Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Once Upon a December: A Novel by Amy E. Reichert

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

A one-of-a-kind Christmas market offers holiday magic in the new romance from the author of The Kindred Spirits Supper Club.

With a name like Astra Noel Snow, holiday spirit isn't just a seasonal specialty--it's a way of life. But after a stinging divorce, Astra's yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning. She's ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.

For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked with its snowy lights and charming shops stays the same, while the world outside the joyful street changes, magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks. He's never minded living this charmed existence until Astra shows him the life he's been missing outside of the festive red brick alley.

After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they're feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa.

my thoughts:

Love, love, loved this cozy, feel-good romance! Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert is a magical love story set during the holiday season. Astra is newly divorced and it's been a difficult time for her. Luckily, she has her friends to cheer her up and the holiday season to look forward to. In fact, she's excited to hit up the Milwaukee Christmas market - talk about the perfect way to kick off December. As for Jack, well, he's worked at his family's bakery for as long as he can remember. Their bakery is part of the Julemarked, which means that every month is December for them. Say what? Yep, they live in an alternate dimension where December never ends. Talk about Christmas addicts! Oh, and it turns out that Astra and Jack have met before - at the Christmas Market - only she can't remember him, because that is part of the magic of the Julemarked. Well, this year is different. Jack is ready to follow Astra outside of the Julemarked and see what he has been missing out on all of these years. They have a connection and can't help but fall in love. Except, December will end and Jack will have to leave...or will he? 

What a fun and sweet story! I just loved getting to know Astra and Jack, watching them fall in love during the holiday season - how romantic! Of course, can their love survive post-Christmas? That is the question. And, Reichert does an amazing job answering it. She's created a delightfully whimsical story that is perfect for this holiday season. So, make sure to pick up a copy and dive right in. You are going to LOVE it!! I did and I happily recommend it to fans of Reichert and to anyone looking for a new holiday read. Make sure to check out Once Upon a December!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

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