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Once Upon A Christmas Paperback – Large Print, December 1, 2011
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FINALIST: Best Regency Romance 2000 - RITA Awards, "the most prestigious award in published romance fiction." --Romance Writers of Amerca --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances that were all published by Signet Books. Her latest adventure, WICKED COOL, is Book I in a teen paranormal series: The Spellspinners. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This story evokes every emotion from me: joy, sorrow, hopefulness and the satisfaction of a great love story. You can see by the synopsis what it's all about. Besides seeing love blossom between the H/h, there is another interesting liaison between the H's sibling and a former suitor that is so poignantly and realistically told. All of this in a novella!!!
I do agree with another reviewer who said there was not enough time between the h's devastating loss and her falling in love with the H, but try not to get bogged down in reality and just savor the romance and the story. For me, it is nearly perfect in every way.
ETA: I did not realize this - Once Upon A Christmas is the sequel to The Nobody: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)
The heroine is a great mix of conflicting emotions. At one moment she's tough and standing up for herself and the next, she's vulnerable and emotional. She's a character that rounded and is inconsistent at times. I love that at one point she even makes a characterization about herself to the hero and in his mind he disagrees with it--just like a lot of people, she doesn't see herself accurately.
The hero is a little more flat as a character. I don't think he's a well-rounded as the heroine, but he does provide most of the comic relief in the story. Before he and the heroine meet, he is aware that his mother is trying to set them up and he decides to push the heroine away by making himself idiotic that he would be unattractive to her. However, while he means to come across as a fop and a fool, she believes him to be truly mentally unstable and treats him as such. There are a lot of great laugh out loud conversations and misunderstandings that are obvious to the reader, but not to the oblivious characters. He's funny and likable, and a great pairing for the heroine.
His mother is fantastic. She is certainly meant to be the villain of the piece, but she's really more of a flawed human who is doing what she really feels is best for everyone, but in reality is so tainted by her "good breeding" and arrogance to really do much good. She's not loving, but she does care about her legacy and making sure that all her hard work lives on after she's gone. And that desire drives her to do things that are not nice. I hate classifying her as a villain, because she's not evil, but she is hardhearted and not a likable person.
There is a subplot surrounding the hero's eldest sister, who is the villain of the first book in the duology, "The Nobody". I really recommend reading that book first. They are in essence stand-alone novels, but the character development of this character stretches between these two books and this book is even better if read after the first. In the first book, the sister is a copy of the mother in this book, but in this story as she's dealing with the idea of being a spinster, she begins to change. It's not a sudden night-and-day shift of character, but she starts to change and become someone better. While she's a sympathetic villain in the first book, in this book she becomes someone you like and I found myself rooting for her. I still wouldn't necessarily want to hang out with her, but she has a wonderful character arc through the two novels.
I just could go on and on about how much I liked this book. Plot wise, it is a light book, but character wise, I found it to be really well written. It took what was great in "The Nobody" and expanded on it (while chopping out the melodrama). A definite 5-stars!
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I enjoyed the story and the story line. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience the many emotions of her characters.Read more