22 December 2015

Diana Reviews One Enchanted Christmas ~*~a novella~*~ By Melissa Tagg

One Enchanted Christmas By Melissa Tagg, Dec. 2015

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 stars~
(No Spoilers!)

                Simply Magical!

Melissa Tagg has penned a delightful, heartwarming small town romance simply brimming with Christmas galore—from the tinseled decorated lampposts and glistening snow atop craggy branches—to the twinkling lights wrapped around every tree trunk in Maple Valley, Iowa.

Mystery author, Maren Grant, has the most enchanting evening of her life when she goes on a date with Colin Renwycke, the dreamy model on the cover of her new book. An evening of dinner, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage on a lovely, crisp winter's night, and an open invitation to visit his family's farm in Maple Valley leaves her senses reeling. One year later—suffering from a bad case of writer's block and an inability to forget Colin—Maren impulsively decides to take him up on his offer. Once there she meets Colin's brother, Drew Renwycke, who has decided to renovate the family farm he inherited in the hopes of drawing his estranged family back together. What ensues is a magical holiday romance far exceeding Maren's wildest hopes and dreams. But which brother will win her heart at the Christmas Carnival?...for appearances can be deceiving and first impressions are not always lasting ones.



Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of novellas with the exception of a few authors' I have enjoyed reading. However, I do appreciate them during the busyness of the holiday season when it's difficult to read a full length book...especially Christmas novellas! And Melissa Tagg's is chock-full of the delight and enchantment of a small town Christmas—with the scent of evergreen wafting through the frosty air and a blanket of snow powdering the landscape—what a scenic setting for romance! Ms. Tagg is a wonderfully talented author who incorporates humor with serious issues as well, and she certainly packed a lot of story into a novella. And talk about the power of suggestion! I actually read this book with a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and it was 70 degrees outside! lol So take an evening off from all the Christmas rush, and with your feet propped up and a cup of hot cocoa in hand...enjoy the dazzling One Enchanted Christmas tonight!


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This novella may be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
 

GIVEAWAY: I would love to give away an ebook copy of One Enchanted Christmas to TWO of our OWG viewers for a Christmas gift! :) To be eligible, please leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

45 comments:

  1. Love that cover, Diana! Great review! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, CARRIE! I think I may just become a novella fan yet!!! I have read several good ones this year! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Diana, I agree completely about novellas and you are right they are perfect for the holiday season. I do love Melissa Tagg's writing. She brings a combination of humor and romance, but most importantly her stories always bring a good message. Wonderful review. Thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas
    eppersonkatrina(at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. KATRINA, I do believe Melissa Tagg has a new fan! Me! lol I have always wanted to try one of her books and this was the perfect opportunity!
      Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing!

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  3. Great review Diana! Love the book cover and really enjoy reading Melissa Tagg's books/novellas.
    Merry Christmas!
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, TINA! This was sooo good! I know you'll love it!

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  4. One Enchanted Christmas and one enchanted review for sure! Your review touched and sparked our senses of what a magical Christmas reading Melissa's book would be. Thanks!

    I love her cover too. Novellas are nice quick "snacks" I enjoy once in awhile when I'm not in the mood or time for a full fledged novel. I actually bought this book when it first released, so I no need to put my name in the hat.

    As always, love reading your reviews! Annie

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    1. Love that, ANNIE! This was a quick snack with a cup of hot chocolate! lol I really appreciate novellas at this time of year for the reason you stated. Thank you for your sweet words and Merry Christmas!

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  5. Love your review, Diana! Once again you have captured my heart with your colorful words about Melissa's Christmas novella, making her characters become real and the storyline come alive. I really want to read this book, thanks to you! Joyce * Heartwings - joyce1510(d0t)jrg(at)gmail(d0t)com. j

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    1. Thank you, JOYCE! This was the perfect holiday read!

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  6. I love your cover it is so pretty,I would love to win your book,I'm sorry I have never read your books,but would love to read this book Merry Christmas.

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    1. HI, PATRICIA, and welcome to OWG! I love this cover, too! Please come back and leave an email address so I know how to get in touch with you if you are our blessed winner.

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  7. I am reading more and more novellas. The cover of this book is so pretty! Looks like a good story, too. Merry Christmas! ahenderson312(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So am I, MELISSA! Especially this time of year. You'll love the story! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, PATRICIA! Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Love Melissa Tagg's books and am looking forward to reading this one. tmkgrup2soon (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Arletta B

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    1. Hi, ARLETTA! This is my first Melissa Tagg book, but I have read a lot of good things about her. All of which I found to be true while reading this wonderful story!

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  10. Hey everyone! Thanks so much to Diana for her wonderful review and for everyone's kind words. Several people mentioned the cover...I love it too! I'm thankful to have worked with Matt Jones of Jones House Creative on that. YAY for talented graphic designers. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway. :)

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    1. You're welcome, MELISSA! I hope those that don't win will order the book and read it over the holidays! :)

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  11. I would love to settle back with a hot chocolate & this book! Love the cover :)
    dkstevensne(at)outlook(dot)com

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    1. Time for some relaxation, right DEANNA? I love the colors on the cover as opposed to your typical red and green Christmas colors.

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  12. This one sounds like a winner! Would love to read it! Merry Christmas!!!!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Maybe you'll be a winner, too, MELANIE! Merry Christmas!

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  13. Magical indeed!! A wonderful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you, MARY! Good luck in the drawing and Merry Christmas!

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  14. I really enjoy reading Christmas novellas. One Enchanted Christmas sounds delightful. From your description, I can just imagine it as a Hallmark Christmas movie (can you tell I've watched a couple of those this year?). Thanks for the review and the chance to win this book.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I have, too, PAM! Aren't they wonderful? I think this would make the perfect Hallmark movie! You're welcome -- tossed your name in the hat!

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  15. This sounds like a wonderful read! I would love to win :) Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. IT was, BETTI! Merry Christmas and lotsa luck in the drawing!

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  16. DIANA, Thank you for this delightful review! I could use the "power of suggestion" as it is warm here in Texas! Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. I can just see you snuggled up in a blanket with hot chocolate in TX, CARYL! lol YW! - it's a delightful story! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  17. A beautiful descriptive review, DIANA! I'd venture to say some of that enchanting magic has sprinkled upon yourself as you were reading. ;) I'm enjoying reading this delightful novella myself atm and find myself wanting to read more from Melissa Tagg just two chapters in!! :-) Merry Christmas Melissa and Diana!

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    1. Yes, my sentiments exactly, NOELA! I must read more from this author, who reminds me somewhat of Becky Wade. I hope some of that magic sprinkled on me! Maybe it will clean my house without me having to lift a finger. ;) Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  18. Great review Diana !! I so love reading Christmas stories and I would like to read this one. The title alone grabbed me and then I read the review.. hooked... :-) I think the idea of enchanting Christmas magic is wonderful, makes me smile. I want some of that enchanting Christmas magic !!! Thank you for the chance to win. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!

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    1. So glad I "hooked" you, ROSEMARY! lol There are some serious obstacles the main characters have to overcome, but Christmas enchantment and magic are in the air to make that happen!

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  19. oh how wonderful the cover is and this sounds like a good read. thank you.

    rebunting(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :-)

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    1. Amen, ROBIN! Lotsa luck in the draw and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

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  20. Sound like a great read. Nice review!

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  21. Wonderful review. Now I want to read this book. spotts06 at comcast dot net

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    1. Thank you, STELLA! Maybe you'll win it for Christmas!!! :)

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  22. Beautiful review, Diana - thank you!! It captured the warm, cozy feeling of the Christmas season, as does the cover on "One Enchanted Christmas". I love long books from my fave authors, but enjoy novellas, as well - especially at Christmas, as you said. There's just something about a Christmas book or movie that warms the heart. This book sounds like it may have some complicated relationship issues, which I love!! Can't wait to read it!!

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    1. I can't wait to read some more Christmas novellas and watch the Hallmark movies I have taped after the Christmas rush is over, BONNIE! Thanks!

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  23. Two lucky ladies won a Christmas present from me! CARYL KANE and PATRICIA VENABLE, I have either mss'gd you on FB or contacted you via email. Congrats!

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