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Once Upon a Winter's Eve: A Spindle Cove Novella Paperback – December 10, 2016
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Violet is a wallflower and has fled to Spindle Cove to escape what she has named her “Disappointment”. She will return to London the next day at the behest of her parents and begin a London Season. One she is not looking forward to in any manner.Her plans are interrupted when a man comes crashing into the Spindle Cove dance dirty and disheveled speaking a language she does not immediately understand. Violet is a whiz with languages. She can decipher that the man appears to be speaking a dialect of Northern France and since England is at War with Napoleon, the man is instantly suspicious.
The man attaches himself to Violet. He is injured and Violet has a compassionate nature. Yet she also feels a glimmer of recognition when she looks upon his visage. From the moment he awakens Violet is forced to make some very tough decisions, should she trust him, should she trust herself? The leads have an instant connection and even though this is a short story, for the most part, the reader will feel that the main characters have sufficient backgrounds to understand their actions.
(Originally published November 2011)
Some wallflowers bloom at night…
Violet is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.
I found myself reading this book for a second time. I had previously read it when I bought it originally but with the new cover art I didn't recall having done so.
It was equally good a second time around.
The characters are well thought out and developed. The storyline has an interesting twist.
I find myself enthralled with each Tessa Dare book that I read, both the novellas and the full length novels.
I gave this novella 4 of 5 stars for characterization and storyline.
The characters are interesting and not without their flaws.
I would give it a heat rating of 3of 5 flames. We know these two have one night of passion before our hero disappeared from our heroine's life. Now suddenly he is back pretending to be someone else.
I recommend reading this short book to fans of regency romance.
The story of Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is short, but well done, and the way Violet was slowly sharing her past with the readers made me really enjoy her. The mystery man also seemed very forward, but I enjoyed how his speech was between coherence and complete rubbish. Both Violet and the man had some hidden secrets, and when they found a common language to speak, things became very interesting indeed.
Written mostly in third person point of view, past tense and from Violet’s perspective, Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is an easy read, with a distinct push to read more in the Spindle Cove series.