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Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True, #1)

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Christmas. Disney. Romance. No greater magic.

When Sophie’s eight-year-old niece, Ariel, asks Santa Claus for a single wish to honor her mom’s memory, Sophie knows she must grant it. Unfortunately for Sophie, Ariel's wish is to ride her mom's favorite ride on Christmas day, and it’s at the last place on earth Sophie wants to visit—Walt Disney World. It will be the first Chr
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 26th 2018
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Angela
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Once Upon A Romance is the first in A Dream Come True Series by Alex Bailey. I love a Christmas romance, so when I saw this pop up on my recommended feed, I snapped it up. The thing I most love about this book, is the way the Ms. Bailey interweaves the love of all things Disney, with the magic of Christmas- whilst also showing a heartfelt and tender romance. This is your quintessential ‘feel-good’, and romantic Christmas story. One with all the wonder, charm and emotion I adore about Chri
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Victoria Grant
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I was given an ARC copy of this novel, and couldn't put it down, I read it in one sitting.

All Walt Disney fans are going to LOVE this book! I always wanted to visit a Disney park, but have never gotten the chance. But reading Once Upon A Romance, I was able to live vicariously through the characters and enjoy their Christmas vacation as if I was right there with them, with the wonderfully detailed descriptions of the sights, sounds and scents of the amazing world they were in.
And even if you’re
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Bobbi Wagner
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas story that both warmed my heart and pulled at my heart strings at the same time. This story took me on not just a magical Christmas journey but also an emotional roller coaster. The characters are fun, connectable and lovable. Eight year old Ariel and her Aunt Sophie need a little Christmas magic and a stranger just might be what they need. A Christmas story to warm your heart. I highly recommend reading this story as it will put a little Christmas spirit and magic in your heart.
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When Natalie dies, she leaves behind a grieving family in her husband Rick, her sister Sophie, and her eight year old daughter, Ariel. Sophie's entire family are Disney fanatics, her parents, Natalie, and now Ariel. Everyone, that is, apart from Sophie, who gets sweaty whenever she thinks of Disney. So, when it's Ariel's Christmas wish to go to Disney and ride her mom's favourite ride, Sophie feels like she can't deny her
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Angela
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Once Upon A Romance is the first in A Dream Come True Series by Alex Bailey. I love a Christmas romance, so when I saw this pop up on my recommended feed, I snapped it up. The thing I most love about this book, is the way the Ms. Bailey interweaves the love of all things Disney, with the magic of Christmas- whilst also showing a heartfelt and tender romance. This is your quintessential ‘feel-good’, and romantic Christmas story. One with all the wonder, charm and emotion I adore about Chri
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E.A.
Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1) was a light hearted, sweet read, that gets you in the holiday feels.

My first read by this author, I was caught by the shiny christmas hallmark like read. I was sucked in right away and, even though I knew how this story was going to go, I loved every cheesy minute of it.

I liked the relationship between Sophie and Ariel, it was more then just aunt and niece. Sophie is mothering and puts Ariel first, even if her boyfriend doesn't get it. She was a g
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Laura Furuta
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1)
By: Alex Bailey
5 out of 5 stars

The story Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1) by Alex Bailey is a book that I absolutely loved reading. The story caught my interest from the moment that I read that it involved a famous theme park. It hooked me in from the very beginning of the book and the “magic” of both the theme park and the holidays took over so I couldn’t put it down until I had read the final page. I loved reading about the characters
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Lisa
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance brings the magic of the holidays back. It brought forth the feelings of joy and love and warm fuzzies. Also, it reminded me of the wonder of Disney, like it was when I was younger. Sophie seems to be the one in need of change and almost rescuing, she’s kind of broken and going through the motions, and her only real joy comes from spending time with her niece. Ray is a breath of fresh air and it’s amazing they end up on this journey together. Things do get emotional and touchi ...more
Carole Mckee
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Story.

