Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Indie Published
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Christmas, Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5
REVIEW: If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll have probably recognized one of my more popular reading habits steers towards the lighthearted and happy. If ever there were a time when this would be truer than is routine, that’d be the Christmas season. It’s fortunate then that one of my all-time favorite romantic-comedy authors has written a sweet as sugar novella to pair with the holiday season.
The story is, as its author, Melissa Tagg claims, semi-autobiographical and revolves around an author falling in love with her cover model. Maren Grant is an instant success as a mystery writer, but she didn’t realize that a person could fall head over heels in love (or close to it) with the model representing a hero created from a figment of her imagination. Yet that’s just what Maren does. She meets Colin Renwycke and enjoys one magical date with him… and a year later, she is still wondering about him. This is what brings her to his small Iowa hometown where Maren spends the second most enchanted time of her life with a Renwycke… but as the story’s narrator would so aptly tell us, this Renwycke might not be the guy you think it is.
As is her signature, Melissa weaves together a charming little story that is not to be missed. It’s cozy and romantic in a Hallmark movie sort of way (this I mean as the highest compliment considering what a Hallmark aficionado sap I am) while managing to tell a story with a sense of completeness the Christmas TV movies fail to achieve. I loved the characters and the sense of familiar (Maple Valley is the novel’s home setting). What shines through this, short or not, is Melissa’s brilliant humor, even saying that doesn’t do the story justice. Really it’s more like wit that works itself effortlessly into every conversation in addition to the 40s era films that somehow compliment the contemporary. From the meet-cute to the breath-catching first kiss possibility, this is a must read for fans of sweet romances.
Saying more about this might spoil the charm other than to say this: go read One Enchanted Christmas. It’s as enchanting as its title would suggest which means picking it up along with that favorite warm drink. It’s the ideal fireside read penned by a lovely talent.
Synopsis: Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself—Colin Renwycke.
Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can’t get Colin out of her head…or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family’s farm.
Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he’ll do it.
But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for. – Amazon
Coming Next from, Like Never Before: Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered, but her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the paper is bought out by a chain that plans to incorporate it into a regional paper.
After his biggest campaign success yet, speechwriter Logan Walker is approached to work on a presidential campaign. But he already lost his wife three years ago, and saying yes to the job means he’ll see his young daughter even less. When Logan hears of a special election campaign in his hometown, helping out sounds like the perfect way to occupy himself while deciding what to do.
When Amelia hears Logan is back in town, she begs him to lend his previous experience in the newspaper world to help turn her paper’s numbers around in time. They may butt heads more than they expected, but a lead on a story that could help save the paper is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts. – Amazon, March 2016
Sincere thanks to the author, Melissa for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes.