Once Upon a Winter's Heart

Once Upon a Winter's Heart By Melody Carlson, Once Upon a Winter s Heart 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
  • Title: Once Upon a Winter's Heart
  • Author: Melody Carlson
  • ISBN: 9781455528110
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once Upon a Winter's Heart By Melody Carlson, 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 d cor as Poppi would have done for Valentine s Day Although she feels like a V 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 d cor 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 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 Just as Emma s heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane Emma s mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister in law, but she can t help wondering if it could be something .
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    1. Melody Carlson

      Melody Carlson is the award winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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    1. Title ONCE UPON A WINTER S HEARTAuthor Melody CarlsonPublisher Hachette Books GroupJanuary 2014ISBN 978 1 4555 2811 0Genre Romance novellaEmma 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 d cor as Poppi would have done for Valentine s Day Although she feels [...]


    2. It s forever the bane of my reading life to never read seasonal books during the season they are using as filler This past Christmas I was determined to read and by read, I mean actually make it to that last page a few Christmas novels and did I Um, no When this book came around, I figured it was high time I snagged a copy and actually read it So that s what I did Set during the Valentine Day period, it tells the story of the jaded Emma whose trust in love is nothing if not fragile Her grandpare [...]


    3. If you are looking for a Valentine s Day novella that is not too sugary, sappy, or full of perfect people, look no further Emma is convinced that Poppi was the last of his kind, as all the marriages in her family are falling or have fallen apart On top of this, her very Italian looks have made her feel less attractive than her blond, blue eyed mother and sister since she was young This might seem a bit cliche, and so might her father s words to her, but it fits the story and helps give a lovely [...]


    4. AW I hope they get married That was my final thought as I closed the book.Emma comes home because of a death in the family She had no idea her life would change forever, and maybe that death had to do with everything than you would normally think.This is definitely a story for the hopeless romantic.Emma was a little hardened to love or be loved, then Lane came through the door.This is a perfect book to put you in the mood for love and the upcoming Valentines Day



    5. 2.5 It wasn t bad, but all the characters were pretty unlikable Emma quits her job and heads home after her beloved grandfather dies and falls for the man who gave his eulogy Emma was so unsympathetic to everyone around her, most especially her mother She, her dad and Noni were just super judgemental and Emma was always convinced in how right she was, even when she was clueless Her sister wasn t great, either, but it s not like Emma came out smelling like roses Lane and Gerard should probably ru [...]



    6. I m thankful for a review copy of a book by one of my favorite authors I instantly cared for and enjoyed this cast of colorful characters I felt a part of their family.Emma Burcelli gets a call to inform her of her Poppi s passing Emma learns the funeral will be soon She feels lead to leave her dead end marketing job in Seattle to go live with her grandmother, Nona.Poppi s death hits the entire Bucelli family hard He was such an encourager, family anchor part of everyone s life and brought so mu [...]


    7. Emma is fed up with Valentine s Day, and in general, anything to do with romance She moves in with her Italian grandmother, Noni, after her beloved grandpa, Poppi, dies Emma relishes living in the old home filled with memories and the intimate time spent with her grandma Her peace is short lived, however, when her uptown mom moves in with a broken heart With the spark of love dying between her parents, and her own sticky situation with a man by the name of Lane Forester causing her grief, Emma s [...]


    8. 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, [...]


    9. Nona and Poppi had a marriage and a romance of love that was beyond anything that could be written about in a book or a movie More than anything that Emma could ever imagine or had ever know Even her own parents slept in separate rooms for goodness sakes So, for her Nona and Poppi were the role models to follow When one day at the apartment she shared with a roommate she went to college with, where she was getting her masters in Seattle that her grandfather, Poppi, had died That brought life int [...]


    10. I wrote my first review in ages because of this book Posted at Rachael Turns Pages Link will not work as post is not up on blog yet In the heart of winter tragedy strikes When Emma s beloved grandfather Poppi passes away Emma rushes home to be with her grandmother Nona and her family Emma begins to help out in the family bookstore where she meets Lane Forester Lane knew Poppi well and helps Emma remember fond memories and celebrate Poppi favorite holiday, Valentine s day Romance is dead to Emma, [...]


    11. Review on review R17LN8QIReview on my blog to be posted 2 11 christianbookshelfreviewsI ve read several of Melody Carlson s books and plan on reading in the future Once Upon A Winter s Heart was a cute novella, perfect to read around this time of year Valentine s Day Not only does the story take place around Valentine s Day, but Emma the main character starts out as a Valentine s Day scrooge and is pessimistic about love.I thought the story was fun, though there wasn t a lot of depth to it The [...]


    12. When Emma s grandfather dies, she s sure that romance has died with him Her parent s marriage seems to be little than a sham, her sister is recently divorced and now the only successful romance she s ever seen has ended She goes home to help her grandmother, taking care of her grandfather s bookstore and trying to decide what to do with her life When she meets Lane Forester, she starts to think maybe there s some romance left in the world after all, but things don t go as expected Her mother an [...]


