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Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove #1.5)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  5,863 Ratings  ·  551 Reviews

Some wallflowers bloom at night...

A Spindle Cove Novella

Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. 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 f

ebook, 113 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Norah Una Sumner
❀ Cute but a bit silly. ❀

I liked Violet a lot but, however, couldn't connect with our broody hero mostly because I don't think I would ever forgive him if he treated me the way he treated Violet. Their banters were quirky and entertaining, though. This is a nice holiday-spirited novella but overall nothing special. At least not for me since it didn't move me in any way. The other novella - Beauty and the Blacksmith was a bit more interesting in my opinion.
edge of bubble
The heroine;

The hero;

The story;

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I'm keeping this review short and sweet, just like the book - Spindle Cove is a wonderful series, and this book is an absolute delight! Romantic, steamy, exciting and witty, a truly entertaining story!
Nov 15, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it

In a setting much like this one, almost a year ago. A man she'd adored for years had finally noticed her. Locked gazes with her across a crowded room, then carved his way through the throng to take her hand.

But in the end, he had proved to be a disappointment.

The Disappointment

Violet Winterbottom is clever, pretty but no beauty. She had loved her neighbour, Lord Christian Pierce, for years and finally he'd noticed her. But then with barely a word he'd left. Well, twenty-six words in a note to be
Laura the Highland Hussy
Nov 15, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it

Violet Winterbottom had her heart shattered. Above and beyond broken. Like that scene from Sex and the City where Carrie was broken up with via Post It note. Yeah, that bad.

So Violet does something not too many heroines in Historicals do-She grows up. She gets over him. She moves away to Spindle Cove, and realizes that she doesn't need a man to be happy.

Then a dangerous, bloody, bedraggled stranger falls at her feet (literally) and passes out. But the one
“I take you, Violet Mary, to be my wife. To have, to hold. To love, honor, and cherish. To amuse, to pleasure, to make smile and laugh. To dance with, at every opportunity. To respect always, and tease on occasion. To confide in, whenever need be. To treasure, protect, admire-“ She couldn’t help but laugh. “I don’t think these words are in the vows.” “They’re in my vows,” he said gravely.

After a bitter disappointment, Violet Winterbottom has stopped believing in happily ever after. But one winte
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
2'5 mñestrellitas. Yo no sé por qué se hacen estas novellas que te intentan contar mil cosas en una longitud tan breve. Pues haz un libro y ya! Es una microhistoria de amor que podía haber sido un libro decente y que aquí queda raruna. Hay que explicar las cosas y no dejarnos sin nuestros momentos añksñajdñsñaks pero no hay páginas! Terror supremo! Pues hago un relato que parece sacado de El equipo A en la época enagüil y ya. Tiene cosas cuquis y otras sin pies ni cabeza. Además que no conecto y ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical holiday romances
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4 stars – Historical/Holiday Novella

This is a delightfully engaging and romantic historical holiday novella with a great story, intriguing characters, and the perfect amount of steam to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. And for only .79 cents on Kindle, it’s a cozy read indeed.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
I loved this novella! A very swoony, second chance romance of sorts. The hero was beyond dreamy.
3.5 stars. A truly indomitable heroine is the highlight of this sweetly romantic novella. Violet Winterbottom is a determined wallflower, after a Disappointment broke her heart. But then a wounded, foreign stranger -- or is he? -- bursts into a ball and collapses at her feet, beginning an adventure that will test her mettle and bring her back to life. The story loses some of its edge after the mystery of the stranger's appearance is solved and the style is generally frothy, but Violet's strength ...more
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
Still not fully over this:
“During fair weather seasons, we have a schedule here in Spindle Cove. Mondays, we have country walks. Tuesdays, sea bathing. We spend Wednesdays in the garden. And on Thursdays”—she jammed a lead ball into the barrel—”we shoot.”

Avid Booker
Jan 23, 2017 Avid Booker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like a Short Simple Read
Starting my new year off with some Tessa.... seems about right. lol

Okay, so, this is about Violet Winterbottom, she is one of the resident spinsters of spindle cove. I don't remember her being mentioned in any of the other books, so she's not too important. She's super smart, and I honestly had no problems with her character. She didn't let the hero in too quickly and she thought about everything she did.

Our hero, Christian, which can I say for some reason that name is so hawt to me? Anyway, he
Jan 28, 2013 edzkie♥§*.*§♥ rated it really liked it
“I did hate you... But forget? How could I ever forget?” You broke my heart into twenty-six pieces that day. But do you know something, Christian? Over the past several months here in Spindle Cove, I’ve stitched those pieces back together.”

The Disappointment.

Lord Christian Pierce was named as "The Disappointment" after he broke Violet Winterbottom's heart. She went to Spindle Cove to heal. Considered herself as a wallflower she was shocked when a man crashes the officers' ball and cling to her.
This was the first one of the Spindle Cove series that I've read, and although it was an OK read, I'm not sure I could take a full-length HR in this setting. Apparently, there's a whole load of women who've "escaped" to the middle-of-nowhere Cornwall to get away from men, but who then each find love - with a man. I don't know. this sounds slightly weird to me, and not particularly exciting. I've read a few books by Tessa Dare, and some I really, really liked, and others didn't really do much for ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 04, 2013 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it
This is a wonderful Christmas story. With a bite. If you expect some wallflower mopping, then you'll be disappointed. While Violet might be a shy young woman hiding in the corners of ballrooms thinking how "certain commodities ran scarce" (especially corners because it seems every woman who comes to Spindle Cove wants one for herself), she did spend quite some time in Spindle Cove. She is not the same person she was when she first came, heartbroken and hiding a secret.

