Review: Once Upon a Summer

by Andrea Boyd, Toni Shiloh, Teresa Tysinger, & Jaycee Weaver


This was such a fun collection of stories! The authors all did a great job of creating retellings of classic fairy tales, full of their own unique twists. The stories had faith messages naturally woven in as well, which I really appreciated.

A New Beginning by Andrea Boyd was a retelling of Rapunzel. I loved the patience and kindness that Drake showed toward Cacie. These two characters were just so sweet together! The author did a good job of showing all of the ways that Cacie had to adjust to her new reality.

An Ever After Summer by Toni Shiloh was a Beauty and the Beast adaptation, complete with the fabulous setting of a chateau in the French countryside. The chemistry between Jean-Luc and Bell was beautifully written, as was the fresh start in life and love that Jean-Luc was able to grab hold of once Bell entered his life.

Gwen and the Three Dates by Teresa Tysinger was a clever nod toward Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I loved seeing Ben’s devotion to Gwen in this story. The rom com movie references were especially fun as they are some of my very favorite movies. The way each scene unfolded as Ben began to finally “fight scared” for Gwen’s love was just perfect.

Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver, based on The Frog Prince, showed a beautiful transformation that was only possible through the grace of God. I loved the way this reality TV star ended up right where she needed to be in order to actually make a change in her life. The second chance that Jaime and Lottie got at love was beautiful!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales

A New Beginning by Andrea BoydWho is she? Acacia Martin raised by an impostor mom serving a prison sentence for her sins, or Jasmine Callahan abducted at birth from a family she’s yet to meet? Luckily, she has Drake to help her untangle the mess that is her life. Will he ensnare her heart in the process?

An Ever After Summer by Toni Shiloh — The employees of In a Bind are terrified of Jean-Luc Thibodeaux, so Bellamy Larson hops on a plane to France to deal with the beastly client. Yet once she arrives, she’s convinced he merely needs a friend. Then her heart begins to want ever after, not just one summer.

Gwen and the Three Dates by Teresa Tysinger — Life isn’t a romantic movie, but Gwen Lochs is determined to find her leading man. When she joins a cheesy dating site, Gwen agrees to just three dates. Can Ben Smith watch his best friend and soulmate find someone else? A romantic comedy about searching for that just-right love.

Unkissable by Jayee Weaver — Reality diva Charlotte Lavigne’s on-camera meltdown reminds former teen-TV prince Jaime Reyes exactly why he left Hollywood ten years ago. A chance encounter leads to a bargain that transforms them both. When it’s time to face her past, will their rediscovered love be strong enough to build a future together?

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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.

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Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

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Teresa Tysinger

Teresa Tysinger is a wife, mother, and communications director for a national non-profit. She writes charming Christian romance, inspired by grace. Teresa now resides in Texas, though part of her heart remains in North Carolina. She loves Jesus, coffee, and happy endings

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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.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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3 Responses to Review: Once Upon a Summer

  1. Thanks so much, Brittany! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And, I agree…Ben “fighting scared” is my favorite shift in the book! I think we can all relate at some point.

  2. Toni says:

    Thank you so much for the review! So glad you enjoyed the collection!

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