I have never been to Wait Disney World, even though I lived about an hour and a half away for fifteen years. But reading this story made me feel like I was there experiencing the magic of it. Sophie made plans to give her niece, Ariele, her Christmas wish by going to WDW with the whole family. Nature's mother, Natalie, loved anything Disney, but she passed away. The trip turned into a wonderful, magical adventure, with the he!p of Professor Disney, who brought not and a touch o
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Heather
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Bailey's Once Upon a Romance is the first book in A Dream Come True. This holiday themed story was beautifully written. My favorite character was Ariel, the niece. Even though she was not a main character, she shined in this story. That is not to say that I didn't like Sophie. I felt her character had a lot of self-discovery and growth as the story progressed and it was handled in a way that felt natural. With most of the story taking place in Disney, this tale was magical in so many ways - ...more
Lisa
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Once Upon a Romance(A Dream Come True Book 1)
By Alex Bailey
Rated 5 stars!

First off I LOVE the cover! Very holiday and Disney-ish. A Perfect Mesh! It drew me to this and after reading the synopsis I grabbed it. The story just appealed to me. A WDW fan and the love of family. Both are Win-Wins for me. One of my favorite things is how the magic of Christmas mixes with the magic of Disney.

The characters were well thought out and grew over the story. I enjoyed how grumpy and grouchy Sophie was at th
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Coco.V
Sep 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Maura
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know how they say "Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover"? Well I totally judged this one by the cover and I was not wrong. Between the cover and the blurb, I could not pass this story up. It's the first I've read by the author and I look forward to reading more in the series.

A simple tale, yet so complex with so many feelings. Granting a Christmas wish for a beloved niece should never be a chore - yet sometimes it's just that.

The characters in this sweet romance are complex and layered. They are
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Jenni Bishop
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1) by Alex Bailey is a story that is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time and I absolutely enjoyed reading it. Making one little girls dream come true is the one thing Sophie is dreading. Pulling up her big girl panties is going to be harder than anything she has to do. That is until she comes face to face with a stranger that turns her world upside down.The story caught me from the very start of the book. I fell in love with the characters due ...more
Alisha Kreider
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the sweetest love story ih
I have read in a long time. It was full of surprises and awesome characters. And who doesn't love Disney.
Heather Lovelace
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love a good holiday story with happily ever after at its core, you've found the book for you. I loved this book and it had me grinning like an idiot like a good Hallmark movie. If you are a hopeful romantic, this is definitely a book you need to pick up. Wonderful characters. Easy pace and plot development. Just a wonderful read and perfect for the holidays.
Kameron
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely adored Once Upon A Romance by Alex Bailey. It, without a shadow of a doubt, captured the true magic of Disney.

If you’ve never been to a Disney park, I know you’ll be booking a vacation there after you read Once Upon A Romance. Alex Bailey’s love for Disney shines throughout the story. If you have been to a park before, then I’m sure it’ll bring back fond memories of your time there. It did that for me.

Like Sophie, Ariel
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Jill
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance is a delightful holiday read for any time of the year. With Bailey’s lovely descriptive writing, I felt as though I’d taken a trip to Walt Disney World without ever leaving my elliptical. The strong character development pulled me into the story from the start. I fell in love with Ariel and pulled for Sophie to ditch Darren from the start. Sorry Darren. And Ray…I loved him! This is a magical, feel good story that will leave you wanting to hop on the next plane to Disney. I’m ...more
Ashleigh
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance is the first instalment of the A Dream Come True series and, simply put, it is the perfect romance read. If you’re starting to get in the Christmas spirit, or just love a holiday read, this is exactly the read you need. It has a cute child, plenty of romance and is set in the most magical place on earth, Disneyland!

Our leading lady, Sophie, is everything her sister wasn’t, including not being a Disney fan. So when her niece, Ariel, reveals her Christmas wish is to spend the h
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Liz
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is just so many good things to rave about with Once Upon a Romance from Alex Bailey! I must first start with that gorgeous cover! It screamed pick me up, you will find a swoony prince and a hapless princess who doesn’t know her worth somewhere amongst the storyline, much like one of my favorite tales of all time, Cinderella, or better yet a Disney love story in general is a theme that is ever present throughout Once Upon a Romance. I adored that theme and this was also collectively portray ...more
Erin Davidson
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance is the first book in Alex Bailey’s a Dream Come True series. All books will be set in Walt Disney World, and follow different couples as they find love in the most magical place on earth. Once Upon a Romance focuses on Sophie and her adorable niece, Ariel, as they make their way to Disney World for Christmas, as per Ariel’s Christmas wish. Except it is all sunshine and rainbows for Sophie. After losing her sister to breast cancer, the last place she wants to be is the Magic K ...more
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I am a card-carrying Disney-aholic, and in fact just visited Disney World two months ago. So, Once Upon A Romance was a perfect fit for me If you have visited Walt Disney World, want to visit WDW or spend lots of time at Disneyland… or have simply heard of this magical place – and – you love a really good romance then this is your Magic Kingdom pass.

