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Christmas Once Again

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  26 reviews
She's dead broke. And eviction looms. On Christmas Eve antique consultant Madison Knight takes a phone call from local rancher Zach Murdock. Through a mix-up at an estate sale, Madison's company purchased his grandmother's beloved painting. He offers double the money for its return.

Madison risks her job to track down the artwork, but success falls short when she's stuck in
Kindle Edition, 43 pages
Published November 12th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Shabana Mukhtar
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't generally read time travel stuff but tried this one and enjoyed it. I received a review copy from the author. Thanks for the review copy and the opportunity to review your book, @dk_deters

Detailed review on Sunday, insha'Allah.

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The story is about three individuals - Madison, Zachary and Gran. Their is only one thing that they have in common - they have travelled in time.

It is a sweet story based on time travel. The real essence of the story, however, is about Christmas s
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Christmas Once Again by D.K. Deters was a light, fluffy read free of the angst and sometimes tiring depth usually surrounding young adult novels. For a debut novella, it was quite sweet and the holiday atmosphere around it was also enjoyable. The characters weren't very developed, but that worked with the size of the story, and the plot was clear and easy to follow. This novella followed some familiar tropes, although I wish that the female characters were more prominent and the whole story was ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
What could be more interesting than a Christmastime story with a time travel component?! I was absolutely intrigued by the idea and Christmas Once Again took me on a short journey through time that was not only fascinating but it had heart as well. Madison was a great character who was a bit down on her luck. With nothing going right in her life she wanted to make sure that tried to make a difference in the life for someone else. It was this motivation that had her driving into the snowy weather ...more
Terry Tyler
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Reviewed for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team, via an ARC from the author

3.5 stars

Madison Knight is an antique consultant with financial problems, a demanding boss, and no one with whom to spend Christmas. She's looking forward to shutting the door on the snowy season and getting cosy all alone. Then customer Zach Murdock gets in touch to say he wants to retrieve his grandmother's beloved painting, because he should never have sold it to the company Madison works for. Unfortunately, retrieving it
Katie O'Sullivan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This sweet time travel romance has everything you need for a great holiday read by the fireplace. A quick read of a novella, I zipped through it in record time, totally caught up with the adventures of the plucky but down-on-her-luck heroine involved in recovering an antique painting with a mysterious past. I can't say too much because it's a fast-paced story and I don't want to give anything away!

A well written novella with great sense of place and timing, I'd have loved for it to be a longer,
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this quick, Christmas, time travel romance. My rating 4.25.

Madison Knight is facing a rather bleak holiday: no money, no fiancé since she discovered his betrayal, and a job on the edge. She can’t have any mishaps at her work, Once Again Antiques, or her boss will terminate her.

She gets a call from a man with a sexy voice claiming that his grandmother’s antique painting was sold to the company by mistake. Zach Murdock offers to pay double for the return of the painting. At first,
Travis Casey
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars For Any Time of Year

If a book has any chance of keeping me engrossed, it has to make me smile or laugh with some witty dialogue or one liners. This was a gem. "BB had instigated her nickname, Becky the Bitch, claiming it added to her persona. She ran the shipping room like a cutthroat lawyer working on an end of the month billing." So the writing is fun up to snuff. Clean, pacey, witty, and well-written.

How's the story? I found it clever and one particular aspect the author handled quit
Nicola Smith
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anyone who knows me knows that I can't resist a time travel book, or in this case, a time travel short story. DK Deters has written a sweet, festive tale.

Madison Knight works for Once Again Antiques. On Christmas Eve she gets a phone call from Zach Murdock who tells her that his grandmother's precious painting has being sold by mistake. Madison promises to retrieve it and make his grandmother's Christmas but in doing so she goes on a little time travel adventure of her own. The painting has spec
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Madison needs money. Will her New Year's bonus from Once Again Antiques be a good one? Not if she messes up again or isn't diligent to work hard from home.

Zachary's gran has lost a painting or more accurately, the painting accidentally got sold last week. Gran wants it back. Why is it so special? Supposedly this painting has time travel magic!

Uh oh! A computer glitch didn't reveal to Madison that the painting was actually sold to a new owner the previous day. What is Madison to do now? Zach want
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The full circle of time

A wonderful short read. Warmth and emotive but don't think you'll miss miss out because of the length. You don't, .the characters are full and you get a real bond with them in just a few words.
She is flat broke, alone at Christmas and heartsore. He is the grandson of a wealthy cattle baron's wife. What do they have in common - a painting that was sold in error at an estate sale and his grandmother desperately wants it back. Even if she has come up with a crazy story about
Amy Lazarus
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to love time travel to love this story. What a great read. My only issue is that it left me wanting more! Lovely Madison Knight works for an antique store. The store buys a beautiful winter landscape at an estate sale. But, the owner didn't intend for the painting to be sold. She swears it's magical and she wants it back. Her grandson, Zach wanting to please his 92 year-old gran, must get that landscape and Madison is willing to help. Too late she finds out the store has already s ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book!! It is short, sweet, & clean. I usually don't like time travel romances but this one was perfect. I hope to read more by this author. ...more
Georgia Rose
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this short story, Christmas Once Again, when it was submitted to Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. I received a copy from the author but this does not alter my review in any way.

