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One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg | Book Review
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 healthy 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.
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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 is 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 want 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. ❄