Review: ONCE UPON A DECEMBER by Amy E. Reichert

IMG_5111ONCE UPON A DECEMBER by Amy E. Reichert

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance

SynopsisIMG_5105Jobless and forced home to Wisconsin, journalist Sabrina Monroe can tolerate reunions with frenemies and kisses from old boyfriends, but not the literal ghosts that greet her in this heartwarming tale of the power of love and connection from acclaimed author Amy E. Reichert.

For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells–the self-described Waterpark Capital of the World–means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina’s always redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who’s much better suited for the job. The one exception has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina’s side all through her lonely childhood.

Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous Brandy Old-Fashioneds. He’s charming and handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance–she needs to focus on finding a job. Except the longer she’s in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray. Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting his fried cheese curds recipe?

When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.



This is a modern fairytale set around a magical Christmas village that appears around the globe during the holiday season. Jack and the villagers were fun and their close-knit camaraderie engaging. At times the sweetness seemed a bit overwhelming, but it made my heart smile at the same time. Astra lives in the real world, with close friends and family that I enjoyed. I dreaded the point where one would have to give up everything they knew and cherished to make a happily-ever-after come about. I must say that I love how it was handled. This was a true feel-good story full of the magic of love.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Buy Links

Kindle | Paperback



About the Author

28873684-3BA6-4BD7-BD8C-167ECF9DB84EAmy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She’s a member of Tall Poppy Writers.



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