Sophie’s family loves everything Disney and she has thousands of memories spent with her sister at the theme park over
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Michelle Mulvey
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a romance by Alex Bailey was a great feel good book. This is the first book Ive read by this author and was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to read and how much I enjoyed it. Sophie grew up with an older sister and parents who were all obsessed with Disney World. Sophie never really understood why she didn’t enjoy going as much but it makes sense to her later in the book why.

Sophie should be visiting her boyfriend Darren’s family for Christmas this year until she finds out h
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Felicia  Bates
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

Once Upon a Romance
(A Dream Come True Book 1)
Alex Bailey

4 out of 5 stars
There are few things more magical than Christmas or Disney in my opinion, so when you combine the two with romance as well, you’re in for a really good time.
Once Upon a Romance is the first book I’ve read by Alex Bailey but it didn’t disappoint, let’s just say I was pleased to learn this is the first book in a series!
I feel like a great book has imagery and characters that make you feel like you’re part of the story within
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Elizabeth Eckert
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! What a perfectly darling romance. I simply hung off each page!
Having recently been to WDW (thank you Make a Wish Foundation), I found myself transported back knee-deep in all the beauty, action and of course... magic!
Each character in this beautiful novel allows you to see the fantastic world of Disney, courage through loss, and the glory of being who you are, throught their eyes! I could smell the coffee (Joffre's??), see the sparkling lights, revel in the exhilaration and feel the emoti
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Jana
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance is the first book in Alex Bailey’s A Dream Come True series. What an opening it was! It hit just the right spot for the holidays as it takes place in “The Most Magical Place on Earth” during Christmas holidays! I am curious to see what direction she will take her series and who will be the leads in the next story!
Once Upon a Romance is the story of Sophie O’Connor and Ray Bueno aka Professor Disney. Sophie’s sister Natalie died ten months ago and this is the first Christmas w
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Candida Hopper
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance (A Dream Come True Book 1)
By Alex Bailey
I loved reading this heartwarming holiday story. This book gave me all the feels I want in a great story. Even though there is heartbreak there is also a abundance of love and support in this story. The author did an amazing job with the details in this story that I felt like I was there at Disney World with them experiencing the magic of the place and the season. This truly was an emotional wonderful story that will stay with me for a
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Krystal gaston
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Romance: A Dream Come True book one written by Alex Bailey. When Sophie’s niece asks for one thing for Christmas and it’s in memory of her mother Sophie can’t say no regardless of how it will make her feel. So off to Walt Disney World they go. You feel the loss of Natalie throughout the story but it still has those happy moments of loved ones remembering her and enjoying the day in her favorite place. Overall the story was cute and had it’s funny moments definitely worth the read.
Renee
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Romance by Alex Bailey
Stars: 5

This a very sweet Christmas love story that includes Disney theme. The two main characters are great. Sophie is a loving, caring aunt. She is willing to do anything for her niece even visit her least favorite place….Disney! Ray seems like the opposite of Sophie. They both are kind, living, and caring people, but Ray is much more laid back. He also LOVES Disney! They learn so much about each other and themselves. In this book, I loved Sophie's niece, Arie
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Melinda L.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so complete honesty - in the first, let's say, quarter of the book...I was not shipping this romance between Sophie and Ray. I literally remember thinking to myself, "Ray sounds like a dweeb"...and I don't mean that as an insult...only that, the descriptions of his clothing and personality brought to mind a guy that wears socks with sandals. HOWEVER, my mindset completely changed once the story really got going.

Sophie is anti-Disney but Disney always played a big part in her life growing up
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Alex Bailey was a bored writer/editor of documents as humdrum as vacuum cleaner manuals. She left that life behind to create more exciting worlds than the one she lived in and now writes stories with a splash of magic. When she’s not dreaming of being swept away to the “happiest place on earth,” she’s tending to her organic garden while belting out Disney tunes. Some of her favorite hobbies includ ...more