One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg - Festive Novella Sure to Enchant

Monday, December 18, 2017

One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg - Festive Novella Sure to Enchant

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Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie)
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Source: Amazon Buy
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Rating: ★★★★★

Putting distance between himself and his grandfather’s wealth and name is something Seb Pierce is perfecting. Trouble is, Seb does have need of his inheritance for the purpose of saving the only place that’s felt like home: a Texas ranch. He strikes a deal with his grandfather that would enable him to receive the inheritance, but first he has a task. He has until Christmas to restore an old theater in Maple Valley, Iowa. Little does Sebastian Parker Pierce III realize what he’s stepped into.

In Maple Valley, Seb meets Leigh Renwycke. A single mother with a past she’d rather erase. Leigh is trying to turn the hardships into stable and heathy relationships, most especially with her teen daughter. This is why, no matter how handsome or that Texas drawl, she cannot be distracted by Seb. But when their pasts interlace, and Leigh finds herself planning the party for the theater’s re-opening, hearts are about to intertwine.

It’s the most wonderful time of year and with its arrival comes the most magical stories that are Christmas novellas. Only a few years ago, I never read anything by these fictional parameters. That was before favorite authors begin (by droves) writing adorable stories a normal reader (I am not one of those) can read in an afternoon. Then Melissa Tagg came along with her expressive brand of wit and romance, and released a trio of delightful Christmas stories. ‘Noël’ is the third in the trilogy.

It’s a trio that, much like Tagg’s “Walker Family” quartet follows the three Renwycke siblings. Only sister Leigh is the last to get her own story. Of course, she’s played a support system to her brothers Colin and Drew as they found love. But it’s overdue time for her to have her own love story. One Enchanted Noël allows us, the reader, to get to know her beyond how we thought we knew her. It’s a beautiful kind of mess the reader enjoys. Why? Because Leigh is the perfect example of a flawed character who’s determined to move beyond the shadows of her reputation.

Despite the weighty issues, there are still plenty of giggles, as is the author’s trademark. Present is her smart ability to create the perfect set up for an adorable meet-cute, and again she proves why she’s a master at them. Leigh and Seb are charming together. I love their story, and their individual characters. Though I’d have loved to get to know them better, the way things work out is memorable.

If you’re looking for a quick Christmas read – or perhaps a “road trip” read, snag a copy of Melissa Tagg’s One Enchanted Noël. You’ll be enchanted, of this I’m sure. ❄

Synopsis: 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. – Goodreads


  1. That is just the prettiest cover! I haven't read Melissa Tagg's books but I get her newsletters.

    1. Isn't it? I do hope you have a chance to read Melissa's books soon, Dianna. They're THE best. :)


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