Saturday, September 30, 2023

Review - - Once Upon a Christmas Kiss

Once Upon a Christmas Kiss: Cozy Christmas Collection
Cherry Creek Holiday Romance Anthology
by Ciara Knight, Brenda Lowder, Susan Carlisle, 
Terra Weiss, Susan Sands, Christy Hayes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 3, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

You're cordially invited to the charming town of Cherry Creek, Tennessee, where the legendary book—O
nce Upon a Christmas Kiss—promises true love to the one who possesses it during the holiday season.

Don’t miss this collection of unique, romantic novellas by six different authors about women who’ve been given the gift of romance. Featuring all your favorite tropes, such as: small town, Second-chance at love, emotionally scarred, opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, secrets, cute meet-cute, blind-to-love, enemies-to-lovers, and of course, a lot of classic Christmas charm.

Who knows, you might be the next to find 
Once Upon a Christmas Kiss in your stocking.

Included in this collection:

Once Upon a Christmas Reunion by Ciara Knight
Broken hearts reunite for a second chance at love on Christmas night.

Once Upon a Christmas Treasure By Brenda Lowder
When Amelia enlists former best friend Oliver to help her hunt for a legendary book for her sister, she doesn’t know finding the treasure might mean losing her heart.

Once Upon a Christmas Promise By Susan Carlisle
Two emotionally scarred hearts mend through the promise of love.

Once Upon a Christmas Secret By Terra Weiss
To uncover the deepest secret of her late best friend, Dawson must volunteer for the holidays with her nemesis, Sawyer, and do good for the community... and maybe her heart too.

Once Upon a Christmas Wish By Susan Sands
Star-crossed lovers reunite with the help of a little Christmas magic.

Once Upon a Christmas Party
 By Christy Hayes
Two young millennials find love with the help of a Christmas legend, meddling grandparents, and a well-placed sprig of mistletoe

PJ's Thoughts:

I'm a big fan of holiday romance collections. It's the time of year when my to-do list becomes a bit (okay, very) chaotic. I'm always looking for a good happily ever after to soothe my soul but carving out the time to read a full-length book isn't always possible. Short stories and novellas are the perfect solution: delicious bites of romantic journeys to love without a full day's commitment. Yes, please!

Another benefit to a holiday collection is the opportunity it affords to discover new - or new to me - authors. In fact, some of my favorite authors over the years were first discovered in an anthology I bought because of a different author. It's happened again with Once Upon a Christmas Kiss. I had previously read only two of the contributing authors in this collection but after reading all of the stories, I now have new backlists to explore and future books (hopefully some set in Cherry Creek) to enjoy.

If you enjoy charming small-towns, a variety of tropes, humor, hope, sweet romance, a festive holiday spirit, and feel-good happy endings, give yourself an early gift and pick up a copy of Once Upon a Christmas Kiss. It's currently available to preorder in e-book format for only $0.99. 


  1. Many of my keeper books are Christmas anthologies. Like you, P J, I have found new to me authors while thinking I was looking for a familiar writer. Thanks very much for this review. I always get all happy when new Christmas books arrive. I can smell the greenery now....oh forget it.....what I smell is simply all the trees in Texas turning brown from the drought.

  2. Putting it on my list. I got my hands on a book by one author with 4 Christmas stories in it, have to check the titles, got it for a vg price on amazon. Patoct

  3. I love collections like this for all the reasons you mentioned. Since chaos seems to rule my life most of the time, I get many anthologies.. Christmas adds to the rush, so I am always looking for holiday collections. Thanks so much for introducing us to this one.

  4. I'm looking forward to this one too