I didn't do any investigations so had no idea what this story was about, other than Christmas, until I read it. Actually it is not a particularly Christmassy story at all, although it does take place on Christmas Eve.

Madison Knight is broke and working for Once Again Antiques when she gets a call from a Zac
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: This was a short (novella length) holiday story with a time-travel twist that was intriguing. All the major characters were connected through the time travel—which was handled by a mysterious painting. Though it is technically a Christmas story, there’s very little of the usual trappings of a holiday story beyond it taking place on Christmas Eve. It’s a sweet romance that has a satisfying ending.

What I liked: The time travel aspect was a fun twist to a sweet holiday romance. And the way
Peyton Hammond
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
~I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review~

I highly recommend this book especially if you are looking for a quick read. This novella is a beautiful story taking place around the holidays with some time travel thrown in. Who doesn't love that idea? I won't lie, a few pages in, I did not think I would like it but I ended up falling in with it.
What I was worried about not like was the time travel concept which is the whole point of the novella. To me, time travel is ove
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-written story about a painting that helps two women time travel at separate times.One woman goes back and gives a little boy a watch but the other woman has travelled twice and met the little boy both times, all three times on Christmas eve. When the first women's painting is sold by mistake her Grandson Zach Murdock phones Madison Knight's company telling her the painting had been sold by mistake and his 92 year old Grandmother is frantic. Madison finds the new owner of the painting and ...more
Darlene Fredette
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance story. With this book being a novella, I wasn’t sure how well time travel would fit in a small amount of pages, but the author did a fabulous job picking the right moment to place Madison into 1875. Packed with lots of interesting twists with a painting, Zach’s grandmother and his childhood, made this story a fun read. I enjoyed the plot, which kept me turning the pages, and Zach’s grandmother’s explanation tied all the pieces neatly together. If you are looking for a Christmas s ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a wonderful and cute book to read during Christmas season. The plot was intriguing and engaging. It's very easy to get into the world and lives of the characters. And the romance between them was quite sweet as well.
However, I found it too short. And sometimes the story seemed like rushed. Despite this, I think the characters were well-built, with a proper and coherent background.
If you're looking for a cute, light-hearted short Christmas book, look no further this is it!
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Paigelauren Forrester
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Cute time-travel romance

Short and sweet. If your looking for a quick read this is definitely for you. Only have an hour or so this short romance will be perfect.
Is written well the story although short runs smoothly and easily. I love the way she has imputed the time-travel everything comes together in a sweet hopeful end.
Thank you to Netgalley/ D.K Deters/ The Wild Rose Press.Inc
Wendy Hall-Duenez
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
May the 4th seemed like a good day to try a new author and have a little time travel fun. This is a super quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very likable characters. If my husband was a reader he would love it because it’s Christmas and he’s such a fan.

I’m a fan of antiques, historical fiction and a little romance. This book covered all of that. I wish I could time travel but since I can’t I’ll enjoy it in a lovely story.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas Once Again is an inspiring time travel short. The story was very enjoyable to read!

Madison, working for an antique company, goes out of her way to get back an old painting that was mistakingly sold.

I liked the whole premise and the time travel aspect was intriguing! It was a fun read!

I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. The rating and review are my opinion.
Randy Overbeck
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

Christmas Once Again, the short novella by D.K. Deters, contains most of what you’re seeking in a cute Christmas escape—a little romance, a blizzard, a handsome hunk and a young gal looking for, well what else, love. Throw in a mysterious painting with mystical powers and a little time travel and you have the mix for an entertaining excursion for a “cold winter’s night.”
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short, fun, quirky story about love and time travel and the unsual ways fate uses to bring two people together over time.
A short story that is well worth reading, and one that is in itself complete. A good read at any time - but of course - especially int he time around Christmas.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Vicky G
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this short story it’s quick and fun to read with a lovely Christmas undertone
The idea is far fetched but romantic and all the characters likeable if shirt snappy Christmas tale is what you are looking for this is it
Do t take it too seriously and you will love it
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really great Christmas read! Loved the time travel and the characters were great! Anyone that loves Christmas will love this feel good Christmas read! Will not disappoint!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Sweet & Simple

I really liked the premise of this story. Broke girl, trying to stay afloat and survive a bad breakup. Instacrush with a new client. The time travel element added a neat twist.
Even though it was a short story, I felt that the relationship between the characters could have been more established. For me, the "romance" jumped from phone flirtation to couple status without any justification.
I did enjoy the story and think it makes a pleasant read for any time of year.
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D. K. Deters is a fantasy and historical romance author. She was a communications consultant before turning to a writing career. Like many historical romance authors, she's always had a deep interest in history, and the nineteenth century is her favorite. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her adult children and their families. Her hobbies include restoring old dollhouses and se ...more

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