Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove #1.5)
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...more
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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.
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!
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
After a bitter disappointment, Violet Winterbottom has stopped believing in happily ever after. But one winte ...more
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.
“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.”
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 "... ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellen ...more