One Enchanted Eve: A Novella (Enchanted Christmas Collection Book 2) Kindle Edition
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We met Colin Renwycke in Tagg's previous Christmas novella, 'One Enchanted Christmas'. He's not such a nice guy there, with family problems aplenty, but Colin is determined that he is going to become a nicer guy. Evidently that includes creating havoc in Rylan Jefferson's culinary class. Rylan is about ready to kick him to the curb for good! He doesn't follow the recipes, makes the most incredible messes in the kitchen and breaks everything in sight. However, Colin has a talent in the kitchen, he takes chances, follows his instincts and creates wonderful baked goods. Rylan is afraid to take a chance and follows her recipes to a 't'.
Colin is determined to prove to his family that he is not the same man he used to be; he's more stable, more responsible. If only he can get the chance to prove it to them. Rylan wants her dream to open her own bakery to become a reality and she only has to create one unique dish.
Two weeks before Christmas, Colin invites her to spend Christmas in his hometown of Maple Valley. She goes, but doesn't know why she does. Doesn't God always have a plan? He wants to give His children hope and a future. Sometimes we don't see things His way, but He still wants to the best for us.
This novella was just incredible. I love, love, love Melissa Tagg's books, but this one....there's just something about it that moved me so very much. It made my heart smile so many times. She has totally outdone herself this time. It just brought me so much joy! When I finish a book like this, I find it so hard to pick up another book and begin reading, like I usually do. I just want to sit and let it rest in my heart and spirit for a while, bringing it's happiness and blessing and settling down deep inside.
The romance part of this was just so swoon worthy. Tagg crafts characters that just take up residence in your heart and head. Truly, she does. The emotional impact was startling and so deep. And as always, her spiritual message resonates within the reader's heart. When that message was revealed in this novella, I said to myself, "And there it is." I allowed God to speak to my own heart this message, too. It's powerful.
This one will tug at the reader's heart in so many ways. We get to meet Drew and Maren again, as well as Leigh and Winnie, from One Enchanted Christmas. I love the families in Maple Valley. Melissa Tagg carries the reader through every single scene, through coming into a cold house in the middle of winter, to building snowmen, sipping hot chocolate, crafting desserts in a beautiful kitchen, to walking on an absolutely enchanting bridge. I'll be remembering this one for a long time and it is definitely destined for a re-read! Don't miss it!
*I was given a preview copy of this book. My review is honest and my own. (less)
Trying to change Ryland's mind about expelling him from the chef school Colin invites her to go home with him to Iowa for the Christmas holiday. She agrees after he promises to help her make a special dessert for her boss, the head chef at the school. She hopes to be promoted as head chef to work at a new restaurant that he is about to open in Denver. Lured by Colin's promise to help her create something different in the pastry line to impress her boss she excepts his invitation. Besides this would beat being alone for Christmas.
I loved the cover of this book. If the cover is eye catching I will read the blurb and author reviews for the book. I loved the light banter between Colin and Ryland. This book was full of feeling. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. Possibly because I had read the first book of the series.
If you are into romance and Christmas stories you will like this book. It's a short read . The flow of the story is good. I enjoyed the ending too. You probably should read the first book of this series , before reading this one because it picks up where book one left off.
This is the perfect time of year to read 'One Enchanted Eve'. A follow on from her first in the Enchanted Christmas Collection. I haven't read 'One Enchanted Christmas', and while it doesn't affect the story, I do wish I had read it first. You can read this as a stand alone. You have met Colin before if you have read a few other Tagg books, and for the most part this story is set in our favourite town of Maple Valley. Starting out in Denver, you meet Rylan, Colin's teacher at a culinary school. I loved the chemistry between these two from the beginning. A different kind of chemistry you have come to expect. Perfect! However, this is not a simple love story either. Without leaving you all thinking there is some big shocker, or twist, I can say that there was an element to this story that was so poignant for me. My Mum died of early onset Alzheimer's and usually whenever the disease is mentioned in a story, I find I have to take a break, or put it down and never go back. It was with trepidation that I continued. There was just enough to bring this into the characters world, but it stayed on the rim, and we didn't have to delve too far deep. It conjures up a lot of difficult memories to me. After all, my Mum was only in her late 50s when she was diagnosed. But I have been there, just like the Renwycke family had, in all those places you don't want to go. Well done, really well done, for adding that element with care.
Everything is right about this story. The length is perfect for a novella. The location is spot on. There's enough of a glimpse at the Walkers to keep the fans happy!
Next order of business - go get the first novella and catch up!!! Thanks to Larkspur Press & Melissa Tagg for the complimentary copy. This is my honest review.
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