Once Upon a Christmas by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver – Book Review, Preview

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Once Upon a Christmas by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver - Book Review, Preview

Once Upon a Christmas by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver – Book Review, Preview

Once Upon a Christmas: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales

by Toni Shiloh, Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Angela Ruth Strong, Jaycee Weaver

Publication Date October 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults


Embrace the magic of the Christmas season with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.

Upon a Dream — A rare sleeping disorder keeps Talia from performing, but when Philip recognizes her gift, he’ll do whatever it takes to see her onstage.

Claim My Heart — Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

Christmas Ella — Reality TV meets Cinderella story when a location director is swept off her feet by a rising star.

A Splash of Love — Las Vegas glitz meets Land of Enchantment culture in A Splash of Love, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Upon a Dream by Andrea Boyd

How do you retell Sleeping Beauty and have it make any sense at all? Were you wondering that?

Andrea Boyd came up with a fun concept to make this work. The very rare disease Talia has (so rare you can’t find anything about it on the internet!) causes her to sleep suddenly and sometimes for weeks at a time!

There were some interesting tie-ins to the fairy tale and enough deviations to make this story original and enjoyable.

Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn

I want to see Mulan all the way through. Or so I keep telling myself. Yet the two times I’ve sat down to watch it, I’ve drifted off to sleep. So, yeah. I can’t say it is among my favorite of the fairy tales. . .

Claim My Heart is a fun twist on the story. A legal Mulan. Interesting. I know enough of the original story to appreciate the many tie-ins, including a friend of Colin’s nick-named Mushu.

This was a fun story and the first I’ve read by this author. I now want to read more of her books.

A Snow White Christmas by Toni Shiloh

I have come to know that if a story is by Toni Shiloh, it will be a great blend of romance, fun, and spiritual truths. This retelling of Snow White was no exception. It was unique in the events and the translation from the familiar story into this version where Amala flees from the worst kind of “family” and discovers what love and family are all about.

Christmas Ella by Angela Ruth Strong

In a fun twist, this Ella isn’t the one with the stepfamily.

Angela Ruth Strong has a way of making the ridiculous work. Though some of the events could have seemed to be a stretch, they didn’t come across that way. Christmas Ella has a sweet, believable romance. I loved the way the fairy godmother came into play. This story made me smile.

A Splash of Love by Jaycee Weaver

This was my favorite in this anthology and is the one my rating for the collection is based on.

Ok, seriously. I knew this was based on The Little Mermaid but had no idea just how well the author would be able to carry this off. The way she went mute around Derek and the way various elements of the Disney cartoon found themselves cleverly interjected in unexpected yet perfect places had me smiling as I read.

More from the Authors

Dear Readers,

Thank you for stopping by the Celebrate Lit blog tour of Once Upon a Christmas. We are so excited to bring you this Christmas collection. All of us had a lot of fun writing it as we delved into the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.

What we discovered when writing is that in the heart of every girl is the desire to be a princess. Now, I’m not talking about dressing up in a beautiful gown and wearing a crown while twirling around (although I, Toni, admit I would do that in a heartbeat). No, we discovered that in the heart of every girl (sister, mom, daughter, etc) is the desire to be loved and accepted.

Can Talia find someone who can accept all of her, including her health issues? Can Amala find someone who will love her for her and not her money? Can Li find acceptance for who she truly is and not the façade she presents? Will Ella find a familial kind of love? And Gabrielle, can she find a love so powerful that all her dreams will come true?

As the heroines of our stories journey down their path to love and acceptance, they all come to realize a deep-seated truth. They are loved. They are princesses. They have a love of a King who laid down His life for theirs. A King who is preparing a home for them. A King who sees who they truly are and loves them without hesitation.

As you read these stories, we pray they touch your heart. We pray they entertain you and maybe even make you laugh a time or two. And lastly, we pray the Christmas truths bless you this holiday season.


Andrea, Mikal, Toni, Angela, and Jaycee

The Author's Once Upon a Christmas Pinterest Board

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About Andrea Boyd

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.
Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.
Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.

About Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

About Jaycee Weaver

Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance with realistic characters in everyday situations where they always find a happy ending.

About Mikal Dawn

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children.

About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

Blog Contributor for: Putting on the New | Heartwings  Blog | Diversity Between the Pages | ACFW Virginia

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11 responses to “Once Upon a Christmas by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver – Book Review, Preview

  1. jayceeweaver

    Stunning memes, exquisite review, you blow this whole blogging thing right out of the water! Totally made my day! Thank you.

  2. Alicia Haney

    I loved reading this review, it really makes me want to go out and buy this book!! I will be adding this awesome sounding book, different stories written from such awesome authors!! The cover is Beautiful! I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing this very nice book review! Congratulations to all the authors , and Thank you so much for sharing your book review. God Bless you all.