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December 3, 2011

Book Review: Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare

Title: Once Upon a Winter's Eve
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #1.5
Release Date: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Age: Adult
A Spindle Cove Novella
Some wallflowers bloom at night...
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren't beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet's feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He's wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he's not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable... Love.
I loved A Night to Surrender, so when I discovered there was a Christmas novella from the Spindle Cove series, I couldn't wait to read it.

It doesn't matter if you haven't read the first book, but of course you will enjoy it better if you do. This time it's the story of Violet Winterbottom. She's very quiet and reserved, and prefer to suffer her heartbreak alone...until the day a stranger comes looking for her at the  Christmas ball.

He's hurt, weak and chilled, and apparently doesn't speak English. Only Violet can understand him but he also looks familiar.

In only one night, she must discover if he's only a stranger fugitive or the same man who broke her heart a year ago. And if it's him, will she forgive him?

Once Upon a Winter's Eve it's a very sweet short and romantic story about heartbreak and forgiveness. Violet is very in love but doesn't want to be irresponsible again, but her heart can't let him go.

Of course, Tessa Dare's writing is still captivating. She creates realistic and funny characters, easy to like.

Overall, I really enjoyed Once Upon a Winter's Eve. It's the perfect novella to read for Christmas, it has sweet romance and a perfect HEA. I only wish it would have been longer, hehe.

More about this series at tessadare.comGoodreads, Amazon.


  1. I have always enjoyed Tessa Dare's books so I will definitely be looking for this one. I love holiday stories, I read them the year round. I hadn't heard about this one, so thank you for the information.

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  2. I haven't read a Tessa Dare book. But this looks and sounds great! Love the review!


  3. Thanks for your review! I've been hesitant about getting this one simply because it's a novella but I've decided to go ahead and purchase it based on your review! :-)

  4. I haven't read any Tessa Dare books in awhile but this one sounds like a winner.

  5. Sounds great. Thanks for the review. Can't wait to read it.

  6. I've never read one of Tessa Dare's novels (but then, I haven't romance in a loong while). This seems like a great way to get back into the genre. Great review!