Once Upon a Winter's Heart
Melody Carlson
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Once Upon a Winter's Heart
Melody Carlson
Center Street
160 pages
January 2014
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Emma is convinced that the only true love left in this world is the love between her Nona and Poppi. They have been married for sixty-five years and still they actively court each other every day. Emma has dated lots of guys but has never found one close to her dear Poppi in tenderness, caring, and devotion to one woman. Her search has left her jaded about everlasting love, and all the fuss over Valentiine’s Day just escapes her. When Emma’s grandfather dies suddenly, she decides to take a leave of absence from her journalism job and return home where she can help Nona adjust to life without Poppi--and where she can also learn to live life without Poppi.

Upon arrival at Nona’s, Emma is greeted by her mother and her mother’s most recent tirade against her father. Their marriage is more ammunition for Emma’s theory that romance died with Poppi. From Emma’s perspective, her mother and father have a marriage of convenience. They live separate lives under the same roof, but Emma knows they must have loved each other once. Across town, Emma’s sister, Anne has sent her husband to a new job, making it known that she has no intention of moving her son to the new location. The separation opens the door for Anne to chase a new bachelor in town, but neither her son nor her husband are happy with the separation. When Anne’s new beau starts paying attention to Emma, Anne and her mother remind Emma that he is just being nice to her because he will soon be part of the family.

Emma is a little rusty in the area of romance, but she is not so sure that Lane would agree with their assessment. In the end, siblings make peace, husbands come home, and romance blooms again, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a short novella from bestselling author Melody Carlson. Her Dear Daphne series shows that she can write great romance stories, and this novella is just more proof. This is a great read for the beach, the airport, or a rainy day. You will want to finish it when you start it, just to know that everything works out for Emma and that she will one day understand what it means to be cherished.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Joyce Rice, 2015

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