Saturday, December 19, 2015

One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg


One Enchanted Christmas

 
I watched the updates from Melissa on FB about this book from beginning to end, wondering what she was up to. Then, the book came out and I couldn’t wait to read it.

And look at that cover! Matt Jones from Jones House Creative designed it. Love it! 

Read on for something fun! (A freebie you won't want to miss.)

Let’s begin with the summary:

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.

And now, my review:

Melissa’s prose is fun, as always. And her premise for this novella is a hoot. Melissa didn’t take us down a predictable route with this storyline. And because she self-pubbed this story, she had leeway to bring in a narrator. Very creative with a quirky, engaging voice. Loved that.

I liked reading about a writing heroine, since I’m a writer. Which is another reason I liked the narrator jumping in and giving readers a heads-up. It’s tricky to do this well, but Melissa made it work. This only happened a few times, and mostly near the beginning of the story when we might have been lost without a guide.

For readers who’ve been reading Melissa’s series set in Maple Valley, you’ll find a familiar and comforting setting with some familiar characters.  

Melissa’s sense of humor and the light, enjoyable flavor she gives her stories, especially this story, were a Christmas treat.

Highly recommended!

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And now, for the freebie: go to Melissa's website and get One December Night, another short Christmas story, FREE. More details here: http://www.melissatagg.com/books/one-december-night-free-e-short. 

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