    13. Cliched short read I picked this up on a whim because I could get it cheap and was in the mood for a holiday story I don t care if it s early September This book especially caught my eye since the main character works at a bookstore Always a winner, right Nah Emma is a young woman who has decided to swear off dating Her grandfather has just died and she decides to move home to help her grieving grandmother and family Add into the shenanigans is that her mom has decided to leave her dad and the s [...]


    14. Once Upon a Winter s Heart by Melody Carlson 1 Valentine s DayThirty something Emma Burcelli quits her job with a marketing firm in Seattle and moves back to her small hometown in the Cascade mountains in Washington Her Italian grandfather, Poppi, has just passed away so Emma plans on staying with her grandmother and helping the family business by working in Poppi s bookstore Poppi had been a true romantic, and he and Nona had a relationship that everyone would envy true love that lasted the tes [...]


    15. I always enjoy Melody Carlson s stories Her writing has such ease and flow that I feel like I m visiting an old friend whenever I read one of her books I really like these short Novella type books because they are straight to the point and don t waste a lot of time on unimportant things like longer novels tend to do Once Upon a Winter s Heart was a real treat to read and I read it in just a couple sittings while feeding my newborn son over the last couple of days.Emma Burcelli is a good daughter [...]


    16. Review originally posted on i blog 4 books 2 10 2014 iblog4books 2014 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 i [...]


    17. 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 re [...]


    18. Emma s life is in transition and somewhere along the way she has lost all hope in the possibility of happy ever afters Out of family obligation and after quitting her job she trudges to her grandmother s home to help grandma deal with the loss of the last true romantic man in the world Emma discovers that her mother is going to be bunking with them as well Her own parents are calling it quits With heavy heart and a belly full of bitter thoughts Emma heads to the family bookstore to pick up the V [...]


    19. I have always enjoyed Melody Carlson s Christmas novels, and thought for some reason that this book was a Christmas novel, but it is a Valentine s Day novel I groaned somewhat when I discovered that, but settled down to read it.The book is a fast read, coming in at just 155 pages, but it was a good read The romance does go pretty fast, since it is a short book, but it isn t one of those overly mushy romance novels It is about two people who aren t sure romance is still alive and worth pursuing T [...]


    20. Ah Melody Carlson I haven t read a book by her I haven t liked yet and this short little number is no exception.If you are looking for a quick Valentine s read this is the books for you It reads super quick, yet it s super good.Melody does a great job of creating tension without being so obvious about it You know there s going to be trouble when Emma s the heroine perfect sister, Anne, comes along with Lane Anne stakes her claim over Lane in not so subtle ways and Emma knows her place.But does L [...]


    21. Is it 1972 and men carry briefcases and independent book stores still exist This author has written 200 books I d never heard of her and just grabbed her latest on the library New Books rack It s a 2014 Harlequin Romance type of thing with church going and praying and food blessing, and it s oddly out of step with today s immorality as well as technological and economic realities And honestly, I m okay with all that However, it brings a serious question to my mind Does a sweet, Christian romance [...]


    22. I always get excited when I find a book by Melody Carlson that I haven t read this one did not disappoint and I read it in one day 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 d cor as Poppi would have done for Valentine s Day Although she feels like a [...]


    23. A Delightful Read This novella was a quick fun read I enjoy romance in books and while this wasn t 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, h [...]


    24. This book is like one of those boxes of Valentine chocolates that you buy from a drugstore Yes, it is heart shaped and consists of some version of chocolate, but once you open the box, you discover it is not a high quality chocolate, it doesn t satisfy your craving and overall, you feel a little let down.As I was nearing the end of the book, I was getting a feeling of dread because I knew I was not going to be happy with it There were too many loose ends to the story and too few pages left to gi [...]


    25. I have enjoyed many of Miss Carlson s Christmas novellas, so I was very excited to see this story about Valentine s Day This was a wonderful book that quickly grabs readers and allows them to comfortably settle into the Bucelli family Emma is an extremely likable character, that will make you want to know her and hope for her happiness The relationship development between Emma and Lane reads as smoothly as the dark chocolate that the two enjoy together The easy banter, relationships with Poppi, [...]


    26. Emma s Poppi died, and with him all romance and true love or so Emma thought When she left Seattle to go home and take care of Nona, Emma was jaded as Watching her parents marriage crumble and her sister Anne s neglect of her marriage, Emma was set to start the new year in mourning Then Emma began helping at Poppi s bookstore, spending time with her young nephew Tristan, and having fun with friends especially Lane, Poppi s prot g She remembered Poppi s wisdom and open heart, and tried to do what [...]


    27. Once again, Melody Carlson touches the heart in this sweet and hope filled story of love finally found Set during Valentine s Day, Once Upon a Winter s Heart is a nice read during the holiday or anytime Although quite short, it s huge on romance and inspired love, making it worth the price of admission Summary Emma Burcelli has just suffered a grave loss Her Poppi, loved by family and friends, has passed away Deciding to leave her dead end job behind and come home to take care of her Nona While [...]


    28. Bubby says My heart is all warm and fuzzy after reading Once Upon A Winter s Heart I feel the need to play Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra music at loud volume and dance about my kitchen I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this story Delicious Sissy says Okay Bubby just put on the Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra Pandora mix So here we go Do you remember the movie Return To Me with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny This story kinda has that background feel It lifted me up [...]


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