Book Review: Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert

Posted October 6, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 49 Comments

Once Upon a December
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by Amy E. Reichert
Publication Date December 14, 2022
Published by Penguin Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Reading Challenges: 12 Books of Christmas 2022

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

With a name like Astra Noel Snow, holiday spirit isn’t just a seasonal specialty—it’s a way of life. But after a stinging divorce, Astra’s yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning. She’s ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.

For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked with its snowy lights and charming shops stays the same, while the world outside the joyful street changes, magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks. He’s never minded living this charmed existence until Astra shows him the life he’s been missing outside of the festive red brick alley.

After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they’re feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa.

Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert is a magical, entertaining romance that will warm your heart for the holiday season.  

Story Recap: 

Astra Noel Snow has just gone through a difficult divorce, but the one upside to the divorce is spending more time with her group of friends.  Every Christmas, she likes to go to the Christmas Market in Milwaukee with her friends, and now that it’s the beginning of December, she gets to go again, and this time with her friends.  

Jack Clausen has worked the Christmas market his entire life in his family’s bakery.  He and his family call it the Julemarked, and he’s known all the shopkeepers of the Julemarked his entire life.  The secret to the Julemarked is that it goes on every month in a different part of the world.  It’s always December for the magical Julemarked, and Jack has no intention of ever leaving, the market, his family, or his friends.  But, when he sees a cute woman come into his bakery he’s instantly smitten, but he knows, the market will disappear after Christmas and he will go with it. 

My Thoughts: 

Once Upon a December has everything I want in a holiday book.  A setting of snow, holiday spirit, romance, and a bit of magic.  I loved the premise of this story, where Jack works in a Christmas market that moves around the world, and he keeps inside the market that is full of family and friends.  Jack is happy with his work and never wants to leave and visit the world outside of the market.  

Astra has just gone through a divorce and her self-esteem is low and she’s vulnerable. But, Astra is lucky because she has a caring friend group, who rally around her and help her through this tough time.  I just loved her friends, they are fun characters who give the story a bit of humor and helps Astra grow after the divorce.

Jack is a skilled baker and the treats he makes in the bakery sound delicious and made me hungry.  The people who work with Jack in the market are also wonderful side characters who support Jack and want the best for him. 


I highly recommend this warmhearted story to anyone who enjoys Christmas romance books. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Amy E. Reichert

Amy 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.

Book Challenges:

Once Upon a December counts towards my 12 Books of Christmas Challenge.

Have you read Once Upon A December? Do you want to? Do you enjoy reading holiday books?

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 12 Books of Christmas 2022

49 responses to “Book Review: Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert

  1. This sounds absolutely wonderful and just the kind of book I’m in the mood for right now. I’ve been wanting to try this author for ages.

  2. Jenny+McClinton

    I’m loving all of your Christmas book reviews, they all seem great, great review 💕

    • LOL, I enjoy them as they are just so comforting. We’re not big on Christmas in our house, so the books are all I get.

  3. This sounds like a Christmas book with the spirit of Christmas written in capital letters. You can’t get much more Christmasy than a Christmas mart.

  4. This sounds like such a cute and magical Christmas book! Sigh, the addition of the baking makes me so happy! I am a baker’s daughter, so there’s is nothing more Christmas than baked goods for me!

    Lovely review, Wendy!

  5. I love reading these kinds of romances when December rolls around; I’m putting this one at the top of my holiday reading list. 🙂

  6. This sounds really lovely and magical. I love that the characters’ names are reflective of the season too. Wonderful review🙂🙂

  7. There is something about books set around bakeries at Christmas that I enjoy. This one sounds lovely and will look out for it. Great review Wendy!