was more then just aunt and niece. Sophie is mothering and puts Ariel first, even if her boyfriend doesn't get it. She was a great character and I won't hold her hate of Disneyland against her.. too much. Ariel is a sweet, smart kid, but I will say that some of the things she was saying, seems a little to, advance for her age. I do get that some kids are more advance, I just wasn't getting that feeling from Ariel, so her speech patterns and dialogue weren't matching. Other than that she was a great child character and really added that extra magical layer to this fairy tail like read. As for the actual story, it's a sweet romance, and with the magicalness of the setting it has all the things I love about these type of good feel books. Sweet tender romance, heart gripping feels, beautiful setting, attention to detail and, a sweet hot man, that is too good to be true but, you can't help but root for. Even if his love interest is already taken. Overall I can't stress enough how good and just, awesome this book is. It will put you in the holiday mood while making you want to go to Disneyland in the same breath. This book is a super high recommendation from me and, it gets my cheesy, Christmas movie stamp of approval. Happy Reading. -E.A. Walsh
Lisah01 More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Romance(A Dream Come True Book 1) By Alex Bailey Rated 5 stars! First off I LOVE the cover! Very holiday and Disney-ish. A Perfect Mesh! It drew me to this and after reading the synopsis I grabbed it. The story just appealed to me. A WDW fan and the love of family. Both are Win-Wins for me. One of my favorite things is how the magic of Christmas mixes with the magic of Disney. The characters were well thought out and grew over the story. I enjoyed how grumpy and grouchy Sophie was at the beginning. She off-set Ariel’s nice attitude. Ariel was a sweetheart and a little matchmaker. The families and that one “special guy” were full of fun and happiness as well. Even the crazy characters they run across on their trip were lots of fun. They were all a great addition to the story. I loved all the Disney themed comments, actions and fun. The rides and the lines as well as their days planned throughout each park. I really felt like I took this adventure along with them. So Fun! This book will appeal to Disney fans and all of those who believe in a little magic. A wonderful story of learning to get over loss while opening yourself up to new possibilities. There are so many reasons to love this book. P.S. I enjoyed reading the acknowledgments and was surprised at all the different Disney websites that were listed. I plan to keep them for reference for my next trip. Thanks!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed the book. It as heavy on Disney but very entertaining.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Christmas is the most magical time of the year – and no place is more magical than Disney World. Sophie’s sister and best friend died, and her eight-year-old niece Ariel only had one wish for Santa Claus. She wanted to spend Christmas at Disney World. Although Sophie had her own grief, and did not have fond memories of the amusement park, she could not say no to Ariel. She made the arrangements to spend a few days alone with Ariel, and then her brother-in-law and parents would share the holidays with her. Sophie’s plans were then to travel to the ski slopes of Colorado with her boyfriend, Darren, to meet his family for the first time. In Once Upon a Romance: A Dream Come True Book 1, written by Alex Bailey, a heartwarming holiday adventure unfolds. Not only does Sophie’s grief find healing, but other magical surprises find her. This book offers an easy to read, entertaining story. It is written in a smooth, flowing manner, and the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. The characters are well defined, and soon it becomes evident who is supportive of Sophie and Ariel and their goal of reliving some wonderful memories. A sprinkle of magical dust provides some balance to the painful separation that they have experienced. Author Alex Bailey has written a delightful holiday romantic story in Once Upon a Romance: A Dream Come True Book 1. It is the perfect read for this time of the year, and fortunately it seems to be the first of a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a charming Christmas love story with some Disney magic. The setting of WDW was delightful and so much different from most stories. Alex Bailey was a new author to me and now one to keep on my list for future reads.