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Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare
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Jun 24, 12

bookshelves: historical, novellas-or-shorts, read-in-2012
Read in May, 2012

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Violet Winterbottom is a wallflower. She seeks out the sheltered comfort of the corners in a ballroom where she can avoid catching anyone's attention.

On her last night in Spindle Cover, Violet encounters an injured man who cannot speak English after he collapses at her feet. As she is the only one who can understand him, Violet offers to stay with him while the Lord decides what to do with him. There is an instant bond between them, and Violet cannot help but feel as though she's seen his face before.

Despite the short length of this novella, Violet was a really well-rounded character. She had plenty of depth, and a sparkling, believable personality that made me instantly like her. The twist in this story, although obvious, made for an interesting and entertaining read. The hero is sexy and mysterious, the action is engaging and their HEA is an absolute delight.

Tessa Dare's writing is an absolute joy to read, her descriptions are wonderful and her characters are heartfelt and loveable. Although, the greedy part of my wishes there was more Violet Winterbottom to read about.

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