Thursday, January 04, 2018

One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg

About the Book
Secrets, Sparks and Second Chances…a Heartwarming Holiday Romance
Seb Pierce isn’t exactly a cowboy, but after fifteen years on a ranch in Texas, he might as well be. And he’d do just about anything to keep the rancher who took him in so many years ago from losing his land…including returning to the wealthy roots he’s long since abandoned. Seb agrees to work for his stern grandfather for one year in return for an early draw on his inheritance. But he never expected the agreement to land him in a quirky small town in Iowa at Christmas-time, renovating a dilapidated theater…and running into a woman he never thought he’d see again. She might not remember him, but he remembers her.
After too many years away from her hometown—and too many failures to count—Leigh Renwycke is finally back in Maple Valley and living the stable life she used to wish for. If only she could shake the old restlessness that used to get her into trouble. When Seb Pierce waltzes into her world and begs for her help planning the theater’s holiday reopening, it could be the solution to her discontent. If she pulls it off, it might be enough to jumpstart a new career…and to prove once and for all that the new-and-improved Leigh is here to stay.
But between old secrets and new sparks, restoring a town treasure in time for Christmas may not be as easy as it seems…especially once Leigh learns the truth about Seb.

My Thoughts
It's not at all a secret that I'm obsessed with anything and everything that Melissa writes, and her Christmas novellas have a special place in my heart. Christmas is my favorite holiday and the three things that immediately get me in the Christmas mood are putting up the tree, blaring my favorite Christmas songs, and reading Christmas novellas. I have read quite a few Christmas novellas over the years and I'm pretty sure that this one and it two predecessors are among the best of the best. I honestly adored every second of this story and was picking it up every chance I had. I saved it for the day after Thanksgiving (yes I am one of those strict no Christmas until after Thanksgiving people) but unfortunely that weekend was quite busy for me so I had to fit in snatches of this book here and there but it was so good I just couldn't wait till I had a chunk of free time.
I had loved the bits we got to see of Leigh in the other novellas but I knew there was so much more to her and I couldn't wait to discover her story. Despite a rough past full of bad choices Leigh had turned her life around and was now doing her best to provide for herself and her daughter.
Seb has been doing everything he can to earn his grandfather's favor in order to secure the funds to save the home of the man who was practially a father to him. I really admired his dedication and his willingness to do the hard work.
From the moment Seb and Leigh met the sparks and the humor were flying! Their "meet-cute" was absolutely perfect and I loved the way Seb teased her and called her "darlin'" all the time. Between their banter and that of the siblings I was pretty much smiling the whole time I was reading. And the setting of the old movie theater was so charming and fun and the perfect setting for this story!
So yeah I adored this novella and I can't recommend this and the rest of Melissa's books enough!

Meet the Author
Melissa Tagg is the author of the popular Walker Family series, the Where Love Begins series and the Enchanted Christmas Collection. She's a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. Her spring 2016 release, Like Never Before, was named to one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten lists and her fall 2017 release, All This Time, is a Romantic Times 4.5-Star TOP PICK. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at and on Facebook and Instagram.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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