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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Posted by Irish in Guilty Pleasure3 Comments

Source: Author
Publication Date: 15 Nov 11
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781609288822
Format: ebook
Pages: 112
Place(s) Traveled to: Spindle Cove – Sussex, England (1813)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: In December of 1813, the officers’ ball had a profound effect on Spindle Cove’s economy.
Spindle Cove Series Order
Book 1: A Night to Surrender
Book 1.5: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Novella)
Book 3: A Lady by Midnight
Book 4: Any Duchess Will Do (~2013)

I had the great opportunity to get a sneak peak of Tessa Dare’s novella Once Upon a Winter’s Eve and I fell in love with Spindle Cove all over again. This novella centers around Violet Winterbottom who is in Spindle Cove recovering from The Disappointment. On her last night in Spindle Cove a stranger interrupts a ball and Violet is the only one who understands him. This was a really fun novella and I barely noticed the time passing as I read it. I loved the tension and dialogue between the two main characters and the pages just flew by. I loved returning to Spindle Cove and seeing many of the characters that I first met in A Night to Surrender.
As this was a novella there isn’t a ton I can say about it without giving much away. Just know that it was a really fun read and I hated for it to end. This is a book that I wish was longer as I really grew to like the characters involved. And since it was a novella the ending did feel just a tad bit rushed. But I was able to overlook that since I just got so absorbed in all that came before. 
If you are unsure of Tess Dare’s writing, or meeting the girls of Spindle Cove, then Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is a great introduction to it. There is also just enough Spindle Cove to give you a taste for the world but not enough to spoil too much of what happened in A Night to Surrender. Well other than that happily ever after bit of it….but really….its a romance so you know the hero and heroine get together and its the how that is important and not a thing to be missed, in either book. After reading Once Upon a Winter’s Eve I am more excited than ever to read A Week to be Wicked.

3 Responses to “Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare”

  1. Meredith

    I really love reading Tessa’s Ballroom Blog posts, but I’ve never actually read any of her novels. But now that you’ve read, reviewed and liked two of her stories, I think I’m going to have to add her to my TBR list.

  2. Marg

    I’ve read a couple of Dare’s earlier books and loved them. I need to get caught up on all her series.