Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

Just as Emma’s heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane. Emma’s mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can’t help wondering if it could be something more.

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"Once again Carlson touches the heart in this sweet, hopeful story of love finally found."—RT Book Reviews, starred review
"A sweet, quick read that celebrates love's beginnings as well the spirit of Valentine's Day."—Serena Chase, USAToday.com
"A delightful story about the loss and recovery of romance, love and hope. . . .ONCE UPON A WINTER'S HEART will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending."—Family Fiction
"Melody delivers all that is sweetest and best about love in this Valentine's novella and does it with a tasty dash of Italian spice. Now that's amore!"—Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks in Gondolas
"A sweet love story, Once Upon a Winter's Heart is a beautiful picture of the joy of being swept off your feet."—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan and Where the Trail Ends
"Delightful. . .Should be on everyone's must-read list for the holiday season."—RT Book Reviews Top Pick (4 1/2 stars) on The Christmas Pony
"A wonderfully sweet story, with vivid descriptions that pull you right into the pages."—bookreporter.com on The Christmas Pony
"Carlson writes from her heart and it shines through on every page of this beautiful novel."—RT Book Reviews on River's Song
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