ONCE UPON A WINTER’S EVE
This novella is a perfect stocking-stuffer-sized addition to Dare's new Spindle Cove series. Her town for spinsters and wallflowers serves as a good backdrop for this sweet holiday romance. Yet, the story lacks some the deft touches that fans have come to expect from the talented Dare and the plot twists seem a bit contrived. Nonetheless, readers will certainly appreciate the message of love — and the way that Violet and her hero use many different world languages to say “I love you” — in this heartwarming story.
When a shipwrecked man stumbles into the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, he claims to be Corentin Morvan, a poor farmer from Brittany, France. But spinster Violet Winterbottom has a suspicion that he’s someone quite different. Violet believes that he’s her first love, Lord Christian Pierce, the man who seduced her and sent her fleeing to Spindle Cove. But if Corentin is Christian, what is he doing in Spindle Cove pretending to be a French farmer and can Violet forgive him for breaking her heart? (SAMHAIN, Nov., dl. $.99)
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