The story is about "...
Dec 02, 2015 Barbara➰ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, holiday
So, I'm not much of one to read historical romances. The best I can do is a time-travel where the heroine goes back in time but still retains her modern vernacular and ways. She would introduce the hero to more "modern thinking" and he would convert her to his primitive ways.

That being said, I really enjoyed this novella. It was definitely swoon worthy. I got caught up in the romance as well as the era. I loved how Violet was a strong woman and had grown over time. She was definitely worthy of C
Jun 22, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
An adventurous little novella, with intelligent and daring leads. At one point in the story our hero is discussing tortures and says that he hadn't been able to read a book in a year (!!gasp!!)! That would be torture for me! :) All in all, a "dashing" read.
Dec 06, 2015 Lia rated it it was amazing
It was a very sweet short novella!!
I really enjoyed it !
Sandra Bašić
Simpatična romantična priča, pročitana kako joj i priliči - na Badnjak
Nov 21, 2011 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Review posted on Alexa Loves Books

Oh Tessa Dare, you have a gift for telling stories. I have yet to finish reading my way through all of your novels, but I squeezed in this little novella recently and it has become my absolute favorite story from you as of the moment. I mean, combining a quiet wallflower with a special talent and a mysterious, injured stranger? That alone is intriguing enough a premise for any fan of historical romances.

And the story took my breath away. As the story of our myst
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
This gave me so many butterflies. I'm getting giddy just remembering all the swoony parts.

The hero was so, so obsessed with her! Risked his life just to see her. Sigh. He was a bit of an idiot when he was younger but it was forever ago and all pre book so I didn't care. Plus the heroine doesn't just go all melty and forgiving when he touches her, she stuck up for herself and I loved that!

This book has all the swoons. All. Of. Them.
Oct 16, 2016 Violet90 rated it really liked it
It was good but very short for my liking. I wished we got an epilogue to make it seem more complete as the last chapter seemed a bit rushed to me.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Spindle Cove definitely was the place to be :)

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Reading as part of my TBR read for the Spindle Cove series.

Loved it! So cute, so sexy.
Among The Muses
Rated 4.5 on the blog.

Another fabulous edition to the Spindle Cove series!! Have no fear if you haven't read the first one yet; but, beware, you'll want to after reading this novella! The short Christmas theme story is a fabulous addition to this series!

Once Upon a Winter's Eve is a great introduction for those who have not yet read, A Night to Surrender (book #1), but want to get a taste for Tessa Dare's fantastic writing style, setting, and character dynamics. This novella can be read as a st
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
3.5 Stars

Originally posted on my blog: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogs...

Once Upon a Winter's Eve is a historical romance novella that is part of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series. Spindle Cove is a small seaside village along the English Channel that has become a haven for young ladies with "problems". These issues range from illness to impending spinsterhood to scandal. The village is a place for these ladies to have a peaceful existence without the demands of society.

Violet Winterbotto
Dec 25, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love to read romances, and I am an avid reader of romances. I have about 500 titles on my kindle, plus another 200 of physical books in my room. It's one of the genres I am most likely to check out from the library - over my "career" I've probably read close to 3000 romances - easy.

All of this is to say, that when it comes to romances - I'm picky. I want to read a book that is: well-written, with interesting characters and well developed personalities, quirks and preferences for at least the m
Aug 08, 2014 Chumchum_88 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, historical
Another great story from Tessa Dare, I'm starting to turn in to a fan of hers, it's always great to find new authors XD

This novella wasn't the cute adorable type, it was more an exciting adventure kind of story, well considering all what they have done in just one night, that is differently something.

First thing I loved the heroine in this book, as usual the corner wallflower crushing after the guy, but the catch this time the guy comes for her. Violet showed us how strong a women could be, how
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

I've been checking out this series for a while so when I saw this Christmas read for only $0.79 on Kindle I had to jump on it. I've never read this author either so it was the perfect sampler. Now I can't wait to read more.

This historical has some spunk. Violet is no wilting flower. She was in love with her neighbor, Christian, her whole life. Then one night he finally notices her and takes her virginity, only to leave town the next day. From then on, he
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Spindle Cove (5 books)
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  • A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)
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  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
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“His thumb caressed her cheek. His eyes held her, warm and strong. “I, Christian James, take you, Violet Mary, to be my wife. To have, to hold. To love, honor, and cherish. To amuse, to pleasure, to make smile and laugh. To dance with, at every opportunity. To respect always, and tease on occasion. To confide in, whenever need be. To treasure, protect, admire—” She couldn’t help but give a nervous laugh. “I don’t think these words are in the vows.” “They’re in my vows,” he said gravely. “But in the interests of time, I shall to return to form. All that richer-poorer, sickness-health business goes without saying. And I will gladly forsake all others, so long as we both shall live.” His hand slid back into her hair, grasping tight. Raw emotion roughened his voice. “I need a lifetime with you.” 6 likes
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