Once Upon a Winter's Heart

Once Upon a Winter's Heart

by Melody Carlson

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ISBN-13: 9781455528110
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 666,369
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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 is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than six million. Carlson's passion for 'true to life' fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women's markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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Once Upon a Winter's Heart 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
As Emma Burcelli heads home to her Nona's after learning of the death of her Poppi, she wonders if the last of the true romantic men has truly died as well. It seems like her Nona and Poppi's marriage was the perfect role model of what a happily ever after marriage really looked like, and after all the men she has ever met, there has been no one like Poppi. Guess all the good ones really are gone. Leaving her marketing job in Seattle far behind after sensing this truly wasn't the dream job for her, she now has more than enough time to help her Nona get settled and help with the funeral arrangements. When she arrives at her Nona's home in the mountains, the last person she expected to see there was her mother. Thinking the worst, she heads inside only to learn that her mother has left her father. It seems that even her own parents couldn't make romance and love work in their own marriage living more like room mates than husband and wife. Oh sure, they could make it look good on the outside for appearances sake, but to those that really knew them like family, it was only a matter of time before things took a toll on either of them. But her Nona's home wasn't situated for both of them to sleep properly and knowing her mother, Emma only believed it was a matter of time before her mother high tailed it back home. Without all the luxuries she had come to enjoy, living in a simple fashion hardly suited her mother including sleeping in a twin sized bed alongside Emma. Knowing that Valentine's day was truly something to be celebrated at her grandfather's bookstore, Nona asks Emma to help make sure all the decorations are up. But with romance and love being the furthest thing from her mind, Emma is the epitome of the Valentine's Day grouch. But when Lane Forester shows up late one rainy night, she wonder if the man her grandfather was mentoring could truly be her prince charming after all. The only thing standing in her way, is that her perfect blonde sister Anne has already claimed Lane as her boyfriend and has asked Emma to back off. But is it really that simple? I received Once Upon A Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson compliments of Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is such a charming and heartwarming book perfect as a gift for Valentine's day or anytime you want that wonderful feeling of falling in love all over again. Grab a glass of wine, some of your favorite chocolates and don't forget to add just the right music, Dean Martin and you've got the perfect recipe for love! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Delightful Read! This novella was a quick fun read.  I enjoy romance in books and while this was not heavy in the  romance department it was definitely a sweet and caring one. Family plays an important part in this story.  We read what happens in broken disappointed relationships.  These relationships grew apart because of lack of communication.   While God is a factor in this family’s life, the author did not over do it.  I loved that the  importance of prayer was indicated throughout this story. Poor Emma, her self-esteem has taken a beating.  She has always felt that she never measured up to her beautiful sister Anne.  After all, Anne has always gotten what she wants.  I must add that Anne made that perfectly clear to Emma.   Will Anne rob Emma of happiness or will Emma finally stand up to Anne? I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this novella and find out for ourselves the ins and outs of the Burcelli family!  You will not be disappointed. I have read other entertaining books by this author.  Melody Carlson is an author you don’t want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson is my favorite Christian author but this was just OK for me.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
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! 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!
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Emma returns to the place where she was raised to find a complete mess. Her sister is divorced and chasing another man, her mother has moved out, and her father is happy his house is peaceful. Maybe the last true love died with her Poppi this week. Emma’s been wondering for a while if this whole love thing would ever get around to her and with another Valentines in the offing she’s sure she’s been skipped yet again. Then there’s Lane, the man Emma’s sister claims to love, is he really all he’s pretending? If so, why does he keep flirting with the wrong sister? Hott Review: What I liked: This was absolutely adorable! I read it in an afternoon because I just couldnt put it down. What I didn’t like: More… Author: Melody Carlson Source: Center Street via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 15+ Steam: nada Setting: Small Town, Washington
janesquires More than 1 year ago
Never have I read a Valentine story I've loved so much. Since my husband grew up in an Italian town and his Aunt made great spaghetti and meat balls from scratch I really got into that. Emma's coming home to be with her Grandma after her Grandpa's passing would have been nice had her Mother not been at her Grandma's too. One thing this book does bring out is romance takes work. Man or woman both want to be loved fully by the other. I loved the bookstore but then I've loved books my whole life. I loved how Lane and Emma followed their heart.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I've read several of Carlson's novels over the years. I've found her books to be powerful stories with strong messages (especially her stories for the YA market). So of course, I was excited to read her latest story, out just in time for Valentine's Day. Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson was disappointing. There wasn't much depth—to the story or the characters. The characters seemed to be very one-dimensional, which made it hard to connect with them. Anne and Soundra were particularly unlikeable, and I kept waiting for someone to just tell them to deal with it! Emma was more likeable, but I needed her to stand up for herself. Additionally, with nothing really happening until 100 pages in and the romance launching from 0 to 100 in about 20 pages, the timing just felt ... off. There were lots of loose ends, and the book just suddenly ended. Honestly, if the book hadn't been so short (160 pages), I probably wouldn't have finished it, but it probably needed to be longer to more fully develop the story and characters. This book wasn't a good fit for me, but I'm sure some will enjoy it. [2 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my fair and honest review.